Paintings Conservation Fellow – Harvard University

Duties & Responsibilities
The Conservation Fellowship Program at the Harvard Art Museums is designed to broaden the experience of conservators embarking on professional careers in museum conservation.

Duties and Responsibilities

  •  The main focus for the paintings conservation fellow will be examination and treatment of works of art from the Harvard Art Museums collections as driven by exhibition, loans, and research needs. A collaborative technical research project focusing on a work(s) of art from the Harvard Art Museums collections will comprise approximately 15% of the first year of the fellowship.
  •  Under the supervision of the Head of the Paintings Lab, the fellow carries out a broad range of activities, including treating works of art in the collections; preparing accompanying written and photographic documentation, estimates, correspondence, and condition reports for exhibitions, loans, and acquisitions; and presenting research and other projects.
  •  As a member of the Harvard Art Museums community, the fellow is expected to participate as required in activities such as facilitating Art Study Center appointments, assisting with programs in the Materials Labs, leading tours, and program activities planned for their fellows cohort.
  •  Fellow will be an active member of the Fellows’ cohort and contribute to a group project; this final project will likely take the form of an exhibition, gallery installation, symposium, or other.

Basic Qualifications

Master’s degree in conservation or related field or Bachelor’s degree plus post-graduate qualification in conservation.

Additional Qualifications

  •  Demonstrated record of treatment and research.
  •  Excellent communications skills (listening, verbal and written).
  •  Ability to work independently as well as part of a team. Ability and desire to build trusting relationships with colleagues.
  •  Flexible team player who thrives in environments requiring ability to effectively prioritize and juggle multiple concurrent projects.
  •  Ability to relate to co-workers and inspire others to participate and problem-solve.
  •  Familiarity with state-of-the-art imaging tools used for conservation documentation, including digital photography, x-radiography, and infrared reflectography.
  •  Proficiency with computer software, including Adobe Photoshop.

Additional Information

A complete application includes a curriculum vitae; a statement, not to exceed one page, single-spaced, summarizing the applicant’s interests and intent in the fellowship and their chosen specialization; transcripts of both undergraduate and graduate courses of academic study, with an explanation of the evaluation system if it is not equivalent to that of the United States; and three letters of recommendation. All application materials must be in English.

Please apply online:
Search by School/Unit: Harvard Art Museums.

1. Please upload curriculum vitae, statement of interest, and transcripts.

2. Please ask references to send letters of recommendation to:
Letters of reference will be verified.

3. Deadline for receipt of application materials and supporting documents is January 18, 2019. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies

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