Diversity Fellowship Program Opportunities, Summer 2019

ArtTable Diversity Fellowships, Summer 2019


   Brooklyn Museum, Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, Brooklyn, NY
   Lila Harnett ArtTable Diversity Fellowship

   Project: Work on forthcoming "Lorraine O’Grady" retrospective and other upcoming exhibitions
   Mentors: Catherine Morris, Sackler Senior Curator; Carmen Hermo, Associate Curator;
   and Allie Rickard; Curatorial Assistant
   Dates: June-August, 3 days a week (Monday-Friday)

Working with the curators in the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, the fellow will assist with the organization of the upcoming Lorraine O’Grady retrospective to be presented in the Center in early 2020. In close collaboration with the staff of the Center, they will gain experience in curatorial research and planning, and assist with the following tasks, among others: compiling information for didactic materials, publicity, and publications; preparing models and materials for exhibition design; assisting with checklist management; and general exhibition organization. The fellow will also have the opportunity to work with other museum staff involved in planning the exhibition, as well as to assist with additional upcoming exhibitions and general tasks of the Center. The ideal candidate will have a background in art history, curatorial and/or museum studies, with a specific knowledge of and /or interest in feminist art history and theory, strong organizational skills, as well as past experience working in arts organizations with exhibition preparation and programming planning. An interest in performance and conceptual art is welcome, but not required.

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

Work on forthcoming collection-based photography exhibition
Mentor: Joel Smith, Richard L. Menschel Curator of Photography

Dates: June 15 – August 15, 2019

Description:  Working with the Department of Photography, the Elaine Goldman ArtTable Fellow will conduct and organize research in preparation for a collection-based exhibition in summer, 2020. Research will concern specific stages and facets of the creative process in photography. The fellow will work primarily with Joel Smith, The Richard L. Menschel Curator of Photography, and the department’s Edith Gowin Curatorial Fellow to compile information to be used in didactic materials, publicity, and publications. The fellow will gain experience working with an historical and visually important photography collection, conducting archival research, and exhibition preparation with collegial collaboration. Excellent research, writing, and organizational skills are essential. In addition, the fellow should have a demonstrated interest and broad knowledge of photography, the ability to meet deadlines, and be able to work both independently and in coordination with other staff members.

The Museum at Fashion Institute of Technology, New York, NY
Lenore G. Tawney Foundation ArtTable Fellow

Project: Work on specific collections management projects in the Costume and Accessories Departments as well as conduct curatorial research relating to "Food and Fashion"

Mentor: Michelle McVicker, Collections and Education Assistant
Dates:  June 17 - August 9 (Monday - Thursday)

The Costume Collection at the Museum at FIT (Fashion Institute of Technology, SUNY) consists of more than 35,000 objects dating from the mid-18th century to the present. The collection has a strong emphasis on contemporary women’s fashion, but also includes menswear, active sportswear, and lingerie. The Accessories Collection consists of approximately 15,000 objects that date from the mid-17th century to the present, with particularly strong holdings of designer accessories from the second half of the 20th century. In addition to exhibitions, the collections are a research resource for undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and visiting scholars.  The ArtTable Diversity fellow in the Costume and Accessories Departments will report primarily to the Collections and Education Assistant, Michelle McVicker (ArtTable Diversity Fellow, 2017) working on specific collections management projects including object photography and flat storage assessment. She will also work with Collen Hill, Curator of Costume and Accessories, and Elizabeth Way, Assistant Curator, conducting curatorial research relating to the upcoming exhibition "Food and Fashion." This will include reviewing historical periodicals for editorial images related to food and fashion and creating annotated bibliographies and research reports for the curators on the history of food trends that relate to fashion and visual culture. Knowledge of museum protocol and experience handling of museum objects (preferably costume/accessories) is required. Completed or ongoing coursework in fashion studies is preferred.
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA
Catherine Hannah Behrend ArtTable Fellow
Project: Develop interpretive and interactive projects and programs for a "Future Therapy Lab," a component part of the forthcoming exhibition Beyond the Horizon: Designs for Different Futures (Fall 2019)
Mentors: Emily Schreiner, The Zoë and Dean Pappas Curator of Education, Public Programs,and Jenni Drozdek, Assistant Director for Interpretation
Dates: June - July
Description:  In the fall of 2019, the Philadelphia Museum of Art will present Beyond the Horizon: Designs for Different Futures, an exhibition that will showcase artists, architects, and designers at the vanguard of thinking about our individual and collective human futures. It will include approximately 80 works, including commissioned objects, projections, and videos that imagine different iterations of the future- as multiple, contingent, and socially located. The Catherine Hannah Behrend ArtTable Diversity Fellow will directly participate in the planning and development of engagement activities and programs for the Futures Therapy Lab, a built-in engagement space that is intended to help visitors explore intersections of art, design and the personal and collective futures of life in 21st century, bringing them into closer conversations with artists, architects, and designers.  Working under the direct supervision of the Education Department, with opportunities to engage with other key staff members at the museum, the fellow will be asked to consider components of the overarching themes in the exhibition: Being, Thinking, Living, and Producing, and to create thought-provoking bi-weekly programs, such as artist talks, panel discussions, and hands-on workshops, that enable the public to further consider the limits and consequences of design materials and methods, as well as to examine how community, and interpersonal communications might be reshaped for better (or worse) by future design.  This project requires open-minded thinkers, who can think broadly and creatively about “design” and be able to articulate and distill concepts and ideas through the eyes of visitors. An interest in art, architecture or design as a multifaceted and inclusive practice is welcome, but not required.  If applicable, applicants should articulate a demonstrated interest, strength or any prior experience that may relate to one or more of the major themes of the exhibition. Experience with public programs and/or public engagement would also be an asset.  As the scope of this project is large and evolving and with lots of moving parts, candidates must also be flexible, be able to work independently as well as collaboratively, and have excellent communication and organizational skills.

