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Andrew W. Mellon Curatorial Fellow

The RISD Museum is pleased to announce a fellowship funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for an outstanding junior scholar who wishes to pursue a curatorial career. The Andrew W. Mellon Curatorial Fellow will be responsible for supervising the department’s study room, while participating in all aspects of the department’s curatorial work, including proposing and executing exhibitions relevant to the collection. They will conduct research related to new acquisitions; interact with scholars, students, and the public to answer questions about the Museum’s Prints, Drawings, and Photographs collections; and deliver presentations on the collection. The successful candidate will recognize and value diversity as a central to excellence.

Essential Functions
-Supervise the department’s active study room, and act as the primary liaison between the department and faculty teaching from the collections, including making regular presentations to classes. Direct student employees and interns. With an inclusive lens, work with the two department curators to encourage greater use of the collection by RISD, Brown University, and area colleges’ faculty and students.

-Conduct research to accurately catalog the collection especially keeping up with new acquisitions, answer queries about the collection, and interact with scholars, students, and the public on collection matters.

-Become familiar with the collection’s more than 32,000 works on paper and undertake research in area of expertise to produce an exhibition to be presented in the third year, preferably in collaboration with a faculty member from Brown and/or RISD, with the possibility of developing a smaller collection-based exhibition earlier in the fellowship. At the request and under the direction of the Assistant/Associate Curator and Chief Curator, participate in processes related to departmental rotations of works on paper and exhibitions by engaging in the selection of works to put on view and writing accompanying gallery labels.

-Oversee use of and access to the departmental storage area and ensure the special care, housing, security, and proper handling of collections. At the request of the curator, serve as a courier for the Museum.

-Give presentations to docents, the general public, and other museum constituents on the collection and exhibitions.

-Travel with the department’s curators to explore potential acquisitions and to attend scholarly conferences and relevant exhibitions.

-Ph.D. or ABD in Art History or closely related field required.
-The Fellow should have a demonstrated interest in and knowledge of the history of prints, drawings, or photographs.
-Prior Museum and/or teaching experience preferred.
-Knowledge of a second language is highly desirable.
-Strong commitment to object-based teaching.
-Ability to handle original works of art with care.
-Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, and the ability to be a team player in an active office environment.

Please visit the 'External Link' below for more information and to apply.

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