Fellowship Opportunity: Resident Fellow, The Johnson Collection, Spartanburg, SC


The Johnson Collection is seeking a currently enrolled graduate student in library science (preferably with an emphasis on American art or history) to fill a fellowship for the summer of 2016. Applicants for this position should have a strong familiarity with cataloging systems and be self-disciplined. This eight-week program includes housing on a local college campus and a $2,400 stipend for the selected fellow.

This fellowship centers on the collection’s library holdings of over 5,000 volumes. TJC’s library is a premier resource on Southern and American art and history. In addition to books, the repository includes vertical files, art periodicals, and artist papers. The collection is pleased to share these resources with museums and scholars. An online catalog of our holdings is available on the web at http://t95018.eos-intl.net/T95018/OPAC/Index.aspx. The selected fellow will be responsible for evaluating and organizing the current library holdings’ cataloging system. Projects may include database cleanup, re-cataloging, archival work, as well as providing training for TJC staff.

Located in Spartanburg, South Carolina, the Johnson Collection offers an extensive survey of artistic activity in the American South from the late eighteenth century to the present day. The Johnson family is committed to creating a collection which captures and illuminates the rich history and diverse cultures of the region. By making masterworks from its holdings available for critical exhibitions and academic research, the collection hopes to advance interest in the dynamic role that the art of the South plays in the larger context of American art and to contribute to the canon of art historical literature. The collection also seeks to enrich its local community by inviting the public to interact with these inspiring works of art. For more information, please visit our website: http://thejohnsoncollection.org/.

30 hours per week over a period of eight weeks between June -August, 2016 (precise dates to be determined with appointed fellow; collection will be flexible). Desk space and computer access will be provided, as well as support from the collection’s staff. No prior specialization in Southern art is required.

Please submit cover letter of interest, brief CV/résumé, and contact information for two references to Sarah Tignor, Collection Manager and Registrar, stignor@johnsondevelopment.net or by mail, P.O. Box 3524, Spartanburg, SC 29304. APPLICATION DEADLINE: FEBRUARY 19, 2016

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