2017 Diversity Fellowship Program Opportunities

Since 2000, ArtTable has conducted a fellowship program that addresses the marked lack of diversity in arts employment and offers a limited number of internship placements. The objective of ArtTable’s Diversity Fellowship Program is to provide quality experiences and mentorship for female graduate students from backgrounds generally underrepresented in the field to aid 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 will receive a $3,000 stipend for an eight week commitment. These positions are made possible thanks to funding from the Lenore G. Tawney Foundation, and ArtTable Members Lila Harnett, Catherine Hannah Behrend and Elaine Goldman.
Click here to learn more about the program and past participants.

2017 ArtTable Diversity Fellowship Hosts

Morgan Library & Museum, New York, NY                  
Elaine Goldman ArtTable Fellow

Project: Peter Hujar Archive


Dates: June 1 – July 31, 2017

Description: Working with the department of Photography and Imaging & Rights, the Elaine Goldman ArtTable Fellow will create an indexed and annotated archive of high-resolution digital image files of materials in the Peter Hujar Collection at the Morgan Library.  As a photographer, Peter Hujar (1934-1987) was best known for capturing the people and landscape of the downtown cultural New York in the 1970s and early 80s. The fellow will work with Joel Smith, The Richard Menschel Curator of Photography and the Imaging & Rights staff to select and research a targeted group of approximately 650 images, chief among them, contact sheets representing the length and variety of the artist's career, to expedite scholarly and public access to these materials and to possibly be used in didactic materials to complement the artist’s first in-depth retrospective exhibition Peter Hujar: Speed of Life, opening at the Morgan Library January 2018.  The fellow will gain experience with photographic and archival collections and have the opportunity to collaboratively work across different departments. Research and writing skills and familiarity 1950s-80s American art and letters from, as well as some are essential, as is competence/comfort working with software for storage and editing of data and images. In addition, the fellow should have a demonstrated interest in photography and the ability to meet deadlines and to work independently and in coordination with multiple departments and staff members.

Philadelphia Museum of Art              
Catherine Hannah Behrend ArtTable Fellow

Project: Philadelphia Assembled
Dates: Late June - early August 2017

Description:  The Catherine Hannah Behrend ArtTable fellow 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. For this project, the Philadelphia Museum of Art in a collaborative effort with individuals, artistic collective and community organizations various narratives will be explored. These efforts will manifest in neighborhoods throughout the city in a series of public gatherings, performance pieces, workshops and community meals scheduled to take place in three stages, beginning April 2017 through December 2017, and will culminate in a participatory presentation at the Museum’s Perelman Building in September 2017.  The fellow will be working directly with Amanda Sroka, Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art and Damon Reaves, Associate Curator of Education and Community Engagement, who is playing a key role in community relations and program development.  This is an exciting opportunity for a student interested in pursuing a career in arts administration or community engagement within a Museum setting, and to explore the intersections of curatorial work, education, civic policy and socially engaged practice.  The fellow will be situated in the Contemporary Art Department, and will work closely with project collaborators internally at the Museum and in the external field across the city.  Students should have a demonstrated interest in public programing, project administration, along with excellent research, writing, communication and organizational skills and a flexibility to work on multiple tasks across departments at the Museum and with community outside community organizers as the project’s component elements continue to evolve.

The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia, PA        
Lenore G. Tawney Foundation ArtTable Fellow
Project:  An Archive of Experimentation: 40 Years of Artists Projects (working title)
  Dates: June 1 - July 31, 2017

Description: In December 2017, The Fabric Workshop and Museum (FWM) will debut An Archive of Experimentation: 40 Years of Artist Projects, to mark the close of its anniversary year and highlight its renowned Artist-in-Residence (AIR) Program. Dedicated not only to exhibiting finished works of art, but to the artist’s process as well, FWM has recorded the history and evolution of each artist-in-residence that includes research, fabric samples, prototypes and multimedia documentation – of how an artwork was conceived and created. As a record of artistic production, FWM’s artist boxes chronicle contemporary art in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Spanning nearly half a century, they contain the work and thoughts of such prominent artists as Yinka Shonibare, Laura Owens, Glenn Ligon and Jim Hodges. In many cases, emerging artists of the last century have gone on to great achievement and the exhibition will provide valuable insights into their early development. The exhibition will showcase the work of recently emerging artists alongside art world luminaries such as Ann Hamilton, Sarah Sze and Richard Tuttle, among others.  Although made available by request to artists and scholars, there has never, however, been a comprehensive exhibition of these materials.  The Fellow will have an integral role in assisting FWM Executive Director, ArtTable Board Member and curator of Susan Lubowsky Talbott and Exhibitions Manager Alexander Unkovic in planning for the exhibition. The Fellow will also work closely with FWM Registrar Justin Hall and Director of Photography Carlos Avendaño.  Specifically, the Fellow will conduct research, mining FWM’s storied archives, and contributing to permanent collection research and exhibition development. This experience offers the opportunity for the Fellow to engage with a number of FWM departments and to learn the fundamentals of working in a museum. It also provides in-depth experience with FWM’s renowned for Artist-in-Residence program and exhibitions. Applicants should be enrolled in art history, museum studies or a related field. A strong interest in textiles and contemporary arts and demonstrated experience in archival work and exhibitions are highly preferred. Excellent writing and research skills are required for this position.

Applicants must be:
  • female students enrolled in a graduate program
  • from a racial/cultural/ethnic background underrepresented in the field 
  • seeking career opportunities in the visual arts professions
  • be a U.S. citizen, have residency status, or current student visa
  • able to commit to 8-consecutive week period specified by each institution
Stipend: $3,000, payable in three increments

Housing: While some institutions may be able to offer assistance with finding the appropriate housing accommodations for incoming fellow, it is the responsibility of the fellow to find their own housing within the agreed time period and within commuting distance to their assigned institution.

Application Process

  • TO APPLY click here for the application
  • Submit a cv. and two references to ejoselow@arttable.org
  • Please make sure that you are available during the dates the host institution has specified. 
DEADLINE EXTENDED!! Applications and all accompanying materials must be received by March 15, 2017
All application materials and the selection processes are handled by ArtTable. Applicants will be notified by  April 17, 2017.  

If you have any questions or would like further information please contact ejoselow@arttable.org. We look forward to reviewing your application!