Gallery Teaching Fellowship

New Museum of Contemporary Art

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Gallery Teaching Fellowship

Department: Education and Public Engagement

Employment Status: Part-Time (approx. 10 hours per month); Limited-Term (October 3, 2022 -May 31, 2023)

Union Position: No

Stipend: $800 monthly

Fellowship overseen by: Assistant Director of Education


The New Museum Gallery Teaching Fellowship provides an opportunity for a graduate student to facilitate engagement with New Museum exhibitions. The fellowship is ideal for a person looking to develop their teaching practice with contemporary art. The fellow will lead live, online, and in-gallery programs, which the fellow develops through independent research and consultation with New Museum staff. These experiences feature close looking at the objects and installations on view, incorporating artists’ practices and intersecting with relevant social, political, historical, technological, or cultural conversations. Candidates who are interested in developing creative and experimental tour formats are encouraged to apply. Additionally, the fellow will support the Teacher Advisory Council, a cadre of K-12 educators who learn alongside Museum educators to integrate the arts in their classrooms and create resources to help other educators to do so as well. The fellow will learn a variety of techniques that encourage participants to creatively view, analyze, and discuss art through training sessions and observations.

The fellow will have an exciting opportunity to learn about and engage with the work of emerging artists this fall in the New Museum retrospective exhibition with Theaster Gates and starting in March 2023, with the spring exhibition as well (to be announced).

The fellow will use their specialized knowledge and skills to offer creative, enriching, and accessible experiences with the New Museum’s exhibitions. In turn, the New Museum will provide an immersive experience for developing pedagogical skill as well as opportunities to research exhibition artists and their work. The Assistant Director of Education oversees the Gallery Teaching Fellowship.



Duties include the following:

  • Research, plan, and iterate participatory experiences with the fall retrospective of Theaster Gates and spring exhibitions (to be announced) for public and private audiences (approximately 20 hours of research across the fellowship).

  • Lead live, online and in gallery tours for both public and private audiences (approximately 3 tours per month minimum with opportunities for additionally compensated private scheduled tours).

  • Co-organize Teacher’s Advisory Council (TAC), including outreach, meetings, and planning educator’s resources and professional development with TAC members.

  • Engage diverse audiences with a wide range of contemporary art experience.

  • Learn and share information about the New Museum’s institutional history, exhibitions, public programs, Membership, and visitor services, as needed.

  • Participate in continued training sessions, including occasional meetings with department staff members, and tour assessments for professional development (approximately one hour per month).



  • Candidates must have one of the following criteria: 1) MA in art history or other area of study with scholarship focusing on contemporary art and be enrolled in a doctoral program; 2) PhD completed within the past three years, with scholarly focus similar to #1; or 3) MA in arts education or an MFA completed within the past three years, with a strong knowledge of contemporary art and teaching experience.

  • Candidates must be comfortable with public speaking and have an enthusiasm for engaging a variety of audiences in close looking and critical thought. Candidates should share the ethos of the Department of Education and Public Engagement: to link people with art and ideas, cultivate growth through inquiry, and develop stronger relationships. (More details about the department’s mission, values, and methods are here.)

  • Experience teaching and/or leading both in person and online groups is preferred.


The fellow is required to commit to the position for an 8-month period from October 3, 2022, through May 2023. The Fellow will receive a monthly stipend of $500 as well as a free standard museum membership (membership benefits > This position does not include healthcare or insurance benefits.

How to Apply

Please send a cover letter (detailing how the candidates’ experience meets or exceeds the position requirements identified above) along with a professional resume to: with the subject line “LAST NAME Gallery Teaching Fellowship” (e.g., “Doe Gallery Teaching Fellowship”) by September 5th, 2022.

We recognize that it is highly unlikely that someone meets 100% of the qualifications for a role. If much of this fellowship describes you, then please apply.

Posted on August 29