Michelle Kasprzak's views on contemporary art curating

Opportunity: Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship

Posted by Michelle Kasprzak • Monday, January 5. 2009 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities

Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship
Deadline: March 1, 2009

The Philadelphia Museum of Art seeks applicants specializing in modern and contemporary art for a post-doctoral fellowship, funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and offered beginning June 2009. Available to outstanding scholars who wish to pursue a curatorial career in art museums, this two-year fellowship, with a possible third year renewal, will provide curatorial training while also supporting scholarly research related to the renowned collections of modern and contemporary art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

The Mellon Fellow will work in the Department of Modern and Contemporary Art, collaborating closely with the individual curators as well as with other curatorial, conservation, education, information services and registrar staff. The Fellow will have access to the collections, and to the Museum's library, and partake of all the professional privileges extended to Museum staff.

Working in consultation with the supervising curators, the Mellon Fellow will develop concrete projects that complement their research interests and the priorities of the department. Research projects that contribute to the Museum's scholarly publications or exhibitions drawn from the permanent collections are encouraged. In addition, the Fellow will also have the opportunity to participate in a wide range of museum activities, such as exhibition and program planning, volunteer training, art history lectures and gallery tours.

Applicants must have completed a PhD within the last five years or have a proven record of equivalent accomplishment. Candidates must demonstrate scholarly excellence and promise as well as a strong interest in a museum career. Mellon Fellows will receive a competitive starting salary. Benefits and a travel allowance will also be provided.

Please apply with a statement of no more than 4 pages (double spaced) describing your preparation, area of research and potential relationship to the Museum's collections. Applications should also include:

- A complete curriculum vitae, including education, employment, honors, and awards

- A writing sample

- Complete contact information (name, address, e-mail, telephone)

- Three letters of recommendation sent directly to the Museum at the address below.

Statements of interest with writing samples can be submitted online at Complete application materials must be received by March 1, 2009. 

Human Resources

Philadelphia Museum of Art

P.O. Box 7646
Philadelphia, PA 19101-7646
No telephone calls, please
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