Smithsonian American Art Museum Fellows

Smithsonian American Art Museum Fellows The purpose of this page is to connect current and former fellows of the Smithsonian American Art Mu
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The purpose of this group is to bring together SAAM fellows and fellowship alumni and strengthen professional networks. We will also post notices of relevant events, such as reunions, the fellows' lecture series, and SAAM scholarly symposia. Please feel free to post research news or information about upcoming events related to your SAAM fellowship research.

Yesterday's Open House hosted by the Research and Scholars Center at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Renwick...
10/04/2023

Yesterday's Open House hosted by the Research and Scholars Center at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Renwick Gallery was a success! Fellows and staff from across the Smithsonian and National Gallery of Art came to see gems from the Research Center's Nam June Paik Archive, Joseph Cornell Study Center, and Peter A. Juley and Son collections, as well as artists' correspondence, ephemera, and books from our sister units: the AAPG Library and the Archives of American Art.

09/19/2023

Museum Careers Networking Open House
Friday, September 22, 10:30 a.m. – Noon

Are you an undergraduate, graduate student, or recent grad interested in a career in museums, or do you know someone who is? SAAM is hosting an in-person morning of networking with museum professionals and is looking for YOU. Students are invited to connect with SAAM staff and research fellows to explore the wide range of career possibilities that exist in museums in this informal open house.

Learn from the pros! SAAM staff with various backgrounds and expertise will share their career stories and advise how SAAM develops exhibitions, digital content, publications, education resources, and more. Information about SAAM’s paid advanced level intern program will be available.

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The Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM) and its Renwick Gallery invite applications to its premier fellowship program...
09/12/2023

The Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM) and its Renwick Gallery invite applications to its premier fellowship program, the oldest and largest in the world for the study of American art. Scholars from any discipline who are researching topics that engage the art, craft, and visual culture of the United States are encouraged to apply, as are those who foreground new perspectives, materials, and methodologies. SAAM is devoted to advancing inclusive excellence in the discipline of art history, and therefore encourages candidates who identify as members of historically underrepresented groups to apply. Fellowships are residential and support full-time research in the Smithsonian collections. Deadline: November 1, 2023. Learn more at https://americanart.si.edu/research/fellowships/apply

The museum supports pre- and postdoctoral scholars in residence to conduct research on topics in American art and visual culture.

Sharing this tenure-track opportunity!  The Department of Art & Art History at Rollins College is seeking an Assistant P...
09/08/2023

Sharing this tenure-track opportunity! The Department of Art & Art History at Rollins College is seeking an Assistant Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art (1800 – Present), tenure track, with a research and teaching focus in African American Art History or the African diaspora, which may include the Caribbean.
For the full post, please click here:

Apply now Job no: 493540 Work type: Faculty (Tenure-Track) Location: Orlando, FL, Winter Park, FL Categories: Art & Art History Division: Academic Affairs

Saisha Grayson-Knoth (class of 2016), curator of time-based media at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Renwick...
08/30/2023

Saisha Grayson-Knoth (class of 2016), curator of time-based media at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Renwick Gallery, has authored the museum’s first open-access digital catalogue for the exhibition "Musical Thinking: New Video Art and Sonic Strategies," on view through January 29, 2024. This free teaching resource is screen-reader accessible; links to media excerpts; and contains essays on the exhibition’s themes, the ten contemporary artists whose works are on view in the show, and the development of time-based media over the last 100 years." Download at https://americanart.si.edu/books/musical-thinking-new-video-art-and-sonic-strategies

Check out the August issue of the SAAM Research and Scholars Center newsletter for lots of exciting updates!
08/08/2023

Check out the August issue of the SAAM Research and Scholars Center newsletter for lots of exciting updates!

The museum recently announced a $2 million gift from the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation that completes a $10 Million campaign to support the museum’s fellowship program, considered the preeminent program for American art scholarship since being founded in 1970. The gift will establish an endowment...

The Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Renwick Gallery today announced a $2 million gift from the Helen Frankenthal...
07/31/2023

The Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Renwick Gallery today announced a $2 million gift from the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation that that completes a $10 million campaign to support the museum’s fellowship program, considered the preeminent program for American art scholarship since being founded in 1970. The gift will establish an endowment to support the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation Fellowship in modern and contemporary art and the professional development of fellows at the museum. It is the largest single gift to the campaign and the largest gift ever to the museum’s fellowship program. “Thanks to the deep generosity of supporters like the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, the excellence of SAAM’s exceptional fellowship program and its longstanding role in catalyzing innovative research and new perspectives is strengthened for generations,” said Stephanie Stebich, the museum's Margaret and Terry Stent Director. https://americanart.si.edu/press/2023/28/smithsonian-american-art-museum-receives-2-million-helen-frankenthaler-foundation

In DC on this hot summer day? Join us in SAAM's air-conditioned galleries at 12:15 PM this Friday, July 28 for an Art Bi...
07/28/2023

In DC on this hot summer day? Join us in SAAM's air-conditioned galleries at 12:15 PM this Friday, July 28 for an Art Bites talk by Zoe Weldon-Yochim, the museum's Douglass Foundation Predoctoral Fellow, on Patrick Nagatani’s "Trinity Site, Jornada Del Mu**to, New Mexico" from the series Nuclear Enchantments. Guided by close looking, Zoe will guide visitors in a discussion of this fascinating artwork, on view in the newly opened exhibition Many Wests: Artists Shape an American Idea!

Sharing news of two new positions with interested SAAM Fellowship alumni: - Legacy Director at the Joan Mitchell Foundat...
07/20/2023

Sharing news of two new positions with interested SAAM Fellowship alumni:
- Legacy Director at the Joan Mitchell Foundation, heading the current Legacy and Catalogue Raisonné teams. See https://www.joanmitchellfoundation.org/jobs/legacy-director-july-2023
- Assistant Director of Exhibitions and Programs at the David C. Driskell Center at the University of Maryland; see https://ejobs.umd.edu/postings/109892

This newly created position will direct the current Legacy and Catalogue Raisonné teams, leveraging resources and prioritizing efforts with a focus on sustainability.

Job Opportunity: Augusta Savage Curator of African American Art at SAAMUpdated deadline: July 31, 2023 The Smithsonian A...
06/26/2023

Job Opportunity: Augusta Savage Curator of African American Art at SAAM
Updated deadline: July 31, 2023

The Smithsonian American Art Museum is seeking a dynamic curator to oversee the museum’s collection of African American art, which includes more than 2500 artworks by 270 African American artists. The collection ranges from the 19th through the 21st centuries, with deep holdings by Edmonia Lewis, Bannister, Duncanson, Tanner, William H. Johnson, and work by self-taught and contemporary artists, as well as James Hampton’s Throne of the Third Heaven and an untitled verse jar by Dave Drake. The newly endowed position of Augusta Savage Curator of African American Art will develop collection strategies, exhibitions and publications, advise fellows and interns, and, notably, collaborate with the curatorial team to reinstall and reinterpret the permanent collection galleries.

The ideal candidate will have an M.A. (PhD. Preferred) in art history or a field related to African American studies, as well as knowledge of African American art, at least three years of museum experience, and a track record of innovative exhibitions and publications. The position is at the IS-13 level, with a salary range of $112,015-145,617.

To apply, go to:

The Smithsonian American Art Museum is hiring for a curator of African-American Art.

Contract position open for a Senior Research Cataloguer, Frederic Edwin Church (Drawings, Prints & Graphic Design) at th...
06/26/2023

Contract position open for a Senior Research Cataloguer, Frederic Edwin Church (Drawings, Prints & Graphic Design) at the Cooper-Hewitt. Take a look!

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum is seeking a contract Senior Research Cataloguer to conduct research and create robust catalogue entries for approx. 2,035 drawings by American artist Frederic Edwin Church (1826–1900) in the museum’s collection. The Senior Research Cataloguer creates rob...

Enjoy the June 2023 issue of the SAAM Research and Scholars Center e-newsletter.: https://go.americanart.si.edu/webmail/...
06/12/2023

Enjoy the June 2023 issue of the SAAM Research and Scholars Center e-newsletter.: https://go.americanart.si.edu/webmail/980712/317732883/6bc359746cd3246218d67d1f5846441ff9f7a80a527f1d449343deba1b9da8e5 Lots of content this issue, so take a look!

The editorial board of American Art has given the annual Patricia and Phillip Frost Essay Award to Sami Siegelbaum for his article, “Christopher D’Arcangelo Speculates: Transcending the Art-Labor Dialectic in Post-Fiscal-Crisis New York,” which appeared in the journal’s spring 2022 issue. Th...

