Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Artist Assistant Positions

Blue Sky Project, a summer artist residency in Dayton, is seeking five

(5) Artist

Assistants. Incoming college sophomores, juniors and seniors from the Dayton area and throughout Ohio, majoring in visual art, photography, video, animation, writing, theatre, music, voice and dance are encouraged to apply.


Blue Sky Project is a juried, international summer artist residency committed to producing ambitious and meaningful works of contemporary art. It includes a strong youth development component and an emphasis on art making as community-building.

Hosted by the University of Dayton, each summer Blue Sky Project links five professional artists from around the world with 40 young people aged 14-18 representing the diversity of the region, to pursue projects proposed by the artists. Blue Sky’s objectives are threefold:

– Provide an environment for the Resident Artists to extend their own artistic exploration and studio practice in a unique collaborative setting with youth; – Develop the leadership, self-awareness, critical-thinking, communication and collaborative skills of the Youth Participants through Blue Sky Project’s unique contemporary art-making process; – Enhance the vibrancy of the community through increased engagement and creative energy.

Job Description

Artist Assistant reports to a Resident Artist • Executes assigned tasks from Resident Artist and Program Director • Works cooperatively with Youth Participants • Acts as a positive role-model and mentor to Youth Participants • Behaves in a manner consistent with the Blue Sky mission, philosophy and policies • Attends all required meetings • Participates in the maintenance of the Blue Sky facilities

Each Student Artist will receive a $2,000 stipend and housing for their participation in the 2011 summer activities. There will be orientation on Thursday, June 9 and Sunday, June 12. The program meets Monday through Thursday, 10:00 AM – 3:30 PM at the University of Dayton from Monday, June 13 through Thursday, August 4. There will exhibition events Thursday – Saturday, August 3 - 6. The program concludes Sunday August 7.

Application Information

Please submit resume, two reference letters, cover letter outlining what interests you about Blue Sky Project, and, where appropriate, up to 12 work samples in PowerPoint. Video samples should be sent as MP4 or mov.

Mail, postmarked by Monday, March 28 to: Blue Sky Project P.O. Box 10506 Dayton, Ohio 45402-7506

Additional Information

For complete information on Blue Sky Project, please visit

Inquiries: Peter Benkendorf, Co-Creator; or


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