What We’re About

As a Holden Arts Assistant, you’ll support all general needs of the Art Department and Gallery with particular attention given to maintaining the Elizabeth Holden Gallery and helping organize art-related community-building events. You will also help host and monitor the Elizabeth Holden Gallery by installing and uninstalling exhibitions, handling art, and opening receptions. Some other projects you may help with include screenprinting shirts and designing posters and postcards. You will also have the opportunity to join one of two sub-crews: Photo and Darkroom / Digital Arts Assistant or Printmaking and Bookmaking Assistant.

What You’ll Learn

You’ll spend years working alongside your peers with the mentorship of your supervisors.  Part of the experience of work at Warren Wilson is guided critical reflection, which helps ensure that you achieve both your own educational goals as well as our Common Learning Outcomes. These intentional learning outcomes distinguish our Work Program, giving it focus and relevancy that set it apart from a federal work-study or your average part-time job. 

Our Common Learning Outcomes:

  • Professionalism & Work Ethic: accountability, effective work habits, punctuality, dependability, time management, integrity, and commitment to the well-being of the community.
  • Critical Thinking and Problem Solving: working with available resources to creatively address issues and solve problems, and gaining confidence to make decisions.
  • Communication: the ability to convey and receive information effectively with intentionality, honesty, and confidence in both speech and writing.
  • Collaboration & Teamwork: actively collaborate with peers to achieve common goals, Distribute labor fairly, and hold each other accountable as committed members of a group.
  • Civic Identity: understanding your active influence within the community and how your decisions directly impact the work around you.

In addition to our Common Learning Outcomes, each crew in the Work Program identifies crew-specific goals for learning and performance. These are reviewed with you each semester. Your crew-specific learning goals outline skills and abilities your supervisor will teach you during the semester. 

Some of out Holden Arts Assistant learning goals include:

  • How to maintain a gallery and use a vinyl cutter 
  • Communication and administrative skills
  • Safe use of studio tools and equipment
  • A working knowledge of Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator