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Paid Fellowship Opportunity: Barra American Art Fellowship, Philadelphia Museum of Art

Barra American Art Fellowship

The Philadelphia Museum of Art is looking to fill the Barra American Art Fellowship for the 2017-2018 Academic Year. This position is generously endowed by The Barra Foundation in honor of Robert L. McNeil, Jr., with additional support provided in 2017-18 by Mr. and Mrs. William C. Buck and from the Robert L. McNeil Endowments for American Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

One fellow will be chosen to join the Department of American Art during the academic year. The fellow will work full-time, assisting four days a week in ongoing department research and exhibition projects, with one day reserved for personal research, writing, or travel. Applicants should have completed their M.A. degree in art history or a related field and propose a thesis or area of research interest that can take advantage of the resources of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and other area libraries and institutions. Priority will be given to those with projects relating to the Museum’s collection or exhibition program, and to students from the Philadelphia region. Fellows will have library privileges at the PMA and the University of Pennsylvania. At the conclusion of the term, the Barra Fellow will be expected to give a lecture and submit a paper reflecting work done during the residency.

The fellow will be expected to work full-time (35 hours per week) during the academic year from September 2017 through August 2018.

The fellowship stipend is $40,000 over twelve months with additional research and travel funds and two weeks of discretionary time off.

How to Apply

Please complete an online application and include the following:

  • A letter describing your interest and preparation for this position
  • Curriculum vitae with education, employment, publications and honors
  • Three references with phone number and email addresses

In addition to your online application, please send a writing sample by mail and direct one of your referees to write on your behalf to:

Department of American Art
Philadelphia Museum of Art
P.O. Box 7646
Philadelphia, PA 19101
Re: Barra Fellowship

Applications are due no later than February 15, 2017.

Full post: https://workforcenow.adp.com/jobs/apply/posting.html?client=philadmoa&jobId=148089

Job Posting: Museum Curator in Graphic Arts, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington DC


This position is located in the Curatorial Office of the Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM). The purpose of the position is to carry out assigned and approved projects in the four areas of curation: research, exhibits, development & management of collections and public service and to initiate and propose related projects for review by the Chief Curator and Director. Incumbent should have knowledge of the broad field of American art but will specialize in the field of graphic arts and artists.



  • Conducts research on graphic art in the permanent collection.
  • Publishes significant research related to graphic art collection.


  • Establishes contacts with donors and dealers and negotiates for gifts and purchases. Proposes objects for acquisition.


  • Proposes & develops exhibition topics.
  • Ensures completeness and accuracy of all published information associated with exhibitions, including catalogues, brochures, installation graphics and wall text.

Job Requirements

  • Pass Pre-employment Background Investigation
  • May need to complete a Probationary Period
  • Maintain a Bank Account for Direct Deposit/Electronic Transfer
  • Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered with Selective Service.


You must meet these Basic Requirements:

  • Degree: museum work; or in an applicable subject-matter field.


  • Combination of education and experience — courses equivalent to a major, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.


  • Four years of experience that provided knowledge comparable to that normally acquired through the successful completion of the 4-year course of study as shown in A above.

In addition to the Basic Requirements above, you must have the following Specialized Experience:

  • GS-11: You qualify for this position if you possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-09 level in the Federal Service or comparable pay band system. For this position specialized experience is defined as experience in researching and coordinating exhibitions of graphic art within an art museum or similar environment.
  • GS-12: You qualify for this position if you possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-11 level in the Federal Service or comparable pay band system. For this position specialized experience is defined as experience in researching, developing, interpreting and exhibiting a collection of graphic art within an art museum or similar environment.

Deadline to Apply: September 19, 2016

Full post: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/446984300/

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