JOB: Mellon Curatorial Fellow for Diversity in the Arts @ Williams College Museum of Art

Mellon Curatorial Fellow for Diversity in the Arts

Williams College Museum of Art

One of the finest college art museums in the country, the Williams College Museum of Art (WCMA) houses 13,000 works that span the history of art.  Within the broad range of time periods and cultures represented, the collection emphasizes modern and contemporary art, American art from the late 18th century to the present, and the art of world cultures.

Available July 2012, the Curatorial Fellow for Diversity in the Arts is a full-time, three-year term position offering curatorial experience at the Williams College Museum of Art. The fellowship is designed to provide a professional bridge to museum careers and encourage diversity within the museum field.  The Fellow should bring scholarly expertise in areas of art history currently underrepresented on the museum staff, such as African, African American, Asian, Latino/a, Islamic and Native American art.  The Fellowship provides growth and development for outstanding candidates, particularly those from underrepresented groups, and provides a professional bridge to museum careers, encouraging diversity within the museum field.

The Fellow’s primary responsibilities will be to undertake research and planning for exhibitions drawn from the Permanent Collection in collaboration with William’s faculty; to develop associated publications; and to support the curricular use of the museum’s collection in its special object study classroom.  This in-depth learning experience will ensure that the Fellow is mentored by all museum staff, especially the director, curators, and educators.  Depending on the applicant’s expertise and experience there may be a possibility for some teaching.

The Fellow will have the opportunity to contribute his or her expertise in strategic planning for the museum’s collection with the prospect of diversifying acquisitions, exhibitions, and programs to reflect the curriculum and the changing student body. The Museum is dedicated to providing a robust experience for an emerging curatorial professional.

Qualified applicants should have or be about to receive a PhD in art history, cultural or global studies, curatorial studies, or related fields.  Excellent verbal and written communications skills required. Prior museum experience is a plus.  Please submit resume, cover letter and names of references by March 16, 2012.  Please apply to Job # 300775-IHE.

Employment at Williams is contingent on the verification of background information submitted by the applicant, including the completion of a criminal record check, and education when applicable.

Please send cover letter and resume including Job # to:

Office of Human Resources, Williams College

100 Spring Street, Suite 201, Williamstown, MA 01267

Phone: (413) 597-2681; email:


Beyond meeting fully its legal obligations for non-discrimination, Williams College is committed to building a diverse and inclusive community where members from all backgrounds can live, learn, and thrive.

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