JOB: Positions at Smithsonian American Art Museum

Notice of Opportunity: SAAM Seeks 3 contractors for journal and fellowship programs
Journal Editor
The Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM) is issuing a formal Request for Quote (RFQ) for a contractor to perform copyediting, developmental editing, and proofreading services for American Art, the peer-reviewed journal co-published by SAAM and the University of Chicago Press. The contractor will serve as copyeditor and proofreader for the Spring, Summer, and Fall 2024 issues of American Art (vol. 38, nos. 1–3), and as a developmental editor for journal contributors and affiliated authors with an option to extend annually for four more years. American Art will contract an experienced and highly skilled editor who is knowledgeable about a range of topics in art, art-related visual culture, and social and cultural history, and have a history of professional contributions to diversity initiatives.

Advisor to Diversity and Equity Initiatives in SAAM’s Research and Scholars Center
SAAM is also issuing a formal RFQ for contractor(s) to provide outreach, evaluation, and mentorship services for the Research and Scholars Center’s (RSC) diversity and equity initiatives. The contractor(s) will serve as advisor(s) to the Terra Foundation Fellowships and the “Toward Equity in Publishing” (TEP) professional development program under the aegis of the peer-reviewed journal American Art. SAAM will award an hourly contract to one or two contractor(s). SAAM may award one individual contractor one contract of approximately 360 hours for one basic year with an additional one-year option to extend; or it may divide the duties between two individual contractors, with each receiving a contract of approximately 180 hours/year with an additional one-year option to extend.

If either sound like an exciting opportunity for you, please contact for the Request for Quotes, Statement of Work, and editing sample.

The application deadline is June 12, 2023. Please send all application materials in a single email to We anticipate having contracts for all opportunities in place no later than September 1 with work to commence on or about October 1, 2023.

Prospective contractors are strongly encouraged to enroll in the federal System for Award Management (SAM). The contract cannot be made prior to evidence of the contractor’s active and valid registration in the “all awards” category of SAM.

For further details about the journal copyeditor contract, please contact Robin Veder at, with your surname and the header “American Art editor” in the subject line. For further details about the Research and Scholars Center advisor contract, please contact Amelia Goerlitz at


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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