The National Gallery of Art is seeking eligible candidates for the Kress Interpretive Fellowship for 2012–2013. The Kress Interpretive Fellowship aims to cultivate students and young professionals interested in museum careers, focusing on curatorial and educational collaboration.
The Fellow’s core activities will involve interpreting and teaching about the Gallery’s collection of premodern European art and may include painting, sculpture, and works on paper. The Fellow would work on a web-based feature for an initiative under development that highlights the provenance and changing functions of key works in the Gallery’s collection. In collaboration with curators and educators, the Fellow would focus on specific works in the collection, planning a web-based reconstruction that shows changes in the works’ locations and functions until the present day. Other interpretive projects would include presenting gallery talks and public lectures, assisting with the organization of seminars, and developing content for web-based programs on the premodern collection.
Graduate art history students who are currently enrolled or have recently graduated (degree received no earlier than 2011) are encouraged to apply. The ideal candidate will have a broad knowledge of European art history, with excellent communications skills, both oral and written, and a demonstrated interest in teaching and interpretation of premodern European art.
The stipend for the 12-month fellowship period will be $25,000 and is subject to all applicable taxes. The Fellow will work full time and may begin the fellowship term at a mutually agreed upon date (as early as September 17, 2012, and not later than October 1, 2012).
Application Timeline and Procedures
Complete applications must include:
- A statement of interest and intent (not to exceed three double-spaced typed pages). Applicants should become familiar with the collection of the National Gallery of Art (please consult www.nga.gov) and indicate which areas or periods would be the desired focus for the fellowship.
- A complete curriculum vitae of education, employment, honors, awards, and publications.
- Names and contact information for three references (academic and professional).
- A writing sample of no more than 1,500 words.
August 1, 2012
Complete application must be received by August 1, 2012, and may be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications received after that date will not be considered.
All applications will be reviewed by a selection committee.
Department of Academic Programs
Division of Education
National Gallery of Art
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