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  • Mellon Undergraduate Curatorial Fellowship

    Mellon Undergraduate Curatorial Fellowship

    Overview of the Fellowship

    The High Museum of Art is proud to offer the Andrew W. Mellon Undergraduate Curatorial Fellowship Program, which provides specialized training in the curatorial field for students of ethnically diverse backgrounds. This five year initiative is generously supported by a $2 million grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The fellowship seeks to make a critical impact on American art museums by developing gifted curators who are committed to engaging with the full spectrum of museum audiences. In July 2015 the Mellon Foundation published a report, Art Museum Staff Demographic Survey, that addresses the program in more detail.

    The Andrew W. Mellon Undergraduate Curatorial Fellowship Program is implemented at five partnering institutions: the Art Institute of Chicago; the High Museum of Art, Atlanta; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; and the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City.

    Each year, two students will be selected as Curatorial Fellows for this intensive program at the High Museum of Art. Currently, twenty students are participating nationwide. Fellows will be chosen following the weeklong Summer Academies, hosted annually by each participating museum. Fifteen qualified undergraduates from across the southeast are invited to participate. The program offers exposure to all aspects of curatorial work and is aimed at introducing candidates to the museum field.

    Curatorial Fellows at the High will participate in a multiyear program that provides hands-on experience inside a museum setting, such as working with curators and staff on exhibitions and with collections and travel to partner museums. Designed as a two-year program of full-time summer internships at the museum, followed by less intensive engagement during the academic year, the program provides fellows with curatorial mentoring and a generous stipend. Mentors will work with students to enrich the academic experience and to increase exposure to the museum context while broadening their understanding of art and art history.

    This program is open to freshmen and sophomore students representing ethnically diverse cultures and backgrounds.

    In the current, five-year pilot phase (2013-2018), there are no additional Summer Academies being offered or fellowships being awarded. We plan to renew the program following an evaluation process, with the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation's continued support.

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