JOB: Head, Research and Scholars Center, Smithsonian American Art Museum

The Smithsonian American Art Museum is now accepting applications for the Head of the Research and Scholars Center in Washington, DC. This is an outstanding senior leadership role, overseeing a team responsible for the fellowships and internships programs, archives and special collections, research and collections databases, and the museum’s peer-reviewed journal, American Art.

Permanent, Federal GS-15 position in Washington, DC, salary range from $148,484-$176,300/year. Apply by April 6. Telework possible, but not fully remote.

General U.S. citizen applicants (DEU): https://usajobs.gov/job/643252500
Merit Promotion Authority (MPA) applicants only: https://usajobs.gov/job/643249900

Qualifications: You qualify for this position if you have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-14 level in the Federal Service or comparable pay band system. For this position, Specialized experience is defined as experience in program management, administration, and staff supervision; strategic planning skills; art history and visual culture, particularly American art; interests and needs of scholars and researchers of American art and related fields; principles and practices of information management; developing computer databases; archival standards and procedures for special collections; professional associations and resources within the visual resource, information management and archival fields; and writing and editing.

JOB OPPORTUNITY: Curator-at-Large, Phillips Collection (Washington, DC)

If you are unable to complete this application due to a disability, contact this employer to ask for an accommodation or an alternative application process.

Curator-at-Large

Active – Regular full-timeProfessionalCuratorial, Washington, DC, US

Requisition ID: 1160APPLY

Salary Range:$80,000.00 To 85,000.00 Annually

OVERVIEW: 

The Curator-at-Large will bring bold, imaginative thinking to The Phillips Collection, encompassing different global perspectives and engaging with a multiplicity of narratives that transcend Western European modernism. The curator’s work will position the museum vis-à-vis current regional and global contexts, by proposing new acquisitions, and initiating exhibitions and programs with particular emphasis on African American art, the arts of Africa, the African-Diaspora, the Americas and/or Asia. In addition, the Curator at Large will provide thought leadership and an energizing vision for curatorial programs and initiatives that enhance the Philips’s value principles of equity, empathy, and resilience, exploring the interface of artistic practice and social justice, art and wellness, and artistic reckoning with the urgency of climate destruction.  

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • As a member of the museum’s senior leadership team, the curator will work collaboratively with the museum director, the chief curator and deputy director for academic affairs, the director of learning and education strategy, the director of community engagement, and the Chief Diversity Officer 
  • Guided by the two key components of the job position the curator-a-t-large will introduce exhibitions, related programs and initiatives, thereby impacting the intellectual and artistic fabric of the institution. 
  • Work with the director, chief curator, and curatorial department, in identifying possible acquisitions for the collection.
  • Work with the director of community engagement on strategies to engage the broader DC community with the museum’s collection and exhibitions
  • Work with the Cross-Departmental Director for Contemporary Art Innovation & Partnerships to shape inclusive relationships in the local artist communities, but also introducing leading innovative voices from diverse and global perspectives. 
  • Direct the Phillips annual Artists of Conscience Forum as a platform to explore the intersection of artistic practice and urgent societal issues, working in collaboration cross departmentally.  
  • Participate in selecting and shaping Conversations with Artists, Creative Voices, Book Prize and Postdoctoral Fellowships, as well as shaping new programs and finding new partnerships. 
  • In collaboration with the Chief Diversity Officer, explore the opportunities for learning and growth around issues of social justice within the Phillips community.
  • Produce original research (catalogues, essays, articles, blogs, podcasts), and participate in conferences and workshops related to art, humanities, and intersectional scholarship.            
  • Perform additional management and administrative tasks as needed.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • MA, PhD degree in Art History or Humanities or other related training area
  • 5 years plus of curatorial practice, preferably in a museum or other cultural institution. 
  • Knowledge of modern and contemporary art and art practices, with an emphasis global modernism and the history of African American art, the arts of Africa, the African-Diaspora, the Americas and/or Asia.
  • Enthusiasm for new forms of engagement in curatorial practice
  • Ability to adopt nimbly through complex situation; to listen and consult colleagues and build team spirit; to recognize and reward the contribution of others; and to communicate openly, decisively and proactively
  • Excellent writing, research, speaking, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills

The Phillips Collection is an equal opportunity employer and administers all employment decisions and personnel actions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, genetic disposition or carrier status, marital status, veteran status, personal appearance, gender identity or expression, family responsibilities, matriculation, political affiliation, or any other category protected under applicable federal, state, or local law.

