Meyerhoff–Becker Biennale Curatorial Fellowship

Baltimore Museum of Art

The Meyerhoff-Becker Biennial Commission presents major works by internationally established artists in the BMA’s most public and welcoming space. It seeks to make the leading edge of contemporary art accessible and engaging to diverse audiences, providing an entry way to art for all.

Mickalene Thomas will be the inaugural artist for the Meyerhoff-Becker Biennial Commission. The internationally recognized, Brooklyn-based artist makes paintings, collages, photography, video, and installations that draw on art history and popular culture to create a contemporary vision of female sexuality, beauty, and power. Blurring the distinction between object and subject, concrete and abstract, real and imaginary, Thomas constructs complex portraits, landscapes, and interiors in order to examine how identity, gender, and sense-of-self are informed by the ways women (and “feminine” spaces) are represented in art and popular culture.

Responsibilities

The Robert E. Meyerhoff and Rheda Becker Curatorial Fellowship and the BMA Mission:

Established in concert with and in complement to the Biennial Commission, the Fellowship is intended to act as a pipeline for talented post-graduate professionals, with three to five years of museum experience. The Fellow will be involved with all aspects of exhibition realization and programming. The Fellow will have the opportunity to receive direct mentorship from senior Museum staff, create modest exhibition proposals, and engage with Baltimore’s vibrant arts community, while working to interpret newly commissioned work by prominent contemporary artists in the BMA’s public spaces.

The Baltimore Museum of Art connects art to Baltimore and Baltimore to the world, embodying a commitment to artistic excellence and social equity in every decision form art presentation, interpretation, and collecting, to the composition of our Board of Trustees, staff and volunteers – creating a museum welcoming to all.

Requirements

The Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) announces the inaugural cycle of the Meyerhoff-Becker Curatorial Fellowship, a year-long residency program, based in Baltimore, Maryland. The selected fellow will receive a full-time residency, round-trip travel expenses, and a $40,000 USD salary with benefits. Applicants who come from groups historically underrepresented in the museum field are strongly encouraged to apply.

The Fellowship will act as a career catalyst, providing a singular experience in exhibition making for emerging professionals. The Fellow will work closely with Dorothy Wagner Wallis Director Christopher Bedford to realize the inaugural Robert E. Meyerhoff and Rheda Becker Biennial Commission, which invites internationally-renowned contemporary artists to make transformative works of art for the BMA’s most accessible public spaces.

The Fellowship is open to applicants residing anywhere in the world. Applicants must have completed a graduate or professionally accredited degree.

The Baltimore Museum of Art is an equal opportunity employer.

How to Apply

Candidates are asked to submit a CV, a letter of interest, and a recent writing sample by mail or email.

  • Application deadline: January 31, 2019

  • Fellowship term: May 2019–May 2020

The Baltimore Museum of Art

10 Art Museum Drive

Baltimore, Maryland

United States

For more information, please contact: fellowship@artbma.org

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