The Willem de Kooning Foundation is a not-for-profit, artist-endowed foundation whose mission is to foster the study and appreciation of Willem de Kooning’s life and work through research, exhibitions and educational programs.

The Foundation is offering an internship to assist with registrarial duties, research projects, and other Foundation responsibilities.  This is an opportunity to learn about the nature of an artist’s foundation, collection’s management and care, and Willem de Kooning in particular.  The internship will begin immediately and has the possibility to continue through the spring and summer 2020.

Eligibility:  Candidate must be currently enrolled in a university art history or museum studies program at a masters or PhD level.  Eligibility is extended to those who graduated in May 2019 or December 2018.

Successful candidate must demonstrate sound writing, proofreading, communication, and research skills.  He or she must be a detail-oriented, highly organized and discreet individual who is both a team player and self-motivated.  Proficiency in Microsoft Office programs (Word and Excel) is required, and familiarity with FileMaker Pro and social media platforms is a plus.  Knowledge of twentieth-century American art, specifically Abstract Expressionism, is preferred but not required.  This is a paid internship.  Intern must be available to work two or more days per week.

Interested parties may submit a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and 2 references to:  Deadline for submission is August 29, 2019.

The Willem de Kooning Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

The Foundation provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, marital status, genetic information, disability, or military or veteran status.  In addition to federal law requirements, the Foundation complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment. 

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

NYU School of Law, NY, USA                                                   

LongHouse Reserve, East Hampton, NY, USA                                                     
Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich, Germany                                                             
Stanford University, Stanford, CA, USA


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