Internship Experience

I'm loving my internship with Soledad at Sol Print Studios. I get to practice and perfect my process as I assist contemporary artists in 4-day workshops. What's more, Sol's innovative approach to print inspires and informs my own practice. I've learned a lot during my time here - solar etching, sewing, incorporating alternative materials and transparency into my works, etc. Also, Intern artists are treated really well here - rides to the printshop and back are always offered, and healthy, delicious lunches are common occurrences. This is an internship like no other.

Danqi Cai, Fall2016
Danqi is a printmaking BFA candidate
at the Maryland Institute College of Art,
graduating in May 2019.

Danqi's solar etching and monotype print while interning at Sol Print Studios

Sol Print Studios has the type of environment that we only stumble upon a few times in our lives…if we’re lucky. It’s a professional space filled with encouragement and experimentation from Soledad Salamé herself. I had fun everyday with Soledad, Mariska, Mike, and friends and colleagues that would stop by to offer their opinions and advice.  Everyday there was a new challenge to overcome with creative solutions. As soon as I started working at Sol Print Studios, I felt like a part of the team. My suggestions were just as appreciated as others, and my opinions were always validated. I never felt like the stereotypical intern, I always felt included.  We worked on several projects at the same time so I got experience in many different kinds of printmaking. For one of the projects, we went to George Mason University in Virginia to make paper and do some pulp painting. During my time at Sol Print Studio, I learned so many different techniques that I never even knew existed. I knew nothing about printmaking when I first contacted Soledad, and by the end of the summer I felt confident printing on my own. It was such an eye opening experience and I learned more than I ever could have hoped for.

Maggie Walton, Summer 2016
Senior art major with an emphasis in graphic design
at the University of Georgia,
Graduating in the Fall of 2017. 

Maggie's Solarplate relief

I was given a mini orientation at the start of my internship because I was very new to printmaking. Everyone was very supportive. I was introduced to many printmaking techniques and high level of craftsmanship. Soledad was my supervisor throughout my time here, checking in on me throughout the day. She always answered every questions I had and was very professional at giving critiques. Working at Sol Print Studio is a wonderful experience which I know that will be helpful for me in my future career. There's just so much to learn and explore here in everyday. I'm glad I took this internship and would definitely recommend this to my friends. 

Asama S., Fall2016

Asama is a senior Graphic Design major
at the Maryland Institute College of Art,
graduating in May 2017.

Asama's Solar etching, digital print & embossing on BFK