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The Department of Art History and Archaeology at Washington University in St. Louis (www.arthistory.artsci.wustl.edu), and the Saint Louis Art Museum (www.slam.org) seek a specialist in one of two broad fields, either in Islamic Art, or 20th-century African-American Art, for a joint teaching-curatorial two-year position beginning on or slightly after July 1, 2019. Candidates will be interviewed in both subfields, but only one fellow will be selected from the total pool. It is expected that within the two-year period, the fellow will spend two semesters at Washington University teaching two courses in each of those semesters. The fellow will spend the remaining twelve-month period working full-time at the Saint Louis Art Museum (SLAM) as an Andrew W. Mellon Fellow, where they will carry out research and other curatorial duties including docent training and gallery talks in their area of expertise. It is thus envisioned that the candidate will spend a year in total at each institution over the two-year period. Courses at Washington University, a leading research institution, will be offered to a combination of beginning and advanced undergraduates, and perhaps graduate students, in art history and related fields.
If the successful fellow is a specialist in Islamic Art, they will teach an introductory-level course that will broadly address the field of Islamic Art; other classes may focus on traditions of miniature painting, the sacred arts of Islam, or the visual arts of Persia (Safavid) and/or India (Mughal). A course on modern or contemporary art in the Islamic world is also highly desirable. At SLAM, among other duties, the fellow in Islamic art would catalogue and interpret a collection of 50 works on paper and related objects, primarily from Persia and India in the Safavid and Mughal periods. Scholarly expertise in these areas of Islamic art is highly desired, but other areas will be considered. The fellow may curate an installation of Islamic art, and would work with conservation staff and research potential acquisitions. Additional objectives may be determined, in alignment with the particular interests, expertise, and skill set of the successful candidate.
If the selected fellow is a specialist in African-American Art, they will teach courses in their subfield, which may range from nineteenth through twenty-first-century art. Introductory-level surveys and seminars for first-year students are desirable; at least one course will be an advanced-level lecture course or seminar. The fellow will be encouraged to use collections both at SLAM and at the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum in their courses. At SLAM, among other duties, the fellow in American-American Art would study and enhance cataloguing of and interpret a collection of over 350 works of African-America art in various media. More than half of the collection are works on paper. A 20th-century focus coincides with the majority of the Museum’s works by African-American artists. Scholarly expertise in the 20th century is thus highly desired, but other areas will be considered. A fellow in this area would work with conservation staff and research potential acquisitions that may arise. Additional objectives may be determined, in alignment with the particular interests, expertise, and skill set of the successful candidate.
Partial funding for the fellow comes from an endowment granted by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
The applicant should have no more than three years of postdoctoral teaching or curatorial expertise in the field at the start of the appointment.
This position is full-time and works approximately 37.5 hours per week.
Annual salary will be $50,000 a year, plus moving expenses, benefits, and research and travel funds.
Applicant Special Instructions:
Required materials which should be uploaded to the website include a letter of interest, current c.v., and a writing sample. The required three confidential letters of recommendation and any writing samples too large to be uploaded should be directed to Prof. Elizabeth Childs, Chair, Department of Art History and Archaeology, Washington University, CB 1189, One Brookings Drive, St. Louis, MO 63130-4899 or emailed to email@example.com. Review of application materials begins March 8, 2019 and will continue until the search is closed. Initial interviews will be conducted by Skype. Finalists may be brought to St. Louis.
Internal Applicant Instruction:
Please attach a copy of your most current signed performance evaluation (completed within the last 18 months) to your online account. If you have not received a performance evaluation, you may provide two current signed letters of recommendation (written within the last 18 months), preferably to include one letter from either a current or recent former supervisor. To attach these documents, go to: My Career Tools, Add Attachment, Attachment Type – Performance Reviews or Letters of Recommendation.
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