Queens Museum of Art, Flushing, New York
Pierre & Tana Martisse Foundation ArtTable Fellow
Project:  Work on forthcoming "Hip Hop" exhibition exploring its origins in the borough of Queens, through art, fashion, oral histories, documentary video and photography (Fall 2020)
Mentors: Sophia Marisa Lucas, Assistant Curator, and Lindsey Berfond, Assistant Curator
Dates: June 17 - August 12, 2019 (start and end dates are flexible within 8 week fellowship period).

This fellowship will be focused on an exhbition exploring Hip Hop in Queens, (title forthcoming), slated for presentation in Fall 2020, and co-curated by Ralph McDaniels, Hip Hop Coordinator at Queens Library, pioneering music video director, and co-creator/host of MTV's Video Music Box; and Herb Tam, Curator and Director of Exhibitions at the Museum of Chinese in America, the curator of A Jamaica, Queens Thing: Rap and the Crack Era in South Jamaica, Queens (2007) . The project will explore the origins of hip hop in the borough of Queens since the late 1970s. In addition to oral histories, documentary video and photography, music ephemera, fashion, and listening stations, the exhibition will include work by contemporary artists that explores the broader influence of hip hop culture in local and global contexts.  Working closely with curatorial staff and co-curators, the ArtTable Fellow will research artists and cultural producers for the exhibition, and will also be involved in interdepartmental exchange, and direct communication with artists and organizational and community partnerships.  Reseponsibilities will include research on relevant artists working in the field; background and archival research on local cultural histories; research, writing and correspondence related the development of all exhibition-related text, such as didactics and potential publication content; outreach, correspondence, and coordination for project developmen and public programs. The ideal candidate is someone who is istudying contemporary art, who is interested on identity formation, sociopolitical concerns, and "alternative" cultures. and/or has a strong interest and familiarity with hip hop and/or its history. Excellent verbal and written communications skills and an eye for detail are required. Experience and/or interest in contemporary art and culture, as well as experience with or intereest in organizing multi-faceted exhibitions, publications, and public programs are an asset. Demonstrated ability to work independently and as a team player in a fast-paced environment, handling multiple tasks at once and adhering to deadlines, as well as proficiency with Windows and Google Apps, and fluency in Creative Suite would also be welcome.


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
  • Currently enrolled or having graduated within the past six months at time of application
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. Qualified students are welcome to apply to one or more projects.

Application Process:  

Applications and all accompanying materials must be received by Friday,  March 15,  2019
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 15, 2019.

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.
ArtTable Diversity Fellowship
Since 2000, ArtTable has conducted a fellowship program that addresses the marked lack of diversity in arts employment. There have been 81 recipients, many of whom have gone on to successful careers in the visual arts field.  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. The five fellowships offered this year are made possible thanks to funding from the Lenore G. Tawney Foundation, the Pierre & Tana Matisse Foundation, and ArtTable founding member, Lila Harnett, and ArtTable members' Catherine Hannah Behrend and Elaine Goldman.