Notice of Fellowship Opportunity

Art Museum Advisory Board Fellow
Start date 1 July 2013

The Art Museum Advisory Board of the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum sponsors a fellowship position to afford a recent graduate a one-year period in which to extend her/his education and professional training. Intended to be equivalent to an entry-level position in an art museum setting, the fellowship is designed to introduce individuals to a range of skills and experiences including collections management and museum administration, with a special focus on curatorial projects. The fellowship may be extended for a second year.

Term: 1 year, 1 July 2013 – 30 June 2014 (start and end dates somewhat negotiable)

Compensation: Stipend of $25,000, health, dental, life- and long-term-disability insurance, paid vacation and sick leave in accordance with the College’s established benefits for full-time employees.

·         Position Description: 
The fellow will carry out a variety of projects designed to provide her/him with an opportunity to develop skills and experience in the following:

  •  Curatorial duties including object-specific research, cataloguing, and writing; participating in acquiring new works of art and evaluating fair-market values; tracking conservation treatments and scholarly opinions
  •     Academic affairs including preparing object checklists for class visits; compiling scholarly sources; developing instructive handouts
  •     Exhibition development including researching possible loans; writing texts for exhibition wall labels; physically preparing labels and exhibition cases; assisting in the layout/design of exhibition space; assisting in the development of exhibition-related events
  •         Collections management including database/records management; physical management of the collection; exhibition set-up and take-down
  •          Administrative duties including attending staff and Board meetings and presenting reports; maintaining Museum files related to object, exhibitions, donors, and vendors; assisting the director and business manager in development efforts

Skills: Qualifications include: excellent writing and research skills; experience with database management ; proficiency in word processing and Excel spreadsheets; good manual dexterity for handling art objects, or a demonstrated aptitude to learn these systems effectively. 

The successful candidate must be self-directed, possess strong organizational skills, excellent research and writing skills, and be comfortable working independently as well as part of a team. The applicant must have a strong background in undergraduate art history courses and a commendable academic standing.  S/he must be able to communicate effectively with Mount Holyoke College students, faculty, staff, volunteers, and the general public.  Knowledge of French, Italian, or German is extremely helpful. 

 Candidates with prior successful internship experience (paid or volunteer) in a museum setting (especially at the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum) will be given first consideration. Preference may be given to a Mount Holyoke College alumna.

Application Process: The application process is formal and competitive.  Interested applicants should submit the following to Gail Parker, Senior Administrative Assistant by 6 February 2013: a letter of interest, a curriculum vitae, a writing sample, a transcript, and at least two letters of recommendation. After a review of the applications, the top candidates will be interviewed by Museum staff. The candidate chosen for the position will be notified by early-March.

Applications may be sent via email or via the postal service to the addresses listed below.

Gail Parker, Senior Administrative Assistant
Mount Holyoke College Art Museum
Lower Lake Road
South Hadley, MA  01075