The African Arts Fellow is intended to fill a need in the field of African arts that will provide curatorial experience, opportunities, and mentorship for individuals who seek a career as a museum curator specializing in African arts beyond that included in their academic training. Fellowship terms of two years, with an option for a third year.
This fellowship will provide a unique opportunity for qualified candidates to build experience working in a large world art museum alongside seasoned curators. The program will afford fellows a well-rounded experience with mentoring supervision and professional collaboration with the Andrew W. Mellon Curator, John Lukavic, interpretive specialist Karuna Srikureja, as well as a senior curator of African art contracted to help mentor and guide the fellow. During the first year, the selected fellow will work to research an aspect of the permanent collection for a permanent gallery reinstallation. The first year is intended to expose the fellow to the internal operations of the museum and begin preparations for the reinstallation. The second year will include the development of assigned tasks and the fellows approved upon research project. A goal of this fellowship is the incremental incorporation of the fellow into departmental and museum-wide initiatives to provide deep, practical experience applicable to the field.
This fellowship will provide opportunities to develop experience in collection assessment, collection building, object provenance research, building community connections, donor cultivation, and working closely with a specialist on interpretive plan and text for gallery reinstallation. The fellow will have opportunities to develop their own research project that relate to the museums collection of African art.
A fellowship at the DAM is designed to familiarize candidates with such curatorial responsibilities as exhibition development and display practices, collections-based research and publishing, museum administration, fundraising, and marketing and public relations. Moreover, the curatorial fellowship will expose the successful candidate to a broad range of professional experiences.