Internships

The Foundation’s internship program is open to students currently enrolled in a college or university art history, arts management, library or archives program.  This internship program presents a valuable opportunity for successful candidates to learn about the initiatives of an artist’s Foundation.  Duties may include putting into practice proper archival methods, digitizing archival photographs and other materials, or assisting the registrar with collection management.

Internship opportunities will be posted on this page as they become available. The application process generally includes submission of a resume, writing sample, contact information for a minimum of two references and a cover letter.  Please note that there are no internship positions currently available.


Education Initiative

The Willem de Kooning Foundation looks to the artist’s own practices for lessons and opportunities that advance arts education for students of all ages.

From 2008 – 2018, the Foundation collaborated with the Long Island Children’s Museum (LICM) to bring innovative art workshops to children and teens at the museum, the Cohen Children’s Medical Center, and in many of the public libraries and schools across Nassau County, Long Island.  Over the years, the Foundation staff and LICM educators worked together to design lessons based on de Kooning’s own life philosophies and methods for visual problem solving.  Immersed in abstraction and de Kooning’s risk taking model, students gained new experience in critical and visual thinking while they developed personal expression, ways to direct emotions through art making and, ultimately, self-confidence.  Celebratory exhibitions of the artworks created over the course of each program were held annually at LICM. 

The Foundation looks forward to continuing our educational programming in the years to come and as opportunities arise.


Loans and Exhibitions Initiative

The Foundation’s loan program promotes understanding and appreciation of de Kooning’s work to the public by lending works to a wide range of institutions in the United States and abroad.   The Foundation actively participates in museum exhibitions and extends long term loans to qualified museums and other establishments.


Works in the Foundation’s collection are currently on loan to the following:

City of Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Grand Rapids Art Museum, Grand Rapids, MI, USA
Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, USA
LongHouse Reserve, East Hampton, NY, USA
Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich, Germany
Blanton Museum of Art, University of Texas at Austin, TX, USA
Stanford University, Stanford, CA, USA

For more on where to find works by Willem de Kooning visit the Public Collections section of this website.