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Mellon Curatorial Fellow

Williams College
Williamstown, Massachusetts
Closing date
Jun 2, 2024

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Position Type
Archivist / Curator / Librarian
Full Time
Organization Type
Opening Details

The Williams College Museum of Art seeks a Mellon Curatorial Fellow. Reporting to the Eugénie Prendergast Senior Curator of American and European Art, this is a full-time, three-year term position designed to provide growth and development for an outstanding emerging museum professional. The position offers in-depth curatorial and academic engagement experience and provides a professional bridge to long term museum careers to individuals from groups under-represented in the museum field.

The Mellon Fellow will serve as a critical member of an ambitious and collaborative curatorial and engagement team within a remarkable museum and college environment. The Williams College Museum of Art makes dynamic art experiences to inspire new thinking about art, museums, and the world-and it does so from within the nation's top- ranked liberal arts college. A vibrant center for the arts at Williams, the Museum embodies the liberal arts' ability to catalyze both creative and critical thinking. It is a vital hub for deep student learning and participation; for taking risks and testing creative, future forms of scholarship and teaching; and for boldly affirming the relevance of the history of art and the arts broadly. Visit our website:

The museum is dedicated to providing a robust experience for an emerging curator. The Fellow will participate in the full range of curatorial activities and contributes the museum's efforts to diversify its collections, exhibitions, and programs to best reflect the curriculum and the student body. The Fellow will focus on a comprehensive assessment of WCMA's collection, which will include advanced research into artists and provenance; examination of objects; the opportunity to work closely with conservators at the Williamstown Art Conservation Center as well as consulting curators and faculty; and an understanding of the theory and practice of deaccessioning and repatriation. This in-depth experience will ensure that the Fellow is mentored by all museum staff, including the deputy director for curatorial affairs, curators, engagement staff, and the museum director.

Williams College is committed to enriching its educational experience and its culture through the diversity of its faculty and staff. The Mellon Fellow serves as an essential partner in developing a genuinely inclusive museum for the college and as a model for the field.

This position requires fully in-person work. Remote work arrangements will not be available at this time.

  • Contribute to the ongoing assessment, refinement, and strengthening of collections
  • Undertake research on the collections and manage collection data.
  • Undertake research and planning for exhibitions and acquisitions.
  • Participate actively in all aspects of a dynamic museum program

  • Master's degree in art history, material culture, cultural/global studies, visual anthropology or related field.
  • Deep interest in visual art and museum practice.
  • Broad intellectual interests and commitment to art, learning, and the public
  • Excellent communication skills, including verbal, written and visual presentation skills
  • Experience working with objects in museums or the art market, and knowledge of TMS and/or Airtable preferred.
  • A commitment to working as part of a collegial, dynamic team and to forming partnerships in the particular environment of a small liberal arts college

Review of applications will begin on October 17, 2023 and continue until the position is filled. Pay range is from $52,000 to $59,000, commensurate with experience. Job Band 3-C. To apply for this position, please visit If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us via phone at (413) 597-4247 or email at

Conditions of Employment

Employment at Williams is contingent on the verification of background information submitted by the applicant, including the completion of a criminal record check, and education when applicable.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Beyond meeting fully its legal obligations for non-discrimination, Williams College is committed to building a diverse and inclusive community where members from all backgrounds can live, learn and thrive. As part of this commitment, we will ensure that persons with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodations. If reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the job application or interview process please feel free to contact us via phone at (413) 597-2681 or email at

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