FEL: Alfred Appel Jr Curatorial Fellowship @ Delaware Museum of Art

The Delaware Art Museum is pleased to offer an annual Curatorial Fellowship. This two-month Fellowship is intended for graduate students working towards a Museum career. This Fellowship honors Alfred Appel, Jr., a leading scholar of American Studies and a collector of modern prints and photographs.

The focus of the Fellowship changes each year based on institutional need. The Fellowship requires two months of full-time work, or the equivalent in part-time hours. The timing of the Fellowship is flexible and can be carried out full-time or part-time, based on applicant and institutional commitments, and must be served between April 2015 and February 2016.

In 2015–2016 the Appel Curatorial Fellow will research and plan an exhibition drawn from the University Museums’ African American art collection at the University of Delaware, inclusive of the Paul R. Jones Collection. Jones was a major collector of 20th-century art who amassed a premiere collection of African American art. His donation of works—diverse in media, subject, style, and technique—to the University of Delaware serves as the foundation for a growing collection of African American art. The collection includes works by such noted artists as Charles White, Herman “Kofi” Bailey, David Driskell, Elizabeth Catlett, Earl Hooks, Leo Twiggs, Stanley White, Jacob Lawrence, Romare Bearden, P.H. Polk and Selma Burke. The Fellow will plan a focused exhibition from this remarkable collection.

The Appel Curatorial Fellow will work closely with Heather Campbell Coyle, Curator of American Art, to plan an exhibition scheduled for the summer of 2016.

The focus of the 2016–2017 Fellowship will be announced in the fall of 2015.

Receiving the Fellowship:
A stipend of $3,500 is available for the Fellowship. The Fellowship is intended for those who are currently enrolled in an art history graduate program and are planning a museum career. While the project may require off-site research, the fellow is expected to work on site regularly during the period of the Fellowship.

Important Dates:
The deadline to apply for the 2015 Fellowship is March 1, 2015. Notification of the successful applicant will be announced by April 1, 2015. The chosen candidate will then be asked to provide a date for assuming the Fellowship by May 1, 2015. The Fellowship must be carried out between April 30, 2015 and February 10, 2016.

To Apply:
Applications for the 2015 Appel Fellowship, including a cover letter, resume, and two letters of recommendation as an MS Word or PDF attachment may be emailed to Heather Campbell Coyle, Curator of American Art at hcoyle@delart.org

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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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