One of the MFA’s largest permanent collections, the Art of the Americas department holdings represent painting, sculpture, and decorative arts from North, Central and South America. Curators and staff in the department are responsible for studying, interpreting, maintaining, and augmenting these collections in collaboration with other departments throughout the Museum. Responsibilities of department members include: selecting, interpreting, and coordinating installations in the permanent collection galleries; organizing special exhibitions; researching the collection; and arranging for loans to other institutions.
The department is currently seeking a graduate level intern to assist with preparations for a forthcoming exhibition about painter and teacher William Merritt Chase. This is an unpaid position, working under the Art of the Americas Paintings Curators. It offers an opportunity to gain invaluable practical experience by learning first-hand about museum work and contributing to the research and organization of a major traveling show.
• Assist in performing research and administrative tasks in support of the exhibition
• Enrollment in a recognized graduate level art history program, or recent graduation from an M.A. or Ph.D. program
• Demonstrated written and communication skills
• *Submission of writing sample of no more than 500 words, with professor’s comments
• Knowledge of American paintings – especially late 19th century paintings
• Proven library and archival research experience
• Familiarity with computer databases
• Careful attention to detail and organizational skills
• Facility in a foreign language is helpful
• Ability to commit 10-15 hours per week for at least 12 weeks (through mid August)
• Ability to attend orientation on either Tues, May 27 (9:30 am-12 pm) or Tues, June 10 (9:30 am-12 pm)