SAAM has an opening for a new Community Engagement Specialist position in our Education department. This is a federal GS...
12/19/2022

SAAM has an opening for a new Community Engagement Specialist position in our Education department. This is a federal GS-11 with promotion potential to GS-12, working under the direction of a fabulous department chair.

Open to All: https://www.usajobs.gov/job/695072100

Open to Federal Status Only: https://www.usajobs.gov/job/695072000

Note two things:
1.) Salary range is based on 2022 pay scales and will be updated for the 2023 pay scales in January.
2.) Announcement closes on January 19, 2023 OR when we have received 100 applications.

The Smithsonian Institution is the world’s largest museum, education, and research complex, consisting of 21 museums and galleries, the National Zoological Park, nine research facilities and the Smithsonian Libraries. The Smithsonian American Art Museum is the nation’s first coll...

Join us today (Friday the 16th) at 12:15 PM at SAAM to hear about Edwin Lord Weeks’s painting Hindu Merchants (ca. 1885)...
12/16/2022

Join us today (Friday the 16th) at 12:15 PM at SAAM to hear about Edwin Lord Weeks’s painting Hindu Merchants (ca. 1885). Katie Loney, our Wyeth Foundation Fellow, will share insights gleaned through her research on the Indian-US decorative arts trade in the 19th century.

Join SAAM’s research fellows for this lunchtime series of gallery talks as they share new discoveries about artworks on view. Learn the stories behind these objects and how each one tells us about America’s ever-changing culture.

Exciting news to share from the Research and Scholars Center at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Renwick Gall...
12/05/2022

Exciting news to share from the Research and Scholars Center at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Renwick Gallery! Read the latest about our scholarly programs in our December e-newsletter.

SAAM is pleased to welcome Dr. Lindsay Harris to the museum’s senior leadership team as new head of the Research and Scholars Center. She comes to the Smithsonian directly from the American Academy in Rome where she has been the interim Andrew Heiskell Arts Director, bringing with her a deep knowl...

This Giving Tuesday, we're grateful for the generosity of the 189 former fellows and museum friends who have made a one-...
11/29/2022

This Giving Tuesday, we're grateful for the generosity of the 189 former fellows and museum friends who have made a one-time or multi-year contribution to SAAM's 50th Anniversary Fellowship Campaign, especially our Fellows Council and Legacy Donors. Thank you for keeping this program strong through your contributions! http://s.si.edu/fellowshipgift

Join us at the Renwick Gallery this Friday, November 18, at 12:15 PM for an Art Bites gallery conversation featuring SAA...
11/16/2022

Join us at the Renwick Gallery this Friday, November 18, at 12:15 PM for an Art Bites gallery conversation featuring SAAM Fellow in Latinx Art, Amy E. Crum on Margarita Cabrera's "White Coffee Maker" (2011). It is our first Renwick Art Bites talk, and we're excited to be in dialogue with the exhibition "This Present Moment!"

Join SAAM’s research fellows for this lunchtime series of gallery talks as they share new discoveries about artworks on view. Learn the stories behind these objects and how each one tells us about America’s ever-changing culture. Fellow Amy E.

Join us at SAAM today (Friday, October 28) at 12:15 pm to hear predoctoral fellow Elizabeth Driscoll Smith speak about E...
10/28/2022

Join us at SAAM today (Friday, October 28) at 12:15 pm to hear predoctoral fellow Elizabeth Driscoll Smith speak about Emory Blagdon's The Healing Machine!

Join SAAM’s research fellows for this lunchtime series of gallery talks as they share new discoveries about artworks on view. Learn the stories behind these objects and how each one tells us about America’s ever-changing culture.

We just posted a virtual workshop for prospective applicants to SAAM's fellowship program: https://youtu.be/bKz8QDIAK4A....
10/25/2022

We just posted a virtual workshop for prospective applicants to SAAM's fellowship program: https://youtu.be/bKz8QDIAK4A. Please share with your colleagues and students!

For more than fifty years, the Smithsonian American Art Museum's (SAAM) residential fellowships have provided graduate students and postdoctoral scholars of ...

10/24/2022

Sharing this job posting by way of Saisha Grayson-Knoth:

OPEN POSITION: GALLERY ARCHIVIST

Gallery Wendi Norris is hiring a fulltime Gallery Archivist to work out of our San Francisco headquarters.

