The Smithsonian American Art Museum and its Renwick Gallery invite applications for research fellowships in art and visual culture of the United States. A variety of predoctoral, postdoctoral, and senior fellowships are available. Fellowships are residential and support independent and dissertation research.
The Museum’s collection spans the nation’s artistic heritage, representing outstanding visual accomplishments from the seventeenth century to the present day. This unparalleled collection includes special strengths in nineteenth- and twentieth-century marble and bronze sculpture, nineteenth-century landscape painting, Gilded Age and American impressionist paintings, twentieth-century realism, photography and graphic art, folk art, Latino art, African American art, and film and media arts. Artists represented in depth include George Catlin, William H. Johnson, Sean Scully, Lee Friedlander, Christo, Nam June Paik, and William T. Wiley, among others.
Each scholar is provided a carrel in the Fellowship Office, located across the street from the Museum. Available research resources there include a 180,000-volume library that specializes in American art, history, and biography; the Archives of American Art; the graphics collections of American Art and the Portrait Gallery; the Joseph Cornell Study Center and the Nam June Paik Archive; as well as a variety of image collections and research databases. Conveniently located in downtown Washington, D.C., the Museum and Fellowship Office are a short walk from other Smithsonian museums and libraries, the Library of Congress, the National Archives, and the National Gallery of Art. During their stay at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, scholars will be part of one of the nation’s oldest and most distinguished fellowship programs in American art and will have the opportunity to attend a wide variety of lectures, symposiums, and professional workshops. Short research trips are also possible.
The stipend for a one-year fellowship is $30,000 for predoctoral fellows or $45,000 for senior and postdoctoral fellows, plus generous research and travel allowances. The standard term of residency is twelve months, but terms as short as three months will be considered; stipends are prorated for periods of less than twelve months. Deadline:January 15, 2014. Contact: Amelia Goerlitz, Fellowship and Academic Programs Coordinator, American Art Museum, +1 202 633 8353, AmericanArtFellowships@si.edu. For more information and a link to the online application for the Smithsonian Institution Fellowship Program, please visit our website at www.AmericanArt.si.edu/fellowships. Applicants should propose a primary advisor from the Smithsonian American Art Museum to be eligible for a fellowship at this unit.