Media alert: Museum seeks applications for Romare Bearden Minority Museum Fellowship

By | January 19, 2016

ST. LOUIS, Jan. 19, 2016—The Saint Louis Art Museum is accepting applications for the Romare Bearden Graduate Minority Museum Fellowship, a one-year, paid fellowship designed to prepare minority graduate students for careers as art historians and museum professionals.

Named for African-American artist Romare Bearden, the fellowship aims to build a pool of talented young minority professionals to work in art-related fields in museums, galleries, non-profit organizations and universities. Since the program’s inception in 1992, Bearden Fellows have spent their year teaching, researching works in the collection, developing programming, writing gallery materials, assisting curators with the development of exhibitions and other assignments tailored to fellows’ backgrounds and interests.

“The Bearden Fellowship has a proven track record of opening doors for talented young professionals who are essential to both the future of museums and the advancement of art scholarship,” said Brent R. Benjamin, the Barbara B. Taylor Director of the Saint Louis Art Museum.

The fellowship is a critical component in the Saint Louis Art Museum’s long-established campaign to increase diversity among its professional staff, an effort that recently was praised in The Economist. Past fellows have gone on to hold key positions at the Saint Louis Art Museum, as well as at other noteworthy museums and universities, including the Wadsworth Atheneum, the Chrysler Museum of Art, the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Texas at Austin.

To be eligible for the fellowship, applicants must have completed at least one year of graduate school by June 2016 in art history, art education, museum studies, area studies or related fields. Applicants must have strong communication skills, be able to work independently and manage multiple assignments. Fellow will receive a salary of $33,400, a full-time benefits package and moving and educational travel allowances.

Applicants should apply online. The application deadline is March 18, 2016. The employment dates are July 18, 2016 through July 28, 2017.

CONTACT: Matthew Hathaway, 314.655.5493, matthew.hathaway@slam.org