Andrew W. Mellon Advanced Training Fellowship in Objects Conservation

The Cleveland Museum of Art
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Friday, 27 October, 2017

The conservation department of the Cleveland Museum of Art seeks applicants for an Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship in Objects Conservation. The fellowship is a one year appointment and may be extended for up to three years. Start date anticipated January 2018 but is flexible.

The Mellon Fellow will take part in all aspects of installation and preventive care and preservation activities concerning the Cleveland Museum of Art's encyclopedic objects collection. The Fellow will have the opportunity for in-depth examination and treatment of objects ranging from decorative arts to ethnographic and modern and contemporary art. There will be opportunities for research related to the collection, and to participate in a wide range of conservation activities with conservators, collections care specialists and curators.

The primary focus of the fellowship in the first year will be the research and treatment of a 7th century Cambodian monolithic sandstone sculpture of Krishna (1973.106), which requires the attachment of a recently reunited section and a complete realignment of the existing fragments. This is an excellent opportunity to gain experience in large-scale stone sculpture treatment and handling and ideal for an emerging conservator with an interest in this area.

The significant resources of the Cleveland Museum of Art, including the library and archives, and nearby Case Western Reserve University, contribute to the fellowship program. Fellows are encouraged to carry out a research project culminating in a publishable paper.

The Cleveland Museum of Art 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. The recently concluded renovation and expansion project across its campus transformed the museum to a significant international forum for exhibitions, scholarship, performing arts and art education.

One of the top comprehensive art museums in the nation and free of charge to all, the Cleveland Museum of Art is located in the University Circle neighborhood. The Museum's conservation department employs 15 full-time staff members, including conservators in paper, Asian paintings, textiles, paintings, and objects, as well as technicians, a chief conservator, and a departmental assistant. At any given time, the department also hosts numerous pre-program conservation interns, third-year interns, fellows, and volunteers.

The fellowship includes a $35,000 stipend, health insurance, paid time off and a travel/research allowance. The hours for this fellowship are 35 hours per week, 9:00 am -5:00 p.m. Monday ? Friday.

Graduates from recognized training programs or candidates with equivalent training will be considered. Applicants should have no more than five years of conservation-related work experience. A proven record of research and writing ability, as well as English-language skills, are required.

Application Procedure
Application materials must be received by October 27, 2017. 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 and internships

* several samples of examination reports and treatment records with photographs

* the names and contact information for three conservation professionals references familiar with your work

Only those selected for interviews will be contacted. After a preliminary selection, final candidates may be invited for an interview. A portfolio of conservation treatments and research should be presented by the candidate at the interview. At that time the candidate should be prepared to give a 20 minute PowerPoint presentation.

The Cleveland Museum of Art is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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