MOCAD Ford Curatorial Fellowship Application Deadline April 15
The Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD) is seeking applicants for its 2019-2020 Curatorial Fellowship. MOCAD is where adventurous minds encounter the best in contemporary visual, literary, music, and performing arts. A responsive center for diverse audiences, MOCAD presents art that contextualizes, interprets, educates and expands culture, pushing us to the edges of contemporary experience.
Monday, April 15
- Status: Full Time, Non-Exempt, Monday - Friday, 9:30 AM - 5:30 PM with some evenings and weekends required. One position. One year with a summer 2019 start date, potential to renew for an additional year.
- Salary: $35,000 - $40,000
- Relocation costs: May be reimbursed up to $1,000
- Research budget of $2,500, additional project funding available.
- Reports to: Elysia Borowy-Reeder, Executive Director with Larry Ossei-Mensah, Susanne Feld Hilberry Senior Curator.
This year-long fellowship supports MOCAD's goal to encourage greater involvement from the diverse and energetic art scene that surrounds MOCAD. This prestigious fellowship provides curatorial training and an opportunity for the fellow to engage with a community of scholars, artists, writers, and thinkers from around the world. The fellow is fully integrated into one of the Museum's curatorial and education departments, while devoting his or her time to a specific MOCAD project as well as other experiences. The individual works directly with one or more curators, who serve as supervisors and mentors throughout the term of the fellowship. The Curatorial Fellowship provides recent graduates and graduate students working on a higher degree in the field with important professional experience. MOCAD is committed to being an inclusive workplace. We welcome applications from minority group members, women, and persons with disabilities, members of sexual minority groups and others who may contribute to further diversification of ideas. We are an EOE/AA employer dedicated to fair and inclusive employment practices for all individuals. Decisions regarding recruitment, employment, promotion, salary increases, benefits, termination and all other terms and conditions of employment will be based solely on individual merit without regard to race, color, sex, pregnancy, religion, national origin, age, disability, height, weight, marital status, veteran status or any other factor protected under applicable federal, state, or local law. This 12-month fellowship will start in summer of 2019 and continue for twelve months.
This position will work with the curatorial staff on a variety of projects related to exhibitions, with an emphasis on MOCAD’s expanding international exhibition schedule and Detroit-based artists initiatives. The Curatorial Fellows are expected to live in Detroit during the period of the fellowship. They will work closely with the MOCAD Exhibitions department and Susanne Feld Hilberry Senior Curator Larry Ossei-Mensah to bring upcoming exhibitions and public programs to the Museum and its community. The Curatorial Fellows will also be asked to work on existing museum programs including pop-ups featuring local artists and exhibition series as well as propose new museum initiatives that they will be charged with spearheading. Fellows will provide other support to curatorial staff and exhibitions staff as needed.
Education, Experience, and Certification
The Curatorial Fellowship is for recent graduates of Art History or related field of study and graduate students working on a higher degree in an Arts related field. Qualified applicants will have a familiarity with modern and contemporary art and related critical discourse in cultural or global studies (e.g., Asian, African, or Latino cultural production). They should hold a BA degree in art history, cultural or global studies, museum studies, or related fields. Excellent verbal and written communication skills are required. Applicants with foreign language skills are strongly encouraged to apply; prior museum experience is a plus. International candidates must secure and be in possession of a valid US work visa for the entire Fellowship period.
- Ability to perform highly detail-oriented work with expediency, accuracy and efficiency
- Ability to work in a fast paced and exciting environment
- Experience writing and copyediting a variety of texts, including exhibition texts and labels
- Excellent computer skills, including the most recent versions of Microsoft Office applications — Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc. Experience with Google Docs workflow desirable
- Experience conducting object-based research, including bibliography, provenance, and exhibition history desirable
- Ability to interact with staff, patrons, dealers, artists, and trustees in a professional manner
- Team player who knows how to balance working individually and collaboratively
- Ability to maintain strict confidentiality
- General administrative and project management skills
- Ability to manage budgets using Excel
- Public Programs support and facilitation
- Fellows are encouraged to have personal transportation as Detroit is a large city, and the majority of areas are without convenient access to public transportation.
- Accountable and proactive
- Knowledge of foreign languages useful
Scope of Position
The Curatorial Fellows are expected to live in Detroit during the period of the fellowship. They will work closely with the MOCAD Exhibitions department and Susanne Feld Hilberry Senior Curator Larry Ossei-Mensah to bring upcoming exhibitions and public programs to the Museum. The Curatorial Fellows will also be asked to work on existing museum programs and exhibition series as well as propose new museum initiatives. Fellows will provide other support to curatorial staff and exhibitions staff as needed.
- Assist in research for exhibitions, publications, and programs
- Compose, transcribe, copy, and format correspondence, exhibition checklists, and spreadsheets
- Make domestic and international travel arrangements including airline, hotel and ground transportation, and compile and verify itineraries
- Coordinate with Exhibitions and Education Departments
- Procure research materials on behalf of curators and artists upon request
Categories: Humanities, Fellowships