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Fogo Island Arts and NSCAD University announce the Eric Fischl Fogo Island Arts Internship

small homes along the shore on Fogo Island
Image: Fogo Island, Newfoundland, Canada, 2013. Photo: Steffen Jagenburg, courtesy of FIA.

Fogo Island Arts (FIA) and NSCAD University are pleased to announce a new internship partnership made possible through the generous support of artist and former NSCAD faculty member Eric Fischl. The Eric Fischl Fogo Island Arts Internship will offer two NSCAD University students or alumni the opportunity to gain valuable work experience in arts administration with Fogo Island Arts in 2021-22.

“We are delighted to pursue our work with Eric Fischl and to forge new connections across the Atlantic Region, all in the service of creating exceptional opportunities for learning and exchange,” said Nicolaus Schafhausen, FIA Strategic Director. “We are extremely grateful for Eric’s support as well as the chance to work with students trained within the rigorous creative framework and celebrated history of NSCAD University.”

Participants in The Eric Fischl Fogo Island Arts Internship program will work as support staff in the offices of Fogo Island Arts, contributing to day-to-day program operations and communications over a three-month period. The interns will receive a stipend and will be provided with housing, travel expenses, and studio space, in addition to invaluable opportunities to engage with FIA’s international artists-in-residence and community members across Fogo Island. The NSCAD University partnership is the second FIA internship program funded by Fischl and follows the same parameters as the ongoing partnership with the New York Academy of Art (NYAA), established in 2017.

“Fogo Island Arts is a place where artistic exploration, research and knowledge-sharing is nurtured and encouraged,” says Melanie Colosimo, Director of NSCAD University’s Anna Leonowens Gallery. “This type of learning opportunity is incredibly valuable, as putting practice into play can prove to be a pivotal moment in establishing a career in the arts. The NSCAD community is fortunate to have access to this internship.”

The partnership between FIA, Fischl, and NSCAD University reflects a shared understanding of the need for expanded educational opportunities within the contemporary art world, as well as the critical role that art and education play in enriching communities.

Applications will be open to NSCAD students and alumni in March 2021. For more information on the internship and application procedure, please visit NSCAD University’s website.