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Apprenticeships and Residencies

The Metal Museum offers a variety of opportunities for young and emerging artists and museum professionals, including the two-year Blacksmith and Museum Apprenticeship, general museum internships, 3 - 12 month artists' residencies, and library research residencies.

Blacksmithing Apprenticeship

The Metal Museum has a two-year apprenticeship program that provides housing, insurance, a living stipend and studio facilities. The intern works in the blacksmith shop and assists with exhibit design and installation during regular business hours.  The intern has unlimited access to the blacksmith shop and foundry. At the end of the two-year period, the intern has a body of his or her own work, as well as experience working on large scale projects designed and produced by the Museum. Applicants must have completed undergraduate work in metals or have comparable training. The dates for the next apprenticeship will be June 1, 2014 - May 31, 2016. Applications must be received by February 28, 2014, with notification by March 15, 2014. Applicants must submit a letter of interest, a resume, 20 images of current work and three references. Please send applications to Carissa Hussong, The Metal Museum, 374 Metal Museum Drive, Memphis, TN  38106 or to  Click here for more information.

Artist Residencies

The Metal Museum's Resident Artist Program affords artists the opportunity to live and work in a stimulating, supportive museum environment. With full access to the on-site smithy and foundry, artists are able to focus on their art and create a new body of work over the course of three, six, or twelve months. The program welcomes self-motivated, focused individuals working in various forms of metal arts including foundry, conservation/small metals and blacksmithing work. Housing, health insurance, studio space, and some materials are provided. For more information please contact Carissa Hussong at  To download the application details, click here.

Research Residencies

Artists and art historians may apply for a research residency. Residencies include housing and access to the library collection.  Interested applicants may apply at any time.  Residencies are awarded based on merit and availability.  Applicants must submit a letter of interest including a description of what you would like to accomplish during your residency, a resume and three references.  For more information please contact Carissa Hussong at 


The Metal Museum's Internship Program presents volunteers the opportunity to gain valuable career experience whilst working with Museum professionals. The program welcomes reliable, ambitious and focused individuals working in various fields of museum administration and/or artistic careers. Internships range in length, but typically take advantage of a students semester time frame (8-12 weeks). Applicants are required to submit a resume, letter of intent and time available. Certain internship programs require specific requirements, please see below. 
For more information please contact Carissa Hussong at
Foundry Intern
Blacksmith Intern
Conservation/Repair Intern


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