Landmarks Preservation Guild

Join the Landmarks Preservation Guild (LPG) to maintain great works of art, beautify the campus, and to care for and preserve modern and contemporary sculpture. Interns learn maintenance methods through periodic training sessions led by an objects conservator. These include techniques to monitor and record changes in works of art, to wash and wax outdoor sculpture, and to clean works of art made of wood, stone, bronze, steel, painted metal, and found objects.

Rewards

  • Specialized training in how to care for Landmarks public art projects.
  • A continuing education in modern and contemporary art and an introduction to preservation.
  • An opportunity to work closely with an objects conservator.
  • An opportunity to learn from artists, fabricators, and installers.
  • Connections with others who share an interest in art and preservation.
  • Access to Landmarks workshops and special events.

Commitment

Interns contribute an average of 2-3 hours of service per week. This time includes training, preparation, and bi-monthly site visits and condition reports. Successful preservation interns develop the ability to care for works of art at increasingly sophisticated levels by exercising sound judgment. Toward this end, interns must be willing to spend time engaging with works of art in the Landmarks collection, able to make first-hand observations and record minute changes over time, and learn how and when to apply preservation techniques. Interns must also make a commitment of patience to the learning process because becoming knowledgeable about preservation techniques takes considerable time and practice.

Responsibilities

  • Visit assigned works at least twice a month.
  • Thoroughly observe and document each work with an online condition report.
  • Report condition changes and concerns to Landmarks staff.
  • Evaluate and refine preservation techniques.
  • Stay informed by attending guild meetings and training sessions, and reviewing the site-visit schedule.
  • Attend workshops and special events.
  • Become familiar with policies and procedures.

Qualifications

  • Interns should be responsible, meticulous, and curious thinkers with strong observation skills.
  • An interest in learning about conservation techniques and modern and contemporary art.
  • Students with a background in preservation, architecture, art and art history are especially encouraged to apply.

Apply

  • Review the commitment, responsibilities, and qualifications for LPG interns.
  • Download the LPG application (pdf) and send completed forms to Jamie Levine at jlevine@austin.utexas.edu. You may also contact this address if you have general questions about the preservation program.
  • Applications will be reviewed and Landmarks will arrange personal interviews with volunteer candidates.