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Margaret Powell Curatorial Fellow

The Margaret Powell Curatorial Fellowship at Carnegie Museum of Art (CMOA) aims to diversify the museum field and expand career pathways by introducing recent college graduates from historically underrepresented groups to a full spectrum of curatorial experiences at the museum. The Fellow will have the opportunity to be immersed in curatorial work and content areas, including Architecture, Decorative Arts & Design, Fine Arts, Modern & Contemporary Art, and/or Photography, depending on curatorial priorities and projects. The Fellow will interact with multiple museum departments, such as Collections, Development, Education, Exhibitions, Marketing, and Publications.

Examples of project assignments include, but are not limited to:
- Participate in exhibition development at the museum
- Conduct research and writing on exhibitions or the collection
- Assist with gallery ambassador and docent training on the collection and temporary exhibitions
- Facilitate public-facing tours or art chats with visitors

The Margaret Powell Curatorial Fellowship at CMOA is intended specifically for recent undergraduates who demonstrate a passion for the arts and a strong inclination to pursue professional curatorial work in a museum setting. The two-year position is open to candidates from historically underrepresented groups in the museum field including, but not limited to, members of racial and/or ethnic minorities, those who are differently abled, or individuals from disadvantaged socioeconomic backgrounds. Candidates who have earned a baccalaureate degree within the past two years, preferably with a concentration in art, art history, visual culture or a museum-related field, may apply. In addition to having a strong academic record, candidates should be able to demonstrate the ability to manage multiple projects at once, with attention to detail, adaptability, professionalism, and excellent communication skills. Proficiency in Microsoft Office programs, including Word, Excel, Access, Outlook, and PowerPoint, as well as with Internet-based research is expected, as is gaining familiarity with KE Emu, CMOA’s collection management system.

Starting in early 2020, the Fellowship is a paid, 24-month long commitment requiring 37.5 hours per week in the office. The Fellow will be compensated commensurate with salary at the CMOA Curatorial Assistant level, including benefits and professional development opportunities. The Fellowship is made possible through the generous support of the Arts, Equity, & Education Fund in Pittsburgh, PA.

Please submit he following materials:
1) Resume/CV - Upload within your Candidate Profile/Application
2) References - Include within your Candidate Profile/Application. Please provide at least two academic/professional references and contact information.
3) Cover Letter, to address the following:
- What interests you about the Margaret Powell Curatorial Fellowship, and why are you
a good fit for the role?
- What are your professional and/or scholarly goals, and how will your experience at
Carnegie Museum of Art help you achieve them?
- Share an example of a time you brought a unique perspective to a project and/or discussion and describe the impact you had.
4) Official Transcripts - Please provide official transcripts for your entire undergraduate career.

The Cover Letter and Transcripts should be submitted via email to - with the subject line - Margaret Powell Curatorial Fellowship.

Please visit the 'External Link' below for more information.

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