Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship in Paintings Conservation

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Philadelphia Museum of Art
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Sunday, 15 March, 2020

Philadelphia Museum of Art actively seeks to employ a diverse group of people who embody our organizational values. They welcome and encourage individuals of all backgrounds to apply, including those from traditionally underrepresented groups in the museum field, who are inspired by our shared purpose and enjoy working collaboratively with others.
They're proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ancestry, citizenship or immigration status, color, disability, ethnicity, familial status, gender identity and/or expression, genetic information, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status or any other protected status.

How You Will Contribute
The Philadelphia Museum of Art is welcoming applications for a two-year Andrew W. Mellon Postgraduate Fellowship in Paintings Conservation. The fellowship will begin in September 2020 with a term of one year and the possibility of renewal for a second year.

As an integral member of the museum's conservation staff the fellow will perform examinations, conduct research, and perform treatments on the museum's global collection of Modern and Contemporary paintings and other mixed media artworks. The fellow will produce technical documentation and participate in activities relating to exhibitions, installations, loans, preventive care of the permanent collections, and professional and public engagement.

The position includes benefits and a travel and research stipend.

Specifically, you will:
• Examine, conduct research, and perform treatment on paintings, mixed media surfaces, and installation artworks of a broad range of modern materials in the collections of American, European, South Asian, and Contemporary Art.
• Collaborate with scientists for the analysis of modern and contemporary art.
• Participate in the Contemporary Conservation Working Group, an interdepartmental team focused on the conversation and research of contemporary artworks.

Your background and experience include:
• Being a recent graduate of a recognized conservation training program, with experience with Modern and Contemporary paintings and mixed media artwork, as well as a strong interest in installation art and time based media.
• Demonstrated visual, manual, and scholarly aptitudes.
• Strong written and verbal communication skills.

Application Procedures
The deadline to submit applications is March 15, 2020
Please include the following with your application:
• Cover letter
• Curriculum vitae
• Examination and treatment reports (including photographs) for two works of art
• Contact information (phone number and email) for three professional references familiar with the candidate's work

Our employees are at the center of the museum and we encourage everyone to be actively engaged in museum culture and activities. As an employee, you will have access to numerous museum perks including, but not limited to:
• Free general admission to the museum for you and your immediate family
• Discounted guest tickets for general admission and special exhibitions
• Discounts on gift memberships
• Special staff tours and presentations from our world-renowned curatorial staff
• Discounts at the museum restaurant, all museum cafés, and museum retail stores
We offer a competitive benefits package* for employees including:
• Medical, dental, and vision benefits
• Fully paid short-term disability insurance, long-term disability insurance, and life insurance
• Health savings or flexible spending account program
• Retirement savings program with museum match
• Paid vacation, personal days, sick days, and holidays
*Eligibility for certain benefits is based on a variety of factors including the employee's regular schedule and tenure.

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