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Opportunity: The Foundation for a Civil Society: YVAA – Vilcek Curatorial Fellowship Open Call

Posted by Sofia Landström • Tuesday, April 23. 2013 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities

The Foundation for a Civil Society: YVAA – Vilcek Curatorial Fellowship Open Call
Deadline: 30 April, 2013

The Foundation for a Civil Society is pleased to announce the Young Visual Artists Awards: Marica Vilcek Fellowship.

Fellowships will be awarded to two US-based curators, critics and art historians with demonstrated experience and excellence in engaging with international contemporary art. The fellowship is composed of two main features: First, fellows will be provided with an opportunity to travel to one or more of the YVAA countries in Central and South-East Europe to serve as guest jury members for the national awards, as well as conduct short-term independent research, curatorial projects and develop professional networks. Second, fellows will serve as guest critics for the 10 YVAA artists in residence at International Studio and Curatorial Program (ISCP) from September 2013 to May 2014, should they reside in NY. Fellows may be asked to write and publish features on the resident artists for the YVAA blog and other outlets. Furthermore, fellows may be invited to a six-week curatorial residency at ISCP between December 2013 and January 2014. The fellowship will cover economy air travel to and ground transportation within the YVAA countries (up to $1700), accommodation and per diems (up to $600), and honoraria ($500). A panel of professionals who live in, or have extensive knowledge of the region, will select the successful applicant. The YVAA juries convene in June and October and short-listed candidates will be contacted by YVAA Program Director for an informal conversation to establish eligibility and availability.

The Young Visual Artists Awards is an international network of awards and a New York residency program in Central and South East Europe. First established with President Havel and a group of artists in Czechoslovakia in 1990, this highly successful program has grown to 10 countries and has to date awarded and presented in the US 111 artists.

The YVAA awards and their local organizers are: ARDHJE AWARD – TICA , Tirana, Albania; ZVONO AWARD – Sarajevo Center for Contemporary Arts, Bosnia and Herzegovina; BAZA AWARD – Institute of Contemporary Art – Sofia, Bulgaria; RADOSLAV PUTAR AWARD – Institute for Contemporary Art, SCCA, Zagreb, Croatia; JINDRICH CHALUPECKY AWARD – Jindrich Chalupecky Society, Prague, Czech Republic; ARTIST OF TOMORROW AWARD – Kosova Art Gallery, Prishtina, Kosovo; DENES AWARD – Contemporary Art Center, Skopje, Macedonia; DIMITRIJE BASICEVIC MANGELOS AWARD – Remont Gallery, Belgrade, Serbia; OSKAR CEPAN AWARD – Foundation/Center for Contemporary Arts, Bratislava, Slovakia; OHO AWARD – P74 Center and Gallery, Ljubljana Slovenia.

This fellowship is made possible by the generous gift of Marica Vilcek – an art historian and co-founder of the Vilcek Foundation.

Please submit the following with your application:
1. One page cover letter stating the applicant’s interest in the fellowship and particularly in the artistic scenes of the YVAA countries. Please note how the applicant is qualified to recognize artistic excellence? And how the applicant’s practice will benefit from and incorporate YVAA artists. Preference for a particular YVAA country will be taken into consideration, but fellows will be assigned according to the needs and availability of all participating countries.
2. A current CV (abridged to no more than 4 pages).
3. Two writing samples

Candidates must be US-based, and have a Master's Degree or higher in art history or related field with emphasis on modern or contemporary art. Minimum 5 years curating and writing about contemporary art experience. Independent curators and those with institutional affiliations may apply. Availability to travel in June or October 2013

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Opportunity: Curatorial Fellowship, Hosted by Ferens Art Gallery, Hull

Posted by Sofia Landström • Monday, April 22. 2013 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities

Curatorial Fellowship (East Coast), Hosted by the Ferens Art Gallery, Hull
Initiated by the Contemporary Art Society and Whitechapel Gallery
Deadline: 3 May, 2013

Contemporary Art Society and the Whitechapel Gallery
(September 2013–August 2014)

As part of the Whitechapel Gallery’s on-going programme to open up public and private collections, the Gallery presents a curatorial collaboration with the Contemporary Art Society. For a period of 12 months from September 2013 onwards, a series of four displays will draw works from collections held by the Contemporary Art Society’s membership of 65 publicly funded museum and galleries across England. Focusing on the North West, East Coast, Midlands and South the displays will use the founding principles of many of these institutions-philanthropic giving-as a springboard. Each of the four displays will then tour to a regional museum.

The four displays will be researched and conceived by a specially appointed curatorial fellow. From June to September the fellows will undertake substantial research into public collections. Within the broad theme of ‘Philanthropy’ they will each have a particular focus allocated for its specific relation to museums within the defined area. For the Fellow in the East Coast the focus will be to consider: the role of art schools as sites of making and production (recognising their particular relationships to past local industry).

The display should:
• Draw attention to and celebrate the wealth and particularity of regional art collections and their histories
• Open up a range of topics which have a resonance to a broad audience in relation to contemporary art nationally and internationally
• Generate interest in London audiences in the narratives of regional collections

Other outcomes include:
To write an essay for the catalogue
• To document any research so that it can be publicly available on the Contemporary Art Society website and museum collections databases/knowledge capture systems this might include any interviews undertaken with experts, artists, collectors or curators. The Contemporary Art Society will provide some financial support for this documentation.
• To play a key role in devising events for the public programme at the Contemporary Art Society, the Whitechapel Gallery
To participate in programme of evaluation
To contribute to the installation of the exhibition at the Whitechapel Gallery as well as to a supporting public programme.
To contribute to the installation at Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art.
An additional fee of £1500 will be provided for this work.

Personal Specifications
Knowledge and experience
• A specialist knowledge and interest in the role of public and private collections in the UK arts ecology
• A specialist knowledge of contemporary art and a firm grounding in 20th century art history
• Experience of engaging audiences in art historical narratives through curatorial or academic work
• An awareness of the challenges, possibilities and opportunities presented when working with public collections in a curatorial capacity
• Four years minimum experience of working as a curator, preferably with a collection
• Awareness of issues relating to audience development
• Experience of generating ideas through substantial multi-disciplinary research

Skills and Abilities
• Ability to work effectively on own initiative and as part of multi-disciplinary team
• Ability to lead on researching, developing and delivering projects to a high level
• Excellent written and verbal communications skills
• Well organised and able to work on several projects simultaneously
• Ability to work to tight deadlines
•Ability to interpret the work of contemporary artists as well as art history and make often complex ideas clear to a wide audience
• ICT skills sufficient to use a word processor and a database package
• Ability to initiate partnerships and develop networks with other related institutions as well as museum professionals and professionals in other fields related to contemporary art Experience, Skills and Abilities that are Desirable
• Applicants must be able to show a sustainable interest in and dynamic sense of enquiry in to public collections of contemporary art
• Existing knowledge of collections in the East Coast of England

•A Postgraduate qualification in a related subject: curatorial studies, museum studies, research, art history or other related subject.
• A substantial period working as a curator working within the specialism of contemporary art.

How to make an application:

We welcome applications from curators who have not had previous experience of working with collections. It is important however to demonstrate an interest in working with collections that could be sustained and developed throughout the Fellowship and beyond.
Please complete the application form provided. This Statement of Application should be structured around the following questions and take full account of the details provided within this pack and the person specifications.
1. How would you apply your recent curatorial research and current interests within the context of this Fellowship?
2. What is your curatorial experience to date and how can you use this experience in your approach to the Fellowship?
3. What interests you most about the possibility of researching these collections and how would you approach the research?
4. Why is this an important opportunity for you and how would you use this experience in the future?

Please also include an up to date C.V. on no more than two sides of A4 and names of two referees.
Applications should be submitted by 5pm on 3 May 2013 by email to:
[email protected]

Interviews will take place on the 14 and 15 May at the Contemporary Art Society. If you would like further information please contact:
Lucy Bayley at the Contemporary Art Society [email protected]

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Opportunity: Fellowships 2013–2015: Vera List Center for Art and Politics, NYC

Posted by • Monday, March 11. 2013 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities

Call for Applications
Deadline: April 8, 2013

The Vera List Center for Art and Politics is pleased to invite applications for the 2013–2015 Vera List Center Fellowships. Two fellowships will be awarded, each spanning eight months and linked to the Vera List Center's curatorial focus theme for 2013–2015, Alignment.

The Vera List Center Fellowships honor individuals whose work advances the discourse on art and politics. The fellowships provide the opportunity to further develop such work drawing from the resources of The New School, to expand on it in collaboration with students and classes, and to bring it to the public through the Vera List Center's interdisciplinary public programs.

The center's initiatives evolve around curatorial topics of particular urgency and broad resonance. In 2013–2015, the topic will be Alignment, usually referred to as the “proper or desirable relation of components.” With distinctions blurring between nature and culture, individual and group, and political and economic spheres, we will explore how alignments take place, and why. Art will provide the transdisciplinary lens for such an examination of alignments or correspondences. Over the course of four semesters, Alignment will be dissected and thematic program clusters will be formed around topics such as ecology; boycott, refusal and withdrawal; and ad hoc communities. The Vera List Center Fellows contribute to the intellectual foundation of the center, and through their fellowship projects advance the understanding of the focus theme.

The fellowship is part-time, non-residential, and carries a 10,000 USD stipend. Fellows are supported with a research assistant, they have access to a wide range of activities throughout The New School, and enjoy extended library privileges. Meetings and informal gatherings with New School faculty and other constituencies are organized throughout the year.

Journalists, historians, visual and performing artists, critics, curators, and cultural practitioners working in any field where they engage art and politics. The New School is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution and encourages applications from minority candidates as well as from individuals without institutional affiliation.

Artistic and/or scholarly excellence of fellowship proposal project.
Significance of project to the candidate's long-term practice.
Does the proposal relate to the focus theme in explicit and creative ways?
Does the fellowship project reflect or benefit from the association with The New School?

April 8, 2013 – Initial application due, followed by reviews by members of the VLC staff, the VLC Advisory Committee, past Fellows and New School faculty.
Mid-April to early May – Finalists are invited to expand on their proposals.
Late May – Announcement of fellowship appointments.
Fellowship terms: ten months at any point between fall of 2013 and spring of 2015.

For details on fellowship, application form and procedure:

To inquire about focus theme and fellowship contact kuonic(@)

Vera List Center for Art and Politics
The New School
66 West 12th Street, Suite 918
New York, NY 10011

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Opportunity: Starting Point Fellowship, Hunterian

Posted by Michelle Kasprzak • Sunday, February 10. 2013 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities

The application date for this opportunity has passed.

The Contemporary Art Society, with The Hunterian, Glasgow, are inviting proposals from Curating, Museum Studies, Art History and Fine Art graduates across the UK who have been out of full time postgraduate education for no longer than two years.

Starting Point, now in its third year, will offer one curator the opportunity to select a small cluster of works from the collection to be installed as part of The Hunterian’s public programme in December 2013. The fellowship will run for twelve months (April13 – April14) and will include the additional opportunity to programme one public event for the museum and gain experience working with University of Glasgow sharing their experience and research through the project.

Founded in 1807, The Hunterian is Scotland's oldest public museum and home to one of the largest collections outside the National Museums. Built on Dr William Hunter’s founding bequest, The Hunterian collections include scientific instruments used by James Watt, Joseph Lister and Lord Kelvin; outstanding Roman artefacts from the Antonine Wall; major natural and life sciences holdings; Hunter’s own extensive anatomical teaching collection; one of the world’s greatest numismatic collections; impressive ethnographic objects from Captain Cook’s Pacific voyages and a major art collection. The Hunterian is home to one of the most distinguished public art collections in Scotland including works by Rembrandt, Chardin, Stubbs with particular strengths in Whistler, Mackintosh and Scottish Art, especially the Glasgow Boys and Scottish Colourists.

We are keen to see proposals reflect the substantial and varied nature of the Hunterian’s collection, drawing on both contemporary and historic aspects, including artworks and artefacts. To find out more information about the collection click here. Applicants are selected on the basis of their first idea but we understand that the research period can have an impact on ‘first ideas’ so we are looking for potential and commitment.

The successful applicant will be supported by a modest budget covering travel costs, a publication and small fee.

Application Guidelines:
1. Applications should be no more than 500 words
2. Images should not exceed 2mb in total (images are not compulsory)
3. Application should be accompanied by a CV

Please note it is the responsibility of the applicant to make sure their application has been successfully received.

Application deadline: Friday 8th March 2013 (5pm)

For any further enquiries please email: robert -at-

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Opportunity: Fellowship in Cultural Studies of Contemporary Art -- The National Museum of Contemporary Art, Korea

Posted by Mikhel Proulx • Friday, February 8. 2013 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities

The application date for this opportunity has passed.

2013 International Fellowship in
Cultural Studies of Contemporary Art

The National Museum of Contemporary Art, Korea

Deadline: 15th April, 2013

The National Museum of Contemporary Art, Korea hosts an international research program for the museum professionals including curators, art critics, conservators, exhibition designers, educators and etc. This program was initiated as part of the Cultural Partnership Initiative (CPI) Project ( which is run by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism of Korea. Participants of this program have been mainly curators of art museums from all over the world.

This research program aims to provide a sustained platform for initiating dialogues; for developing a comprehensive network among museum professionals; and for furthering collaboration and joint programming among art museums in Asia, Africa, Middle East and South America.

The general information and requirements of the program are listed as below:

1. Period: June 1~ November 30, 2013

2. Host Institution National Museum of Contemporary Art, Korea (

3. Inviting Researchers 3 professionals

4. Program Description
• Individual research in link with Korean contemporary art
• Visiting art studios, museums, galleries and art institutions
• Attending art related conferences
• Korean language course
• Cultural field trips

5. General Qualifications
• Individuals who work in related fields of contemporary art such as museum professionals, curators, art historians, critics,
conservators, educators, etc.
• Aged between 25 and 45
• Countries in Asia, Africa, Middle East, Eastern Europe and South America
• Good use of English language
• Individuals who have high interest in cultural exchange

6. Financial Support
-Round-trip airfare (economy class) from airport near the participant’s place of residence to Seoul, Korea.
-Accommodation will be provided by the host Institution in a location suitable for the participants.
-900,000 Korean won per month is provided to cover food, transportation, communication, taxes, public utilities and etc. Living expense is deposited directly to the participant's Korean bank account every month. Participants may not receive additional financial support by the training institution.
-All participants are obliged to take the Korean language course for 200 hours as a part of the program (paid for)
-A standard insurance coverage will be provided by the host institution. Detailed information will be provided upon participant's entry to Korea.
-Any supplementary insurance coverage can be arranged and covered by participants.

7. Application Process
Documents of Application:
• Application form
• CV with degree certificate
• A copy of passport
• Recommendation letter(s)
15th April, 2013

Send documents to :
2013 International Fellowship Program
Department of Development
National Museum of Contemporary Art, Korea 313, Gwangmyeong-ro,
Gwacheon-si, Gyeonggi-do, 427-701, South Korea

The result of the final selection will be informed individually in May.

8. Commitments and Regulations
Activities provided during the program must be in accordance to the original intent. Participants will be discharged from the program when participating in profit-gaining activities or other activities not related to one's intended purpose of visiting Korea. Participants generally may not be accompanied by family or friends. The final report must be submitted at the end of the program.
Confirmation of training certificate will be issued by the host institution upon completion of the program and submission of required results.

1) Additional Events sponsored by the CPI Secretariat
The Secretariat will provide general orientations regarding the CPI project and living in Korea.
A culture trip, international symposium, farewell party, and other events sponsored by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism
and the CPI Secretariat are provided. All participants are expected to join the events.

2) Drafting Contract Agreement
A contract agreement regarding managements and obligations between the host institution and the participants will be drafted
for each party.

3) Member Registration to the Website (
The participants must register to join the membership of this program through the website, so as to begin the activities in Korea.

9. Process upon Arrival for Selected Personnel

1) Health examination documents required
A health examination must be done at one's own expense in home country after notified to be selected as a participant of the
program, and it must be submitted to the host institution by mail. The document is required for visa application.
Doctor's statement is required for the participant with a long-term disorder such as hypertension, diabetes, depression, and etc.
Please note that the host institution shall arrange to have the participant's health examined with your arrival.

2) Documents for Visa issuance
It is necessary to obtain a valid visa from Korean Embassy in the participant's country. At the time of Visa application, the letter of
invitation will be arranged by the host institution. However, selected participants are required beforehand to submit documents
necessary in full for visa issuance.

3) Entry to Korea through Incheon International Airport
Entry to Korea through Incheon International Airport Leaving and Re-entering later on during the program is generally not allowed.
In case of an emergency, please discuss with the institution prior to departure.

4) Personal Items
Personal items must be prepared upon entry into Korea. Any cost for shipment should be covered by the participants, both
coming in and out of Korea.

5) Creating a bank account
Upon arrival in Korea, the participant must open a bank account in one's own name, to receive living expenses monthly.

6) Foreigner Registration Card
Foreigner registration must be completed within 90 days of entering the Republic of Korea and the issued registration card must
be carried on person at all the time.

General Inquiries

Young-in Lee
International Affairs Manager
Department of Development
National Museum of Contemporary Art, Korea
Tel 82 2 2188 6063 / Email [email protected]

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Opportunity: Knight Curatorial Fellowship at the Bass Museum of Art, Miami Beach

Posted by Mikhel Proulx • Wednesday, February 6. 2013 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities

The application date for this opportunity has passed.

Knight Curatorial Fellowship at the Museum of Art, Miami Beach

Dates of Fellowship: August 12, 2013 – August 12, 2014

Application deadline: April 1, 2013 | 5:00pm

In its third year, the Bass Museum of Art Knight Curatorial Fellowship is a one-year fellowship for an emerging curator. Responsibilities include, conducting studio visits in Miami, communicating with artists, collectors and arts professionals in the Miami community and assisting in developing public programming. He/she will also work alongside other museum departments to assist in the coordination of exhibitions and contemporary artists’ projects.

“These three one-year Knight Curatorial Fellowships seek to enhance the curatorial dialogue in the Miami community,whereby artists, art professionals, collectors and art enthusiasts engage in critical conversations about art and cultural issues as well as promote an exchange of ideas,” states Silvia Karman Cubiñá, Executive Director and Chief Curator, Bass Museum of Art.

“Connecting these curators from across the globe with Miami’s renowned contemporary artists will help to expand the reach of the community’s art scene,” states Dennis Scholl, vice president/arts. “We hope this program will encourage artistic exchange for years to come.”

In March 2011, The Bass Museum of Art initiated the first of three, one-year curatorial fellowships focusing on contemporary art thanks to generous support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, as part of its Knight ArtsChallenge.

Past Knight Curatorial Fellows include:

Kristen Korolowicz 2011- 2012

Bryan Granger 2012- 2013

APPLICATION DEADLINE: April 1, 2013 | 5:00pm

To apply for the 2013-2014 Knight Curatorial Fellowship, please send a cover letter, resume, and a list of references via mail to Bryan Granger, Bass Museum of Art, 2100 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139. Email applications will not be considered.


