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Lunder Consortium for Whistler Studies Graduate Fellowship, Art Institute of Chicago

The Art Institute of Chicago seeks a graduate fellow to serve as project manager and contributing author for a digital publication project featuring the museum’s holdings of paintings, drawings, and pastels by James McNeill Whistler. With a primary affiliation in the Department of Prints and Drawings, the Lunder Consortium for Whistler Studies Graduate Fellow will work closely with curators and conservators in the departments of Prints and Drawings, American Art, and Conservation to conduct research related to these works, write catalogue entries, and otherwise contribute to the planning and execution of this publication project. The successful candidate will have completed a Master’s degree or M.Phil. in the fields of Art History or American studies. He or she will be able to demonstrate specialized knowledge related to American, French, or British nineteenth-century art.

As a member of the Lunder Consortium for Whistler Studies, the Art Institute of Chicago maintains one of the world’s most significant holdings of works by James McNeill Whistler. Together with other Lunder Consortium members—the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, the Colby College Museum of Art, and the University of Glasgow—the Art Institute seeks to nurture, produce, and disseminate original scholarship and critical analysis of James McNeill Whistler and his international artistic circles. In addition to the paintings, drawings, and pastels, which will be featured as the subject of this publication, the Art Institute’s collection also includes nearly complete holdings of Whistler’s etchings and lithographs. The opportunity to access these collections—as well as the museum’s broad holdings in American and European art of the long nineteenth century—will complement the project-specific work of the successful candidate.


Excellent research and writing skills will be essential to this position.
Museum experience and previous experience with project management also preferred.

Term of position:
September 2017–June 2018, with possibility of short-term renewal

**Please submit a cover letter and CV, including two professional and/or academic references.
Relevant research areas: North America, Western Europe, 19th Century

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