A grant to the Smithsonian American Art Museum will help establish a new program of curatorial fellowships for scholars of American art. The multiyear fellowships will provide professional development in four areas: research, exhibition development, collections planning, and public outreach.
The Smithsonian American Art Museum received $590,000 from the Henry Luce Foundation to establish a new program of curatorial training fellowships. The grant will fund two multiyear Luce Curatorial Fellowships at the museum for the next five years. The program will create a professional development bridge connecting academic pursuits and a curatorial career for a scholar with in-depth subject expertise in American art and provide training in four areas of curatorial work: research, exhibition development, collections planning and public outreach.
“The Smithsonian American Art Museum’s fellowship program for nearly 50 years has been the catalyst for new scholarship and innovative thinking in the field of American art,” said Stephanie Stebich, the Margaret and Terry Stent Director of the Smithsonian American Art Museum. “I am grateful that the Henry Luce Foundation shares our vision for creating curatorial fellowships, designed to encourage the development of new narratives about American art and the American experience, and has contributed significant support for this new program.”