Fellowship Opportunity: Cowles Curatorial Fellowship in Asian Art, Portland Art Museum

The Portland Art Museum, Oregon announces an outstanding Fellowship opportunity under the direction of Maribeth Graybill, Ph.D., Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Curator of Asian Art. Scholars embarking on professional and academic careers in art history who are considering the museum profession are encouraged to apply.

The Cheney Cowles Curatorial Fellow is a full-time (30 hours per week) employee of The Portland Art Museum. The position starts in summer 2016. The Fellows compensation is $24/per hour, plus two weeks of unpaid time off for scholarly research. A research grant of $3,000 is available to reimburse research travel and expenses.

This is a one-year position, with the possibility of renewal for a second year. The Museum reserves the right to discontinue the fellowship at any time if circumstances arise that are unfavorable.

If you have any questions, please email hr@pam.org.

Under the supervision of the Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Curator of Asian Art, the Cowles Curatorial Fellow will conduct research on the Asian Collections in the Portland Art Museum. The Fellow will work to improve cataloguing data in the Museum’s database, including adding information in the original language (Chinese, Korean, and/or Japanese) wherever possible.
The Fellow will assist with a broad range of curatorial activities in Asian Art, including preparation of interpretive materials for gallery and online presentation; curation of gallery installations and exhibitions; and donor cultivation.

The Fellow will contribute to a rich offering of public and academic interpretive programs such as docent training, gallery tours, and public lectures.


  • M.A. degree or equivalent in East Asian art history or related discipline.
  • High degree of reading/writing/speaking proficiency in an East Asian language, with preference for Chinese or Korean.
  • Previous curatorial or museum experience a plus.
  • Possesses cultural interest and sensitivity.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English.
  • Demonstrated high level of initiative and persistence in completing assignments with strong attention to detail and accuracy.
  • Proficiency in MS Office Suite, including Word, Excel, Outlook and web-based research tools.
  • Ability to take direction as well as work well independently.

The full time position is eligible for the Museum’s benefits package first of the month following 30-days of full-time employment. Benefits include medical and dental, paid time off (vacation, sick, holiday, jury duty, bereavement), 401k program, long-term disability and AD&D, and a variety of perks such as free Museum admission, Gift Shop discounts, and screenings at the NW Film Center.

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