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Curatorial Fellowship

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The Studio Museum in Harlem
United States
New York, NY
Position Level
Experienced (Non-Manager)
None Specified
Position Type
Application Deadline


Founded in 1968 by a diverse group of artists, community activists and philanthropists, The Studio Museum in Harlem is internationally known for its catalytic role in promoting the work of artists of African descent. As it celebrates its 50th anniversary, the Studio Museum is preparing to construct a new home at its longtime location on Manhattan’s West 125th Street, designed by internationally renowned architect David Adjaye of Adjaye Associates in collaboration with Cooper Robertson. The first building created expressly for the institution’s program, the new building will enable the Studio Museum to better serve a growing and diverse audience, provide additional educational opportunities for people of all ages, expand its program of world-renowned exhibitions, effectively display its singular collection and strengthen its trailblazing Artist-in-Residence program. While the Studio Museum is currently closed for construction, the Museum has opened Studio Museum 127, a temporary programming space located at 429 West 127th Street, and is working to deepen its roots in its neighborhood through inHarlem, a dynamic set of collaborative programs. The Museum’s groundbreaking exhibitions, thought-provoking conversations, and engaging art-making workshops continue at a variety of partner and satellite locations in Harlem and beyond. The Curatorial Fellowship is designed to provide in-depth curatorial experience for a recent graduate who has either earned a baccalaureate or graduate-level degree, with a concentration in Art History, Curatorial Studies, Africana Studies, Visual Culture, or a related field. Candidates for the Fellowship program will be reviewed through a competitive, open process. Applicants must be of culturally diverse background and should have a keen interest in curating, writing, and research, as well as knowledge of the contemporary art world. The selected Fellow will work under the direction of the Curatorial Department at The Studio Museum in Harlem, and will report to the Associate Curator, Permanent Collection and Associate Curator, Exhibitions. The Fellow will participate in the essential activities of the department, which may include assisting the staff in the following areas: collection management, exhibition and artist research, and administration. The Fellow will be involved in exhibition installation and documentation; research on the collection and for exhibition proposals for inHarlem programming; catalogue production; and the development of interpretive materials. They will also have the opportunity to provide support for the museum’s signature Artist-in-Residence program. In addition, the Fellow will work closely with other departments at the Museum, including Communications, Education, and Public Programs and Community Engagement, to gain an understanding of the balance between the public face of the Museum and its community. Throughout the course of the fellowship, the Fellow will be invited to workshops, public programs, and professional development opportunities. The Curatorial Fellowship is a paid, twelve month-long commitment requiring 35 hours per week in the office. Applicants must be able to manage multiple projects at once, with keen attention to detail, adaptability, and a good sense of humor. Knowledge of Adobe Photoshop, specifically post-production skills, and The Museum System (TMS) is preferred.

Application Instructions / Public Contact Information

To apply: please submit a cover letter, which should highlight a particular area of professional or scholarly interest within the museum’s mission; a resume; two letters of recommendation; and a writing sample no greater than five pages. All materials should be compiled into one PDF, except for letters of recommendation which may be sent under separate cover. International applicants must have a working visa. Application deadline: May 1, 2019 (Please note: materials must be received by this date) Fellowship begins: July 22, 2019 Please email application materials and any questions to in PDF format. Please place “Curatorial Fellowship” in the subject line.

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