Diversity Fellowship Program Opportunities, Summer 2018

Stay tuned for news about the ArtTable fellows, Summer 2018

Since 2000, ArtTable has conducted a fellowship program that addresses the marked lack of diversity in arts employment and offers a limited number of 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, the Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation, and ArtTable Members Lila Harnett, Catherine Hannah Behrend and Elaine Goldman.

This year we are pleased to offer five special projects this summer.  as described below.  Qualified students are welcome to apply to one or more projects.  Eligibility and Application information can be found below theses project descriptions.

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ArtTable Diversity Fellowships 2018

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

Project: Photography exhibitions, including highlights from the National Gallery of Canada; a thematic selection of works from the Morgan’s photography collection; and the work of photographer Duane Michals

Dates: June 1 – July 31, 2018

Description: Working with the department of Photography, the Elaine Goldman ArtTable Fellow will conduct research in advance of photography exhibitions scheduled at the Morgan in spring, summer, and fall, 2019. These exhibitions will focus on photographic highlights from the National Gallery of Canada; a thematic selection of works from the Morgan’s photography holdings from the entire historical range of the medium; and the work of photographer Duane Michals, which, additionally will include objects from most or all other department collections at the Morgan, selected by the artist. The fellow will work primarily with Joel Smith, The Richard L. Menschel Curator of Photography, and the department’s Edith Gowin Curatorial Fellow to conduct primary research and compile information to be used in didactic materials and publications for the three exhibitions. The fellow will gain experience with photographic collections, exhibition preparation, and collegial collaboration across curatorial departments. Excellent research, writing, and organizational skills are essential. In addition, the fellow should have a demonstrated interest in photography, the ability to meet deadlines, and be able to work both independently and in coordination with multiple staff members.

Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA
Catherine Hannah Behrend ArtTable Fellow

Project: Public programing for reinstallation of Chinese galleries
Dates: June 18 - August 10

Description:  The Philadelphia Museum of Art is in the process of reinstalling its Chinese galleries. When these galleries reopen in Winter 2019, they will be accompanied and animated by a series of public programs. The Catherine Hannah Behrend ArtTable Fellow will contribute to the Public Program team’s work in developing a range of programs that allow our contemporary audience to make meaningful connections to a historic installation.   Possible programs that the fellow could contribute to include, but are not limited to, an interdisciplinary lecture series that would relate to one of the larger themes of the reinstallation, open-ended community conversations about a current topic of relevance to the exhibition, an in-gallery music series; as well as other visionary and creative programs as needed. The fellow will be working directly with Greg Stuart, Museum Educator, Adult Learning, and Emily Schreiner The Zoë and Dean Pappas Curator of Education, Public Programs and will also work closely with other project collaborators both internally at the Museum, and externally in the local Asian communities. 
This project presents an exciting opportunity for a student interested in pursuing a career in museum education, public programing, and also offers internal exposure to marketing and communications.  Aspiring candidates should have undergraduate or graduate coursework in Asian art and culture, bring an enthusiasm for education and public programing, and show an interest in collaborative community work. She should also have flexibility to work on multiple tasks within the department and at the Museum as the project continues to evolve.

The Museum of the City of New York, NY   
Lenore G. Tawney Foundation ArtTable Fellow

Project: Planning and research for a forthcoming show on Broadway women costume designers in the 1920s and 30s, and an assessment of the museum's collection of women's mid-19th century garments.
Dates:  June 11- August 3, 2018

Description:The Museum of the City of New York is planning an exhibition on women costume designers of the 1920s and 1930s.  Tentatively titled The Art of the Showgirl, the exhibition will look at the lives and work of Frances Feist, Cora MacGeachy, Mabel E. Johnston, Kiviette, and Lady Duff-Gordon, five women who designed extensively for musical revues on Broadway but have been overlooked when considering fashion of the time period.  The ArtTable Fellow will work closely with Morgen Stevens-Garmon, Associate Curator for the Theater Collection, conducting exhibition research, object description, and continued care of costume design renderings in the Museum’s Theater Collection. Tasks include but are not limited to cataloging, object rehousing, condition assessment, and off-site visits to local repositories such as the Shubert Archives, New-York Historical Society, and New York Public Library.  The ArtTable Fellow will have the opportunity to contribute significantly to the direction of a planned exhibition and gain a better understanding of the Museum’s curatorial operations.  She will also work alongside Assistant Curator of Costumes and Textiles, Grace Hernandez, as she carries out assessment of women’s mid-19th century garments.  Curator Phyllis Magidson will also meet with the Fellow on a regular basis to review their process and share her insights and expertise. The Fellow will have the opportunity to learn about collections assessment criteria, and experience firsthand how it is applied to a large collection built over nearly a century. Tasks include handling and storage of objects and preparation for assessment, including an introduction to condition reporting, reference photography, basic cataloging, and object history research. The Fellow will be encouraged to be an active participant in the assessment process, and share her thoughts based on the information she learns while working with Museum staff.

Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation ArtTable Fellow
Project: Queens International

Dates: June - August 2018

Description: T
he Eighth Queens International,  a bienial exhibition of emerging and established artists living or working in Queens, will be the focus of this Fellowship. Opening in October 2018, the full-museum exhibition will also occupy satellite sites via a partnership with the Queens Library system, and will be accompanied by a suite of programs at both institutions, and a web and print publication. The ArtTable fellow will offer crucial support to all aspects of this project, especially the latter two components which will be in formative stages during the fellowship period. Working closely with Sophia Marisa Lucas, Queens International curator, and Lindsey Berfond, Assistant Curator, Public Programs, she will be embedded in all aspects of day-to-day activity in the Museum, with ample opportunities to be involved in interdepartmental exchange, and collaboration with individual artists and writers, collectives, and organizational partners, including the Queens Library.  Responsibilities will include research, writing and correspondence related to the development of all exhibition-related text, such as didactics and publication content; assistance in working with publication and web designers in organizing content during the design process; and outreach, and coordination for program development.  The fellow will also have opportunities to work directly with artists to assist with the refinement of exhibition and production plans; coordination for exhibition production and registrarial needs; and interdepartmental communication regarding Museum-wide efforts in education, interpretation, and visitor experience.  The candidate should have experience working with or an expressed interest in contemporary art, specifically in organizing exhibitions, publications, and public programs.  Excellent written and verbal communications, strong organizational skills and an eye for details, along with a demonstrated ability to work both independently and collaboratively in a fast-paced environment are desirable.  Proficiency with Windows and Google Apps, and fluency in Creative Suite, is a plus.
Lila Harnett ArtTable Fellow
Project: American Art project
Dates: June 4 - August 3, 2018

Description: The Summer 2018 Lila Harnett ArtTable Fellow will work under the joint supervision of Dr. Betsy Fahlman, Adjunct Curator of American Art and Christian Adame, Assistant Education Director, and Christian Adame, Assistant Education Director.  Phoenix Art Museum’s American collections, comprised of paintings, sculptures, and prints that from the late 18thcentury to the early 20th century, will be the focus of the fellowship. The fellow will assist Betsy Fahlman in collection research, gallery reinstallation, plotting artwork rotation, and envisioning potential collection-based exhibitions.  With Christian Adame, the fellow will gain experience with interpretation, including label writing and preparing didactic material for works from the Museum’s American collection. The fellow will also participate in Phoenix Art Museum’s Professional Development Program.  Focusing on professional growth, the program will prepare the fellow for a future career in the arts by introducing her to a broad spectrum of museum work, departments, programs, and operations. She will leave the program with an updated resume and interview practice. Phoenix Art Museum seeks applications from current graduate students studying art history, museum studies, and/or American history. Knowledge of American art is desired, but not required.


Eligibility: Applicants must be:
  • female students enrolled in a qualified graduate program in the visual arts
  • from a racial/cultural/ethnic background underrepresented in the field 
  • seeking career opportunities in the visual arts professions
  • a U.S. citizen, have residency status, or current student visa
  • able to commit to the 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 fellows, It is the responsibility of each fellow to find their own housing within the agreed time period and within commuting distance to their assigned institution.

Application Process:  

Applications and all accompanying materials must be received by March 15, 2018
All application materials and the selection processes are handled by ArtTable.  All inquiries should be addressed directly to ArtTable and not the participating institution or assigned staff members. 

Applicants will be notified on or before by April 16, 2018.

If you have any questions or would like further information please contact ejoselow@arttable.org.

Click here to learn more about the program and past participants.