Artist Internship

Position Summary

JSP is seeking interns to live and work at JSP from May 1 – September 30 (2-month commitment required, exact dates are flexible). Workload is 20 hours per week for the park. Use of studio facilities is encouraged as is exhibition of a work at JSP (although not required). Primary responsibilities include general park maintenance (weed eating, mowing, installing sculptures, removing invasive plants), sculptural repair, painting, etc., assisting artists in residence and assistance/preparation for park events, camps and workshops. Additional responsibilities as they arise may include computer/website work, or other as determined by the skills and interests of each intern. JSP is committed to the principles of equity, diversity and inclusion and seeks to create a welcoming community for all artists, staff, volunteers and visitors. People of color are strongly encouraged to apply.

Studio space and primitive housing will be provided. Food, travel and materials will be the responsibility of the intern. Scholarships are available.

Summary of Essential Intern Tasks

General park maintenance such as weed eating, mowing, trail maintenance and site preparation for new installations.
Assist artists in residence with installation of new sculptures/artworks/facilities and repairing or removing damaged sculptures, repainting existing sculptures.
Assist Park Manager, Program Director and contracted artists/educators in facilitating community arts and environmental education classes, workshops and camps.
Assist staff, interns and volunteers in event setup, coordination and teardown.
Represent JSP at a booth during events in the community.
Lead tours at JSP and in the community through our Art in Public Places program.
Training will be provided.


Preference will be given to artists who meet any of these criteria:
Artist is living and/or working in KY.
Artist identifies as a person of color.
Artist identifies as a woman, transgender person or gender non-conforming person.
Applicant must be a U.S. resident or hold valid visa documents.
Applicant must have some artmaking experience as evidenced in the work samples.
Artist must be 18 years of age or older during the time of the internship.
Applicant’s work (area of study/interest) should be generally characterized as one or more of the following: sculpture, three-dimensional installation, multimedia, site-specific, land art, environmental art, conceptual art, social practice, painting/mural, public art and/or performance art, photography, design and/or architecture or some combination or variation of these.

Minimum Requirements

Passion for the mission of the organization. Creative. Excellent communicator. Flexible. Team-oriented/collaborative. Must also be self-motivated and enjoy working alone at times. Some college experience, and background or experience in studio arts is required. Experience working with diverse populations preferred but not required.

Compensation and Benefits

Studio facilities and primitive housing on park grounds will be provided. Living at the park is optional and preference may be given to applicants that live nearby and are able to commute to JSP (due to COVID we are limiting on-site artists and interns). Some work may be completed remotely. We will work with you and your institution to offer internship/course credit whenever applicable. We encourage you to apply for internship funding through your institution, if available. You are encouraged to make use of the studio facilities to create new work to be installed and exhibited at JSP for 1 year. Technical assistance will be provided for installation and creation of your new work as well as material acquisition and in kind support of materials when possible. Training on equipment will also be provided. This is a learning opportunity for you to grow in your creative practice, to gain exhibition and installation experience. Professional development opportunities, specialized field trips and regional art excursions are part of this program as are weekly dinners with JSP artists in residence and staff. You will forever be part of the JSP team!

Scholarship Opportunity

Scholarships are available each summer to provide some financial assistance to interns expressing that need. If you wish to apply for the scholarship, please include a one page narrative describing your request and how this scholarship would help your artistic development.

How to Apply

Click the blue “Apply Now” button on this page, be prepared to upload the following documents:

Application Materials Checklist (you will be asked to upload these when completing the application form):

1. Letter of Interest: A brief description of your interest in the Josephine Sculpture Park Internship Program. One-page max. Please include any special skills or areas you would like to learn more about. Also include your preferred dates to be in residence.
2. Artist statement: One-page max.
3. Work Samples: 8-10 images or video links of recent work. Video files should be no longer than 1
minute. OK to send a link to your website that shows images of your work.
4. Image description list: A numbered list that corresponds to each of the submitted images. For each image, include the title, date, materials, dimensions and if necessary a two sentence description of the work.
4. Current CV or artist resume: Five pages max.
6. List of 3 references with relationship and email and phone number for each.
7. Scholarship Narrative (optional): one-page narrative describing your request and how this scholarship would help your artistic development.

Please contact us for more information at 502-352-7082 or [email protected]

Applications DUE: February 27, 2022 (11:59pm EST)

Click to apply

Additional information

About Josephine Sculpture Park

Josephine Sculpture Park (JSP) is the vision of sculptor Melanie VanHouten who serves as director. Originally established in 2009 on 20 acres of reclaimed farmland in Franklin Co., KY, JSP exists as a large earthwork and public sculpture park designed by VanHouten. The park expanded to 30 acres in 2018. It hosts a rotating exhibit of nearly 70 artworks created by artists from across the globe, primarily large-scale outdoor contemporary sculpture and large murals in the midst of native meadows and natural habitat.

Exhibiting Artists include: Chakaia Booker, Peyton Scott Russell, Wayne Potratz, Alison Hiltner, Aaron Dysart, Rollin Marquette, Boaz Vaadia, Kiah Celeste and Heather Hart. JSP provides tours, artist talks, hands-on exhibitions, festivals, conservation walks, theatrical productions, internships and workshops to school children, civic groups, general public and at-risk and developmentally challenged youth and adults across disciplines. JSP offers a free venue for community performing arts, arts education, arts appreciation and cultural enhancement. Artist residency, workshop and exhibition programs support emerging, mid-career and professional artists through unique, supported and equipped non-traditional studio space for large-scale sculpture, murals and community artworks in central KY. JSP is free and open every day of the year from dawn until dusk.

Our Mission is to connect people to each other and the land through the arts. We provide creative arts and nature education to our community and transformative opportunities to artists while conserving the beauty of Kentucky’s native, rural landscape.

Our Vision is to be a leader in our community that respects and reflects diverse voices and ideas through shared, creative experiences and responsible land stewardship practices.

Our Commitments are to support artists, inspire intellectual exploration and expression, build a stronger, healthier community and conserve the beauty of Kentucky’s fine natural and cultural heritage through creative, outdoor activities. We are committed to the principles of equity, diversity and inclusion and seek to create a welcoming community for all artists, staff, volunteers, and visitors.




Events and News in Your Inbox

Sign up below and we'll e-mail you updates on events and news.
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.