See: https://workforcenow.adp.com/mascsr/default/mdf/recruitment/recruitment.html?cid=f8ae008f-99ab-4241-be9d-f3450d619f5a&ccId=19000101_000001&type=MP&lang=en_US&selectedMenuKey=CareerCenter

JOB: Lecturer, Museum Studies @ UPittsburgh/Carnegie Museum of Natural History

The Department of History of Art and Architecture (HAA) at the University of Pittsburgh and the Carnegie Museum of Natural History (CMNH) located on the Oakland campus of the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh (CMP) are strongly committed to excellence in research, and to inclusive curatorial and teaching practices that promote collaboration, diversity, and public engagement. To further our leadership in these areas we seek to hire a Lecturer in Museum Studies who will work both as a scholar-teacher in HAA’s dynamic art history department and as a curator with the unique cross-disciplinary collections of Carnegie Museums. This appointment is jointly funded by the University of Pittsburgh and the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh for the purpose of creating collaborations between HAA, CMNH, and other museums in the Pittsburgh region. The appointment is for three years, starting September 1, 2022 and is outside the tenure stream, but may be renewable pending budget authorization from both the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Museum of Natural History. Salary and benefits are competitive.

The successful candidate will teach six credits per year (one 3-credit course per semester) in HAA’s thriving undergraduate museum studies program, which draws students not only from art history and studio arts, but also from history, anthropology, and other disciplines in the Arts & Sciences. Their teaching will support the practicum requirement in the Museum Studies major and minor, with courses that engage collections at CMNH as well as Pitt, including the University Art Gallery and the University Library System. They will collaborate with HAA’s Academic Curator to advance important partnerships between HAA and CMNH. They will also work collaboratively with undergraduate students and faculty from HAA and other departments at the university interested in teaching with and researching the collections at CMNH; and will facilitate internships and other experiential learning opportunities for students.  

The successful candidate will also devote 50% of the position time to serving as Assistant/ Associate Curator (depending on qualifications) in CMNH focusing on topics related to environmental humanities, decolonization, and indigenization. Their activities are expected to challenge, diversify and deepen perspectives, narratives and approaches to natural history museum’s collections and exhibitions.  They will be expected to participate in collections or institutional based research, planning, and implementation of relevant innovative exhibitions and programs as part of public engagement, some of these working with undergraduates in HAA’s museum studies program, and potentially in partnership with other museum venues, including other museums within CMP and the University Art Gallery.  

Salary and benefits will be shared by the University of Pittsburgh and the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh. Annual evaluations of the employee will be conducted by the Chair of HAA and the Director of Research and Collections at CMNH. 

To apply, visit join.pitt.edu. The requisition number for this position is 22000781.

Minimum requirements:  

  • PhD in hand or expected by June 2022 in art history, museum studies, anthropology, or allied fields
  • Some university-level teaching experience in the history of art, museum studies, anthropology, or an allied field
  • Curatorial experience in a museum or gallery

Preferred requirements:  

  • A demonstrable record of engagement in public humanities, and ability to connect specialized knowledge to broad intellectual frameworks that cut across disciplines and engage diverse publics
  • Experience as the instructor of record for a university-level course in the history of art, museum studies, anthropology, or an allied field
  • Ability to communicate and collaborate across multiple stakeholders and divisions within institutions
  • Engagement with active learning pedagogies and mentoring undergraduate students
  • Engagement with initiatives that advance social justice, equity, inclusion, accessibility and diversity
  • Expertise in one or more of the following intellectual domains: race and gender, indigeneity, history of museums, natural history, the Anthropocene

Applications should include: 

  • Cover letter addressed to Prof. Mrinalini Rajagopalan, Chair, HAA Department, that discusses the applicant’s research, teaching and museum experience, describing applicant’s approach to curation and public humanities, areas of research interest, and a brief description of past curatorial experience with museum programing or exhibitions and how the applicant would embrace the opportunities afforded by this joint appointment. 
  • Current CV. Include a list of courses taught.
  • Statement of teaching philosophy, including strategies to integrate student coursework and internships into museum activities and evidence of teaching effectiveness through sample student work or student/ mentor evaluations. (1 – 2 pages)
  • Diversity statement (1–2 pages) in which you share how your past, planned, or potential contributions and experiences relating to diversity, equity, and inclusion will advance the University of Pittsburgh’s and CMP’s commitments to inclusive excellence.
  • Contact information (full name, title, institutional affiliation, and email) for three persons able to provide confidential professional letters of recommendation. We do not need the letters themselves at this first stage of application, only the contact information.

