Become an ASM Emerging Artist Intern


  • Honoring Traditions: Connecting Indigenous Master and Emerging Artists Across Cultures is an Indigenous artist mentorship program of the Arizona State Museum, funded by the National Endowment for the Arts.

  • Three emerging artist interns will work with master artists Porfirio Gutiérrez (Zapotec) and Barbara Ornelas (Navajo), Arizona State Museum curators, and other specialists.

  • Interns will learn to dye wool using natural materials and to weave using a Navajo loom. They will learn how museum programs and exhibits are created and will develop both related to the internship experience.

When and Where
The program takes place in Tucson, Arizona at the Arizona State Museum on the University of Arizona campus, in two phases: 

  • October 2021-May 2022
  • June 2022-April 2023 (Phase 2 is dependent on continued funding)

Off-site experiences include visits to area galleries, an all-expense paid trip to Oaxaca, Mexico in Phase One and, during Phase Two, to the Navajo Nation.
Meeting times will be one to two weekends plus one or two weekdays a month. Exact schedule to be determined upon acceptance. Interns must participate in all activities and are responsible for their own transportation to/from Tucson for each session.

Intern Qualities Preferred

  • practicing artist in any media, fine art, or traditional arts
  • desire to be mentored
  • team worker and good communicator 
  • interest in museum or gallery work
  • interest in weaving and natural dyeing
  • lives in southern Arizona

During Phase One: interns receive a $500 stipend, iPad, Navajo loom, yarn, and trip to Oaxaca.


Contact Lisa Falk, ASM Head of Community Engagement or 520-626-2973