Kress Interpretive Fellowship — Colgate University


The Kress Interpretive Fellow will be accountable for conducting research focused on the Picker Art Gallery’s pre-modern European collection and for working with Colgate students and faculty, core team members of the museum, in assisting with developing (interpretive) programs and outreach while serving as an integral member of Colgate University Museum’s team.



Accountable for researching a specific area within the pre-modern PAG’s European collection that may lead to a future exhibition and publication. Accountable for assisting with educational short and long-term goals related to museum educational programs for students, faculty, K-12 students, teachers, docents, and communities.


Specific accountabilities will include:

  • Review PAG’s pre-modern European collections and determine an area of focus
  • Research the area of focus within the PAG’s pre-modern European collection
  • Conduct provenance research (as needed)
  • Outreach and correspond with museum professionals, scholars, dealers, archives, etc.
  • Maintain an impeccable archive of the research
  • Update the database (TMS) in regard to new findings


Professional Experience/Qualifications:

  • A demonstrated knowledge of art history
  • Knowledge of museum interpretation
  • Excellent research abilities
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Interest in the scholarly research, diligent and persistent
  • Works collegially with a diverse group on a daily basis (faculty, students, staff, community members)
  • Strong aptitude to learn University organizational systems and to process knowledge.
  • Experience with Microsoft Office and Google programs
  • Experience with Social Media


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in a museum, gallery or other educational field
  • Expertise in pre-modern European art
  • Presentation of a paper at a regional/national conference a plus
  • Other languages, reading ability (French and/or German and/or Italian)
  • Experience with museum collections, ideally university museum collections
  • Experience working with museum database systems (e.g. TMS)
  • Experience in training, supervising and/or working with students and interns
  • Knowledge of Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS)
  • Demonstrated experience in working with the public



Must have a master’s degree (preferably in Art History; PhD preferred) and a demonstrated knowledge of educational practices.


Other Information:

This grant funded position starts no later than September 1, 2019 and ending June 30, 2020. Requires relocation to Colgate University, Hamilton, NY.

37.5 hours per week, with flexibility to work weekends and evenings when needed and some travel (e.g collection-based research; professional development such as attending select conferences).


EEO Statement:

It is the policy of Colgate University not to discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of their race, color, creed, religion, age, sex, pregnancy, national origin, marital status, disability, protected Veterans status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, being or having been victims of domestic violence or stalking, familial status, or any other categories covered by law. Colgate is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Candidates from historically underrepresented groups, women, persons with disabilities, and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.


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