Opportunities at Praxis Fiber Workshop

Praxis Fiber Workshop seeks a Gallery Director for immediate hire. Apply by Dec. 31!

The Gallery Director develops the exhibition schedule and programming, liaising with all artists and managing the logistics of installation, deinstallation, contracting, promotion, and shipping and receiving of artworks. The Gallery Director works closely with the Studio Manager and Executive Director to support activities such as: fundraising, the internship and fellowship program, social media, and community outreach and partnerships.

Praxis Fiber Workshop is an artist-run community fiber art and educational center located in Cleveland, OH, whose mission is to provide fiber resources and classes to all. The Gallery at Praxis Fiber Workshop is dedicated to exhibiting the breadth and depth of contemporary fiber art.

Candidates should:

  •  Have experience in program management and/or gallery coordination
  •  Have a demonstrated interest in contemporary fiber art
  •  Be exceptionally organized and have thorough knowledge of Google and Adobe Suite, plus clear motivation to contribute to improving the workflow of a small nonprofit organization

To apply, send the following materials to contact@praxisfiberworkshop.org by December 31:

  •  1-2 page cover letter
  •  Resume
  •  Writing sample of no more than 5 pg (double-spaced, excerpt OK, doc or PDF). Can be curatorial statements, artist statements, social media captions, academic writing, articles, reviews, or another equivalent form.
  •  Recommended, but optional: Up to 5 images (5MB max each file, JPG) of previous gallery exhibitions where candidate has served as organizer/curator

This position is 16 hrs/week.

We will open applications for all internships for Summer 2021 in April 2021. Check back for updates!

  • Studio Intern (FILLED)

The Studio Intern will work primarily with Studio Manager Anna Routson to care for our ever-evolving Main Studio, Digital Weaving Lab, and Natural Dye Garden spaces. In so doing the Intern will contribute to studio upgrades, equipment and donation intake and redistribution to relevant community organizations, and the development of educational programming at Praxis. The Intern can also develop mentoring and teaching skills by assisting students and members in their projects. Familiarity with at least one fiber process (sewing, weaving, spinning, knit/crochet, dyeing) and related equipment (looms, spinning wheels, dye lab and lab safety, accessories) is preferred.

  • Gallery Intern (FILLED)

The Gallery Intern will work primarily with Gallery & Events Director Connie Fu to plan exhibitions, prepare supporting materials, and organize community events. The changing nature of events and exhibitions in the pandemic era calls for a rethinking of how we share contemporary art with our neighborhood and the public. How do we begin and sustain substantial dialogues? How can we activate not only the Gallery space but also the Garden and further sites and spaces in order to include more people in these conversations? How can fiber art and fiber processes uniquely contribute to our local community’s health as well as to the landscape of contemporary art and thought? These are the questions that the Gallery Intern will navigate.

  • Research Intern (FILLED)

The Research Intern will work with Anna and Connie to develop an emerging branch of Praxis’s work that delves into fiber and natural dye history, contemporary fiber art practices and technology, material studies, and theory. The Intern will work with Praxis’s growing library, historic textile collection, and ongoing collection and review of resources pertaining to the above topics. The Intern may also choose to conduct research on contemporary artists in Cleveland and the surrounding region, or on fiber art and technology as a field. The form of the Intern’s work may come as, but is not limited to: organization and documentation of books and textiles, a blog featuring new books in the Praxis Library with written reviews, a series of essays or papers concerning a topic of research that utilizes materials in the Praxis Library and Collections, or hosted panel discussions.

All internships require a minimum commitment of 4 hours per week, arranged according to each person’s schedule. Interns are expected to be motivated and adaptable to the dynamic conditions of a small nonprofit organization.

Interns receive 24/7 keyed access to Praxis Fiber Workshop, including dedicated time on a loom and open use of accessories and studio materials including yarn, scrap fabric, and dyes. Interns can enroll in as many classes and workshops as they wish (taking into consideration COVID-19 restrictions) in order to expand their practice and knowledge. Interns also benefit from being part of a supportive intergenerational community of local makers. While we understand that the lack of monetary compensation presents a challenge to candidates otherwise interested in our internship opportunities, we offer in-kind value in the form of education, resources, and community.

To apply:

Each applicant may apply to (1) of the open internship positions. Application materials for the specified internship must be compiled into a single PDF document no larger than 25 MB. The document should be titled with the applicant’s first & last name as well as the internship they are applying for (ie. Doe_Joan_STUDIO.pdf). Applications must include:

  • A statement of purpose in which the applicant states the reasons for applying to the internship, what they seek to learn from the experience, and what skills and ideas they can share with Praxis (750 word max).
  • Resume / CV
  • STUDIO INTERNSHIP ONLY
    • 10 images of recent work with captions including the following info: Title, date, dimensions, medium, and optional brief description. May include link to artist site if comparable.
  • GALLERY INTERNSHIP ONLY
    • Writing sample or comparable form of expression – can be exhibition-related, academic, or creative/personal.
  • RESEARCH INTERNSHIP ONLY
    • Writing sample or comparable form of expression – can be exhibition-related, academic, or creative/personal.

Questions and finished applications should be sent to praxisfiberworkshop@gmail.com. Thank you to all interested candidates in advance for your time and energy.

Praxis Fiber Workshop Emerging Artist Fellowship

Praxis Fiber Workshop Emerging Artist Fellowship is offered to a recent graduates from universities in Northeast Ohio who have shown dedication to building a long-term studio practice. This fellowship is for an artist that would like to fully immerse themselves in fiber techniques and processes, and have had at least minimal exposure or training in the following: weaving, dyeing, sewing, or felting. During the 6-8 month fellowship term, the Fellow will have 24/7 access to Praxis Fiber Workshop’s facilities, equipment, and supplies, as well as a locker for storage. Fellows receive tuition-free enrollment in classes and workshops, and are expected to take at least three. The fellowship culminates in a one month solo exhibition at the close of the term in August.

Application materials must be compiled into a single PDF document, no larger than 5 MB. The document must be titled with first & last name, ie. JESSICA_PINSKY.PDF. Applications must include:

  • 10 images of recent work
  • Image list with the following: Title, date, size, medium, and a brief content description if
    needed
  • Artist statement including WHY you are a match for this position
  • Resume/CV

We are currently accepting applications for 2021-2020. Application deadline is August 15, 2021, at 11:59PM EST.
Please email contact@praxisfiberworkshop.org to submit or to ask questions.

2015-2016: Annmarie Suglio (BFA in Fibers + Material Studies and Sculpture, Cleveland Institute of Art)

2016-2017: Abby Clark (BFA in Printmaking, Cleveland Institute of Art)

2017-2018: Laura Yurko (BFA in Painting, Cleveland Institute of Art)

2018-2019: Greg Hatch (MFA, Ohio University)

2019-2020: Lucy Bailey (BFA, Cleveland Institute of Art)

2020-2021:  Xuena Pu (BFA in Fashion, Columbus College of Art and Design)