Review of applications will begin on March 18, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled. Applications must be uploaded through the University of Pittsburgh’s Talent Center website. Questions may be directed to Karoline Swiontek, Administrative Officer, HAA Department (karoline@pitt.edu). 

Information on HAA and CMNH:  

Both the department and the museum are committed to the study and understanding of art and material culture across the world from the ancient to the contemporary periods. 

HAA has a strong record of research productivity in the arts and architecture of East Asia, South Asia, the ancient Mediterranean, Europe from the Middle Ages to the present, the Americas, and global contemporary art. The department’s Museum Studies program provides undergraduates with classes in the history and theory of museology, project-based training, and professional placements. Our graduate and undergraduate students benefit from the resources of the University Art Gallery and the Frick Fine Arts Library, which have their own collections, and a Visual Media Workshop that serves as a hub for Digital Humanities research and collaboration at the University of Pittsburgh: http://www.haa.pitt.edu.  

CMNH is part of CMP which encompasses four distinct museums: Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Carnegie Museum of Art, Carnegie Science Center, and The Andy Warhol Museum: http://www.carnegiemuseums.org.  The Natural History Museum’s collection of over 22 million artifacts and specimens, includes 1.6 million ethnological and historical specimens and archaeological artifacts with major research collections from South America (Amazonia), Central America, North America (Arctic, Southwest, Plains, Northwest Coast), Central Africa, Asia (China and Japan), and Australia.  The museum currently has major projects underway exploring the Anthropocene and gender and sexuality in nature, in addition to renovating the ancient Egyptian galleries. It is also in the early stages of re-visioning and intervening into its galleries about North American Indigenous cultures. 

The Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences is committed to building and fostering a culturally diverse environment. Excellent interpersonal and relationship-building skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of individuals and constituencies in support of a diverse community are required.

The University of Pittsburgh is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and values equality of opportunity, human dignity and diversity. EOE, including disability/vets 

The University of Pittsburgh requires all Pitt constituents (employees and students) on all campuses to be vaccinated against COVID-19 or have an approved exemption. Visit coronavirus.pitt.edu to learn more about this requirement.

JOB: Curatorial Fellow for Asian American Art at SAAM

The Smithsonian American Art Museum seeks Curatorial Fellow for Asian American Art. This two-year job offers invaluable professional experience for an exceptional emerging scholar interested in an art museum career. The selected candidate will play a key role in an initiative to expand the representation of works by artists of Asian and Pacific Islander descent in SAAM’s collection and galleries. Working with a supervisory curator, they will be active in acquisitions planning and development; collections assessment and research; project administration; and gallery installation and interpretation. The fellow will also participate in the upcoming reinstallation of SAAM’s permanent collection galleries and in the intellectual life of the museum’s Research and Scholars Center.

The ideal candidate will have completed Ph.D level graduate studies or be ABD in Asian American art or history, and have a record of museum experience and/or scholarly publication. The position is classified as temporary, full-time Federal employment (GS-9), with a starting salary of $ $61,947 plus benefits. The position begins in August 2022.

The posting is open through March 10, 2022

Please submit applications at:
https://www.usajobs.gov/job/633269900 (Status/MPA)
https://www.usajobs.gov/job/633310400 (Non-Status/DEU)

The Smithsonian Institution is an equal opportunity employer.

JOB: Curator/Director @ Univ. of Connecticut

The University of Connecticut has opened a search for a Curator and Director of the Contemporary Art Galleries, who would also serve as an Assistant Professor in Residence in the Department of Art + Art History. We are especially interested in candidates whose curatorial activities, research, and teaching actively confront the dehumanizing legacies of racism and colonialism in relation to the arts and visual culture.

https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/21031

Inquiries can be directed to Emily Larned (Search Chair, emily.larned@uconn.edu), or Charlene Haukom (Department Administrator, charlene.haukom@uconn.edu). 

RFQ: Curatorial Assistance Services, Architecture and Design, at NMAAHC

CURATORIAL ASSISTANCE SERVICES (ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN)
OFFICE OF CURATORIAL AFFAIRS
NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY AND CULTURE

This Request for Quote (RFQ) is issued by the Smithsonian Institution (SI) National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC).

SCOPE OF WORK

NMAAHC needs professional, non-personal, work-for-hire services to provide curatorial research assistance for the Office of Curatorial Affairs (OCA) in support of the curator of Architecture and Design. The purpose of this contract is to assist the curator of Architecture and Design in performing and undertaking curatorial activities. The contractor will assist with research and writing related to collections, exhibitions, publications, public programs, and digital products. The contractor scope of work includes assisting the curator with tasks related to collecting archives and other materials from black architects; collecting contemporary design, including furniture; collecting graphic design; collecting architectural sketches and drawings; collecting ephemera from conferences and exhibitions focused on black architects and designers; collecting and preserving design-related materials in digital-only format. The contractor may also contribute to new interpretive and educational content in this area.

The Contractor will work with the curator to research architects and designers; research architectural representations; write about architects and designers; engage in correspondence about curatorial projects; provide administrative and clerical support; provide exhibition, publications, and program support; assist with digital collecting and other collections offers, acquisitions, and loans; provide scholarly research and other program and research support as assigned by the curator of Architecture and Design. The span of these responsibilities, specified below, encompasses research and writing background papers, information management and tracking, high-level communication with donors, and frequent communication with museum curators and museum specialists.

The period of performance will be on or about March 1, 2022 to February 28, 2023.

Contact Michelle Wilkinson(WilkinsonM@si.edufor bid package.  Please indicate your interest by 5:00 PM, January 24, 2021.

JOB: Asst Dir of Community Engagement and Learning @ Krannert Art Museum

 Krannert Art Museum seeks candidates for an Assistant Director of Community Engagement and Learning. The primary function of this position will be to design and implement the museum’s community engagement and learning initiatives. This position has an integral role in establishing the agenda for public and campus engagement and collaboration in developing in-gallery, off-site, and digital programs, and interpretation. The candidate will work closely with the Director and other staff members to ensure that the museum’s strategic goals are achieved. 

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer that recruits and hires qualified candidates without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity,age, national origin, disability, or veteran status. For more information, visit http://go.illinois.edu/EEO

As the museum’s principal educator and programmer, the Assistant Director will collaborate with a team to reconceive museum education and community engagement at KAM – on site, online, and in community. A core member of the museum’s leadership team reporting to the Director, the Assistant Director of Community Engagement and Learning will ensure that the museum’s strategic goals are achieved, particularly those involving diversity, equity, accessibility, and sustainability. An overarching commitment to inclusion and a culture of care is central to the museum’s identity, and this position is a keystone of that ongoing work. 

Doing this work requires dismantling systemic barriers of exclusion, centering welcome for all visitors, and gaining the trust of long marginalized communities. The Assistant Director will lead a team of education coordinators, graduate assistants, and student employees while working collaboratively with curators. Student engagement and developing sustainable and deep relationships with our communities are priorities, building on recent work with regional Black communities as well as students and community members with disabilities. Shaping the future with existing strong collaborations with the Champaign, Urbana, and Rantoul Public Schools (all diverse, and a substantial number of households at or below the region’s ALICE threshold) will be key, especially considering the public schools’ changing needs and our commitment to center anti-ableism and anti-racism in museum’s public engagement and teaching. 

Fundraising collaboratively is a key aspect of the position, and the Assistant Director will develop grant proposals and cultivate private support under the guidance of the Senior Director of Advancement and the Director. Furthering current initiatives and building on areas of strength is critical. Among the most significant include: 1) the indigenous arts of the Americas; 2) Black arts research, particularly in support of the College of Fine and Applied Arts’s Black Arts Research Initiative; 3) the museum as a crucial site for wellness; and 4) building on the university’s illustrious history around access, our wide-ranging work in disability, Crip Theory, and the arts, including collaborations with Illinois’s student service organization, regional community organizations, and the University of Illinois Chicago. 

The Assistant Director will build productive partnerships with the Department of Art Education, the Community Fab Lab, the College of Education, the recently opened Siebel Center for Design, the Spurlock Museum of World Cultures, Japan House, the campus cultural houses, and Allerton Park and Gardens. A rich array of student organizations and a vibrant artist community on and off campus also offer fertile ground for collaborations. 

