2015-2016 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 D.C. is accepting applications for a one-year post-graduate fellowship in paintings conservation beginning in the fall of 2015. The conservation fellow will be part of an exciting and groundbreaking journey that will culminate in the opening of the new NMAAHC on the National Mall in 2016. The fellowship provides an opportunity for a recent graduate to gain experience in paintings conservation, including preventive care for artworks in storage and exhibition for the Visual Art Gallery (VAG) of NMAAHC and conservation analysis and treatment in the studios of the Museum Conservation Institute (MCI). The fellow will work under the supervision of the Head of Collections (NMAAHC) and the guidance of Senior Paintings Conservator (MCI). Responsibilities will include paint analysis, preventive conservation, and treatment of diverse mixed media and single media paintings. The fellow is encouraged to do research on a topic within the category of conservation of modern and contemporary paintings.


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; painting framing, hanging and handling. An ability to make critical decisions in performing conservation task should be demonstrated by a portfolio. Oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills and the computer and graphic skills are required. The stipend is $40,000 plus health insurance benefits, not to exceed $45,000 total.

Apply for this position at: https://solaa.si.edu/solaa/SOLAAHome.html. SOLAA is the Smithsonian's online system to apply for internships, fellowships and other academic appointments. Applications should reach us no later than May 25, 2015

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