2017 Diversity Fellowship Program

As part of ArtTable's mission to advance opportunities for the next generation entering the field and address the marked lack of diversity in arts employment, ArtTable’s Diversity Fellowship program has, since 2000, served more than 75 female graduate students from underrepresented backgrounds, giving them positions in a visual arts organization, a stipend, and a leg up in the arts world. Through placements at local arts institutions across the country, ArtTable is providing real work experience and mentorship to these graduate students, aiding their transition from academic to professional careers. 
Through one-on-one mentoring relationships with ArtTable members, fellows have the opportunity to work with an established leader in the field and gain exposure to a range of professional activities. Each fellow receives a $3,000 stipend for an eight week commitment.

This year we are most grateful to Lila Harnett, founding ArtTable member, Catherine Behrend and Elaine Goldman, ArtTable members, and the Lenore G. Tawney Foundation, Kathleen Mangan, Director and ArtTable member. If you are interested in funding a fellow, or know of local resources for additional support, please contact Evie Joselow at ejoselow@arttable.org. 
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ArtTable Diversity Fellows
Summer 2017
Jovanna Jones is a first-year doctoral student in African & African American Studies at Harvard University, with concentrations in the History of Art & Architecture and Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies. Her research interests include visual art of the U.S., black visual & print cultures, history of photography, black studies, and theories of aesthetics. Jovonna is the Visual Arts Assistant for Transition Magazine, an arts & literary journal based in the Hutchins Center for African & African American Research at Harvard. Additionally, she co-organizes the Race/Gender/Sexuality Aesthetics Working Group and serves as a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship mentor. 

This summer, as the Elaine Goldman ArtTable Diversity Fellow at the Morgan Library & Museum, New York, Jovanna will be working with Joel Smith, The Richard Menschel Curator of Photography, on the the photographic archive of the Peter Hujar Collection at the Morgan Library.  She will be involved in the selection and research a targeted group of approximately 650 images representing the length and variety of the artist's career, to expedite scholarly and public access to these materials and to be used in didactic materials to complement the artist’s first in-depth retrospective exhibition, Peter Hujar: Speed of Life, opening at the Morgan in January 2018.  

To read and comment on Jovanna's weekly blog, click here

Michelle McVicker is completing her MA in Fashion Studies at Parsons School of Design, The New School in May. Her master’s thesis explores the fashion exhibition, Appearances can be Deceiving: The Dresses of Frida Kahlo as an example of the potentiality of 'visibly worn dress.' Last year, Michelle worked as a Collections Management Assistant at the Costume Institute in The Metropolitan Museum of Art, where she assisted with preparing and executing the return of the fashion collection to renovated storage facilities. Michelle has previously interned in the Costume and Textiles Department at The Chicago History Museum, participating in conservational archiving, labeling, photographing and storing of garments. 

This summer, as the Lenore G. Tawney Foundation ArtTable Diversity Fellow at the Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia, Michelle will be assisting Executive Director, ArtTable Board Member and curator Susan L. Talbott along with Exhibitions Manager Alexander Unkovic in planning for the exhibition, An Archive of Experimentation: 40 Yeas of Artist Projects. This exhibition, scheduled to open December 2017, will focus on the history and creative output of their renowned Artist-in- Residence program, showcasing works by recently emerging artists alongside art world luminaries such as Ann Hamilton, Sarah Sze and Richard Tuttle. Michelle will conducting research, mining FWM’s storied archives, and contributing to the exhibition development, as well as permanent collection research.

Alexis Dixon is currently a graduate student pursuing her Master of Fine Art in Curatorial Practice at the Maryland Institute College of Art. She received her Bachelor of Science in Digital Media Art from Bowie State University in 2015.  With her bachelors thesis, she explored Baltimore and its realities versus the media’s representation. Alexis’ passion for her thesis and community engaged art stemmed from her life and upbringing in the city of Baltimore.

This summer, as the Catherine Hannah Behrend ArtTable Diversity Fellow at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Alexis will be working with the Contemporary Art and Education departments on Philadelphia Assembled, an expansive collaborative project that seeks to reimagine the city according to the personal and collective narratives that make up Philadelphia’s changing urban fabric. Alexis will be working with Amanda Sroka, Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art and Damon Reaves, Associate Curator of Education and Community Engagement with collaborative outreach efforts with individuals, artistic collective and community organizations, to organize a series of public gatherings, performance pieces, workshops and community meals, and culminating in a participatory presentation in September.  

To read Alexis' journal click here
News from Recent Fellows
Crystal Ferrer (2016 ArtTable/Kress Fellowship at the Morgan Library & Museum: Modern and Contemporary Drawings Dept.) has been offered a paid internship at the Department of the Interior, Washington D.C., through the National Council for Preservation Education, upon completion of her M.A. in Art History at California State University, Long Beach, California, in May: “I can't wait!  And I'm so excited for the next wave of ArtTable fellows, and to keep up to date with how their fellowships are going.”

Heather Hughes (2016 ArtTable/Kress Fellowship at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston: Prints and Drawings Dept.) will be heading to the St. Louis Art Museum in June to work as senior research assistant and manager of the study room for prints, drawings, and photographs, upon defending her thesis and completing her PhD in Art History at the University of Pennsylvania in May: “I can definitely say that my ArtTable internship contributed to my success on the job market-- both the work experience itself and the mentorship that I received...Thank you again for the opportunity!”

Kimberly Jacobs (2016 Catherine Hannah Behrend Fellow, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Contemporary Art and Education Depts.) currently a PhD candidate in Art History at Virginia Commonwealth University has been quite busy! She curated an exhibit (Re)Imaging Women in STEM at the University of Virginia, and worked on the 28th Annual James A. Porter Colloquium on African American Art, a project that she will continue to pursue with Howard University's Department of Art. This summer she will participate in the Teachers Institute in Technical Art History at Yale University.

Hannah-Gur Arie (2017 Lila Harnett Fellow, Phoenix Art Museum, Fashion Department, Spring 2017) has accepted a position as an agents assistant at The Magnet Agency, a fashion talent agency in New York City, and will begin very soon after she graduates from Barrett, the Honors College at Arizona State University: “As I wrap up my ArtTable fellowship, I am grateful that I was given this opportunity as I made relationships with mentors and peers that that have shaped me and have set my course to an exciting career path. The fashion department at Phoenix Art Museum provides so many people with knowledge, opportunities, and happiness, and getting to know the women that make this possible inspires me to foster that type of community in every future workspace.”

Lahela Maxwell (2107 Lila Harnett Fellow, Heard Museum, Social and Digital Media, 2017)
has accepted a videography position at ON Semiconductor.  She will graduate from Barrett, the Honors College at Arizona State University: "From my experiences, I’ve learned more about where I want to go; I want to be able to work in marketing or public relations for either an arts nonprofit/museum or for a STEM firm. I now know that it’s possible to work in my field for the kinds of things I’m passionate about.  I would recommend this fellowship to other students, as it gave me so many resources that I never have had access to before. I got to meet really brilliant people, get great career advice not just from my supervisors at the museum, but also from Nancy Walch, the Art Table member liaison. Thank you."

We wish all of our past and present Fellows continued success with their achievements and look forward to following their career paths!
Follow our current fellows on the ArtTable Diversity Fellowship Blog! Your comments are welcome. If you have any questions or would like further information, please contact ejoselow@arttable.org.