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Job Title: Frederick Randolph Grace Curatorial Fellow in Ancient Art,

Division of Asian and Mediterranean Art

Salary: $50,000.00 per year

FTE: 100%. This is a term position.

Term duration: 2 years

Start date: September 7, 2021


The Curatorial Fellowship Program at the Harvard Art Museums is designed to broaden the experience of scholars embarking on professional careers in art history who are considering the museum profession.

The Harvard Art Museums have strong collections of Greek and Roman art, with smaller holdings in the Egyptian and ancient Middle Eastern fields. Alongside a modest group of sculptures and other large-scale works, objects of smaller dimensions, especially pottery, bronzes, and coins, form the basis of a deep and wide-ranging teaching collection regularly deployed in the museums’ Art Study Center and the University Galleries.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • The Frederick Randolph Grace Curatorial Fellow carries out objects-based research, helps develop new concepts for the presentation of the permanent collection, prepares interpretive materials, and contributes to scholarship in the field. The fellow devotes a share of their time to researching and documenting the provenance of the objects in the collection.
  • The Curatorial Fellow participates in the preparations for two small-scale exhibitions in the University Research Gallery, on Egyptian mummy portraits and science, and on selected Greek and Roman objects from the collection of James Loeb; and takes part in the organization of exhibition-related programs.
  • The Curatorial Fellow assists with a broad range of other curatorial activities, including cataloging of the permanent collection in the Art Museums’ database, and assistance with new acquisitions and donor cultivation.
  • Foregrounding the museum’s teaching and research mission, the Curatorial Fellow also helps provide content expertise and support for the Art Museums’ Art Study Center by supporting classes and individual appointments six hours a week, participates in a series of art handling workshops, and contributes to a rich offering of public and academic interpretive programs across various platforms.
  • The Curatorial Fellow will be an active member of the Fellows’ cohort and will participate in regular cohort meetings and in the annual Fellows symposium at the end of the spring semester.
  • The Curatorial Fellow may supervise students and temporary employees.

Basic Qualifications:

MA in art history or archaeology, with expertise in Greek, Roman, and/or Egyptian material culture.

Additional Qualifications:

  • PhD preferred (Greek, Roman, or Egyptian art/archaeology)
  • Curatorial or related experience helpful; interest in challenging canonical narratives strongly encouraged
  • Proficiency in a foreign language helpful
  • Commitment to fostering the appreciation of works of art in a museum context
  • Excellent organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills; ability to work independently as well as collaboratively

The Harvard Art Museums are committed to equity and inclusion in its staff and to engaging with a wide range of audiences and constituents, and welcome applications from candidates of diverse backgrounds who share these interests and commitment.

Application Procedures

Please apply online with a letter of interest and a résumé or curriculum vitae. Complete applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, starting May 26, 2021 and continuing until the position is filled.

Upon review of initial applications, selected candidates will be notified to submit two letters of recommendation. Other supporting documents may include transcripts and writing samples.

Please apply online with letter and curriculum vitae here.

Additional Note:

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Additional Information:

The term of this fellowship is September 7, 2021- August 31, 2023. In addition to $50,000 annual compensation, the fellowship has an allocated travel budget and is eligible to participate in Harvard’s fringe benefits program.

Discover Harvard Art Museums and Harvard University Benefits

  • A creative, high- energy, collaborative environment
  • Generous Vacation, Sick, Personal, and Holiday pay
  • Medical, Dental and Vision benefits starting on your first day
  • Tuition Assistance Program
  • Transportation benefits to help with your daily commute
  • Health and wellness discounts, memberships and programs

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