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Art Museum Advisory Board Curatorial Fellow (#511)

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The Art Museum Advisory Board of the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum sponsors a full-time fellowship position to afford a recent college graduate a one-year period in which to extend their education and professional training. Intended to be equivalent to an entry-level position in an art museum setting, the fellowship is designed to introduce individuals to a range of skills and experiences including curatorial projects, exhibitions, education, collections management, and museum administration. The fellowship may be extended for a second year.  This is a full-time, 37.5 hours per week benefited position.


One year, July 1, 2017–June 30, 2018 (start and end dates are somewhat negotiable); position has potential to be renewed for second year.

Position Description:

Reporting to the two associate curators, the Fellow will have a range of duties and projects designed to develop their skills and experience with the functions of an academic museum, while supporting the daily operations of MHCAM.

  • Curatorial and collections management duties include object-specific research, cataloguing, and writing; participating in the acquisition of new works of art and evaluating fair-market values; tracking conservation treatments; facilitating outside scholar visits; maintaining physical and digital Museum files related to objects, exhibitions, donors, and vendors; updating and improving accuracy of Mimsy collections database; management of all rights/reproduction requests and coordination of non-exclusive copyright requests
  • Education and academic programs support including compiling scholarly resources; writing research summaries; consulting on object checklists developed for class visits; occasionally leading tours and giving gallery talks
  • Marketing and communications duties include overseeing the Museum’s social media accounts (Instagram and Facebook), generating material and promoting Museum events and programs, representing the Museum at M10 Communications meetings and cross-campus social media groups
  •  Exhibition development including researching loans; writing texts for and physically producing exhibition wall labels; assisting in the layout/design of installations (physically and digitally); assisting with exhibition-related events and programs
  • Administrative duties including attending staff and Board meetings and presenting reports; supervising Museum interns; occasional weekend guarding duties at Joseph Allen Skinner Museum during summer months
  • Other duties as assigned


A BA in art history, history, or a related field; individuals with MAs will also be considered. Excellent writing, research, and communication skills; experience with database management, social media platforms, and Adobe Creative Suite software; and good manual dexterity for handling art objects. The successful candidate will have a strong academic record and keen organizational skills. The capacity to work both independently and as part of a team in a fast-paced and dynamic environment is essential.

Knowledge of a second language is a plus, as is familiarity with website editing and SketchUp.

Candidates with successful paid or volunteer internship experience in a museum setting will be given first consideration. Preference may be given to a Mount Holyoke College graduate.


Application Process:

1-2 page letter of interest, a curriculum vitae, a writing sample, an academic transcript, and the names of three references with contact information.

After a review of the applications, the top candidates will be interviewed by Museum staff in late March/early April 2017, and the decision will be made by mid-April.

About the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum:

The Mount Holyoke College Art Museum aims to spark intellectual curiosity and creativity through direct engagement with works of art and material culture. Founded in 1876 with a handful of global artifacts and one Albert Bierstadt painting, the Museum's holdings now exceed 24,000 objects and continue to grow through gifts and purchases. Particular strengths of the collection are its exemplary Greek, Roman, and Egyptian antiquities; art and artifacts from the indigenous Americas; paintings, sculpture, and decorative art from Europe and the United States; photography, prints, ceramics, and numismatics; and works by women artists. In recent years, the Museum has made significant acquisitions of global contemporary art, including important works by Zanele Muholi, Kiki Smith, Alec Soth, Lin Tianmiao, Kara Walker, Carrie Mae Weems, and others. Through thought-provoking exhibitions and educational programs, the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum serves as a nexus for experiential learning across academic disciplines, and as a resource for the broader community.

Mount Holyoke College is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Mount Holyoke College is committed to enriching the educational experience it offers through the diversity of its faculty, administration, and staff members. Mount Holyoke seeks to recruit and support a broadly diverse team who will contribute to the college's excellence, diversity of viewpoints and experiences, and relevance in a global society. In furtherance of institutional excellence, the College encourages applications from individuals from underrepresented groups, including faculty, staff, and administration of color, diverse gender identities, first generation college students and individuals who have followed non-traditional pathways to college, and individuals with a demonstrated leadership commitment to including diverse backgrounds and perspectives.