The William A. Camfield Fellowship was originally created in July 2001 with the retirement of a beloved professor, past department Chairman, and tireless advocate of the arts in Houston. The fellowship is one of the department's primary fellowships intended to support outstanding student scholarship and museum internship in the field of art history. The fellowship offers students of art history the opportunity to work as an intern for one academic year at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston under the guidance of a professional museum curator.
For a description of the Undergraduate William A. Camfield Fellowship in the film department, please see below. For more information about the Graduate William A. Camfield Fellowship with a focus in American painting & sculpture, please contact the department at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Museum’s film department, part of the curatorial department, looks forward to working with an enthusiastic Rice undergraduate student through the Camfield Fellowship in 2019-2020.
It is an exciting time for the Museum, with the ongoing campus redevelopment culminating in the opening of the Nancy and Rich Kinder Building and the Lynn and Oscar Wyatt Theater in the mid-fall of 2020.
The Camfield Fellow will be asked to undertake research in preparation for film seasons spotlighting three distinct topics: the African Diaspora (responding to the 2020 FotoFest Biennial), Spanish cinema (complementing a spring 2020 exhibition at the MFAH), and films related to the centennial of the Women’s Suffrage Movement. This research will include working with the Museum’s Hirsch Library to expand its holdings on these subjects, using a multitude of reference sources to prepare a list of films for programming consideration, previewing and writing summaries of films, and preparing program notes for the films selected to be screened.
Throughout the year, the Fellow will contribute to the ongoing work flow in the department by providing assistance to the team which includes the Curator, Assistant Film Programmer and Community Outreach Coordinator. Among the responsibilities are previewing films submitted for general programming consideration, assisting at selected screenings in Brown Auditorium, organizing departmental files, and assignments related to the Circulating Collection of Films by Robert Frank. The Fellow will accompany staff to meetings with Museum and community colleagues, gaining an understanding of the film department’s role both within the institution and as a vital part of Houston’s film culture. Opportunities to attend films and film festivals elsewhere in Houston will also be offered to the Fellow.
The ideal candidate will possess an interest in filmmaking and cinema studies, strong writing skills, and experience completing assignments independently.
The Camfield Fellow will be assigned a work station in the curatorial offices of the Museum.
To apply: submit 1) a brief (1-2 page) statement expressing the applicant’s willingness to undertake the internship and how the Fellowship would enhance the applicant’s other studies at Rice, and career goals in the arts, 2) a CV, and 3) an unofficial transcript.
Deadline to apply: March 2020