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITES 

Program Development • Manage and creatively develop all museum learning experiences, including public programs, curricular-based offerings, teaching on and off-site, K-12 school programs, family events, student engagement programs, docent training, and the Giertz Education Center. • Create and direct a collaboratively developed community engagement program. • Shape visitor experience at the museum and implement improvements. Management and Administration • Recruit, select, train, and supervise education staff members, undergraduate and graduate students, interns, hourly workers, and volunteers. • Develop and coordinate all museum educational activities. • Develop and administer budget and financial commitments for public programs, engagement, and learning activities. • Develop grant proposals for education and public engagement initiatives and steward donors. 

Teaching • Teach and actively engage in co-creating museum learning programs in the museum galleries, off-site, and online. Other Collaborative Duties • Participate actively in the Krannert Art Museum’s diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility initiatives • Represent the museum on administrative committees internally and externally and actively engage in the College of Fine and Applied Arts and campus communities • Build productive relationships with community members and organizations, faculty, students, university staff, schoolteachers, and other museum professionals. 

QUALIFICATIONS Required • Bachelor’s degree in Art Education, Art History, Community Organizing and Advocacy, or related field. • Four years of progressive work experience, including three years leading teams. Previous experience in museums or arts organizations. Practical experience in education, social engagement, and community programming. Preferred • Master’s degree in Art Education, Art History, Community Organizing and Advocacy, or related field. Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: • Commitment to delivering programs and managing teams that align with the museum’s vision for diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility. • Demonstrated excellence in planning, organizational, project management, and time management skills. Capacity to lead projects while using independent judgment and discretion. • Excellent oral and written communication skills. • The ability to promote collaboration, creativity, and open communication both within the education team and with museum staff, academic departments, and external groups. 

The Krannert Art Museum Krannert Art Museum (KAM) is a public engagement unit within the College of Fine and Applied Arts at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. KAM’s collection of 11,000 works from the fourth millennium BCE to the present represent global cultures and cross all media, with strengths in the art of Europe, United States, the ancient Andes, and Africa. The museum’s historical collections have always been accompanied by an abiding interest in the art of our own day. KAM is free, with all activities open to the public. As a campus public engagement unit, and the only art museum in a region of over 350,000 people, both urban and rural, in east central Illinois, KAM fulfills the university’s land-grant mission of research, teaching, and outreach. We accomplish this work as a laboratory, presenting new research and approaches to object-based teaching; as a sanctuary for the community’s well-being; and as a civic center, a gathering place to explore pressing issues. The museum primarily serves two audiences: the university’s 61,000 faculty, staff, and students, and the ethnically and racially diverse communities of east central Illinois. The region is dominated by the cities of Urbana and Champaign (208,400), surrounded by expansive rural communities. 

APPOINTMENT INFORMATION This full-time, 12-month, Academic Professional appointment. The start date as soon as possible after the closing date. Salary is commensurate with experience. 

To Apply: Applications must be received by January 31, 2022. Apply for this position using the “Apply for Position” button below. If you have not applied before, you must create your candidate profile at http://jobs.illinois.edu. If you already have a profile, you will be redirected to that existing profile via email notification. To complete the application process: 

1. Submit the Staff Vacancy Application. 2. Submit the Voluntary Self-Identification of Disability forms. 3. Upload your cover letter and resume (months and years of employment must be included), and contact information of three professional references. For further information about this specific position, contact Shanitera Walker at walker32@illinois.edu. For questions about the application process, please contact 217-333-2137. 

University of Illinois faculty, staff, and students are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. If you are not able to receive the vaccine for medical or religious reasons, you may seek approval for an exemption in accordance with applicable University processes. 

University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer. Convictions are not a bar to employment. As a qualifying federal contractor, the University of Illinois System uses E-Verify to verify employment eligibility. The University of Illinois System requires candidates selected for hire to disclose any documented finding of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment and to authorize inquiries to current and former employers regarding findings of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment. For more information, visit Policy on Consideration of Sexual Misconduct in Prior Employment. 