This position requires an individual with a proactive work style and a meticulous attention to detail. The right candidate will demonstrate expertise in archives and records management and research within a museum, archive or internationally active commercial gallery. This person will create and manage a system to maintain and preserve records, as well as organize and classify materials for marketing and archival purposes.

This position requires a team player, someone with the ability to work with and communicate effectively with gallery directors and artist estates and studios.

Start date: December 2022

THE ROLE:
• Establish and communicate the process for maintaining the artist and artwork records, descriptions, and hard files in keeping with the industry’s best practices.
• Increase operational fluency across all informational systems–database, artwork archives, pricing models, file storage.
• Research artwork provenance, exhibition history and provide support for detailed and accurate Fact Sheets and context for specific works of art, working with gallery directors/artist liaisons/estates and studios/curators and scholars.
• Develop an inventory database of non-art exhibition supplies, archiving the gallery’s vast holdings of exhibition props, self-published books and catalogs.
• Support gallery registrar with inventory and information management, including the entry of information into gallery operating systems and overseeing the proper physical storage of archival materials.
• Maintain digital archive, which includes updating the website’s press archive and artist CVs.
• Support, as needed, the gallery’s registrar in the movement of artworks, which involves scheduling and tracking domestic and international freight shipments, handling artwork and creating condition reports.

QUALIFICATIONS

• Candidate must be communicative and self starters, with a desire to work with others in a collaborative environment.
• Candidate must be detail-oriented with meticulous record-keeping skills; have a keen sense of professionalism and punctuality.
• Education and experience in a museum, gallery archive or equivalent required.
• Candidate should be adept with database and inventory systems management related.
• Spanish/French proficiency is a plus.

SALARY AND BENEFITS
• Targeted annual income of $80,000-95,000, including health and dental benefits, 401k plan and three weeks of paid time off.

TO APPLY:

Please send well-considered cover letter and resume to [email protected] with subject line: GALLERY ARCHIVIST APPLICATION. Cover letter must include why you are interested in working for this gallery, this program.

ABOUT GALLERY WENDI NORRIS

Gallery Wendi Norris is a leading international art gallery with headquarters in San Francisco, California. The gallery holds decades-long relationships with 20th century luminaries such as Leonora Carrington, Dorothea Tanning, Wolfgang Paalen, Remedios Varo, and Alice Rahon, artists whose nomadic and visionary practices interrogated the aesthetic, scientific, and philosophical movements of their times. The gallery also represents María Magdalena Campos-Pons, Chitra Ganesh, Julio César Morales, Ranu Mukherjee, Eva Schlegel, Peter Young, and other contemporaries, artists whose work similarly flows across disciplines, continents, and generations as they speculate on the present moment.

Opened in 2002, Gallery Wendi Norris remains committed to its founding principles of rigorous programming, development of artists’ legacies, public accessibility, and cultural significance. To those ends, the gallery hosts visiting academics, sponsors artist talks, and publishes highly-researched books with original contributions from international scholars. The gallery actively supports artists in engaging new audiences through influential commercial, biennial, and institutional collaborations. Pioneering an offsite exhibition model in 2017, the gallery produces public-facing artworks and shows wherever they might reach the widest viewership and provide the deepest impact. Working in concert with major museums, private collectors, and innovative curators, Gallery Wendi Norris builds enduring, well-represented collections for its respected array of international clients.

Read the latest on Vivien Fryd ('87) and Randy Griffey ('98) and meet our new SAAM fellow Elizabeth Driscoll Smith in th...
10/04/2022

Read the latest on Vivien Fryd ('87) and Randy Griffey ('98) and meet our new SAAM fellow Elizabeth Driscoll Smith in the October issue of the Research and Scholars Center e-newsletter!

Dr. Randall Griffey, a former Sara Roby Fellow (Class of 1998), has returned to SAAM as its head curator. He is leading the museum’s major reinstallation and reinterpretation plan for its permanent collection galleries as well as overseeing all aspects of the museum’s curatorial program. Griffe...

Know students considering a career in art history? The Association of Research Institutes in Art History (ARIAH) is offe...
09/22/2022

Know students considering a career in art history? The Association of Research Institutes in Art History (ARIAH) is offering paid professional development internships for up to 10 students and recent graduates interested in careers at art museums and art history research centers. The internships will be virtual and participants will commit from 10 to 12 hours per week for a period of four weeks. Zoom meetings will be held Mondays through Fridays from 1–3 pm EST. The deadline for applications is October 14, 2023, for the program dates: January 9 – February 4, 2023. Learn more at

The Association of Research Institutes in Art History (ARIAH) is offering paid professional development internships for up to 10 students and recent graduates interested in careers at art museums and art history research centers. The internships will be virtual and participants will commit from 10 t...

