Employer Profile: Pyramid Atlantic


Pyramid Atlantic is a non-profit contemporary arts center dedicated to the creation and appreciation of hand papermaking, printmaking, digital arts, and the art of the book. For nearly 30 years, Pyramid has provided opportunities for the discovery and creation of these fine arts through imaginative programming for people of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities. An artist-centered community with an international and local following, Pyramid Atlantic brings print and paper arts to people all over the world.

The mission of Pyramid Atlantic is to promote and nurture artistic excellence through imaginative programming in the visual arts for people of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities. Pyramid Atlantic carries out its mission through our three core programs areas: Artist-in-Residence Programs, Education Programs, and Exhibitions and Event Programs. These programs connect community to the arts via activities designed to spark a dialogue between professional artists and the public.

Pyramid Atlantic was founded in 1981 by noted artist and teacher Helen C. Frederick to provide a setting for artistic collaboration and dialogue. Since then, Pyramid has played a critical role in the art world by:

-hosting hundreds of artists in residence

-developing outreach programs for students and the community

-offering classes for artists of all levels

-producing and publishing numerous print and artist book editions

-conserving and collecting works on paper

-curating exhibitions both locally and throughout the world

-providing professional development programs for teachers

At Pyramid, tradition and innovation go hand in hand. In 2003, Pyramid relocated to the heart of the Arts & Entertainment District in downtown Silver Spring, MD. The facility features a paper mill, print shop, letterpress studio, bindery, and cutting-edge digital studios.

Pyramid Atlantic offers studio internship opportunities four times a year to 2-4 enthusiastic, engaged, and serious-minded college or post-college artists. Our interns assist resident artists, renters, artistic staff, and with printmaking, papermaking and book arts projects. In addition to hands-on experience with artistic projects, interns gain an understanding of the day-to-day operation of a non-profit art center and gallery.

Typical intern tasks include:

-Maintaining the studios for visiting artists, renters, and outreach events

-Helping in the gallery with exhibition preparation, installation, and de-installation.

-Assisting in the production of prints or handmade paper

-Setting up and breaking down evening programs

-Assisting with events preparation

Interns work for Pyramid Atlantic 10 am-4pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays of each week. Candidates should have a strong interest in art, be highly motivated, and comfortable working within a studio environment. Interns, in exchange, are given an opportunity to work on their own art in a creative and unique environment alongside experienced art professionals. Additionally, interns will also participate in an edition exchange and free workshops. During their internship, interns are expected to work on their own art at least one day a week. The internship will culminate in a group exhibition.