As a member of the first public art class at Florida State University in the Public Art and Architectural Art program, I was given the opportunity to have a summer internship. For my internship I decided to stay in Tallahassee and work at Master Craftsman Studio (MCS) under the supervision of Kenn von Roenn. I was lucky enough to have previously interned at MCS, which is how I had the opportunity to return as an intern for the second time. I spent Summer B, May 12th to June 20th, working 30 hours a week on a project where I made an extensive list of public art agencies and programs throughout the country. The project started as a request from Kenn so that MCS can contact these agencies and programs informing them of what they do and make contacts in each state. Each state researched and collected for the list came from a national database, National Assembly of State Arts Agencies (NASSAA), that has each state with a percent for the arts program and the contact information for each program listed. From that list, each state was each individually researched to find the smaller and more locally run programs. This project was created over the six weeks I was an intern.
This internship as well as having the chance to work with Kenn is helping me come closer to my future my goals. Kenn is a very big name in the realm of Public Art, from having projects all around the world and being written about or interviewed in the books I study, I have learned he is one of the best contacts I could have going into this field. In the short term, Kenn is giving my public art class the chance to create public art in Cascades Park here in Tallahassee. In the long term, I’m hoping to maintain a working relationship with Kenn as well as getting to know some of his contacts when it comes to looking for jobs. Ultimately, I would like to end up working for an agency in England. I have learned what it truly means to love what you do and what a real work ethic is. Working at MCS has provided me the experience of seeing how a real fabrication studio is run. Also I had the chance to see the process of winning a bid/call then going through the process of design, working with clients, and actual fabrication of the work.