Need help with your US American art history article? DEADLINE EXTENDED: OCT. 1, 2022The Smithsonian American Art Museum ...
09/19/2022

Need help with your US American art history article?
DEADLINE EXTENDED: OCT. 1, 2022
The Smithsonian American Art Museum offers free developmental editing service and 6 months of homework-free workshops through the Toward Equity in Publishing professional development program. Applications accepted through October 1, 2022. Questions? Contact Robin Veder, Executive Editor, American Art at AmericanArtJourna[at]si.edu
https://americanart.si.edu/research/toward-equity-publishing

Toward Equity in Publishing is a new initiative designed to remediate the inequitable conditions that precede and impede publication in the field of American art history. This program is open to applications from unpublished graduate students, untenured faculty, junior museum staff, and independent....

Thanks to a multiyear grant from The Will Barnet Foundation, the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Renwick Gallery...
09/13/2022

Thanks to a multiyear grant from The Will Barnet Foundation, the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Renwick Gallery will award a Will Barnet Foundation Fellowship in 2023-2024. This fellowship supports a full year of research at the predoctoral, postdoctoral, or senior level on a topic related to American modern art, including its influence on later generations. Interested applicants should apply to the Smithsonian Institution Fellowship Program and propose a SAAM primary advisor/host. For more on how to apply to SAAM's program, visit https://americanart.si.edu/research/fellowships/apply.

The Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM) and its Renwick Gallery invite applications for research fellowships in the art, craft, and visual culture of the United States. Fellowships are residential and support full-time independent and dissertation research. Recipients will be part of the oldest,....

So wonderful to start off the fellowship year with a tour of Smithsonian American Art Museum with the great Smithsonian ...
09/08/2022

So wonderful to start off the fellowship year with a tour of Smithsonian American Art Museum with the great Smithsonian curator, Virginia Mecklenburg.

Thanks to the Windgate Foundation, SAAM and its Renwick Gallery are offering a Fellowship in American Craft for 2023-202...
08/30/2022

Thanks to the Windgate Foundation, SAAM and its Renwick Gallery are offering a Fellowship in American Craft for 2023-2024. Available funding will support a 12-month predoctoral fellowship or a 9-month postdoctoral or senior fellowship. Fellowships are residential and support full-time research in the Smithsonian collections. Deadline: November 1, 2022. Learn more and apply at https://americanart.si.edu/research/fellowships/apply

The Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM) and its Renwick Gallery invite applications for research fellowships in the art, craft, and visual culture of the United States. Fellowships are residential and support full-time independent and dissertation research. Recipients will be part of the oldest,....

Join SAAM's Community of Scholars: Apply for a 2023-2024 Fellowship! Residential fellowships at SAAM and its Renwick Gal...
08/29/2022

Join SAAM's Community of Scholars: Apply for a 2023-2024 Fellowship!

Residential fellowships at SAAM and its Renwick Gallery support full-time, independent research on the art, craft, and visual culture of the United States. We seek a diverse pool of applicants and especially welcome candidates with an understanding of the experiences of groups historically underrepresented in the field of American art. Paid fellowships are available at the graduate, doctoral, postdoctoral, and senior levels. The application opens in September; proposals are due November 1.

The Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM) and its Renwick Gallery invite applications for research fellowships in the art, craft, and visual culture of the United States. Fellowships are residential and support full-time independent and dissertation research. Recipients will be part of the oldest,....

The Research and Scholars Center's August e-newsletter is out! Read about the return of our Art Bites gallery talks (the...
08/10/2022

The Research and Scholars Center's August e-newsletter is out! Read about the return of our Art Bites gallery talks (the debut speaker is Connor Hamm). Check out the table of contents for the summer issue of American Art. Apply for the Toward Equity in Publishing program. Get to know Rebecca Giordano and Giuseppe Rizzo, 2021-2022 SAAM predoctoral fellows. https://mailchi.mp/si/august-2022-news-from-the-research-and-scholars-center-newsletter-501013?e=84d1ea0de0

Power and Portraiture in a Bolivian Mining Town by Tamara J. Walker The Specter of Slavery in the British Art Museum by Sarah Thomas Laocoön in the Tropics: Fine Arts, Public Establishments, and Slavery in Brazil by Daryle Williams Feature Articles Islamic Architecture in New York Painting: Fran...