FAQ about the Knight Curatorial Fellowship

1. Is the fellowship a full-time position, requiring residence in Miami? Yes.

2. What does the work entail? The Knight Curatorial Fellowship is designed as an entry level position to provide hands-on experience to a recently graduated aspiring curator. From the curatorial department’s perspective, it will provide exposure to museum management and operations required in the process of presenting an art exhibition, from curatorial research through putting up the last label before the opening reception, and everything in between. The Fellow will gain a better understanding about how to write grants, develop exhibition budgets, perform registration tasks, write press releases and work with the education department. One of the main responsibilities of the Fellow is to engage with and communicate with the artistic community in Miami, doing studio visits, visiting collections and promoting curatorial dialogue in Miami.

3. Will the Fellow get to conceptualize/curate an exhibition? No.

4. What is the procedure for applying? Please send a cover letter, resume, and a list of references via mail to Leilani Lynch, Bass Museum of Art, 2100 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139. Email applications will not be considered.

5. What is the stipend? $40,000 per year, payable by check every two weeks

6. Does the museum provide housing? No. We can, however, recommend an apartment close to the museum that you can rent by the week while you search for a permanent apartment. You may even decide you want to stay in this apartment which is also available for longer-term leases.

7. Does the museum provide cover the flight to and from Miami from your home city? No.

8. Does the Fellow need to be a US citizen? Yes.

Further information:

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Opportunity: Marjorie Susman Curatorial Fellowship, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago

Posted by Mikhel Proulx • Friday, January 18. 2013 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities

Marjorie Susman Curatorial Fellowship, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago

Deadline: January 31, 2013.

The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (MCA) is one of Chicago’s major museum institutions and one of the nation’s largest facilities devoted to the art of our time, offering exhibitions, performances, and programs of the most thought-provoking art created since 1945.

Considered one of the premiere curatorial training opportunities in the nation, the MCA’s Marjorie Susman Curatorial Fellowship is intended to offer an exceptional graduate-level candidate the opportunity to gain professional curatorial experience in a major museum setting. The Fellow is primarily responsible for exhibition- and/or collection-related research, with additional duties as appropriate to specific projects. As a 12-month commitment, the Fellow is exposed to all aspects of curatorial operations and participates in internal and external communications on a daily basis. With a start date of July 1, 2013, the full-time fellowship carries a stipend of $25,000 plus selected benefits.

The MCA considers exceptional candidates in art history, museum studies, and related fields with a strong emphasis on art historical research and methodology. Qualified applicants must possess an M.A. degree or be in their final year of graduate work. The MCA is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

The application deadline is January 31, 2013.

Application Process

There are no application forms. Please note that application materials, including writing samples and any supplementary materials, will not be returned to candidates. All application materials should be typed and include the following:

Cover letter with name, home and school addresses, and telephone numbers of the applicant.
A full resume of education and employment history.
Two letters of recommendation from academic and/or professional settings.
An essay describing the applicant’s interest in the internship program, museum work, and reasons for applying.
Two writing samples.
Application materials should be sent to:

Internship Coordinator
Marjorie Susman Curatorial Fellowship
Museum of Contemporary Art
220 East Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60611

Please note: International candidates must be in possession of a valid US work visa for the entire fellowship period.

After reviewing all applications, a group of candidates are selected for either an in-person interview or telephone interview. Final notification to all applicants will be mailed by the end of April.

The MCA Chicago Curatorial Department reviews applications. Final selection of the Marjorie Susman Curatorial Fellow is determined in consultation with the Susman family and curatorial staff.

The Marjorie Susman Curatorial Fellowship was established by members of the Susman family in honor of Marjorie Susman.

If you have any questions about applying for a fellowship, please email [email protected].

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Opportunity: Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellowship, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago

Posted by Sophia Zhou • Wednesday, October 10. 2012 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities

The application date for this opportunity has passed.

Deadline: December 1, 2012.

The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (MCA) is one of Chicago’s major cultural collecting institutions and one of the nation’s largest facilities devoted to the art of our time, offering exhibitions, performances, and programs of the most thought-provoking art created since 1945.

The MCA’s Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellowship is intended to offer a significant opportunity for an emerging scholar to gain professional curatorial experience and to conduct research in a major museum setting. The Fellow will primarily be responsible for collection related research and scholarship, with additional duties as appropriate. The Fellow will assist in organizing a collection-based exhibition and will have the opportunity to organize at least one related public program during his or her tenure. This is a 12-month commitment, renewable for 1 additional year. The Fellow will be exposed to all aspects of curatorial operations and participates in internal and external communications on a daily basis. With a start date of January 2013, this full-time fellowship carries a stipend of $42,500 plus benefits.

