Application Deadline May 31, 2019

The Furniture Society is pleased to invite applications for assistantships to Groundwork: Inspiration, Intersections, & Experimentation of Furniture Practice, the annual FS conference being held in partnership with and hosted at the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design (MIAD), June 19-22, 2019 in Milwaukee, WI.

This invitation is offered to students, apprentices, and trainees working in any field related to the furniture arts. All applications will be considered regardless of the applicant’s age or special circumstances. We will need help with registration, hospitality, set up before and after the conference, room monitors and assistants, A/V operators, auction, and general assistance in solving the many problems that arise during large conferences. Assistantship grants will be awarded based on the merit and training level of the applicant, with priority going to first time submissions.  There will be an initial limit of 2 accepted applicants from any one institution. If the pool does not fill, the limit will be expanded and applicants from a waiting list will be invited.

Accepted applicants receive a full conference pass in exchange for limited work. Assistants are expected to serve in assigned tasks to the equivalent of one full day of the three-day conference. This offer includes all the benefits of a normal conference registration, including the Award of Distinction lunch and dinner on June 22, but does not include tours, evening meals, housing or transportation. A variety of affordable housing options are available, and may be viewed on the FS Website.

Responsibilities and Duties:

Assistants will be assigned tasks and times by The Furniture Society, when not assigned you are free to attend conference events of your choosing. A mandatory training session for assistants is scheduled for Wednesday, June 19 (location TBA). As a condition of this grant, Conference Assistants are required to be at the conference site, ready for duty, by 9.00 am Wednesday June 19, and to remain available for assigned duties through the close of the conference events at approximately 11:00 pm Saturday, June 22.

Immediately upon notification of acceptance in the Assistantship Program, you will be required to:

  1. Complete the conference registration form
  2. Purchase or renew your FS membership as needed ($35 for students/apprentices)

Failure to make payment by the required date (specified in the acceptance letter) will cause your Assistantship Grant to be rescinded.

To apply for an Assistantship Grant:

  1. Fill out the assistantship application form (click on the Link to Application Form).
  2. Include one Letter of Recommendation (apprentices/trainees), or a copy of your current student ID.
  3. A one-page resume must accompany all applications.
  4. Email the completed application, resume, and letter of recommendation or copy of student ID to: with “assistantship application” in the subject line.

For more information, contact Erika Diamond, TFS Administrator at: