William A. Camfield Fellowship

This Fellowship--originally created in July 2001 with the retirement of a beloved professor, past department Chair, and tireless advocate of the arts in Houston--supports student learning and curatorial training under the auspices of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. One undergraduate and one graduate fellow is selected for each academic year (September-May); each has the opportunity to work directly with a professional museum curator at the MFAH.

All graduate students and undergraduate students (excluding graduating seniors) of any major are welcome to apply.

Undergraduate students successfully awarded with the Camfield Fellowship will be required to enroll in three credits of HART 301 in both the fall and spring semesters during their museum internship. Graduate fellows will be required to enroll in three credits of HART 501 in the fall and spring semesters.

2024-25 Undergraduate William A. Camfield Fellowship Project Description

The Camfield Fellow would be a valuable member of the Modern and Contemporary Art department and will have the opportunity to work on two special exhibition projects at various stages of production. These projects include a solo exhibition of a Global Contemporary artist with a focus on sculpture that will be opening in Spring 2025, allowing the Camfield Fellow to participate in the final stages of a major exhibition. The other exhibition looks at an early 20th-century artist with a feminist perspective and will open at a later date. The Camfield Fellow will gain practical experience in museum work including (but not limited to) compiling research, drafting wall labels and interpretive text, and installation.

Supervisors: Alison Greene, Isabel Brown Wilson Curator, Department of Modern and Contemporary Art and Katie O'Hara, Curatorial Assistant, Modern & Contemporary Art

2024-25 Graduate William A. Camfield Fellowship Project Description

Under the supervision of the Associate Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, the Research Assistant will support curatorial work including proposed acquisitions, exhibitions, publications, and collections management. The successful candidate’s responsibilities will encompass exhibition support for a project scheduled for 2025. This position requires the ability to work in an encyclopedic museum while also working independently and collaboratively with various members of the department. Candidate will have the opportunity to further knowledge of African and African diasporic art and cultures as well as DEAI initiatives in museum environments. Position is structured on fostering a learning experience rooted in anti-racism methodologies for candidate interested in pursuing museum career.

Supervisor: Dr. Anita N. Bateman, Associate Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art

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: Applications closed for 2024

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