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Art Bridges Fellow, Joslyn Art Museum

The Art Bridges Fellow at Joslyn Art Museum will hold a three-year fellowship position that supports the new Art Bridges Collection Loan Program, as well as Joslyn Art Museum during its temporary closure for an exciting new building addition, renovation, and reinstallation. The Art Bridges Fellow will play a vital role in increasing access to art for others during this unique period in the museum’s history. Many of the Art Bridges Fellow’s responsibilities will follow the journey of objects in the Art Bridges Collection Loan Program, which includes highlights from the American Art Collection, Western American Art Collection, and Postwar and Contemporary American Art collection. This person will report to the Associate Registrar. The Art Bridges Fellow at Joslyn will be part of the inaugural cohort of the Art Bridges Fellows Program. The Art Bridges Fellows Program is dedicated to creating diverse museum leadership with a national cohort of emerging arts professionals and mentors. Through its newly-formed Art Bridges Fellows Program, the foundation will establish deep career pathways for historically underrepresented groups and offer new models for fellowship roles within museums. Beginning in fall 2021, the foundation will work with its national network of museum partners to identify opportunities for Art Bridges Fellows who will join an institution for a three-year appointment connected to Art Bridges initiatives.

Position Summary

This three-year fellowship position will be focused in collections management and registration, with the Art Bridges Fellow’s responsibilities split between supporting the Art Bridges Collection Loan Program and Joslyn with its needs during this unique transitory period. In supporting the Art Bridges Collection Loan Program, the Fellow will gain considerable experience in all aspects of the program, including project management, condition reporting, object packing, and shipping logistics. In addition to working closely with the collections staff, there will be opportunities to work closely with curatorial and education staff at both Joslyn and Art Bridges, especially in regards to Learning & Engagement funded initiatives to support the borrowing institutions in the Collection Loan Program. Additionally, the Art Bridges Fellow will gain exposure to and experience in all aspects of a museum’s closure, deinstallation, and reinstallation through hands-on experience. This includes best practices in art handling, condition reporting, tracking object movements, object research, data entry using the TMS database, and installation in preparation for reopening. The Fellow will get a wide variety of hands-on experience in all aspects of collections management, including the permanent collection, loans, and temporary exhibitions.

Responsibilities include:

  • Assisting with all aspects of loan preparation and travel for the Art Bridges Collection Loan Program, including condition reports, photography, shipping logistics, and object placement
  • Assisting with Learning & Engagement funded initiatives to support the borrowing institutions in the Collection Loan Program with new interpretive materials
  • Conducting further object and artist research on works in the Art Bridges Collection Loan Program
  • Supporting Joslyn staff with all aspects of deinstallation and reinstallation due to the renovation and building addition, including art handling, tracking object movements, and condition reports
  • Assisting with storage inventory, rehousing, and cataloguing initiatives
  • Assisting with object research related to the reinstallation, including provenance research
  • Supporting Joslyn staff with updating and reestablishing data standards for TMS as part of a significant database cleanup
  • Other duties as assigned

The Art Bridges Fellow will propose and complete a capstone project on the Art Bridges Collection Loan Program with Joslyn and collaborations with borrowing institutions. The Art Bridges Fellow will also attend two annual Art Bridges convenings in Bentonville, Arkansas, including a monthlong residency and orientation.


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