The MCA considers exceptional candidates in art history and related fields with a strong emphasis on art historical research and methodology. Qualified applicants must hold a Ph.D (or international equivalent), ideally obtained within no more than 3-5 years of application. The MCA is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Application Process

There are no application forms. Please note that application materials,including writing samples and any supplementary materials, will not be returned to candidates. All application materials should be typed and include the following:

Cover letter with name, home and present address, and telephone numbers of the applicant.
Full curriculum vitae of education, employment, awards and publication history.
Three letters of recommendation from academic and/or professional settings.
An essay describing the applicant’s interest in the Fellowship program, areas of research, and interests in the Museum’s collection.
Copy of published paper or recent writing sample

Application materials should be sent to:

Internship Coordinator
Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship
Museum of Contemporary Art
220 East Chicago Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611

Please note: International candidates must secure and be in possession of a valid US work visa for the entire fellowship period.
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Special Report: Fellowship at CCA Glasgow

Posted by Michelle Kasprzak • Monday, October 8. 2012 • Category: Musings Fellowship at CCA Glasgow
Fellow: Emma Brasó

5 months in Glasgow

A bouncy Stonehenge, a Ping-Pong tournament in the gallery space, an artist's party at a cricket club, The State pub, Glasgow School of Arts MFA Degree Show, another Glaswegian Turner Prize nomination, a few bacon rolls, some difficulties with the local accent, and a lot of rain.

These few highlights from my residency experience in Glasgow, as the first Fellow at CCA Glasgow, partially encapsulate what I could also describe as a fun and enriching experience. The city's dimension and solid artistic community make it an ideal place for this type of temporary placement, and CCA is a lively hub where apart from having a healthy vegan lunch (which I did on a good number of occasions), one can engage in conversations and activities about the future of the Gaelic language, ever-changing policies in arts funding, archives and contemporary art, or the obscure relation between the film Bagdad Café and Sarnath Banerjee's graphic novels.

As with any residence, it's up to oneself to make the most out of it. Frequent meetings with CCA's Director, Francis McKee, helped me to gradually understand the city's art stories, the myth of "The Glasgow Miracle", and the reality of an enclave that has the highest concentration of artists in the country after London. I also value very positively the degree of freedom given to me during these months. That type of time and space are extremely precious when you are trying to evolve as a thinker and curator.

The coincidence of the Glasgow International Festival with the beginning of the Fellowship was very beneficial as a starting milestone for the journey. Other great stages included taking part in a series of critical conversations with this year's graduating MFA students, performing as mentor for a group of young curators as part of the Somewhere_to initiative, and specially finding generous artists such as Jamie Fitzpatrick, Rachal Bradley, Alasdair Wallace, Scott Rogers, Christine Jones, Marilou Lemmens, Richard Ibghy or Henry Coombes who welcomed me into their studios. The finishing line is still ahead though, as my research during the fellowship will materialize in an exhibition at CCA in which I will try to contribute my ideas to the understanding of how art relates to a particular space and time.

Emma Brasó
October, 2012

1) Sacrilege, Jeremy Deller, Glasgow International. Photo by Michelle Kasprzak
2) Ping pong tournament at CCA Glasgow, photo by Emma Brasó
3) MFA Degree show, photo by Emma Brasó
4) MFA Degree show, photo by Emma Brasó

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Opportunity: Curatorial Fellowship, Wave Hill

Posted by Sophia Zhou • Wednesday, July 18. 2012 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities

The application date for this opportunity has passed.

Wave Hill offers a one-year fellowship for an individual to work in a multi-disciplinary cultural organization and gain experience in the visual arts. The arts at Wave Hill encompass contemporary art in the galleries and on the grounds, outdoor performing arts programs, a winter workspace program and arts-related public programs. This position offers a recent college graduate mentorship and learning opportunities to work as a curatorial assistant and exhibition interpreter. The Fellow provides all around support for exhibition development and research. During the fellowship period there will be three exhibitions, seven solo projects, a winter workspace residency program and outdoor music. The Fellow works in the gallery one day each week and provides exhibition tours for the public and organized groups of adults and families.


Wave Hill seeks an individual with an undergraduate degree in Art History or Studio Art or related major, who is knowledgeable about contemporary art and interested in curating, who is motivated and has a high level of enthusiasm. The position requires well-developed research, written and oral communication skills, familiarity with Microsoft Word, Excel and Adobe Photoshop. The successful candidate must be well organized, pay strict attention to details and deadlines, and be able to manage several projects at once, with excellent interpersonal skills to communicate professionally with staff and public. Experience giving public tours, enthusiasm for New York City’s diverse cultural resources, and previous office experience are assets.


13.50/hour for a 7-hour workday (not including lunch), four days a week. Those four days must include Tuesday and Saturday, and Wednesday evenings in the summer.

Start Date

September, 2012. The fellowship continues through August 2013

To Apply

Send a cover letter, résumé, writing sample (five pages maximum) and three references with contact information to:

Director of Arts
Wave Hill
675 West 252nd Street
Bronx, NY 10471

Candidates may also fax these documents to 718.884.8952, or email them to [email protected].
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Opportunity - Fellowships for Curators, Salzberg Summer Academy, deadline April 30

Posted by April Steele • Friday, March 30. 2012 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities

The application date for this opportunity has passed.

