The Vilcek Foundation is seeking applicants for the Vilcek Curatorial Fellow in Contemporary Art. In this role, the Curatorial Fellow will develop new exhibition programs of contemporary art and work on all aspects of planning and executing various curatorial and creative projects, working under the supervision of the President and alongside both the Curator and the Registrar and Manager of Collections, Exhibitions and Facilities. The fellowship will provide a unique curatorial training and a platform to explore new exhibition ideas.
● Support in all phases of exhibition implementation, including research; checklist development; lender and artist relations; publication development; writing exhibition texts and online content; exhibition floorplans; gallery installation; and development of programs related to exhibitions
● Contribute to research projects on collections, conservation, exhibitions, and acquisitions
● Assist with other departmental needs including preparation for presentations, leading tours, and related tasks.
In addition to these responsibilities, the Curatorial Fellow will participate in special projects that advance the Vilcek Foundation’s mission.
● Duration: November 1, 2021- October 31, 2022 (2 years); the start date is flexible until position is filled.
● Full-time, in-person, 35/hours per week (occasionally requiring some weekend and evening hours
Qualifications and experience:
● Degree in art history, museum studies, or a related field; specialization in contemporary (post-1960) art
● 5+ years of hands-on curatorial or related experience required.
● Excellent directed and independent research skills.
● Strong written and verbal skills; demonstrated ability to write for general
● Well-organized, detail- oriented, and proactive.
● Committed to a career in curatorial work and/or museum administration
● Working knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint), Microsoft Outlook, and other standard computer programs.
● Flexibility in meeting shifting demands and priorities with proven ability to meet multiple deadlines.
● Foreign language skills (written and verbal) are desirable
● International candidates must be in possession of a valid US work visa prior to
the start of the fellowship and for the entire fellowship period.
Applications must include (PDF or MS Word format only):
● A letter of interest
● Three references with contact information
● Two letters of recommendation (scanned and attached)
● Writing samples:
○ excerpt from thesis or other academic writing sample is preferred; must be less than 10 pages;
○ short, published general audience professional writing sample (e.g. wall text, gallery guide, etc.).
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