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National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) Announces a Post-Graduate Fellowship in Paintings Conservation

Posted on May 5, 2015 by in The OFI Blog

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The National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C. is accepting applications for a one-year post-graduate fellowship in paintings conservation beginning in the fall of 2015.  The stipend is $40,000 plus health insurance benefits, not to exceed $45,000 total.

Start/end dates: October 1, 2015 through September 30, 2016.

Funded amount: $40,000.00

Deadline for application: May 25, 2015

 

Fellowship Description:

The National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C. is accepting applications for a one-year post-graduate fellowship in paintings conservation beginning in the fall of 2015.  The conservation fellow will be part of an exciting and groundbreaking journey that will culminate in the opening of the new NMAAHC on the National Mall in 2016.  The fellowship provides an opportunity for a recent graduate to gain experience in paintings conservation, including preventive care for artworks in storage and exhibition for the Visual Art Gallery (VAG) of NMAAHC and conservation analysis and treatment in the studios of the Museum Conservation Institute (MCI) and the guidance of the Senior Paintings Conservator (MCI).  Responsibilities will include paint analysis, preventive conservation, and treatment of diverse mixed media and single media paintings.  The fellow is encouraged to do research on a topic within the category of conservation of modern and contemporary paintings.

 

Candidate Qualifications:

A recent graduate of a recognized master’s level conservation training program with knowledge and understanding of: Conservation principles and practices; conservation challenges of modern and contemporary paintings and the importance of preventive care; organic chemistry and its application in paint adhesion, cleaning and identification; paint aging and deterioration; painting structure and processes; painting framing, hanging and handling.  An ability to make crucial decisions in performing conservation tasks should be demonstrated by a portfolio.  Oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills and the computer and graphic skills are required.

 

Application Materials Required:

A brief research proposal.  The research proposal can be related to collection materials or an evaluation of a treatment process (no more than two pages, twelve point fonts).

Curriculum Vitae including basic biographical information with current and permanent addresses, telephone numbers, and e-mail address.

Unofficial transcripts of both undergraduate and graduate courses of academic study.  Please send an explanation of the evaluation system if your transcript is from outside the United States.

Two references from conservation professionals familiar with the candidate’s work.

A writing sample such as a condition report, or examples of published work.

 

Fellowships are awarded without regard to age, sex, race, or nationality of the applicant.  Applications are submitted through the Smithsonian Online Academic Appointment System which is linked here  Select the “Paintings Conservation Fellowship” listed under the National Museum of African American History and Culture to submit your application materials.

Please address all inquiries to Dr. Renee S. Anderson, Head of Collections at andersonrs@si.edu or Jia-Sun Tsang, Senior Paintings Conservator at tsangj@si.edu Telephone 301-238-1231.