JOB: Graduate Fellowship @ African American Museum in Philadelphia [AAMP]

Graduate Fellowship in Museum Practice

The African American Museum in Philadelphia (AAMP) is offering a year-long fellowship for current students or recent graduates of graduate programs in African American Studies, History or Humanities funded by The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). The Graduate Fellowship in Museum Practice Program is geared to provide students with a comprehensive practicum in professional museum work with exposure to Collections Management, Museum Education, Exhibitions, Development, and Visitor Services.

At the conclusion of the year-long fellowship, each graduate fellow will have experienced the following:

  • working in the Collections, Education, Exhibit, and Visitor Services departments of a mid-size museum (AAMP)
  • developing an independent project utilizing the resources of AAMP’s collections
  • performing field assessments at small African American museum and collecting institutions; and,
  • supporting the delivery of four seminars geared to small museums/collecting institutions

The fellowship experience will be enriched through attendance at three major conferences and visits to other museums and cultural institutions.  Successful applicants will work at AAMP from month/year to month/year.

All applicants must:
Be currently enrolled or hold a recent graduate degree in African American studies. Students with degrees other than African American Studies must have a demonstrated interest in African American History or Culture.
Have a demonstrated interest in working in museums or archives. (This interest can be demonstrated through academic coursework, volunteer or work experience, and/or through a personal statement in application essay).
Be able to work 25-30 hours per week.
Be available to travel for conferences and site visits throughout the year.

The annual stipend for this fellowship is $25,000.

Contact: Leslie Guy, Conservator and Curator of Collections,




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

JOB: Curator of African Art, University of Iowa Museum of Art

Nominations and applications are invited for the full-time salaried position of Curator of Non-Western Art at the University of Iowa Museum of Art (UIMA). The curator will be responsible for the world-renowned Stanley Collection of African Art, and the entire collection of African Art, as well as for the arts of the Ancient and Native Americas, Ancient European Art, and a growing collection of Asian Art, as well as other areas of the collection, as needed.

The curator possesses deep knowledge of the UIMA collection and shares this
knowledge with students, staff and the public primarily through research,
exhibitions, presentations and publications. The curator acquires new art
for the collection working with the museum director, colleagues, donors and
the art market.

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OPP: Archaeological Field School on Edgefield, South Carolina Pottery Communities

Archaeological Field School on Edgefield, South Carolina Pottery Communities
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Anth. 454-CF and 455-CF (6 credits; 6 weeks), May 23, 2011 to July 1, 2011

This field school will provide training in the techniques of excavation, mapping, controlled surface surveys, artifact classification and contextual interpretation. Students will work in supervised teams, learning to function as members of a field crew, with all of the skills necessary for becoming professional archaeologists. Many students from past University of Illinois field schools have gone on to graduate study and professional field-archaeology positions. Laboratory processing and analysis will be ongoing during the field season. Evening lectures by project staff, visiting archaeologists, and historians will focus on providing background on how field data are used to answer archaeological and historical research questions.

Learn more on our web site —

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JOB: Curatorial Fellowship @ Indianapolis Museum of Art

Weisenberger Fellow of American Art

The Indianapolis Museum of Art is pleased to announce an 8-month graduate curatorial fellowship. The Weisenberger Fellowship provides curatorial training in American art and supports scholarly research of the IMA collection of American painting and sculpture from 1800 to 1945. The Weisenberger Fellow is fully integrated into the museum’s curatorial division and has responsibilities in collection management and preparation of interpretive materials.

The Weisenberger Fellow will receive a stipend of $16,000 plus benefits, and housing on the museum campus is provided. The 8-month fellowship period will begin in October 2011.

To be eligible for the fellowship, the applicant must hold a Master’s degree in art history or a related field. Applicants must demonstrate scholarly excellence as well as a strong interest in the museum profession. Applications should include a cover letter explaining your interest in the fellowship, a curriculum vitae, a writing sample, and 3 letters of recommendation. Applications must be received by May 15, 2011.

Application materials may be emailed to or mailed to:

Indianapolis Museum of Art

Attn: Human Resources

4000 Michigan Road

Indianapolis, IN 46208-3326

FEL: Mellon Curatorial Fellowship for African-American Art @ Birmingham Museum of Art

