Career Opportunities

PLEASE NOTE: The following listings are a selection of opportunities periodically highlighted and are not a complete listing of available art-related positions.  Swarthmore Career Services offers many services and position searches that can be found at


Andrew W. Mellon Undergraduate Curatorial Fellowship

The Andrew W. Mellon Undergraduate Curatorial Fellowship Program provides specialized training in the curatorial field for students across the United States from diverse backgrounds. The program aims to make a critical impact on American art museums by expanding the diversity of their curatorial staff and developing gifted curators who are committed to engaging with the full spectrum of museum audiences. The program is organized around two components for which candidates must apply:

Summer Academy: Summer Academies, to be held at each of the six partner museums, are one-week immersion programs designed to provide a rich experience in the museum environment and expose the participants to career options related to art and art history, with an emphasis on the curatorial field. Each Summer Academy includes workshops, tours, field trips, and networking events with museum professionals. Fifteen students will be selected to participate in the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s 2018 Summer Academy during the week of June 17–24. Summer Academy participants receive a modest per diem for the week. Housing arrangements are also made for participants. At the end of each Summer Academy, participants are invited to apply for the Fellowship Program.

Undergraduate Curatorial Fellowship Program: Two fellows will be selected following each Summer Academy. Fellows participate in the Andrew W. Mellon Undergraduate Curatorial Fellowship Program throughout their undergraduate career with the goal of entering into a graduate program. The two-year fellowships provide students with hands- on experience inside a museum setting, working with curators and staff on exhibitions, collections, and programs. Fellows are matched with a museum mentor/curator who works to enrich the academic experience and broaden the fellow’s understanding of art and art history. Fellowships are part-time during the academic school year and full-time during the summer at a partner museum. Fellows receive a yearly stipend of $10,000. 

In July 2015, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation joined with the Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD) and the American Alliance of Museums (AAM) to announce the results of the first comprehensive survey assessing the ethnic and gender diversity of the staffs of art museums across the United States. Among museum curators, conservators, educators, and leaders, only four percent are African American and just three percent Hispanic. The published report, Art Museum Staff Demographic Survey, addresses the pilot phase of this program in more detail (see museums/demographic-survey/ ).

Partner Museums

The program is being implemented at six partnering institutions. Each museum holds a world- class, encyclopedic collection that represents the broad range of artistic production across history and around the globe.

  1. Art Institute of Chicago
  2. High Museum of Art, Atlanta
  3. Los Angeles County Museum of Art
  4. Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
  5. Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City
  6. Philadelphia Museum of Art

​The program is intended specifically for undergraduate students from historically underrepresented groups in the curatorial field and who, if selected as a fellow, can commit to two years in the program prior to graduating. Applicants should express an interest in art, art history, or the museum field. In addition to having a strong academic record, applicants should be able to demonstrate, through areas of study, extracurricular activities, background, or other experiences, how they will contribute to the program. Applications for the 2018 Summer Academy are due by Wednesday, January 31, 2018.


Philadelphia Museum of Art Staff Contact

This initiative is generously supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Teyona Jackson

Coordinator of Mellon Undergraduate Fellows and Delphi Project Foundation Programs 


Research Assistant, Arms and Armor

Please Note: Non-Exempt Full-Time End Date: November 30, 2019

The Research Assistant will provide the curatorial and administrative support for The Last Knight exhibition project and the accompanying catalogue.  The Research Assistant will work with and report to the exhibition curator (Curator in Charge), correspond with the lending institutions, as well as with the authors of the catalogue, assist the exhibition curator with research topics and the coordination of exhibition logistics overall.

  • Oversee and coordinate database regarding the prospective loans
  • Oversee and coordinate preparation of loan letters and forms
  • Submit and coordinate photographic orders for research and catalogue
  • Support research for the catalogue
  • Closely work with Editorial and Design Departments for the proofreading and correcting of texts, captions, and labels
  • Assist with interpretive material (texts, media)
  • Organize meetings and takes minutes at these meetings
  • Other duties as assigned.

