FEL: Andrew W. Mellon Curatorial Fellow @ Museum of Art, RISD

Be a part of the Museum of Art at the Rhode Island School of Design. The Museum acquires, preserves, exhibits, and interprets works of art and design representing diverse cultures from ancient times to the present. Distinguished by its relationship to Rhode Island School of Design, the Museum educates and inspires artists, designers, students, scholars, and the general public through exhibitions, programs, and publications.

As an employer, RISD offers a supportive, collegial and inclusive work environment and a competitive benefits package.

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 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 desirable.

The Andrew W. Mellon Curatorial Fellow is a three-year fellowship. The Fellow receives an annual salary plus benefits and travel and research funds. The appointment will begin in January 2015.

Application and Deadline
For more information about RISD and to apply online, please visit http://www.risd.edu/jobs. Review of applications begins immediately, and will continue until the position is filled. Candidates who submit their materials by September 1, 2014 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

For more information about RISD and to APPLY ONLINE, please visit our website at http://www.risd.edu/jobs. 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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