Job Opening – Norma Jean Calderwood Curatorial Fellow (03/2011)

2011 March 15

Harvard Art Museums
Somerville, Massachusetts

Duties & Responsibilities

The Curatorial Fellowship Program at the Harvard Art Museums is designed to broaden the experience of persons embarking on professional and scholarly careers in art history who are considering the museum profession. The Fellow shares fully in the range of curatorial activities including collections management, research and documentation of potential acquisitions and of the permanent collection, and in answering scholarly inquiries and general correspondence. The Fellow also delivers occasional educational talks for the public and undertakes a collections-related project.

The 2011-2013 Calderwood Curatorial Fellowship project will concentrate on the Norma Jean Calderwood Collection of Islamic Art: finalizing the texts for the catalogue; planning and writing texts for an exhibition of the entire collection to open at the Harvard Art Museums in fall 2012; and planning scholarly and public programs in conjunction with the exhibition. Acquired by the Harvard Art Museums in 2002, the Calderwood Collection consists primarily of Persian ceramics, paintings, drawings, and lacquer objects produced from the ninth through nineteenth century, with a small number of Syrian, Turkish, and Indian works of art. The Calderwood Fellow will also have the opportunity to participate in planning the reinstallation of the permanent collection galleries and in researching a future exhibition of Persian lacquer.

The fellowship begins September 1, 2011 and is for 22 months.

Basic Qualifications

M.A. and graduate training in art history or related field.

Additional Qualifications

M.A. or Ph.D. past qualifying paper preferred; demonstrated interest in the work of art museums and scholarship; excellent written and verbal communications skills; competence and reading knowledge in Persian, Turkish, or Arabic preferred; computer proficiency in word processing and database applications preferred.

Additional Information

A complete application includes a letter of interest, rsum or curriculum vitae, transcript, writing sample, and 2 letters of recommendation. Please apply online with letter and curriculum vitae only via Harvard University’s employment website ( Send transcript, writing sample, and letters of recommendations to:

Harvard Art Museums
Human Resources Office
Attn: Candice Cruz Dintino
32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA 02138, USA

Complete applications must be received by April 15, 2011. Inquiries may also be directed to the Human Resources Office (telephone – 617.495.3555; fax – 617.496.9032). Writing samples will not be returned unless requested by applicant.

Competitive stipend ($1,200 bi-weekly) and a travel/research allowance provided.

Baird Fellowship

Upon completion of curatorial fellowship, fellows will be eligible to apply for the Baird Travel Research Fellowship. Baird fellowship awards are competitive, based on a proposed project requiring travel for research. The Baird Fellowship provides for return to Harvard within two years to lecture on his/her research results.
The Harvard Art Museums, with the Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies, is a major center for art historical research and training. Fellows engage in close study and analysis of objects and their institutional frameworks, as well as broader issues of museum practice and museology.

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