Experience and Skills:

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, required
  • Fluency in German, required
  • Working knowledge of French, preferred
  • Strong organizational skills with meticulous attention to detail, required
  • Excellent computer and social media skills, required

Knowledge and Education:

  • M.A. in history or art history, required

Please send cover letter, resume, and salary history to
with “Dept-Arms and Armor-Research Assistant” in the subject line.


New York, The Frick Collection, September 1, 2018 - August 31, 2020
Application deadline: Jan 15, 2018

Anne L. Poulet Curatorial Fellowship 2018–20

The Frick Collection is an art museum consisting of more than 1,100 works of art from the thirteenth to the nineteenth century displayed in the intimate surroundings of the former home of Henry Clay Frick. The residence, with its furnishings and works of art, has been open to the public since 1935. It is considered one of the world's most perfect museums. Of equal distinction is its sister institution, the Frick Art Reference Library (founded in 1920), an internationally recognized research library that is one of the world's most complete resources for the study of Western art.

Position Summary
The Frick Collection is pleased to announce the availability of a two-year predoctoral fellowship for an outstanding doctoral candidate who wishes to pursue a curatorial career in an art museum. The fellowship offers invaluable curatorial training and provides the scholarly and financial resources required for completing the doctoral dissertation. Internationally renowned for its exceptional collection of Western European art from the early Renaissance through the end of the nineteenth century, The Frick Collection – complemented by the equally significant resources of the Frick Art Reference Library – offers a unique opportunity for object-based research. The fellowship is best suited to a student working on a dissertation that pertains to one of the major strengths of the collection and library.

The Anne L. Poulet Curatorial Fellow will have an opportunity to work with curatorial and educational staff on research for special exhibitions and on the permanent collection. Other curatorial training responsibilities include participation in the organization of the annual Symposium on the History of Art, a two-day event co-sponsored with the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University; possibly the preparation, in coordination with a curator, of a focus exhibition or display around a work of art in the Collection; and participation in the daily administrative routines of a small museum. The Fellow will have a place of study, access to the collections and library, as well as introductions to New York City museums and libraries. Frick curators and conservation staff will be available for consultation on the dissertation. The Fellow will be expected to give a public lecture on his or her topic. The Fellow will divide his or her time between the completion of the dissertation and activities in the Curatorial Department.

Benefits in Employment with The Frick Collection
Full-time employees are eligible to participate in group life, health, and dental insurance plans. Employees contribute to the cost of their health insurance based on income level and the type of coverage they select. Other benefits include Short and Long Term Disability insurance, employee contributed tax deferred annuity, flexible spending plans for health, dependent care and commuting costs, defined benefit pension, 13 holidays, accrual of 12 vacation days the first year of employment (25 days subsequent years). All employees of the Frick Collection may access free or discounted admission to most of New York's finest museums. Additionally, we provide employees and volunteers with an extremely affordable lunch in our employee dining room and a discount on Museum Shop purchases. The Frick Collection offers a beautiful and pleasant work setting and an excellent opportunity to appreciate some of the world's finest works of art. 

Qualifications and Application Process 
Applicants must be within two years of completing their dissertations. The Fellow will receive a salaried stipend of $38,250 per year and a travel allowance. The Fellow is also considered a full-time employee for the duratoin of their fellowhship and will be eligible for the benefits associated with full-time employment. The term will begin in September 2018 and conclude in August 2020.

Applications must include the following materials:
- A cover letter explaining the applicant's interest in the fellowship and his or her status in the Ph.D. program. The letter should include a home address, phone number, and email address. 
- An abstract, not to exceed three typed pages double-spaced, describing the applicant's area of research.
- A complete curriculum vitae of education, employment, honors, awards, and publications. 
- A copy of a published paper or a writing sample in English.
- Three letters of recommendation (academic and professional).

