Mellon Curatorial Fellowship for Diversity in the Arts

Mellon Curatorial Fellowship for Diversity in the Arts
Williams College
(Williamstown MA)

Mellon Curatorial Fellowship 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 present, and the art of world cultures.

Available September 2009, the Curatorial Fellowship for Diversity in the Arts is a full-time, three-year term position offering curatorial experience at the Williams College Museum Art. The fellowship is designed to provide a professional bridge to museum careers and encourage diversity within the museum field. The Fellowship provides growth and development for outstanding candidates, particularly those from under represented groups.

The Fellow’s primary responsibilities will be to undertake research and planning for exhibitions drawn from the permanent collection in collaboration with Williams 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 receives mentorship from all museum staff, especially the director, curators, and educators.

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 a master’s degree in art history, cultural or global studies, curatorial studies, or related fields. Excellent verbal and written communication skills required. Prior museum experience is a plus. For optimal consideration, please submit resume and cover letter by March 29, 2009.