Twice a year WSW goes through a bittersweet period of loss and renewal. Our 30 year old internship program draws applicants from all over the country, a select few of which are chosen to come live and work in the WSW community for a six-month period, long enough for deep friendships to be formed. The experience is potent for regular staff and interns alike as the learning and the teaching go both ways, each of us enriched by the others presence. When the end of a term comes, however, it is those of us on the permanent staff who are left behind to watch our new friends move out and on and into the next phase of their lives.
Lucky for us the days between ones going and another’s coming are few. A fresh batch of interns has just arrived on the Binne ready to knock the rest of us out of our sulking and into a new season. Rooms have been chosen, bags have been unpacked and orientation has begun. We are barely through the first day and this season’s group of interns are already moving through the ins and outs of the workshop like old hands.
Our new studio intern Anna Thompson graduated from James Madison University in 2011 with a B.F.A. in Graphic Design. To gratify her tendency toward the handmade, she also concentrated many of her fine art courses in the printmaking studio where she produced intaglio etchings and handmade books. Anna continues to explore the connection between memory and place through her work. Since graduating, she has been a freelance graphic designer and illustrator.
Caroline Walp, also a studio intern, grew up in Northwest Ohio and received her BFA in printmaking from Ohio University in May of 2013. Her work focuses on attempting to embellish and exaggerate everyday, mundane occurrences of life. She is currently working on a series of prints that juxtapose text and pattern through the techniques of monotype and letterpress. When she isn’t pulling prints or mixing inks, Caroline says she “is most likely drinking a great deal of coffee or napping”.
Our Admin intern, Janelle Sandefur graduated in the spring of 2012 from the University of Rochester, where she earned a B.A. in Studio Art. Originally from Syracuse, NY, Janelle has been a lover of the arts since a very young age. Her work is often small in scale, focusing on themes of human emotion, connections, and communication. Janelle greatly enjoys both drawing and painting, often mixing and layering the two in her work. She is looking forward to joining the WSW community and learning more about the world of arts administration.
Jeanne Langan is our summer intern in charge of keeping our Summer Art Institute workshop students fed. Jeanne grew up in a small town in New Jersey, very close to New York State. She is a brand new graduate from Drew University as of May 2013 with a BA in Studio Art and Art History. Her main body of work consists of drawings, but she enjoys many different mediums, especially ceramics. In her artwork she draws inspiration from the world around her, particularly from emotions and how they can be expressed physically and visually in her art. She looks forward to combining her love of art and cooking with the internship at the Summer Art Institute.
The first few months of their internship will be a blur of Summer Art Institute workshops and students, each week punctuated by the arrival of new instructors & new techniques in the printmaking, papermaking, ceramics & book arts studios. But once the summer draws to a close, we will settle back down to business as usual as the next influx of residents arrive and there will be more time for personal work in the studios.
We are sad to bid adieu to Emily, Paige & Kristen- we will miss you dearly, And we welcome Janelle, Anna, Caroline & Jeanne! We are so glad to have you here!