Mellon Fellowship Job Description
The Mellon Fellowship offers a post-doctoral candidate the opportunity to gain professional curatorial experience in a major museum setting.  The Fellow is primarily responsible for collection- and exhibition-related research focusing on African-American art and artists and related issues, with an emphasis on developing engaging exhibitions and publications, researching and identifying acquisitions through purchase and gift, audience development, fundraising and public relations, and additional duties as appropriate to specific projects.
The Museum boasts impressive holdings of African-American art in a wide variety of media by artists such as Henry Ossawa Tanner, Robert S. Duncanson, Bill Traylor, Jacob Lawrence, Gordon Parks, Ernest Withers, Thornton Dial, Jack Whitten, Lorna Simpson, Kerry James Marshall, Carrie Mae Weems, Glenn Ligon, Odili Donald Odita and numerous others.  In addition to this impressive foundation, there exists an avid local collector base and a concentrated commitment on the Museum’s part to further acquisitions of African-American art, especially the work of emerging and mid-career artists.  The Birmingham Museum of Art aims to amass a world-class collection that illuminates the range of motivations, creativity and aesthetics of black artists working in all artistic media, with the eventual goal of being a center and requisite destination for anyone with an interest in viewing, studying and researching the art of 20th– and 21st-century African-American artists.
The position reports to the Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art and also works in close association with the Curator of American Art. As a two-year, full-time commitment, the Fellow is exposed to all aspects of curatorial operations and participates in the daily activities of the Museum’s curatorial department.  With a start date as early as July 1, 2011, the fellowship carries a yearly salary of $44,000 plus selected benefits. Additional operating resources are designated to support the research and implementation of programs and exhibitions devised by the Mellon Fellow.
The successful candidate must hold a Ph.D. in art history with demonstrated expertise of African-American art, and strong collaborative and organizational skills. In addition, the Fellow must be a passionate and energetic person with the ability to manage, research, exhibit, and develop an important collection. S/he must have the interest and ability to share the collection with diverse audiences and to build a positive image and lasting relationships for the Birmingham Museum of Art. S/he must be an innovative thinker and a great communicator with the ability to present the African-American art collection to all internal and external constituencies and must have a reputation for the highest level of integrity and credibility.
Museum Description
Founded in 1951, the Birmingham Museum of Art is one of the premier museums of the southeast, with a collection of over 24,000 objects that represent a rich panorama of international cultures, past and present.  Six curators oversee the collection in the areas of European Art, Modern and Contemporary Art, Decorative Art, Asian Art, Arts of Africa and the Americas, and American Art.  The Museum’s educational programs are designed around the collection and special exhibitions, and provide opportunities for all ages and levels of experience to connect with art. Visit for more information.
Procedure for application
Applicants must submit a curriculum vitae, contact information for three references, and a statement specifying: 1) the applicant’s research goals; 2) how these goals relate to or will benefit the Birmingham Museum of Art and Birmingham community; 3) and how resources at the BMA might be used to accomplish these goals.
The application deadline is May 27, 2011, however review of applications will be ongoing and applications received after the deadline may be considered. The Birmingham Museum of Art is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  Qualified minority applicants are strongly encouraged to apply. Application materials should be sent to:
Jeannine O’Grody
Chief Curator
Birmingham Museum of Art
2000 Rev. Abraham Woods, Jr. Blvd.
Birmingham, AL 35203


OPP: MESDA SUMMER INSTITUTE to focus on Charleston


THE CAROLINA LOWCOUNTRY: Charleston, Atlantic Port City

July 5 – 29, 2011

The Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts is accepting applications from graduate students, decorative arts professionals, and independent scholars for the 35th MESDA Summer Institute.  The 2011 Summer Institute explores the material culture of the Carolina Low Country, with a focus on Charleston as an Atlantic port city.

Dr. Louis Nelson, Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Architectural History, University of Virginia, is the 2011 UVA Resident Scholar. Professor Nelson teaches courses in American architecture specializing in colonial and early national architecture, vernacular architecture, and theories and methods of sacred space. The Beauty of Holiness, his most recent book, examines the ways Anglican churches in colonial South Carolina, the nexus of many social landscapes, express regional identity, social politics, and divergent theologies of the sacred.

In addition to Dr. Nelson, guest lecturers include leading scholars in American material culture and Chesapeake history.  The program’s month-long curriculum includes lectures, discussions, workshops, artifact studies, research projects, and a six-day study trip to Charleston, South Carolina.

The MESDA Summer Institute is a partnership between the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts and the University of Virginia’s Graduate Program in the History of Art and Architecture.   Students receive three hours of graduate credit through the University of Virginia.

COSTS AND HOUSING: Tuition for the 2011 Summer Institute is $2,000.00*.  Financial aid is available to qualified graduate students and museum professionals.  Students are responsible for housing and some meal expenses. Dormitory accommodation is available on the campus of Salem College, near the Institute center at MESDA. Double occupancy rooms are $465.00* for the four weeks. (Single supplement: $150.00). The cost for accommodations on the six-day study trip will be approximately $445 (double occupancy)*

*All costs are subject to change.

Applications are due April 20, 2011.

For more information – and an application – visit the 2011 Summer Institute website

Or contact Sally Gant at / 336-721-7361

Course Proposals Sought for 2011 Summer MoMA Courses

Deadline: Monday, March 21, 2011

The Department of Education is seeking new instructors and course proposals for five and eight-week summer MoMA Courses.  We also invite previous applicants to re-submit or update existing course proposals.  Please feel free to pass along the call-for-proposals to any colleagues outside the Museum who may be interested.

The summer term begins the first week of June and continues through early August. Each class meets once per week on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, or Thursdays from 11:00 a.m. – 12:50 p.m., or in the evenings from 6:00 – 7:50 p.m. or 8:10 – 10:00 p.m.  The times may change slightly based on classroom availability and other conflicts. Enrollment is limited to twenty students per class (twelve for studio classes) and classes meet in the Museum’s classrooms, as well as in the galleries when they are available.  A class may be cancelled if it does not meet enrollment requirements (a minimum of twelve students).  The stipend for course instructors is $2,400 for an eight-week course and $1,500 for a five-week course. Prior teaching experience is required.

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