JOB: The Andrew W. Mellon Curatorial Fellowship, 2011-2014

The Andrew W. Mellon Curatorial Fellowship, 2011-2014

The Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design is pleased to
announce a fellowship funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for an
outstanding junior scholar who wishes to pursue a curatorial career.
The Mellon Fellow will be fully integrated into the Museum’s
Department of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs. The Fellow will have
access to the museum collections and research libraries in the region
and will enjoy all the professional privileges of the museum’s staff.
The Fellow will be expected to participate in strengthening the
Museum’s engagement with the academic curricula at Brown University
and RISD.

Core Activities
Become familiar with the collection’s 24,000 works on paper and
undertake research in area of expertise. Supervise the Museum’s active
study room for prints, drawings, and photographs. Assist with
departmental exhibitions, catalogue new acquisitions, give regular
presentations to classes and gallery talks, answer queries about the
collection, and interact with scholars, students and the public on
matters concerning the collection. Work with the two department
curators to help develop collaboration with faculty at RISD and Brown
University to encourage greater use of the collection in classes and
individual study. In collaboration with a faculty member from Brown
and/or RISD, propose an exhibition and publication to be presented in
the third year. Travel with the department’s curators to explore
potential acquisitions, and to attend scholarly conferences and
relevant exhibitions. Assist with management of day to day
departmental activities as assigned.

Ph.D. (or ABD) or equivalent in Art History or closely related field,
with demonstrated interest in and knowledge of the history of the
graphic arts. Strong communication skills and museum or teaching
experience are essential. Knowledge of a European language is highly

The Andrew W. Mellon Curatorial Fellow is a three-year fellowship. The
Fellow receives an annual salary plus benefits and travel and research

Application and Deadline
For more information about RISD and to apply online, please visit  Review of applications begins immediately,
and will continue until the position is filled. Candidates who submit
their materials by September 1, 2010 will be assured full
consideration.  A complete application will consist of:

• A letter of interest
• A curriculum vitae
• A statement describing the applicant’s area of research and
potential relationship to the museum’s collections
• A copy of a published paper or a writing sample
• Three letters of recommendation, including the names and contact
information for references

RISD is an Equal Opportunity Employer


Author: Camara Dia Holloway

I am an art historian specializing in early twentieth century American art with particular focus on the history of photography, race and representation, and transatlantic modernist networks. I earned my PhD at Yale University in the History of Art Department. Besides my leadership role as the Founding Co-Director of the Association for Critical Race Art History (ACRAH), I am recognized for my expertise on African American Art, particularly African American Photography, and as a seasoned consultant for exhibitions, museum collections, and symposia/lectures planning.

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