FELLOWSHIP OPPORTUNITY: Hoehn Curatorial Fellow for Prints at the University of San Diego

About the Hoehn Curatorial Fellow for Prints at the University of San Diego: the position is intended for those with a background in prints and works on paper, but is open in terms of area of expertise. More information and a link to apply available here.

Call for Applications, 2022-2023: The Tyson Scholars of American Art Program at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

The Tyson Scholars of American Art Program encourages and supports full-time interdisciplinary scholarship that seeks to expand boundaries and traditional categories of investigation into American art and visual and material culture from the colonial period to the present. The program was established in 2012 through a $5 million commitment from the Tyson family and Tyson Foods, Inc. Since its inception, the Tyson Scholars Program has supported the work of 57 scholars, attracting academic professionals in a variety of disciplines nationally and internationally.

Crystal Bridges and the Tyson Scholars Program invites PhD candidates (or equivalent), post-doctoral researchers, and senior scholars from any field who are researching American art to apply. Scholars may be focused on architecture, craft, material culture, performance art, and new media. We also invite applications from scholars approaching US art transregionally and looking at the broader geographical context of the Americas, especially including Latinx and Indigenous art. Applications will be evaluated on the originality and quality of the proposed research project and its contribution to a more equitable and inclusive history of American art.

The Tyson Scholars Program looks for research projects that will intersect meaningfully with the museum’s collections, library resources, architecture, grounds, curatorial expertise, programs and exhibitions; and/or the University of Arkansas faculty broadly; and applicants should speak to why residence in Northwest Arkansas and the surrounding areas will advance their work. The applicant’s academic standing, scholarly qualifications, and experience will be considered, as it informs the ability of the applicant to complete the proposed project. Letters of support are strongest when they demonstrate the applicant’s excellence, promise, originality, track record, and productivity as a scholar, not when the letter contains a commentary on the project.

Crystal Bridges is dedicated to an equitable, inclusive, and diverse cohort of fellows. We seek applicants who bring a critical perspective and understanding of the experiences of groups historically underrepresented in American art, and welcome applications from qualified persons of color; who are Indigenous; with disabilities; who are LGBTQ; first-generation college graduates; from low-income households; and who are veterans.

Fellowships are residential and support full-time writing and research for terms that range from six weeks to nine months. While in residence, Tyson Scholars have access to the art and library collections of Crystal Bridges as well as the library and archives at the University of Arkansas in nearby Fayetteville. Stipends vary depending on the duration of residency, position as senior scholar, post-doctoral scholar or pre-doctoral scholar, and range from $17,000 to $34,000 per semester, plus provided housing. The residency includes $1,500 for relocation, and additional research funds upon application. Scholars are provided workspace in the curatorial wing of the Crystal Bridges Library. The workspace is an enclosed area shared with other Tyson Scholars. Scholars are provided with basic office supplies, desk space, an office chair, space on a bookshelf, and a locking cabinet with key for personal belongings and files. Housing is provided within walking distance of the museum.

Further information about the Tyson Scholars Program, application instructions, and application portal can be found at https://crystalbridges.org/reports-and-research/tyson-scholars/. Applications for the 2022-2023 academic year open November 1, 2021 and close January 14, 2022.

About Crystal Bridges:
As Crystal Bridges and the Momentary, we recognize our role as settlers and guests in the Northwest Arkansas region. We acknowledge the Caddo, Quapaw, and Osage as well as the many Indigenous caretakers of this land and water. We appreciate the enduring influence of the vibrant, diverse, and contemporary cultures of Indigenous peoples. We are conscious of the role in colonization that museums have played. As cultural institutions, we have a responsibility to engage in the dismantling of historical and systemic invisibility of Indigenous peoples past, present, and future. We choose to intentionally hold ourselves accountable to appropriate conversation, representation, connection, and education to facilitate a space of measurable change.

The mission of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art is to welcome all to celebrate the American spirit in a setting that unites the power of art with the beauty of nature. Since opening in 2011, Crystal Bridges has welcomed 5.6 million visitors to the museum, with no cost for admission. Crystal Bridges was founded in 2005 as a non-profit charitable organization by philanthropist and chair of the museum’s board of directors, Alice Walton. The museum is nestled on 120 acres of Ozark landscape and was designed by world-renowned architect Moshe Safdie. A rare Frank Lloyd Wright-designed house was preserved and relocated to the museum grounds in 2015. Crystal Bridges offers public programs including lectures, performances, classes, and teacher development opportunities. Some 300,000 school children have participated in the Willard and Pat Walker School Visit program, which provides educational experiences for school groups at no cost to the schools. Additional museum amenities include a restaurant, gift store, library, and over five miles of walking/biking trails, as well as outdoor art installations. Through the Tyson Scholars of American Art program, Crystal Bridges encourages and supports pre-doctoral and post-doctoral research that seek to expand boundaries of American art.

