The cornerstone of community involvement at HPWI centers around the opportunities provided by the Educational Program:
HPWI regularily engages students as interns at the workshop, provides occasional student scholarships for students to participate in our programs and frequently sends visiting artists to local schools to give talks, critiques, etc. to small student groups. For students it is the chance to work hand-in-hand with professional artists of the highest level and to develop new ideas, perspectives and skills.
Over the past five years HPWI has brought student interns from The Corcoran School of Art, Washinghton, D.C. George Mason University, Fairfax, VA, Gettysburg College, Gettysburg, PA and T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria, VA. to work at the studio on select artist projects. Students from many different nationalities have participated as interns since 1997. These incude students from: Holland, Israel, Korea, Russia and the Philippines. HPWI has accepted two student interns for summer 2002 : One each from the Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI and The University of Arizona, Tuscon, AZ. Students from secondary schools and universities within the Washington, D.C. metropolitain who can provide their own transportation to and from the Workshop are invited to apply for 'after school internships' for Fall, 2002.
Interested students may apply at any time for internships. There is no formal application form, deadline or lenght of time required to work as an intern. Required for consideration are: letters of recommendation from instructors and short statement about backgroud and interest in art and printmaking. Student interns must be currently enrolled at a college or university as a candidate for either undergratuate of graduate degree. Juniors or Seniors in high school may also apply. HPWI participates in programs that grant college or high school credit. See your own institution for details about internships for credit.
Scholarship availablity is dependent upon funding and institutional support and involvement. For example: in 2002, two students from the Corcoran College of Art & Design, were each given $1,000 scholarships by HPWI (matched by the Corcoran) to travel to Russia for ten days to attend the grand opening in Moscow of the HPWI exhibition, the View from Here' at the State Tretyakov Gallery.
We introduce many of our visiting artists to the public through lectures and visits to classrooms as well as receptions and exhibitions. For the public it is a chance to see new work and ideas, oftenfrom foreign artists. It is also a chance to explore and discover unique American art as well. For everyone, it is a chance to see and understand new and innovative work being produced in the rapidly developing medium of water based screenprinting, which is transforming the face of printmaking today and attracting a great deal of attention.
For more information contact HPWI