Samek Art Museum Fellowship
Samek Art Museum Fellowship
Job No: 496690
Position Type: part-time
Location: Lewisburg, PA
The Samek Art Museum is a program of Bucknell University that creates meaningful encounters between artists, students, scholars, the public and works of art. The Museum presents original, travelling, and collection exhibitions and public programs that cover the range of art history with an emphasis on contemporary art. The Museum maintains an active museum collection of over 5,400 objects, including 450 works installed across the campus. The encyclopedic collection includes objects from pre- history to contemporary video art with strengths in photography and prints. The Museum programs and/or manages 3 spaces - the Campus Gallery (including offices, work-room, and collection study room), Downtown Gallery, and off-site collections storage - totaling 3,600 square feet of exhibition and program space plus 2,000 of storage and workspace. The Museum produces, on average, 12 exhibitions, 75 class visits, and numerous public programs and campus events annually.
The Samek Art Museum actively contributes to Bucknell University's commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. The Museum believes that social diversity drives artistic complexity and contributes to a broad intellect. Our exhibitions bring historically underrepresented artists and cultural perspectives to bear on the important question of our time. We serve our multicultural audiences through social relevant programs and inclusive interpretive materials. We build our collection to reflect the diverse world we live in and to model the equitable future we strive for.
For more information, see http://museum.bucknell.edu.
The Museum Fellowship is offered for recent college graduates interested in pursuing a museum career. The fellowship focuses on curatorial work but also offers professional training in collection management, exhibition design and installation, education and public programs, and arts administration. It is designed to help fellows support their academic and career goals through supervised work experiences. Under the supervision of the Samek Art Museum director and chief curator, the fellow will have the unique opportunity to be involved in every aspect of the Museum's programs and operations. This is a 1-year fellowship with the possibility of renewal for a second year. The anticipated start date is July 1, 2021. The fellowship requires a half-time commitment and offers an annual $12,000 stipend for living expenses.
In addition to their other responsibilities and opportunities, the Fellow will be offered the opportunity to curate an exhibition drawn from the Museum's permanent collection for the museum's downtown gallery for the summer at the end of their first year.
Fellowship Learning Goals
For the fellow, the purpose of the fellowship is:
The fellow engages in learning opportunities and provides assistance with all aspects relating to the museum collections, interchanging/rotating exhibitions and interpretive programs, including, but not limited to:
The ideal candidate has a demonstrated interest in curatorial practice. Attention to detail, excellent communication skills, and the ability to multitask and prioritize are essential to the position. Strong research skills are a plus. Background in art history with coursework in modern & contemporary art preferred.
In order to be considered for the position, all applicants are required to submit online a candidate profile and the application material (detailed below) on http://careers.bucknell.edu
Applications will be considered on a rolling basis as soon as they are received.
Details of application material
Include a cover letter that addresses all of the following questions in one to two pages:
Please outline ALL of your employment history including art-related and non-art- related work experience. Please also list exhibitions you have worked on, art writing or curating, awards and recognition that you have received, other art-related engagements you've participated in, as well as extracurricular activities, etc.
Please include either:
2 academic papers you have written about art, or
1 academic paper and one other writing sample such as an exhibition brochure or art review.
Please provide email and phone contact information for three references; professors, curators, gallery directors, or related professionals who know your work well.
If you have any questions about this position or about the application process then please contact:
Richard Rinehart, Director
To apply, visit https://careers.bucknell.edu/en-us/job/496690/samek-art-museum-fellowship
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