It's summertime, but the Smithsonian Lunchbag Seminars remain in session! This month, the SAAM Fellows heard about "Allo...
08/08/2022

It's summertime, but the Smithsonian Lunchbag Seminars remain in session! This month, the SAAM Fellows heard about "Alloys: American Sculpture and Architecture at Midcentury," the newest book by Marin Sullivan (Class of '18) and got a sneak peak at work-in-progress by current fellow Rashmi Viswanathan on the 1968 India Triennale of World Contemporary Art. Recordings at https://smithsonian.zoom.us/rec/share/TRNsL8MUa8m43YTLdaR2mzUdmaBxq6Swy6Jad_D5gZiSpRfc5-CTyiNlP2-ag_QQ.Jd_Laudr06fuRrSw?startTime=1658419172000 Passcode: a4Y&G = and https://smithsonian.zoom.us/rec/share/4PWbl5n5deqdX9eklsAeDJtKX1ptkOtwl0FVROWo_taAmA3ySqfJkFmSP3uH2phC.fUxcWaHYc-tETt1m?startTime=1659628780000 Passcode: *A@0n&+@

For Dec Arts specialists, an exciting opportunity! Huntington is hiring for the Gail-Oxford Associate Curator of America...
07/20/2022

For Dec Arts specialists, an exciting opportunity! Huntington is hiring for the Gail-Oxford Associate Curator of American Decorative Arts. They are looking for a new colleague to help steward, grow, and bring innovative approaches to their material culture and decorative arts collections. https://huntingtonlibrary.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/en-US/HuntingtonCareers/job/San-Marino/Gail-Oxford-Associate-Curator-of-American-Decorative-Arts_R0000755

About Us At The Huntington, we believe that having a team of diverse backgrounds and voices working together will enable us to support and promote the appreciation of the humanities, the arts, and botanical science. The Huntington is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and is committed to prov...

The Smithsonian will award two 24-month postdoctoral Environmental Justice Fellowships starting in fall 2022. The applic...
07/06/2022

The Smithsonian will award two 24-month postdoctoral Environmental Justice Fellowships starting in fall 2022. The application deadline is August 31, 2022. Projects should address the question, "How do artists influence and/or serve as catalysts of change for environmental justice?" Candidates will receive a stipend of $62,000 per year. A maximum research allowance up to $5,000 is available to conduct independent research that utilizes Smithsonian resources (e.g., data, facilities, expertise). Fellows with research projects that have the potential to produce rapid results and impact are especially encouraged to apply. Fellows will be hosted by the Smithsonian's Anacostia Community Museum. Learn more at https://fellowships.si.edu/EJF

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The June issue of the Research and Scholars Center e-newsletter is out! Read the latest buzz and get to know three 2021-...
06/10/2022

The June issue of the Research and Scholars Center e-newsletter is out! Read the latest buzz and get to know three 2021-2022 fellows: Samantha Noel, Amanda Thompson, and Elliot Krasnopoler. https://mailchi.mp/si/june-2022-news-from-the-research-and-scholars-center-newsletter-500845?e=84d1ea0de0

SAAM's Office of Intern Programs is accepting applications for their Advanced Level Program internships--a two semester museum operations program. Museum assignments are combined with weekly workshops and seminars. Applicants can be graduate students, college seniors, individuals with a four-year...

Congratulations to Christina Michelon (SAAM Fellows Class of '17) on winning the Frost Prize for her essay “The In/Visib...
05/17/2022

Congratulations to Christina Michelon (SAAM Fellows Class of '17) on winning the Frost Prize for her essay “The In/Visibility of Mourning: Seeing Labor, Loss and Enslavement in an Antebellum Posthumous Portrait,” which appeared in the summer 2021 issue of American Art. The online article is open access through June 30 at https://www.journals.uchicago.edu/doi/full/10.1086/715826. Press release can be found at https://americanart.si.edu/press/2022/04/christina-michelon-receives-18th-annual-frost-essay-award.

