Fiber Arts, Marketing, and Exhibition Intern(STIPEND), Anna VA Polesny, Northampton, MA

ANNA VA POLESNY, MS, MFA ( is a fiber artist specializing in batik and leather work on an international level. She seeks an intern to assist and learn about the creation of fiber art and the skills required in the management of an art business.

Anna, a Master Teacher, is eager to engage the intern in art creation as well as the business of art. From production to marketing, distribution, fundraising, grant and proposal writing, exhibition installation and the management of a working studio, Anna will role model and seek assistance in all necessary tasks.

MAJOR PROJECTS: Future and Recent

2019 -Fall, Art to Wear, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA- featured artist in a group exhibition

          -Fall, Slovak National Gallery, My Mother’s Bust, Giving Life to a Portrait of a Young Girl

          - Fall, Karel Polesny, Gymnasium, Znojmo, Czech Republic, “Exploring the Musical Language of Leos Janacek

2018 - May 1-31- Solo Exhibition, Burnett Gallery, Jones Library, Amherst, MA ‘Leathers 101’, Leather Hangings and Art Garments- solo exhibition

         - July 10-12, SVU International Congress, Prague, Czech Republic, From the First Republic, An Overgrown Path of Discovery

2017 -Museum of Art and Design, NY, NY, - ‘Counter-Couture: Handmade Fashion in an American Counterculture’ ( -a group exhibition

2016 Utopia to Paradise?’, Contemporary Art at Historic Northampton, MA - solo exhibition

         -“Exploring the Musical Language of Leos Janacek”, Music Department, Concert Conversations, Smith College, Northampton, MA -speaker, co-creator

2015 “Displacement and Identity”, University of Virginia, presenter and discussion leader at a screening of Turning Pages…a generation looks back (

          ‘Counter Couture’ at the Bellevue Art Museum, Bellevue, WA; ( 

          ‘ARTISTS/ARTISANS 2015’ at PCS80 Gallery, Holyoke, MA with the UMass AES (, guest curator

Watch an interview with Anna on Connecting Point here

Project based learning will provide opportunity for immersion in the life and creative enterprise of a highly functioning artist.           

INTERNSHIP DESCRIPTION: I seek a highly-motivated, intelligent, and eager-to-learn individual as an intern. I am looking for someone who wants to gain insights into the creative process and the organization and operation of a fiber art studio while developing professional skills working with an experienced artist.

There will be opportunity to observe and participate in the creative process with textiles and leathers including batik, printing, photo transfers, dyeing, machine and hand stitching and other fiber techniques. Through effective marketing, the intern will learn the process of getting the work out into the world including exhibitions, markets, juried shows, museums, galleries.

Art students may take time to have work critiqued.

Experience in fiber is not necessary. Experience in technology, especially web building and social media will be a real plus.

8 hours/week remotely or in Northampton depending on the nature of the projects.



PAY TYPE: $500 stipend upon successful completion of internship


JOB STATUS: Part- time: 1 day or 2 ½ days per week (8 hours)

LOCATION: Northampton, MA


CONTACT: Anna VA Polesny, I will be happy to speak with you to answer any questions that you may have.

HOW TO APPLY: Please submit a resume, cover letter and 3 references with contact information to

If you are an art student, please provide samples of your work or links to a website.