Mellon Fellowship in Paintings Conservation Chrysler Museum and the Hampton University Museum

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The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Conservation Fellow
Chrysler Museum of Art and the Hampton University Museum
The Chrysler Museum of Art (CMA) and the Hampton University Museum (HUM) are pleased to announce a joint conservation fellowship, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, focused on modern African painting. This pilot fellowship is available to an outstanding individual specializing in paintings conservation and interested in a museum career. The Conservation Fellowship is an opportunity to work with two unique collections of African art in two very special museum collections and environments. The period of employment is for up to one year and six months (dependent upon date of commencement).
A Degree in conservation is preferred. Consideration will be given to candidates currently enrolled in a graduate training program.
Application Process
The Applications deadline is March 24, 2023. 5:00 p.m. No applications will be reviewed after that date.
Please email the application to:
Carolyn Needell, Ph.D. Curator of Glass, Chrysler Museum of Art, –
Vanessa Thaxton-Ward, Ph. D. Director and Chief Curator, Hampton University Museum –

• Cover letter, not to exceed one-page, explaining the applicant's interest in the fellowship
• Three examples of conservation projects
• A CV of education, employment, honors, awards, and publications
• Three Letters of Recommendation
• Two writing samples (scholarly article/research paper/catalogue essay, etc.)
Additional Details
CMA is located in Norfolk and HUM is located in Hampton, Virginia. The Fellow will receive a stipend of $45,000 per year (prorated per the time employed), with full benefits, including relocation, funding for travel, and memberships. The term commences as soon as possible until August 2024. Hours will be M-F, 9am-5pm with some evenings and weekends as needed. A background check will be required for this position.