Christina Michelon is the recipient of the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Patricia and Phillip Frost Essay Award for her article “The In/Visibility of Mourning: Seeing Labor, Loss and Enslavement in an Antebellum Posthumous Portrait,” which appeared in the summer 2021 issue (vol. 35, no. 2)...

Lots of art job postings at various levels to share with former SAAM fellows and friends:- Wyeth Foundation Curator, And...
05/09/2022

Lots of art job postings at various levels to share with former SAAM fellows and friends:
- Wyeth Foundation Curator, Andrew and Betsy Wyeth Collection
Brandywine River Museum of Art (https://koyapartners.com/search/wyeth-foundation-curator-andrew-and-betsy-wyeth-collection/)
- Exhibitions and Public Engagement Manager, Department of Art and Art History - Georgetown College (https://georgetown.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/en-US/Georgetown_Admin_Careers/details/Exhibitions-and-Public-Engagement-Manager--Department-of-Art-and-Art-History---Georgetown-College_JR12889)
- Three openings at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West: Scarlett Curator for the Whitney Western Art Museum, Curator for the Plains Indian Museum, & Housel Director for the McCracken Library (email meredith[a]bryandandjordan.com for more info)
- Program Coordinator, Lunder Conservation Center, Smithsonian American Art Museum (Deadline May 22: https://americanart.si.edu/about/careers/program-coordinater-lunder-conservation-center)
- Lunder Curator of American Art at Colby College Museum of Art (https://colby.wd5.myworkdayjobs.com/en-US/ColbyCareers/details/Lunder-Curator-of-American-Art_R0000645 - prioritizing candidates who have a command and interest in pre-20th century and early 20th century art and who have a commitment to bringing complexity to the notion of America and its art)

Job Description Department: Museum Curatorial Pay Rate Type: Salary Employee Type: Job Summary: Established in 1959, the Colby College Museum of Art is a destination for the study, preservation, and exhibition of American art. We continue to build on the museum’s founding strength in the art of th...

The April issue of our Research and Scholars Center e-newsletter is out! Read about the spring issue of American Art jou...
04/07/2022

The April issue of our Research and Scholars Center e-newsletter is out! Read about the spring issue of American Art journal, the upcoming SAAM Fellows' Lectures, and meet three of our current fellows Christine Filippone, Matthew Limb, and Colin Young. https://mailchi.mp/si/february-2022-news-from-the-research-and-scholars-center-newsletter-500765?e=84d1ea0de0

Join the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s 2021–2022 research fellows as they present new scholarship on a range of topics, time periods, and media. This series of lectures is presented entirely online and highlights a new generation of scholars who are pushing boundaries and helping us understa...

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The purpose of this page is to share news of the scholarly activities and contributions of current and former fellows of the Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM), and also to foster a strong international alumni network. We post notices of SAAM symposia, reunions, the annual fellows' lecture series, and other events of interest to alumni. Outside posts with alumni news, including recent publications emerging from Smithsonian research or upcoming convenings of common interest, are encouraged.


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SAAM Fellow Alumni New Publication: Alex J. Taylor, Assistant Professor and Academic Curator, University of Pittsburgh, "Forms of Persuasion: Art and Corporate Image in the 1960s" comes out this week from UC Press
https://www.ucpress.edu/book/9780520383562/forms-of-persuasion

The research was supported by a 2011 Terra Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship at SAAM.
Last week, we were delighted to welcome him at a Lunchbag seminar presenting his new publication.

Missed last week's Lunchbag seminar? You're in luck, it was recorded: https://smithsonian.zoom.us/rec/share/73w7Q8TlS1z-neBRZFnviV8AJujbbqCT8cwt-sHcopa0nOZGY473__C-ozMDwok.e-RLxFh3fmrbWoE9
Virtual Symposium: “Past/Present: Collecting, Exhibiting and Conserving Contemporary Art in Asia,” January 5-8, 2022

Register now https://reurl.cc/kL255q

Hosted by 桃園市立美術館 Taoyuan Museum of Fine Arts (TMoFA) and supported by Asian Cultural Council 2021 project grant.
Smithsonian American Art Museum Receives $2.1 Million From the Windgate Foundation

Major Gift Establishes an Endowment for Acquiring Artworks by Living Artists and Support for Fellowship Positions

The Smithsonian American Art Museum has received a $2.1 million gift from the Windgate Foundation to establish an endowment dedicated to acquiring artworks by living craft artists. The gift also funds two sequential one-year pre-doctoral fellowship positions that further scholarship in American craft. This major gift to the museum affirms the Renwick Gallery as the nation’s preeminent center for the enjoyment and study of American craft, and supports the leadership role of its craft program to advocate for a diverse and inclusive view of what is traditionally considered great art.