ERSTE Foundation offers four fellowships for young artists and four fellowships for emerging curators from the Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania and Slovakia to take part in a course of their choice at the International Summer Academy of Fine Arts in Salzburg 2012.

In 2012, the participants can choose from a wide range of courses taking place at Summer Academy Salzburg, during July-August 2012. The curators have the option to choose between two courses – one being run by Maria Lind & Juan A. Gaitan, and the other one, by the curatorial collective What, How & For Whom / WHW.

The Fellowships for Curators and Artists at Salzburg Summer Academy:
- are designed for artists and curators at the beginning of their career.
- address candidates who are from Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania and Slovak Republic.
- cover room and board, travel expenses and the participation fee for the course.
- are worth between EUR 1,300 and 1,600 each, depending on the different length of courses for artists or curators.

Applications should include the following details:
- contact information: name, address, e-mail, phone
- brief informative curriculum vitae (max. 1 page)
- information if you are applying as an artist or curator and which course you would choose
- letter of intent explaining why you apply, what you expect from taking part in the course and why you think you are qualified for participation (max. 5000 letters)

Applications are accepted by e-mail, until 30 April 2012.

For further questions please contact Mrs. Mirjam Paninski / office(at)

ERSTE Foundation is the main partner of tranzit.

For further information, please visit

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Job - Andrew W. Mellon Curatorial Fellow, Bowdoin College Museum of Art

Posted by April Steele • Monday, November 14. 2011 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities

The application date for this opportunity has passed.

Bowdoin College Museum of Art seeks candidates with a specialization in the field of modern and/or contemporary art for the position of Andrew W. Mellon Post-Doctoral Curatorial Fellow. Together with the Director and curatorial staff, The Andrew W. Mellon Post-Doctoral Curatorial Fellow works to strengthen the academic role of the Museum's collections, facilitating the use of original works of art by faculty and students, and assists with public programming, exhibitions, publications, and acquisitions. The Bowdoin College Museum of Art, one of the oldest collegiate collections in the nation, recently reopened after a major renovation and expansion of its facilities. Housed in a building listed on the National Register of Historic Places, its encyclopedic collection consists of nearly 20,000 objects ranging in date from antiquity to the present. This position offers excellent benefits and a competitive salary. This is a three-year appointment.

Job Requirements
A recent Ph.D in art history with a specialization in modern and/or contemporary art is required. Applicants who will receive their Ph.D. by June 30, 2012 will also be considered. Broad knowledge of art history desired. Proven ability to work on multiple projects within a deadline-driven environment, and strong research, writing, and public speaking skills. Strong organizational and project management skills.

A minimum of one to two years working in a museum environment and demonstrated experience with object-based learning are required.

Review of applications will begin on December 5th, 2011 and will continue until the position is filled. To apply please visit and complete an online application for the position. Paper or emailed applications will not be considered. Bowdoin College is committed to equality thorough affirmative action, and is an equal opportunity employer. We encourage inquiries from candidates who will enrich and contribute to the cultural and ethnic diversity of our College. Bowdoin College does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, creed, color, religion, marital status, gender, sexual orientation, veteran status, national origin, or disability status in employment, or in our education programs.
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Pick 'N Mix #47

Posted by Michelle Kasprzak • Saturday, November 5. 2011 • Category: Pick 'N Mix

Fellowship update!
The deadline has passed, and we have numerous terrific applications for the inaugural Fellowship. We will announce the first Fellow in December.

We're at the mid-point of the online fundraising campaign and still have a way to go towards our goal. A show of support now from the community will make the difference in momentum that will spur others to contribute. If you have not already donated, please do so by clicking "Fuel this Project" here. Every little bit helps, and you get cool rewards too!

Spread the word about the campaign by sharing the link to the crowdfunding page on your Facebook Wall, sharing it on Google + and LinkedIn, and Tweeting about it. We've produced sample text for Facebook posts and Tweets below.
Please help us reach our fundraising goal!

Sample Tweet:
I support the inaugural Fellowship! Show your support for this new opportunity for curators at RocketHub:

Sample Facebook post:
Support this great idea! The Fellowship provides a career-changing opportunity for a curator to conduct research and produce an exhibition at the CCA in Glasgow. Contribute to their crowdfunding campaign to ensure this is a success

You can also add the above texts to Google +, and on LinkedIn.
Thanks for your support!

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Opportunity - Curatorial Fellowship, Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts, deadline November 22

Posted by April Steele • Tuesday, October 4. 2011 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities

The application date for this opportunity has passed.

Program Dates: February 2012 – February 2013

Application Deadline: November 22, 2011 (postmark date). Email applications must be received by midnight.

Brooklyn, New York, September 20, 2011 – MoCADA is proud to invite submissions for its Curatorial Fellowship, made possible through the generous support of the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and the Lambent Foundation. The goal of the Fellowship is to cultivate emerging curators of African descent who are grounded in the belief of the power of art to transform individuals and communities. From an open competition, two individuals will be selected to come to Brooklyn, New York to participate in the year-long program. Selected fellows will be immersed in the conceptual and practical methods necessary in working as a museum curator and arts administrator within a community based institution.

Today, as in the past, many artists and arts organizations are deeply involved in the struggle for human rights. Through art, music, dance, poetry, filmmaking, writing, and other art forms, we inform and educate, raise the collective spirit, and inspire action for social justice. It is our goal through the Curatorial and Arts Administration Fellowship to train the next generation of politically and socially conscious arts leaders who will utilize their talent and training to create exhibitions, educational programs, catalogs and policy that will create a more equitable society.

The successful candidates will work full-time at MoCADA from February 2012 to February 2013. With the guidance of the Founder and Executive Director of MoCADA, Fellows will be taught the art of founding an institution and will work with staff to understand how a not-for-profit organization works ranging from public relations and finance to development and fundraising. Under the leadership of the Exhibitions Director, fellows will assist in all aspects of bringing MoCADA’s exhibition schedule to fruition and will be led through the process of developing a curatorial concept into an exhibition at MoCADA. Fellows will also participate in weekly discussion sessions, attend artist talks, and be introduced to MoCADA’s professional network through a schedule of site visits to local institutions, artist studios, and symposia.

All of these aspects will be integral to the fellows experience as they work to curate their own exhibition at MoCADA at the culmination of the fellowship. The program’s goal is to provide emerging curators with professional training to become socially, politically and aesthetically well informed, productive contributors to the museum field, and the field of art at large. As MoCADA continues to see tremendous growth it seeks to expand the scope of its exhibition program by creating a learning initiative geared specifically to burgeoning curators of African descent.

Application Requirements: Applicants must have a minimum of a BA or BFA in Art History, Studio Art, or other related field with a specialized interest in African/African American/African Diasporan visual arts.

MA or MFA preferred, but not required.

Applicants should have a record of achievement in community organizing/programming/events and have experience in working in a fast paced around the clock, team-orientated environment with impeccable social and professional skills. Fellows are expected to have a command of basic computer skills and applications and an affinity to social media outlets.

Application Guidelines: Applications must include a 300-word description of an exhibition idea. The description should include an exhibition concept or key idea, and any artists that the applicant is considering. Also required is a current resume, two professional recommendations (these can be mailed directly to MoCADA), a cover letter that outlines why applicants want to participate in The Curatorial Fellowship. This letter should also include a brief description of a recent exhibition that has made a lasting impact on the applicant.

Application Deadline: November 22, 2011 (postmark date). Email applications must be received by midnight.

Stipend: $25,000 stipend and a small travel allowance.

Program Dates: February 2012 – February 2013

For More Information / To Send Application Materials:

Ms. Kalia Brooks
Director of Exhibitions
80 Hanson Place
Brooklyn, NY 11217

No phone calls please

F: 718-230-0246


The Curatorial Fellowship has been generously supported by the Institute of Museum and Library

Services (IMLS) and the Lambent Foundation.

MoCADA’s mission is to rediscover valuable African cultural traditions that were lost through colonization and the Trans Atlantic Slave Trade and to foster a dynamic space for the creation of the continuous evolution of culture. MoCADA believes that the concept of the museum exists within its people and it is the museum’s goal to serve as a conduit for African Diaspora forms of expression ranging from the visual and performing arts to film and television with the goal of repositioning the continent of Africa and its people in both a foundational and central role in world development.
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Pick 'N Mix #46

Posted by Michelle Kasprzak • Friday, September 23. 2011 • Category: Pick 'N Mix

- In Manila, Catholic groups used intense pressure tactics to shut down an exhibition. The curator, J. Pacena III, says: "I am shocked and appalled by how our civil liberties were exploited to satiate the sensibilities of a raucous mob."

- From a report on the British Art Show by Amy Fung: "While their curatorial focus has been on selecting individual works of merit, history cannot be escaped, and motifs cannot be suppressed."

- "If they choose to work in India, young curators will need to use the opportunities provided by the private sector as there is, after all, no corresponding growth in state-run or public museums and galleries." From an interview by Natasha Ginwala with Geeta Kapur on the curatorial context in India.

- In Toronto, plans for a two-year, $420,000 contract for a curator who would choose artwork for a new public transport line have been cancelled. The argument was that the transport agency should "focus on getting the line built". Certainly, although planning how art will be integrated from the start is surely better than retrofitting it later.

- Just found this Feminism and Curating wiki. Looks like the start of a good resource.

- "Art is at a crossroads. It has exhausted its possibilities and needs to expand." - Zhang Ga, Curator of Translife exhibition at NAMOC, China

- Last but most definitely not least! You surely saw our announcement about the first Fellowship. Download the application form here, applications are due October 21! Also please consider supporting the financing of the Fellowship with a donation to our crowdfunding campaign. Looking forward to your generous demonstrations of support and your applications for the first Fellowship!

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