Fellowship to Support Provenance Research

AAMD Announces Fourth Fellowship to Support Provenance Research
Funded by Samuel H. Kress Foundation
2018 — 2019

The Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD) is pleased to announce the fourth one- year Samuel H. Kress Foundation Provenance Research Fellowship (AAMD/Kress Fellowship). Application available here.

The Fellowship provides essential funding for a researcher to investigate a permanent collection, or part of a collection, of an AAMD museum, making it possible for the museum to take a more comprehensive approach to conducting in-depth research and delving into the full provenance, ownership, and exhibition histories of works from the collection.

The Fellowship reflects AAMD’s on-going commitment to fostering professional development in the art museum field.

The Fellow
Applicant museums will identify a candidate to do provenance research on the collection.  Museums may partner with a local university to identify a post-graduate in art history interested in provenance research, or choose someone already on staff. Other qualified candidates may also be acceptable.

The successful museum Fellow will spend a year at the museum, using museum records and digital records to start the research project.  The local research work can be supplemented, as needed, with short trips to research sites. 

Spending the year at the applicant museum will give the Fellow time to integrate into the culture of the museum as well as allow the staff to better understand the research project, thereby increasing the possibility that the research will continue once the Fellowship has ended.

Finally, allowing the Fellow to travel to research sites, as necessary, will give more opportunity and flexibility to the Fellow should there be a need to travel to more than one research site.

The Mentor
Once the Fellow and the research interest have been established, the AAMD will identify a researcher who will serve as mentor to the AAMD/Kress Fellow. 

The grant allows for the mentor to travel to the applicant museum at least once and more if required to see the collection and its documents so that the mentor can better advise the Fellow.

The mentor will also be available for electronic communication: Skype, email, phone, etc.

The Grant
The Fellowship will include:
• $30,000 stipend to be awarded to the museum for the Fellow, to be paid on schedule by AAMD
• $8,000 for travel expenses for the Fellow and the mentor. 

Museum Eligibility
The Fellowship is open to all AAMD members with an institutional operating budget of $3 million to $15 million.  Museums that fit the budget category will need to submit an application that will include detailed information on the works to be researched and the background of a candidate to do provenance research on the collection.

In keeping with Kress Foundation criteria, the Fellowship is open only to U.S. members of AAMD.

SUCCESSFUL APPLICATION
The successful applicant museum will be chosen by a panel of three researchers from AAMD museums – other than mid-sized — who will make a recommendation based on the applicant museum’s criteria of the research to be undertaken and the qualifications of the proposed fellow. 

Anticipated results of the Kress Provenance Research Fellowship program benefit not only the successful applicant museum for which the research is done, but the museum field at large by adding to the knowledge base of objects held in museum collections and by increasing a pipeline of qualified provenance researchers.  AAMD will require the successful applicant museum to post new research on their website to promote continued transparency in museum collections.

APPLICATION CRITERIA

• The Fellowship will consist of one year at the applicant museum
• The Fellow may travel to research sites at the discretion of the museum, but need not relocate.
• Each Fellow will be assigned a mentor with significant research experience; the mentor will travel to the museum of the Fellow to become familiar with the museum’s collection and to better assist the Fellow’s research.  Funding for the mentor’s travel is part of the travel stipend.
• The applicant museum may need to supplement the grant award, if necessary.
• The successful applicant museum must submit an interim report to AAMD by February 15.
• Each applicant museum will pay for or provide health insurance for the Fellow and adequate work space.

APPLICATION TIMELINE

• April 15, 2018 application process closes
• May 1, 2018 successful applicant notified
• May 30, 2018 applicant accepts Fellowship
• September 10, 2018 Fellowship begins

ADMINISTRATION

All Kress monies will be administered through AAMD to the successful museum and AAMD will be responsible for the selection of mentors.

For questions regarding the AAMD/Kress Fellowship contact: Anita Difanis at adifanis@aamd.og  or phone 202-638-4520

Applications are due by April 15, 2018 and can be found hereThe successful application will be announced by May 1, 2018

About the Samuel H. Kress Foundation
The mission of the Samuel H. Kress Foundation (est. 1929) is to sustain and carry out the original vision of founder, Samuel H. Kress (1863-1955). The Samuel H. Kress Foundation supports the work of individuals and institutions engaged with appreciation, interpretation, preservation, study and teaching of the history of European art and architecture from antiquity to the dawn of the modern era.