For the past decade, the Renwick Gallery has presented a series of exhibitions that reassess what craft is in a modern world. This new fund for acquisitions is dedicated to adding to the museum’s collection artworks made by a broadly representative and diverse group of American artists. This collecting effort will be featured, for the first time, in the museum’s upcoming exhibition “This Present Moment: Crafting a Better World” (opening May 2022), which celebrates the Renwick Gallery’s 50th anniversary by honoring the history of studio craft while also introducing progressive contemporary narratives and artists that highlight the more inclusive and changing landscape of American craft.

The two sequential one-year pre-doctoral fellowship positions will support new scholarship in the field of American craft. The positions offered during the 2022–2023 and 2023–2024 academic years, respectively, will provide emerging scholars with financial aid, unparalleled research resources and access to a network of world-class colleagues at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and across the field. The museum operates the premier fellowship program, which is the oldest and largest in the world for the study of American art.

“We are honored to receive this generous and enduring gift from the Windgate Foundation,” said Stephanie Stebich, the Margaret and Terry Stent Director at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. “At the Renwick Gallery we are dedicated to nurturing the field of American craft by supporting artists and scholars. This gift builds on our leadership in collecting, researching and exhibiting American craft and allows us to bring more contemporary and diverse voices into the collection.”

The Windgate Foundation has supported contemporary craft and visual arts since 1993. The new gift is a significant expansion of the foundation’s commitment to the craft program at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Previously, the Windgate Foundation contributed to the reinstallation of the permanent collection galleries at the Renwick Gallery in 2015 following a renovation of its historic building, supported acquisitions and public programs such as the “Maloof Symposium: Furniture and the Future” in 2016 and provided funding for the 2010 exhibition catalog for “A Revolution in Wood: The Bresler Collection.”

The Windgate Foundation also supported a pre-doctoral fellowship in American craft for the 2021–2022 academic year. Awarded to Sara Morris of the University of California, Santa Barbara, the fellowship supports her work on her dissertation titled “Figurative Sculpture and the Crafting of Identity in Postwar American Art, 1960–1990.”

About Smithsonian American Art Museum Fellowships

The museum hosts fellows appointed by the Smithsonian Office of Fellowships and Internships and grants its own awards for scholars and students to pursue research at the museum, including senior, predoctoral and postdoctoral fellowships. The museum recently announced the appointment of 16 new fellows for the 2021–2022 academic year.

Since 1970, the Smithsonian American Art Museum has supported 732 scholars through its fellowship program. Former fellows now occupy positions in prominent academic and cultural institutions across the United State and around the world. Additional information about the program is online at americanart.si.edu/research/fellowships.
Please join us for this virtual book launch event, a conversation between former Fellows, on March 1 at 7:30 pm EST. The material in this project developed from my Predoc time at SAAM and AAA. I am grateful to the community of fellows, from my year and at large, for their many contributions to my scholarship - and to this book.

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We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Anya Montiel to the Renwick Gallery as our new Curator of American and Native American Women’s Art and Craft, a temporary position split between NMAI and the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, funded by the Smithsonian Women’s History Initiative. Anya’s first day in the office is today, and we will be showing her around the building and introducing her to staff in the next several weeks.

Anya comes to the Smithsonian with institutional history, having working at NMAI in various roles from 2004-2009. Before starting work on her doctorate at Yale University, Anya also served as Curator of Collections at the Tohono O’odham Nation Cultural Center and Museum and as an admissions officer for Stanford University. Anya’s Ph.D. research focused on the 20th-century Native art, including work with the Indian Arts and Crafts Board collection and records at NMAI and the national Archives. Since receiving her Ph.D. from Yale, Anya has been an Assistant Professor in the History of Art at the University of Arizona, and has most recently also participated as part of the advisory board for Crystal Bridges’ upcoming craft show. She brings to this position a deep interest in women’s and Native art and craft, including craft programs and legislation, as well an encompassing knowledge of Native contemporary art that will benefit SAAM/Renwick priorities like HOOP, the Permanent Collection rehang, and the Renwick’s 50th Anniversary plans, as well as NMAI projects.