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 Latin American Art department, please see below. For more information about the Graduate William A. Camfield Fellowship with a focus in Islamic art, please contact the department at email@example.com.
The Museum’s Latin American Art department, part of the curatorial department, looks forward to working with an enthusiastic Rice undergraduate student through the Camfield Fellowship in 2020-2021.
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 Fall 2020.
The Camfield Fellow will be asked to prepare for upcoming exhibitions and will gain hands-on experience with preparing and coordinating upcoming installations of the Kinder Building. Responsibilities include gathering research on artists and objects; working with various departments, such as Conservation, Publications, Design, and Preparations; writing and placing chat and tombstone labels; working with the installation maquette to determine the layout of objects; and implementation of exhibition programming and artist events. The Fellow will gain an in-depth knowledge of the Latin American Art through researching and writing about objects in the collection, updating and organizing object and artist files, and gathering exhibition history, provenance, and other information for the Collections website.
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 and Assistant Curator. The projects described above will provide the Fellow with the opportunity to expand his/her knowledge of Latin American Art and contemporary issues facing the field, gain insight into exhibition development and the logistical management of exhibition installation, and understand day-to-day operations in a curatorial department. The Fellow will also work with The Museum System (TMS) to update and standardize collection information.
The ideal candidate will possess knowledge of Latin American Art from 1900 to the present in addition to having an understanding of twentieth century and contemporary art. Proficiency in Spanish and/or Portuguese is desirable.
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.
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Deadline to apply: Ended for 2020