About AAMD
The Association of Art Museum Directors, representing 240 art museum directors in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico, promotes the vital role of art museums throughout North America and advances the profession by cultivating leadership and communicating standards of excellence in museum practice. Further information about AAMD’s professional practice guidelines and position papers is available at 
www.aamd.org.

Harvard Arts Museums and Studio Institute’s ARTS Intern Boston Program

Partnership with Studio Institute’s ARTS Intern Boston Program

The Harvard Art Museums are partnering with Studio Institute’s ARTS Intern Boston Program to offer two paid internships in Summer 2018: a Director’s Research Assistant and a Web Development Intern. The ARTS Intern Program provides exciting opportunities for college undergraduates to learn about nonprofit professions through internships at museums and other cultural institutions. The program seeks rising juniors and seniors with demonstrated financial need who attend college in Greater Boston. For more information and to apply, visit https://www.artsintern.org/boston/. Links to the individual positon descriptions are here:  Director’s Research Assistant Web Development Intern.

 

Applicants must be full time undergraduate juniors or seniors as of fall 2018, must attend college in the Boston area (within the 95 loop), or, if studying elsewhere, have a permanent address in Boston (within the 95 loop), and have demonstrated financial need, with an expected family contribution of less than $5000. Please see the above links for details.

February 2018 RAAMP Newsletter

February 2018 RAAMP Newsletter

Contents:

  • Register for RAAMP Master List of CUAMs
  • Submit Resources to RAAMP
  • Attend a RAAMP “Coffee Gathering”
  • Contribute a Video Practicum
  • Join our sessions at the CAA Annual Conference
  • Related Sessions at the CAA Annual Conference
  • Read more about the Committee on Intellectual Property, Museum Committee, and Education Committee
  • Featured Exhibitions

CAA Annual Conference Advance Registration Closes

The 106th CAA Annual Conference in Los Angeles is coming up quickly.

We wanted to let you know that there are less than two weeks before Advance Registration closes. That means the window for the best Annual Conference registration price is closing also. We want this conference in LA to be the biggest, the most exciting, and the liveliest yet, so tell your colleagues and friends to register. Please pass this message onto them. Send it to your department. Send it to your students. We are advancing the field when we fill the Los Angeles Convention Center with thousands of visual arts professionals.

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Highlights from the conference this year:

RAAMP Museum Academic Programs

Time: 02/22/2018: 12:30PM–1:30PM

Location: Room 404A, Los Angeles Convention Center

 

Marianne Eileen Wardle, Nasher Museum of Art, Duke University

 

Hosted by CAA’s Resources for Academic Art Museum Professionals online project, this open discussion for colleagues interested in higher education academic programming at museums will focus on common concerns, ideas, practices, and shared information.

 

RAAMP Open Meeting

Time: 02/23/2018: 12:30PM–1:30PM

Location: Room 506, Los Angeles Convention Center

 

This meeting is open to all conference attendees.

Keynote Speaker Charles Gaines is an LA-based artist whose complex grid-work and mapping pulls from conceptual art and the field of philosophy. Read the CAA Interview with Charles Gaines.

2018 Distinguished Scholar Wu Hung is the Harrie A. Vanderstappen Distinguished Service Professor of Art History and East Asian Languages & Civilizations at The University of Chicago. Wu is a scholar of traditional and contemporary Chinese art and a curator. See the 10 artworks to see China differently that Wu Hung chose for CNN.

2018 Distinguished Artist Interviews with Catherine Opie interviewed by Helen Molesworth and Judy Baca interviewed by Anna Indych-López. Don’t forget, we are also celebrating the 10th anniversary of Yoko Ono’s work, “The Promise Piece,” performed at the 2008 Annual Conference in Dallas, by playing an original and unpublished poem by the Ms. Ono. The poem was recorded just for the 2018 Annual Conference.

Thanks and we hope to see you there.

RAAMP Panels at the CAA Annual Conference

College Art Association 106th Annual Conference, Los Angeles Convention Center, February 21–24, 2018

RAAMP Museum Academic Programs

Time: 02/22/2018: 12:30PM–1:30PM

Location: Room 404A, Los Angeles Convention Center

Marianne Eileen Wardle, Nasher Museum of Art, Duke University   Hosted by CAA’s Resources for Academic Art Museum Professionals online project, this open discussion for colleagues interested in higher education academic programming at museums will focus on common concerns, ideas, practices, and shared information.

RAAMP Open Meeting

Time: 02/23/2018: 12:30PM–1:30PM

Location: Room 506, Los Angeles Convention Center

This meeting is open to all conference attendees.