This photo of my Relief Printing class from the summer of 2005 stands as concrete evidence of the joys of learning all things xylographical in beautiful Vermillion, South Dakota. (That's Christina Kaufmann, my lovely shop assistant, standing next to me in the blue T-shirt adorned with a white woodcut skull.) Truth be told, a panoply of printmaking classes are offered there, from notable practitioners in the field during the months of June and July. These classes can be transferred to work as credit towards your CSULB degree, but there is an extra fee that has to be paid to the University of South Dakota.
At any rate, an email notice popped into my 'puter this AM from Jeremy Menard who manages to well, manage the logistics of the beast. He wanted to let me know that the deadline to apply for an assistantship is less than one short week away!
Here's the skinny on the deal: Students must be enrolled for both weeks of classes to be eligible for an assistantship. Assistants will be needed in Vermillion, SD, from Wednesday, June 29, 2011 through Tuesday, July 19, 2011. Assistants will be responsible for set-up and tear-down of the workshops in addition to assisting the faculty. Frogman's will waive one week's fees ($675) and it will pay for assistants three week's stay in a single University dorm room ($369.60). Assistants are responsible for all of their own meals and travel. Applicants must register for a first choice and a second choice for each class session.
As for the part that made me groan - to apply, students must have two letters of recommendation. You must also send also five digital images (.jpg format) and a cover letter along with your registration form. Participants must be enrolled and deposits paid to qualify for Workshop Assistantships. Half of your deposit ($325) is due no later than November 15, 2010. The other half of your deposit ($325) is due no later than February 15, 2011. Assistants will not receive the popular "Early Bird" Discounts. Applications are due no later than November 15, 2010. A maximum of 12 assistantships are available and preference will be given to past participants.
For more information, go to www.frogmans.net or www.frogmans.net/Workshop.htm.
Feel free to contact Jeremy with any questions.
Jeremy Menard, Executive Director
Frogman's Print & Paper Workshops
105 North Third Street, PO Box 142
Beresford, SD 57004
(605) 763-5082 / (605) 310-6548 (Cell)
Also – The deadline to apply for Frogman’s Graduate Student Scholarship is also approaching - December 15, 2010. Our own Tyler Ferreira won this honor last year and it included having a solo exhibition of his work.