Gregory and Maria Henderson Curatorial Fellow in East Asian Art – Harvard Art Museums, MA

Job Summary:

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.

Position Description:

-The Henderson Curatorial Fellow, working closely with the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Curator of Asian Art, conducts object-based research focused on the Museums’ East Asian art collections, with a preference for early modern and modern Japanese prints. The Fellow will also have the opportunity to carry out research on other areas of the Japanese, and potentially also the Korean collections.

-The Curatorial Fellow participates in a broad range of other curatorial activities, including preparation of rotations and exhibitions, interpretive materials, cataloging of the permanent collection in the Art Museums’ database, assistance with new acquisitions, and donor cultivation.

-Foregrounding the museums’ teaching and research mission, the Curatorial Fellow helps provide content expertise and support for the Art Museums’ Art Study Center by supporting classes and individual appointments of approximately three hours a week, attends a series of art handling workshops, and contributes to a rich offering of public and academic interpretive programs across various platforms.

-The Curatorial Fellow will be an active member of the larger Art Museums Fellows’ cohort and will participate in regular cohort meetings and in 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.

Basic Qualifications:

MA in Art History, East Asian Studies, or related fields, with written and spoken proficiency in Japanese and English.

Additional Qualifications and Skills:

-PhD preferred; demonstrated interest in Japanese prints.

-Curatorial or related experience helpful; interest in expanding canonical narratives, innovative approaches to the practice of curation encouraged.

-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

Additional Information:

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.

Application Procedures

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, successful candidates will be notified to submit two letters of recommendation. Other supporting documents may include transcripts and writing samples.

Additional Information:

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

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Commitment to Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging

Harvard University views equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging as the pathway to achieving inclusive excellence and fostering a campus culture where everyone can thrive. We strive to create a community that draws upon the widest possible pool of talent to unify excellence and diversity while fully embracing individuals from varied backgrounds, cultures, races, identities, life experiences, perspectives, beliefs, and values.

EEO Statement:

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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