2018 Ford & Walton Diversifying Art Museum Leadership Initiative: Home Grown Curatorial Fellowship
National Museum of Mexican Art
December 22, 2017
Full Time - Internship
Through a generous three year grant awarded by the Ford and Walton Family Foundations the National Museum of Mexican Art (NMMA) and the DuSable Museum for African American History (DuSable), two museums that have successfully trained and provided sustained employment for curators and arts administrators, will implement its inaugural Home Grown Curatorial Fellowship program for graduate students of color or whom identify as ALAANA (African, Latino(a), Asian, Arab, Native American). Fellowships will provide candidates with an opportunity to learn, engage, and be mentored by curatorial and museum professionals who are leaders in first voice organizations.
The Home Grown Fellows will serve as ambassadors and mentors to the high school students participating in program workshops. Students will engage with the fellows and learn from NMMA and the DuSable staff, as well as local artists, teaching artists, career counselors, art collectors, and conservators. The workshops will expose students to a career track that statistics show is one typically not pursued by people of color.
The purpose of the 2018 Home Grown: Diversifying Art Museum Leadership Initiative Fellowship Program is to:
Provide a meaningful, practical, valuable and real-world graduate or post-graduate training experience that incorporates an intensive training program at world-class museums, including professional development, presentation and workshop opportunities, and interaction with other African American, Latino and other first-voice / people of color museums and collections around the country.
Encourage the inclusion of museum professionals of color, recent MLIS graduates, and prospective graduates in the field of museum administration, curatorial studies and archives management.
Encourage professional workplace and creative organizational skills practice.
Encourage the fellows to engage in outreach activities in the community.
Build and support a network of people committed to the same goal of increasing diversity in the profession.
Increase skills to preserve and provide access to African American and Mexican American artifacts, archival collections, works of art and material culture.
Demonstrate increased knowledge of the nation’s African American and Mexican American artifacts, archival collections, works of art and material culture.
Demonstrate increased knowledge of Mexican American and African American history and culture broadly and as it relates to special collections of African American and Mexican American artifacts, archival collections, works of art and material culture.
Reported increase in marketability and employability as museum professionals.
The Home Grown Fellows will participate in their respective institutions’ special projects, including external workshops and artistic programs that advance the missions of the National Museum of Mexican Art (NMMA) and DuSable Museum of African American History (DuSable), promote and support creative leadership and support the joint mission to build a foundation for students of color to gain access to leadership positions in all museums. Fellows may have the opportunity to study, research and examine collections, organize thematic exhibitions related to African American and Mexican history, culture or particular genres and assist in the preparation, documentation and organization of past, present and future exhibitions.
Each Home Grown Fellow will have the opportunity to select a mentor, who may be different from their supervisor. Fellows will also undertake an independent capstone project in consultation with their supervising curator, archivist librarian and institution mentor.
Each fellow will have the opportunity to interact with one another, NMMA and DuSable through exhibition openings, staff/departmental meetings, networking events, workshops and internal discussions that build relationships and foster a community of intellectual scholarly engagement.
Each fellow will receive an annual salary of $38,000, plus fringe benefits and an allocated fellowship research allowance to be used solely for travel related to fellowship assignments, conferences and museum visits arranged after acceptance into fellowship program.
Fellows should be prepared to relocate to the Chicago area at the time of Fellowship, without additional financial compensation, and are required to live in the Chicago area for the tenure of the Fellowship.
Fellowships are 12 months in length, May 2018 through May 2019. All fellowships must take place and capstone project completed within this 12 month period.
All applicants must meet the following requirements to be considered for a Home Grown Fellowship, in addition to NMMA and DuSable institutional requirements.
Be currently enrolled in the last year of graduate school and/or hold a recent (earned in the last 2-3 years) graduate degree in library science (MLS, MLIS, MIS, MS), art history or museum studies from an ALA accredited school
Successful candidates must be able to provide proof of eligibility to work in the United States
Have a demonstrated interest in museum and exhibition administration and/or archives administration and management, museum studies, art history, anthropology, Latin American and/or African American studies, or archaeology
Located within a 400 mile radius of Chicago, IL
The deadline for all application materials, including letters of recommendation, is February 1, 2018, by 11:59 pm CST. Fellowship decisions will be announced by April 2, 2018.
