The Keith and Win Shantz Summer Internship is funded by a generous donation from Win Shantz, a prominent Waterloo supporter of the arts. Each year, four second-year M.F.A. students spend six weeks of the summer months working as assistants in a professional artist's studio. Each student receives a $5000.00 scholarship and a stipend of $2000 CDN to cover accommodation, living and travel expenses. On completion of the internship, students devote the balance of the semester to developing their work in their own studios.
This innovative program provides students with the unique opportunity to travel, to experience the wide range of activities of professional artists, and to gain some valuable insight into the "business" of making art along the way. Now going into its eighth year, the Keith and Win Shantz Summer Internship has proven to be mutually beneficial to our students and the participating artists alike. To date, our students have worked with renowned artists such as Kim Adams, David Batchelor, Martin Creed, Thomas Demand, Stephen Ellis, Ceal Floyer, Nicola Hicks, John Hartman, Philip Pearlstein, Thomas Scheibitz, Jana Sterbak, and Donald Sultan, to name only a few.