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

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

Anna, a Master Teacher, is eager to engage the intern in 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

October 18-20
Denim: Stitching, Beading, Applique, & Other Techniques, Weekend Workshop,
Snow Farm, Williamsburg, MA

November 9
Off the Wall: American Art to Wear, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA - featured artist in a group exhibition

Gymnasium Doktora Karla Polesneho, Znojmo, Czech Republic, 100th Anniversary Celebration

Wearables:Expressions/Statements, Pecha Kucha, Berkshire Art Museum, Pittsfield, MA

Fiber Art, ArtSalon, Northampton Senior Center, Northampton, MA

Unusual Threads: Stitching Together the Future of Fashion, Southern Vermont Art Center, Manchester VT

Leathers: Explorations/Interpretations - Solo Exhibition, Burnett Gallery, Jones Library, Amherst, MA

Marie Provaznikova: Recreating an Unusual Character with Peter Dudek, Radio Prague, SVU International Congress, Metropolitan University, Prague, Czech Republic

Counter-Couture: Handmade Fashion in an American Counterculture, Museum of Art and Design, NY, NY, (

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

“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

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, eager-to-learn individual as an intern, 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.

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

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.
5 hours/week remotely.




PAY TYPE: $500 stipend upon successful completion of internship


JOB STATUS: Part- time, 5 hrs/week

LOCATION: remote


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.