Samuel H. Kress Fellow in Objects Conservation

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Cleveland Museum of Art
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Monday, 17 May, 2021 - 00:00

The Cleveland Museum of Art announces an opening for a Samuel H. Kress Fellow in Objects Conservation, made possible through the generous support of the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, who have funded the grant, and the Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation, who are administering it.

Description: The Kress Fellow will focus on the on the in-depth examination, documentation, analysis, and treatment of a diverse group of ceramic, metal, and stone objects from the CMA's Art of the Americas collection. These objects present varied questions of materials identification, dating, assessment of previous treatments, and current treatment needs. The Kress Fellow will have the opportunity to utilize the analytical capabilities at the CMA, Case Western Reserve University, and outside laboratories; will research relevant manufacturing techniques and published materials analysis studies; and will coordinate with the curator and curatorial assistant to share research and examination findings with colleagues and public audiences. For objects that require treatment, the Fellow will prepare treatment proposals and conduct conservation treatment as appropriate.
The Fellow will also be integrated into the day-to-day activities of the Objects Lab: assisting with conservation documentation and treatment of objects for exhibitions, loans and rotations; materials testing, preparing environmental materials, or maintenance needs for particular objects on view; and attending selected planning and design meetings, so that they may gain valuable experience in working collaboratively with conservators in other specialties, collections care specialists, curators, mount makers, registrars, and exhibition designers.

Details: The 12-month fellowship includes a stipend of $37,000, a generous benefits package, and a travel stipend, and will begin in September 2021. The fellowship is open to graduates of conservation programs in the U.S. and Canada, or to U.S. citizens graduating from graduate-level conservation programs abroad. Candidates should have completed a master's degree in conservation within the past five years.

About the Institution: The Cleveland Museum of Art is renowned for the quality and breadth of its collection, which includes nearly 45,000 objects and spans 6,000 years of achievement in the arts. A major renovation and expansion project completed in 2014 has transformed the museum into a significant international forum for exhibitions, scholarship, performing arts and art education. One of the top comprehensive art museums in the nation and free of charge to all, the Cleveland Museum of Art is located in the University Circle neighborhood. Please read the Museum's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Plan and Strategic Plan to learn more about the Museum's priorities.

The Museum's conservation department currently employs 14 full-time staff members, including conservators in paper, Asian paintings, textiles, paintings, and objects, as well as technicians and a chief conservator. The department regularly hosts pre-program conservation interns, graduate interns, and graduate fellows. The significant resources of the Cleveland Museum of Art, including its outstanding library and archives, and nearby Case Western Reserve University with its innovative maker space, Think[box], contribute to a unique Fellowship opportunity.

Application: To apply, please submit a letter of interest, a C.V., an online portfolio, and the names and contact information for two references. Please apply for the position through the online portal:

The deadline for application is May 17, 2021. Interviews will be conducted by phone or video meeting. For any questions, please contact Sarah Scaturro, Chief Conservator, or Beth Edelstein, Objects Conservator.

The Cleveland Museum of Art is an equal opportunity employer.