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Futures Fellowship, Clark Art Institute Research and Academic Program

The Research and Academic Program at the Clark Art Institute is offering a fellowship for the Fall semester 2020 to support artists, educators, scholars, writers, and art critics who are reimagining the possibilities of museums, scholarship, and public engagement and who have experienced economic hardship from the fallout of the Covid-19 crisis. The structural inequalities that were inherent in funding, museums, arts, and the United States more broadly have only been more deeply exposed by current events, placing into greater precarity individuals, careers, livelihoods, and family structures that were already under stress. This fellowship is intended to give an individual the resources they might not otherwise have to work on a project that helps to imagine a new world for museums, arts education, and the role of the artist in public spaces. Projects that examine social justice and the arts, reimagine the canon of art history, or consider the role of performance art in exposing erased histories are particularly welcome.

With this fellowship, we offer a stipend, an apartment in our Visiting Scholars’ Residence, an office, and access to one of the best art history libraries in the country. This fellowship is intended for an individual who has been severely economically impacted, whether due to furloughs, layoffs, or cancelled performances and projects. We trust individuals to be self-selecting in applying.

This fellowship is residential and the individual is expected to be in residence at the Clark Art Institute during the fellowship period. Due to ongoing concerns around domestic and international travel, this fellowship is only open to individuals who live in a 300-mile radius of the Clark. Fellows will be required to agree to strict safety and travel agreements in order to accept the fellowship.

In order to apply please include in a single PDF: cover letter, 750-word project statement, CV, and under separate cover, one letter of recommendation. Please send all materials to by June 30, 2020. Applicants will be notified by July 20, 2020.

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