Margaret Powell Curatorial Fellow
Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States of America Req #298
Posted Monday, October 7, 2019
Carnegie Museum of Art creates experiences that connect people to art, ideas, and one another. We believe creativity is a defining human characteristic to which everyone should have access. CMOA collects, preserves, and presents artworks from around the world to inspire, sustain, and provoke discussion, and to engage and reflect multiple audiences.
Carnegie Museum of Art is arguably the first museum of contemporary art in the United States, collecting the “Old Masters of tomorrow” since the inception of the Carnegie International in 1896. Today, the museum is one of the most dynamic major art institutions in America. Our collection of more than 30,000 objects features a broad spectrum of visual arts, including painting and sculpture; prints and drawings; photographs; architectural casts, renderings, and models; decorative arts and design; and film, video, and digital imagery. Through our programming, exhibitions, and publications, we frequently explore the role of art and artists in confronting key social issues of our time, combining and juxtaposing local and global perspectives. With our unique history and resources, we strive to become a leader in defining the role of art museums for the 21st century.
Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh is interested in candidates who, through their experience and collaborations, will contribute to diversity and excellence of the Carnegie Museums community.
The Margaret Powell Curatorial Fellowship at Carnegie Museum of Art (CMOA) aims to diversify the museum field and expand career pathways by introducing recent college graduates from historically underrepresented groups to a full spectrum of curatorial experiences at the museum. The Fellow will have the opportunity to be immersed in curatorial work and content areas, including Architecture, Decorative Arts & Design, Fine Arts, Modern & Contemporary Art, and/or Photography, depending on curatorial priorities and projects. The Fellow will interact with multiple museum departments, such as Collections, Development, Education, Exhibitions, Marketing, and Publications.
Examples of project assignments include, but are not limited to:
– Participate in exhibition development at the museum
– Conduct research and writing on exhibitions or the collection
– Assist with gallery ambassador and docent training on the collection and temporary exhibitions
– Facilitate public-facing tours or art chats with visitors
The Margaret Powell Curatorial Fellowship at CMOA is intended specifically for recent undergraduates who demonstrate a passion for the arts and a strong inclination to pursue professional curatorial work in a museum setting. The two-year position is open to candidates from historically underrepresented groups in the museum field including, but not limited to, members of racial and/or ethnic minorities, those who are differently-abled, or individuals from disadvantaged socioeconomic backgrounds. Candidates who have earned a baccalaureate degree within the past two years, preferably with a concentration in art, art history, visual culture or a museum-related field, may apply. In addition to having a strong academic record, candidates should be able to demonstrate the ability to manage multiple projects at once, with attention to detail, adaptability, professionalism, and excellent communication skills. Proficiency in Microsoft Office programs, including Word, Excel, Access, Outlook, and PowerPoint, as well as with Internet-based research is expected, as is gaining familiarity with KE Emu, CMOA’s collection management system.
COMMITMENT AND COMPENSATION:
Starting in early 2020, the Fellowship is a paid, 24-month long commitment requiring 37.5 hours per week in the office. The Fellow will be compensated commensurate with salary at the CMOA Curatorial Assistant level, including benefits and professional development opportunities. The Fellowship is made possible through the generous support of the Arts, Equity, & Education Fund in Pittsburgh, PA.
Please submit he following materials:
1) Resume/CV – Upload within your Candidate Profile/Application
2) References – Include within your Candidate Profile/Application. Please provide at least two academic/professional references and contact information.
3) Cover Letter, to address the following:
– What interests you about the Margaret Powell Curatorial Fellowship, and why are you
a good fit for the role?
– What are your professional and/or scholarly goals, and how will your experience at
Carnegie Museum of Art help you achieve them?
– Share an example of a time you brought a unique perspective to a project and/or discussion and describe the impact you had.
4) Official Transcripts – Please provide official transcripts for your entire undergraduate career.
The Cover Letter and Transcripts should be submitted via email to firstname.lastname@example.org – with the subject line – Margaret Powell Curatorial Fellowship
About Margaret Powell
Margaret Powell (1975–2019) joined Carnegie Museum of Art in 2016 as the Curatorial Assistant in the Decorative Arts & Design department. A textile specialist, her Master’s thesis at the Smithsonian / Corcoran College of Art and Design uncovered the remarkable life story of African American fashion designer Ann Lowe—the granddaughter of an enslaved Alabama seamstress—who designed Jackie Kennedy’s wedding dress and operated her own salon on New York’s Madison Avenue. Margaret’s research led to multiple forthcoming projects on Ann Lowe, including a children’s book (Chronicle); a television biopic (Lifetime Channel), and the definitive biography (Simon & Schuster).
The following PA Act 153 clearances, or proof of application of clearances, are required beginning employment and as a condition of continued employment:
- Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance
- Pennsylvania State Police Criminal Record Check
- FBI Fingerprint Criminal Background Check
Obtaining the required clearances is completed as part of the new hire process.
The above job description reflects the essential functions and qualifications for the position identified, and shall not be construed as a detailed description of all the work requirements that may be inherent in the position. The job description does not constitute an employment contract and does not alter the at-will relationship between CMP and the employee.
*GUIDANCE ON ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:
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- Is the function required to be performed on a regular basis? If the function is rarely performed, it may not be essential.
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- Does the position exist, at least in part, to perform the function? If so, the function is more likely to be essential.
- How much time is spent performing the function and how often? Note that even functions performed 10% of the time could be essential if they are required on a regular basis.
- Would elimination of the function fundamentally alter the job? If so, the function is more likely to be essential.
- What are the consequences of not requiring the incumbent to perform the function? If they are significant, the function is more likely to be essential.
- Are there a limited number of employees among whom the performance of the function could be distributed if the incumbent could not perform it? If so, it is more likely to be essential.