2018 Smithsonian Post-Graduate Paintings Conservation Fellowship with NMAAHC and MCI

The National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC is now accepting applications for a one-year post-graduate fellowship in paintings conservation beginning in late Summer 2017.

How It Works
The conservation fellow will be part of an exciting opportunity for conserving paintings for NMAAHC with the Museum Conservation Institute (MCI). This fellowship provides an opportunity for a recent graduate to gain experience through study of paintings conservation, including preventive care for artworks in storage and on exhibit at NMAAHC’s Visual Art Gallery and conservation analysis and treatment in the studios of MCI.

The fellow will be advised by the NMAAHC Head of Collections and the MCI Senior Paintings Conservator. During this experience the fellow will have an opportunity pursue independent study related to paint analysis, preventive conservation, and treatment of diverse mixed media and single media paintings. In addition this opportunity will afford a fellow the opportunity to conduct research related to the conservation of modern and contemporary paintings. To defray living costs during the tenure of this one-year fellowship, fellows will be offered a stipend of $40,000 plus a health insurance allowance not to exceed $7,000.

Applicants should be a recent graduate of a recognized master's level conservation training program with knowledge and understanding of conservation principles and practices; conservation challenges of modern and contemporary paintings and the importance of preventive care; organic chemistry and its application in paint adhesion, cleaning and identification; paint aging and deterioration; painting structure and processes; and painting framing, hanging and handling. To make the most of this opportunity, applicants should have the ability to make critical decisions in performing conservation tasks as demonstrated by a portfolio. Oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills and computer and graphic skills are recommended.

How to Apply Applications for this opportunity are being accepted through the Smithsonian Online Academic Appointment (SOLAA) system through June 23, 2017.

Please address all inquiries to Dr. Renee S. Anderson, Head of Collections at andersonrs@si.edu or Jia-sun Tsang, Senior Paintings Conservator, tsangj@si.edu, Tel: 301-238-1231