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Ralph M. Parsons Curatorial Fellowships

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) is offering (2) Ralph M. Parsons Curatorial Fellowships in the Wallis Annenberg Photography Department. The Parsons Fellows will provide general assistance to the Curator and the Department Head, as well as the Associate Curator, while also conducting scholarly research in connection with the permanent collection and related projects in the Photography Department, which includes over 13,000 works. The Parsons Fellowships support professional development, with opportunities to gain significant curatorial experience specific to photography, and to acquire a broad understanding of museum practices through cross-departmental activity. Within the context of departmental priorities, the Fellows will conduct scholarly research on areas of the permanent collection in his/her area of specialization and will equally be encouraged to develop familiarity with works outside of his/her field of expertise. Areas of potential focus include, but are not limited to: California photography, Japanese photography, and Contemporary photography. In addition to permanent collection activities, each Fellow will also be engaged in a variety of duties relating to the internal organization of special exhibitions. Both Fellows will be fully integrated into the curatorial department, and will participate in projects pertaining to collection care and conservation, cataloguing, on-line access, acquisitions, programming, outreach and publications.

The qualified candidate will have a Master’s degree in art history, though a Ph.D. is preferred. Prior museum experience, ideally involving photography, is preferred.  Excellent writing and public speaking skills, together with a strong interest in the acquisition, interpretation, care and display of works of art are essential, as is the ability to work collaboratively. The goal of the Fellowships is to provide opportunities for talented scholars committed to the museum profession.
The period of each Fellowship is one year, both are salaried with benefits; one position will be 5 days per week and is open for immediate hiring,  the other 4 days per week and commences July 1. Applicants should submit a cover letter that addresses interest in either Fellowship, a curriculum vitae, references, and a statement (3 page maximum) of the applicant’s past and future research interests. Submissions will be accepted through June 1, 2011.

Application details can be found on this link here. Good luck!

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