2020 Smithsonian Post-Graduate Paintings Conservation Fellowship with NMAAHC and MCI


The National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) and Museum Conservation Institute (MCI) of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC is accepting applications for a one-year post-graduate fellowship in modern and contemporary paintings conservation beginning in late Summer 2020.

The Fellow will be invited to participate in the survey, treatment, and exhibition of paintings and will be invited to participate in the preventive care in painting storage at NMAAHC’s Visual Art Collection and conduct technical analysis at MCI.

The Fellow will be expected to pursue independent research related to paint analysis, preventive conservation, and treatment of diverse mixed media and single media paintings in the NMAAHC’s collection. The Fellow’s allied research should seek to broaden the discipline through their scholarly undertaking. Research topics of interest to the Fellow should be included in the application. The Fellow will have the opportunity to participate in routine activities of the MCI painting conservation lab and related Smithsonian workshops, symposia, or programs. The Fellow will be advised by the NMAAHC Head of Collections and the MCI Senior Paintings Conservator.

To defray living costs during the tenure of this one-year fellowship, the Fellow will be offered a stipend of $40,000 plus health insurance, for research and travel, 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; and/or painting structure and processes.

How to Apply Applications for this opportunity are being accepted through the Smithsonian Online Academic Appointment (SOLAA) system through May 31, 2020. To ffind opportunities to apply for please see the Smithsonian Office of Fellowships & Internships Fellowship Opportunities.

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