Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship in Photograph Conservation

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The Cleveland Museum of Art
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Friday, 26 March, 2021 - 17:00

The Conservation Department of the Cleveland Museum of Art welcomes applications for an Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship in Photograph Conservation. The fellowship is a one-year appointment and may be extended for up to three years. The anticipated start date is flexible but must be between September 2021 and January 2022. The fellowship offers an opportunity to work with the museum's outstanding and growing photography collection and to be part of a collaborative and convivial conservation team. In keeping with the Conservation Department's commitment to ongoing research and investigation of the works in the collection, the fellow will be able to pursue professional development opportunities, including a publishable research project.

About the Museum:
The Cleveland Museum of Art (CMA) was founded in 1913 "for the benefit of all the people forever." It strives to help the broadest possible audience understand and engage with the world's great art while honoring the highest aesthetic, intellectual, and professional standards. The CMA is renowned for the quality and breadth of its collection, which includes almost 45,000 objects and spans 6,000 years of achievement in the arts. A major renovation and expansion project completed in 2014 has transformed the museum into a significant international forum for exhibitions, scholarship, performing arts, and art education. Located in the University Circle neighborhood, the CMA is one of the top comprehensive art museums in the nation and free of charge to all. The museum's Conservation Department currently employs 14 full-time staff members, including conservators in paper, Asian paintings, textiles, paintings, and objects, as well as technicians and a chief conservator. The department also hosts a variety of interns, from pre-program to postgraduate fellows. The significant resources of the CMA, including the Ingalls Library and the Museum Archives, along with the nearby Case Western Reserve University and its Sears think[box] innovation and engineering center, contribute to the internship program.

About the Photography Collection:
Since 1983, the museum has been assembling a carefully selected collection of fine art photography covering the history of the medium that began in 1839. It represents many of the major movements and inventive practitioners. Strengths of the collection are its early nineteenth-century images by many pioneering figures, especially French, English, and American photographers; pictorial photography, with complete sets of The North American Indian by Edward S. Curtis and Camera Work; Surrealist photography created primarily between the two world wars; mid-twentieth-century American documentary photography, including in-depth holdings of work by Bruce Davidson, Danny Lyon, and Larry Fink; and Cleveland-specific subject matter produced by regional and national photographers. The collection also includes extensive examples of post-1970 photography and for the past several years has grown significantly in the realm of digital photography, much of which is large format.

Candidate should be a graduate of a recognized conservation graduate program or have equivalent training in the methods and ethics of photograph conservation. The candidate must be eligible to legally work in the US.

$37,000 plus full benefits, including funds for professional development opportunities.

Full-time Benefits include:
• Medical
• Dental
• Vision
• Life and Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance
• Voluntary Life
• Short Term Disability
• Long Term Disability
• 401(k) with company match
• Accident Insurance
• Critical Illness Insurance
• ID Theft
• Legal Services
• Pet Insurance
• Employee Assistance Program
• 1 year Partner level membership to CMA
• Free Garage Parking
• Your employment relationship with the museum qualifies you for free or discounted admissions to other cultural institutions such as the Natural History Museum, Botanical Gardens, The Cleveland Zoo, etc.

Application Procedure:
Application materials must be submitted through the online portal and received by end of day, March 26, 2021. For consideration, please submit the following materials in English:
• A letter stating your interests and intent in applying for the fellowship, including description(s) of previous conservation experience
• Curriculum vitae
• Online portfolio (preferred) or examples of examination and treatment reports with images
• List of 3 references with their email addresses and phone numbers