Summer Academy and Undergraduate
Curatorial Fellowship Program

Application Deadline: Monday, February 16, 2015

Are you curious to know more about art galleries and museums? Have you ever wondered how exhibitions are created or how new information is learned about a work of art? Would you like to learn more about being a curator and other museum careers?

If so, we invite you to apply for the 2015 Curatorial Summer Academy.  During this one-week academy learn about art curation and the role curators play in a museum through:

  • Conversations with curators
  • Behind-the-scenes tours
  • Hands-on projects with museum staff
  • Curator-led tours of gallery and exhibition spaced

Program Overview
Established in 2013, The Andrew W. Mellon Undergraduate Curatorial Fellowship Program aims to make a critical impact on American art museums by expanding the diversity of their curatorial staff. The program, which will provide specialized training in the curatorial field for students across the United States from diverse backgrounds, will be implemented at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and the following partnering institutions: The Art Institute of Chicago, The High Museum of Art, Atlanta, The Los Angeles County Museum of Art; and The Museum of Fine Arts Houston. The program supports two components: the Summer Academy and the Undergraduate Curatorial Fellowship Program.

Component 1: The Summer Academy - Scheduled for the week of June 14, 2015.

Students must first apply to the Summer Academy.  Summer Academies are one-week immersion programs designed to provide a rich experience in the museum environment and expose the 15 participants to career options related to art and art history. Each Summer Academy will include workshops, tours, field trips and hands-on projects.

Component 2:  The Undergraduate Curatorial Fellowship Program

Following the Summer Academy, participants may apply for a multi-year fellowship at the museum.  The fellowship is designed to provide students with hands-on experience in a museum setting by working with curators and staff on exhibitions, collections, and programs. Upon selection, each fellow will begin working with an assigned museum curator who will coordinate museum projects and provide individual mentoring.

Fellows will be required to:

1. Participate in monthly enrichment activities with the assigned curator. Examples include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Research assignments/projects
  • Exhibition openings
  • Museum lectures
2. Participate in monthly meetings with the Local Program Coordinator including:
  • Museum 101 activities
  • Introduction to the Spencer Reference Library
  • Progress updates
  • Museum events
3. Commit to 10-week summer internships for two consecutive years.

Two fellowships will be awarded for the 2015-16 academic year.

Program Eligibility Requirements

  1. Undergraduate students representing ethnically underrepresented groups in the curatorial field.
  2. Students who are currently enrolled at a university, college or community college within or near Kansas City, and, if selected, can commit to at least two years in the program prior to graduating.
  3. Students with an interest in art, art history, or the museum field.
  4. In addition to having a strong academic record, candidates should be able to demonstrate, through areas of study, extracurricular activities, background or other experiences, how he or she will contribute to the program.
  5. Students should be open to the idea of pursuing a masters or doctorate degree in the arts or museum field.

Interested in applying for the Summer Academy?  Click here to apply.

Additional Program information
Application Instructions
Fellowship Structure
Summer Academy Promotional Flier

For more information, please contact Michele Valentine.

Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation currently makes grants in five core program areas: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities; Scholarly Communications; Arts and Cultural Heritage, International Higher Education and Strategic Projects; and Diversity. Within each of its core programs, the Foundation concentrates most of its grantmaking in a few areas. Institutions and programs receiving support are often leaders in fields of Foundation activity, but they may also be promising newcomers, or in a position to demonstrate new ways of overcoming obstacles to achieve program goals. Our grantmaking philosophy is to build, strengthen and sustain institutions and their core capacities, rather than be a source for narrowly defined projects. As such, we develop thoughtful, long-term collaborations with grant recipients and invest sufficient funds for an extended period to accomplish the purpose at hand and achieve meaningful results.

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