All applicants applying for the Home Grown Fellowship at National Museum of Mexican Art must submit the following:
Cover letter stating their interest in the fellowship. Applicants must indicate their choice of host institution
Full curriculum vitae of education, professional experience, honors, awards and publications
Official copy of graduate transcript, with graduation date or anticipated date of graduation and copy of classes currently enrolled in if applicable
A statement, not to exceed 1,500 characters, specifying your areas of research/interests.
Candidates applying to National Museum of Mexican Art as host institution, please include the following in your statement:
Your relationship to NMMA, Mexican Art or culture
Relevant experience related to your curatorial and/or archival proposed project
The importance of this fellowship to their future career and what they hope to learn from the experience.
Contact information for three people who will provide recommendation letters (at least one academic and one professional), none of whom are current NMMA or DuSable employees. Once you have submitted your recommenders’ names, titles and email addresses, they will receive emailed instructions for uploading their recommendation letters online.
To be considered for the Home Grown Fellowship, all candidates must complete the application and follow all application procedures.
The 2018/2019 Home Grown Application can be found herehttps://goo.gl/forms/Oflj4CcfA3mPX8El2
If you are interested and unable to apply for the 2018/2019 Home Grown Fellowship or for more information about the application process and general requirements , please contact us at (HomeGrownFellow@gmail.com )
NATIONAL MUSEUM OF MEXICAN ART
POSITION TITLE: Home Grown Fellow
REPORTS TO: Director of Visual Art's/Chief Curator, Registrar, Permanent Collection Curator or Associate Curator
POSITION FUNCTION: To aid the Visual Arts Director, Registrar, Permanent Collection Curator and Associate Curator in tasks related to the care, preservation, documentation and presentation of artworks at NMMA. There will be light maintenance tasks pertaining to art installation or gallery preparation.Fellows will take field trips throughout and beyond the Chicago-area to conferences and to visit other first-voice museums. Finally, Fellows will be required to keep a log of their experiences and progress throughout the fellowship.
Assists in cataloging preparing and packing of Permanent Collection
Assists in the preparation, documentation and/or organization of past, present and future exhibitions
Assists in creating/updating exhibition and artist files
Assists in conducting research to label and interpret artwork as well as catalogs objects and updates computerized museum records
Assists in the care and presentation of artwork in the Museum's collection, both in storage and on display within as well as outside of the Museum and throughout the Museum’s website
Complete program Capstone Project within the 12 month Fellowship appointment
MANDATORY JOB QUALIFICATIONS:
Have a demonstrated interest in museum and exhibition administration and/or archives administration and management, museum studies, art history, anthropology, Latin American studies, or archaeology
Have interest in documenting and caring for art and historical artifacts
Strong knowledge of Mexican or Mexican American history/culture and command of the Spanish language both written and spoken
Excellent verbal and written communication skills and public speaking
Must be highly organized, detail-oriented, and able to multi-task
Ability to work well in a fast-paced team environment, as well as independently, and adapt to flexible hours as necessary
Ability to handle art objects carefully
Ability to accurately capture images of artwork on a large bed scanner, easel and backdrop
Lift 40 lbs and climb ladders
Excellent computer skills (Mac preferred)
Experienced in Filemaker Pro and Photoshop
Additional Salary Information: Each fellow will receive an annual salary of $38,000, plus fringe benefits and an allocated fellowship research allowance to be used solely for travel related to fellowship assignments, conferences and museum visits arranged after acceptance into fellowship program.
The National Museum of Mexican Art has provided opportunities and training for people of color in our institutions for years, preparing them to move on to other organizations, spread their wings and fly higher.
We showcase 3,000 years of creativity from both sides of the border, connecting museum visitors to the diversity of Mexican culture.
You’ll find us in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood.... Here, in the heart of the city’s Mexican community, our 10,000-piece permanent collection meets the highest museum standards. Our pieces and exhibitions travel to museums around the globe because the quality of our collection is highly valued. But here at home, the museum is always free.
Our curators are experts in Mexican art and their passion for the museum is contagious. You’ll pick this up at every turn, from the up-close-and-personal placement of the art to the bilingual stories that guide you through the galleries. Over the years we’ve inspired and empowered tens of thousands of children and youth through arts education programs. They may be studying to be career artists or learning new ways to express themselves. Kids of all ages work together in our after school classes, summer camps, and teen mentorships.