On February 22, 2020 Crystal Bridges opened the Momentary, a contemporary art satellite space highlighting today’s visual, performing, and culinary arts. The Momentary champions contemporary art’s role in everyday life and supports an artist-in-residence program.

Crystal Bridges’ collection spans five centuries of American masterworks from early American to current day and is enhanced by temporary exhibitions. The collection development focuses on artwork that expands American art, including artwork by artists with diverse backgrounds, working in a wide range of media. Special interests include craft, Native American art, and art that addresses multiple perspectives and stories. The collection is available online at CrystalBridges.org/art-galleries. Crystal Bridges’ research library consists of approximately 60,000 volumes as well as significant manuscript and ephemera holdings. The Crystal Bridges Library ibrary also houses a comprehensive collection of American color-plate books from the nineteenth century.

CFP: APS Printmaking Workshop For Early-Career Curators and Scholars in New Mexico (May 23-27, 2022)

The Association of Print Scholars (APS) is currently accepting applications for the first of two intensive, hands-on printmaking workshops for emerging scholars and curators funded by The Paper Project: Prints and Drawings Curatorship in the 21st Century, an international initiative of the Getty Foundation that supports training and professional development for early- and mid-career curators of prints and drawings.

Based in New Mexico, this five-day workshop will be dedicated to planographic techniques (lithography and monotype) and will be hosted at the renowned Tamarind Institute and the University of New Mexico Art Museum in Albuquerque and 10 Grand Press in Santa Fe. 

A thorough comprehension of various printmaking methods is critical to producing scholarship and exhibitions on these media. Yet, many early-career print curators lack such practical experience as they embark upon their careers due to competing professional and academic demands that make it difficult to enroll in a semester-long printmaking course. Because the intricacies of printmaking are often difficult to grasp from text alone, APS hopes this workshop will provide invaluable technical and material knowledge of the medium that will not only contribute to, but also enhance, a print curator’s and scholar’s understanding of a work’s content, intention, and aesthetic. Our aim is also to prepare participants to better communicate these complex techniques in an accessible language to a general audience and contribute new personal insights to the field.

Ten early-career curators and scholars will be selected to participate in the workshop. Designed as an intensive program, the first two days will consist of hands-on work in lithography at the Tamarind Institute. The third and fourth days will be dedicated to studio work in monotype at 10 Grand Press. The final day will consist of a tour of the works on paper collection at the University of New Mexico Museum of Art.

Applications to the workshop are open to candidates who have a graduate degree (or equivalent experience), which must have been awarded within 10 years. Preference will be given to early-career curatorial professionals (curators, curatorial or research assistants/associates, postdoctoral fellows), although advanced graduate students and independent scholars with a demonstrated interest in printmaking and curatorial practice will also be considered. 

Travel, accommodation, and meal expenses will be fully covered by APS and the Getty Foundation.

To apply, please submit the following documents via an online form:

  • A brief statement (500 max.) describing your research/work and how it would be enriched by this workshop
  • If you have previously participated in programming sponsored by The Paper Project or the Association of Print Scholars, please include a brief description of your experience and how it impacted your scholarship (250 words max.)
  • A current CV
  • Contact information for an academic or professional reference. Please note that one letter of reference must be emailed to workshops@printscholars.org, with the subject line “APS Printmaking Workshop 2022 – Reference [Candidate Last Name, First Name]”, by your recommender following the submission of the online application.

All application materials are due by November 6, 2021. To view the full announcement online, click here.

Important notice regarding COVID-19The health and safety of our workshop attendees is our top priority. In accordance with local state law requirements, all those attending the workshop must be fully vaccinated, and guests will be required to share proof of vaccination and photo identification prior to the start of the workshop. Face coverings will also be required in all indoor public spaces. We are monitoring the situation closely and expect to provide additional health and safety protocols closer to the event. Thank you for your cooperation.

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