Job Opening – Fellowship (04/2012)

2012 April 15

Toledo Museum of Art
Toledo, Ohio

The Fellowship Program at the Toledo Museum of Art (TMA) in collaboration with the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation invites applications from candidates who completed their doctoral studies within the last five years in art history or a related discipline. For this year preference will be given to candidates who have experience with ancient art or works on paper (including photography).

The Fellow will be a strong academic performer with an interest in museum leadership positions in the future and be committed to the Toledo Museum of Art for the full two-year duration of the appointment.  Appointment will begin on January 1, 2013 and run until December 31, 2014.

The Duties of the Fellow will include:

• Day-to-day responsibilities relating to the TMA collections in their area of curatorial expertise;

Assist the Curatorial Team in developing and coordinating exhibitions and publications

Work with other Mellon fellows in overlapping years

Conceptualize, define, initiate, and conduct scholarly research to prepare and present to TMA Collections staff and management team

Assist with the initiation and implementation of collaborations with other arts institutions to create new exhibition and scholarship opportunities

Work with the Education Department to assist in the creation of interpretive materials related to our collection

Work with Curatorial Team to establish strategic collections plan and vision

Respond to inquiries regarding TMA collections

Participate in Collections Team meetings

Attend TMA activities as requested

• A specific project (e.g. exhibition, publication, program) for which they will carry responsibility for proposing, planning, implementation, and completion (the project will be proposed by the end of year 1 and realized by the end of year 2);

• Actively participate in the Leadership and Research Seminar as part of the fellowship program

• Participation with the Museum’s leadership team and staff in the implementation and evaluation of the TMA Strategic Plan 2011-2015, which has five core objectives: 1) expanding access to the collection; 2) teaching visual literacy; 3) increasing visibility; 4) developing Museum assets; and 5) working with artists. The Fellow will work on either of the two curatorial focused objectives listed above (1 and 5);  The TMA expects that the Fellow will participate in the day-to-day activities of the Museum, complete independent work, receive professional training and development, and be mentored by senior curatorial and administrative staff.  The Fellow will be given an annual salary, benefits, a travel and research stipend, and a living allowance for accommodation. Office space, along with support for equipment and association memberships will be provided.

Qualifications: Candidates who completed their doctoral studies within the last five years in art history or a related discipline. For this year preference will be given to candidates who have experience with ancient art or works on paper (including photography). The Fellow will be a strong academic performer with an interest in museum leadership positions in the future and be committed to the Toledo Museum of Art for the full two-year duration of the appointment.

To apply, please submit a letter expressing your reasons for interest in this fellowship with your resume/cv, writing samples, and at least two letters of recommendation by May 15, 2012.  Submissions may be by e-mail to: mellonfellowship@toledomuseum.org or by mail to: Fellowship Program, Toledo Museum of Art, PO Box 1013, Toledo, OH  43697.  Enquiries should be sent to the above e-mail address.

Website: http://www.toledomuseum.org

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