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Oppportunity: Wallis Annenberg Curatorial Fellowship, Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)

Posted by Sophia Zhou • Thursday, January 24. 2013 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities

Deadline: March 1, 2013

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) announces a search for candidates for the Wallis Annenberg Curatorial Fellowship. This two-year fellowship in the museum’s Modern Art department will provide curatorial training and support scholarly research in connection with the permanent collection and related projects at LACMA. Striving to combine the strengths of academic art history and the art museum, this Fellowship is designed to attract exceptional emerging scholars to the curatorial field. The Annenberg Curatorial Fellowship supports the highest level of professional development, with opportunities to be fully integrated into all aspects of curatorial work, gain experience in research and cataloguing, exhibition organization, education and publications, acquisitions, conservation, public speaking, and fund raising. Major projects for the Fellow will include assisting in the preparation of retrospective exhibitions of John Altoon and László Moholy-Nagy and with the installation of a major sculptural work by Helen Pashgian, and the conception and realization of a temporary installation of work from the permanent collection.

The ideal candidate will have a Ph.D. in art history. Prior museum experience, ideally involving modern or contemporary art, is preferred. Proficiency in German (especially reading) is likewise preferred, with knowledge of French and/or Hungarian an asset. Excellent writing, organizational, and public speaking skills, together with a strong interest in the acquisition, interpretation, care, and display of works of art, are essential, as is the ability to work collaboratively. The goal of this Fellowship is to provide opportunities for a talented scholar committed to the museum profession. Graduates of the Fellowship program will be uniquely prepared to embark on curatorial careers.

The position starts in September 2013. The annual stipend of $50,000 includes compensation ($36,400), benefits, a travel allowance, and modest funding for relocation. Applicants must submit a cover letter that addresses interest in the Fellowship; a statement, not to exceed three pages, describing the applicant's research interests and accomplishments; a complete curriculum vitae; a published paper or other writing sample; and three sealed letters of recommendation. All application materials should be combined in one envelope and must be received no later than March 1, 2013. Hard copies only will be accepted. Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

Please send application materials to:

Human Resources
RE: Wallis Annenberg Curatorial Fellowship
Los Angeles Country Museum of Art
5905 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90036

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