Curatorial Fellow – Yale Center for British Art
Mentors: Martina Droth, Deputy Director and Chief Curator, Yale Center for British Art; Edward Town, Assistant Curator for Paintings and Sculpture, Yale Center for British Art
This position will be based in the Department of Paintings and Sculpture at the Yale Center for British Art, which oversees a collection of over 2,000 paintings and 250 sculptures. The collection ranges from the Tudor period to the present day and is especially strong in the period from 1750 to 1850. The Center’s holdings of works by George Stubbs, J. M. W. Turner, and John Constable are among the most important in the world.
The Center is currently working towards a re-envisioning of how the collections are installed and interpreted. The fellow would contribute to this work by researching specific works in the collection, examining histories of ownership and display, and drafting new interpretations. The fellow will participate in critical cataloguing efforts underway at the museum. Working under the guidance of the Deputy Director and Chief Curator and the Assistant Curator of Paintings and Sculpture, the fellow will work both independently and as part of a team. There will be opportunities for the fellow to present and discuss their research.
- Research specific works in the collection, including provenance, display and interpretation histories
- Compile bibliographies and resources pertaining to specific works/groups of works
- Examine historic labels and draft new label texts
- Propose new interpretation of individual works and groups of works
- Contribute to critical cataloguing
- Present findings to other staff members
The fellow will need to have excellent research and writing skills, as well as an interest in history and art. An ability to work independently is required, as is the ability to collaborate as part of a team. The fellow will learn how to use the museum database.
- September 6, 2021- September 24, 2021: Weekly GPE Info Sessions
- September 26, 2021: Applications deadline (11:59pm ET). Please submit a resume and a cover letter customized to this fellowship
- November 19, 2021: Interview and award notification to selected fellows
- December 13, 2021 – January 14, 2022: New fellows onboarding
- January 18, 2022: Suggested fellowship start date
Note- Positions with limited applicants may have deadlines extended by 3 weeks to October 17, 2021.
- Eligibility: Fellows must be currently matriculated, Yale doctoral students in years 1-6* of their studies during the fellowship.
- Term: Fellows work at a Yale host organization under the guidance of the host mentor for 5-7 hours per week over the course of 13-15 weeks during the 2022 Spring Term
- Stipend: Fellows will receive $1,500 for Spring 2022 fellowships.
- Please note: The GPE Fellowship does not count towards the fulfillment of your teaching requirement. For more information on teaching requirements, please see the GSAS website.
* 7th-year students with COVID-related funding extensions from GSAS are eligible to apply.