The Curatorial Fellowship Program at the Harvard Art Museums is designed to broaden the experience of scholars embarking on professional careers in art history who are considering the museum profession. The Harvard Art Museums’ global collections encompass cultures across Asia, Middle East, North Africa, Europe, and the Americas from ancient times to today.
· The Pulitzer Curatorial Fellow reports to the Curator of Modern and Contemporary art and works closely with the Curator of Drawings and other curators of works on paper, to conduct original, scholarly research to support the acquisition, study, and curatorial care of drawings from the last 100 years. The emphasis will be on contemporary drawing, with drawings of the modern era as secondary field of activities. The Pulitzer Fellow will be a key contributor to the reassessment and conceptualization of contemporary drawing practice in the museum, and to broadening the diversity of artists and stories represented in the museums’ collections. In dialogue with paper conservators, issues in the material and conservation challenges of the medium will be explored.
· The Curatorial Fellow participates in a broad range of curatorial activities, including assistance with new acquisitions, cataloging of the permanent collection in the Art Museums’ database, and donor cultivation.
· Foregrounding the museum’s teaching and research mission, the Curatorial Fellow contributes to a rich offering of public and academic interpretive programs across various platforms and helps provide content expertise and support for the Art Museums’ Art Study Center by supporting classes and individual appointments approximately three hours a week, attends a series of art handling workshops.
· The Curatorial Fellow will be an active member of the Fellows’ cohort and participate in regular cohort meetings and the annual Fellows symposium at the end of the spring semester.
· The Curatorial Fellow may supervise students and temporary employees.
PLEASE NOTE: This position is an on-site position.
MA in Art History or related fields with interest or specialization in contemporary art/drawings
Additional Qualifications and Skills
· PhD preferred
· Curatorial or related experience helpful; interest in expanding canonical narratives, innovative approaches to the practice of curation encouraged
· Proficiency in a foreign language helpful
· Commitment to fostering the appreciation of works of art in a museum context
· Excellent organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills; ability to work independently as well as collaboratively as part of a team
The Harvard Art Museums are committed to equity and inclusion in its staff and to engaging with a wide range of audiences and constituents, and welcome applications from candidates of diverse backgrounds who share these interests and commitment.
Please apply online with a letter of interest and a résumé or curriculum vitae. Complete applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, starting February 27th and continuing until the position is filled.
Upon review of initial applications, selected candidates will be notified to submit two letters of recommendation. Other supporting documents may include transcripts and writing samples.
The term of this fellowship is September 5, 2023 – August 29, 2025. In addition to $55,000 annual compensation, the fellowship has an allocated travel budget and is eligible to participate in Harvard’s fringe benefits program.
Discover Harvard Art Museums and Harvard University Benefits
· A creative, high-energy, collaborative environment
· Generous Vacation, Sick, Personal, and Holiday pay
· Medical, Dental, and Vision benefits starting on your first day
· Tuition Assistance Program
· Transportation benefits to help with your daily commute
· Health and wellness discounts, memberships and programs
Additional benefits can be found at https://hr.harvard.edu/totalrewards
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