Please submit application materials to Letters of recommendation should be sent to this address directly from recommenders. PDFs of signed letters on university or business stationary are preferred.

The application deadline for the fellowship is January 15, 2018.
Finalists will be interviewed. The Frick Collection plans to make the appointment in early April.

Equal Employment Opportunity has been, and will continue to be, a fundamental principal at The Collection, where employment is based upon personal capabilities and qualifications without discrimination because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, alienage or citizenship status, sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy, military status, creed, genetic predisposition or carrier status or any other protected characteristic as established by law.  This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including, but not limited to, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.
This description shall not be construed as a contract of any sort for a specific period of employment.

Reference / Quellennachweis:
STIP: Anne L. Poulet Curatorial Fellowship, The Frick Collection New York. In:, Nov 25, 2017. <>.


The position of Digital Design position is available. Lycoming College is a small private liberal arts college that integrates the arts within the broader curriculum. Located in scenic north-central Pennsylvania, Lycoming is four hours or less from New York City, Philadelphia, and Baltimore, and five hours from Washington. Please contact me should you wish more information.

Lycoming College invites applications for a tenure-track position in Digital Design at the rank of Assistant Professor to begin fall 2018.  The successful candidate who fills this position will teach three undergraduate courses per semester.  The well-established Fine Arts Program combines a rigorous fine arts foundation curriculum with traditional studio, digital design and art history courses in a liberal arts environment.  Candidate will be responsible for digital design, graphic design, web design and coding, interactive art and 2-D animation for both fine art and commercial purposes.  Ability to add a 3-D animation component to our curriculum is a plus.  Candidate also advises students, manages budget, and oversees digital lab.  A strong commitment to teaching undergraduates in a liberal arts environment is essential. 

Required Experience & Qualifications:

Candidate must possess a minimum of an MFA, college-level teaching experience, and significant record of artistic achievement required. The successful candidate will have a primary focus in graphic design and web design with a strong fine arts background and the ability to teach a full range of digital design for multiple print, web, and social media formats using HTML, CSS, JavaScript and eight Adobe CC industry-standard software packages. Because the design industry is fluid with no hard lines between various media, commercial design courses include photography, non-linear video editing, and sound editing. Flexibility and change are constants in this field and faculty need to function and thrive in this shape-shifting environment.

To Apply:

Send letter of application; curriculum vitae; statement of teaching philosophy; artist statement; evidence of effective teaching; and a portfolio of 20 files of digital images, animations (links to Vimeo preferred), and website URLs that illustrate the candidate’s professional practice as a digital artist; (Please submit a multi-page PDF. Do not send individual images or MP4 files as attachments. All files must be captioned to provide relevant contextual information including media, sizes, dates, and role - artist, animator, designer, programmer, etc.); 20 digital files or URLs for websites that illustrate examples of student work (Please submit a multi-page PDF. Do not send individual images or MP4 files as attachments. All images must be captioned to provide relevant contextual information including course name and level, media, sizes, dates), and three letters of recommendation (at least one of which is able to speak to the candidate’s teaching ability).   Electronic submission of application materials is required.  Please reference “Digital Design” in the subject line of the email.


Applications received by December 15, 2017 will be given preference; however, the position will remain open until filled.  Additional information at


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University of Birmingham - College of Arts and Law
Application deadline: Dec 17, 2017

We have created a research environment in which academic rigour, innovation and delivery are made possible by brilliant people, outstanding facilities and strong collaborative networks. Our goal now is to do more and better research and as such we are looking to expand our Academic Excellence through the appointment of a number of high profile appointments across all of our academic Colleges.

Professorial Research Fellows

In the Department of Art History, Curating and Visual Studies, which is based in the Barber Institute of Fine Art, we are open to applicants with any specialization, whether aligned or supplementary to our current strengths and focus:
We are particularly interested in complimenting our strengths with scholarship on photography, architecture, and curatorial studies, with a global focus.

