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Maher Curatorial Fellow

This is a term position. Term duration: 1 year, with possibility of renewal

Duties and Responsibilities:

The Maher Curatorial Fellow will primarily focus on developing and managing the forthcoming exhibition From the Philosophy Chamber: Harvard’s Lost Collection. This exhibition will bring together works from the extensive, but little-known collection of portraits, prints, natural history specimens, scientific instruments and ethnographic materials that Harvard College amassed between 1766 and 1820. Under the supervision of the Curator of American Art, the Fellow will contribute to all aspects of exhibition planning and preparation, including the execution of primary and secondary research, selection and coordination of loans, development of exhibition design and program, cultivation of funding opportunities, and general project management.

The Curatorial Fellow assists with a broad range of other curatorial activities, including preparation of temporary displays of American art, cataloguing of the permanent collection in the Art Museums’ database, and donor cultivation.

Foregrounding the museum’s teaching and research mission, the Curatorial Fellow helps provide content expertise for the Art Museums’ Art Study Center by supporting classes and individual appointments six hours a week, and contributes to a rich offering of public and academic interpretive programs across various platforms.

The Fellow may supervise students and temporary employees.


Basic Qualifications:

MA in Art History with specialization in American Art

Additional Qualifications:

PhD preferred with specialization in early American and / or British Art

Curatorial or related experience

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 collegially

Application Procedures

A complete application includes a letter of interest, résumé or curriculum vitae, transcript, English-language writing sample, and three letters of recommendation. Complete applications will be reviewed beginning on March 1, 2016 until the position is filled.

Please apply online with letter and curriculum vitae
. Please upload transcript, and one article-length, English-language writing sample.

Please ask references to send letters of recommendation to the following address: (please note that the letters of reference will be verified).
Relevant research areas: North America

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