We are looking for talented and established academics with an international research reputation, you will have a strong background of winning grant applications and awards as well an excellent publication history. You will also have the leadership characteristics and a track record of leading research environments.

Uniquely, as an integral aspect of the appointment process, aspiring Professorial Fellows are invited to specify the fields and intellectual focus of their Chair. Through these high profile appointments we seek to enhance our University’s existing academic strengths and contribute to our culture of research excellence and industrial Partnerships that currently exists. In return you will have access to world class research facilities, the opportunity to be part of a vibrant, creative and intellectual atmosphere where you are encouraged to accelerate your academic career.

These are strategically important posts for the University for which a competitive salary and package will be offered.

Job Outline

Duration of post – Open
Post is open to Internal and External candidates
Grade –Professorial
Salary – Competitive

Contract Type: Permanent 
Placed on: 27th September 2017
Closes: 17th December 2017
Job Ref: 57568

Reference / Quellennachweis:
JOB: Professorial Research Fellow, University of Birmingham. In:, Nov 27, 2017. <>.


Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art is accepting applications for the following positions:

Associate Curator, Modern Art

Position Summary: The Associate Curator will serve as a key member of the curatorial team and aid the Curator of American Art in the development and implementation of curatorial projects, including exhibition planning and installation, publications, and the maintenance, research, presentation, and growth of the collection, with a particular focus on American art from 1910s through the 1960s. The Associate Curator will assist with researching future exhibitions, develop focus exhibitions, plan and install installations in the permanent collection galleries, and act as a venue curator for traveling exhibitions. The Associate Curator will also share in the general responsibilities of the department, including reviewing exhibition proposals and potential acquisitions, and representing the department with donors, community partners, other staff, interns, volunteers, members, and the general public as needed. The ideal Associate Curator is flexible, experimental, creative, and collaborative, with a passion for connecting to our guests and diverse communities. Excellent speaking, writing, and research abilities are required.
Please note this position description has been updated from an earlier version. Focus dates are now 1910s-1960s.

Project Coordinator, Curatorial

Position Summary: The Project Manager, Curatorial works under the immediate supervision of the Curator in primary service of the curatorial program and larger goals of the department as a whole. The Project Manager, Curatorial is responsible for providing integral project management support to the curatorial staff and managing all administrative aspects of the installations and exhibitions in his/her assigned portfolio. The Project Manager, Curatorial possesses masterful organizational acumen, balancing multiple competing projects and deadlines simultaneously and ensuring deliverables are produced on time and under budget. She/he works closely with the curatorial staff, team members in the Exhibitions & Interpretation department, and other colleagues inside and outside the Museum. The Project Manager, Curatorial interfaces with contemporary artists, dealers, collectors, and colleagues on a regular basis, planning and facilitating meetings and ensuring the highest level of professionalism.

(3) Curatorial Summer Internships

Position Summary: The Havner Curatorial Summer Internship at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art offers opportunities to gain first-hand exposure and experience in a curatorial department of an art museum. Havner Interns may assist with exhibition projects, interpretation and display of artwork, conduct research on objects in the collection, and work with the library and archives. Havner Interns will gain knowledge of many departments within the Museum through orientation and discussion lunches and/or meetings. Havner Interns will not only expand upon their academic knowledge and improve skills, but also work to apply their knowledge and skills in practical ways.
This is an eight to ten-week internship. The anticipated number of hours per week will be 35. Compensation will be paid as a stipend. Housing near Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art provided. Three intern positions are available for 2018.
Crystal Bridges is committed to a diverse workforce and to providing training for the next generation of museum professionals. Students representing ethnically underrepresented groups in the curatorial field are encouraged to apply.


For more detailed job descriptions, and to apply, please visit:

Associate Curator, Modern:

Project Manager: