Mellon Curatorial Fellow


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Williams College
Williamstown, MA 01267
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Established in 1793 with funds bequeathed by Colonel Ephraim Williams, the college is private, residential, and liberal arts, with graduate programs in the history of art and in development economics. The undergraduate enrollment is approximately 2,000 students.
Mellon Curatorial Fellow
Full Time
Bachelor's degree or equivalent

Mellon Curatorial Fellow

Williams Campus,Williamstown

The Williams College Museum of Art seeks a post-baccalaureate Mellon Curatorial Fellow. Reporting to the Deputy Director for Curatorial Affairs, this is a full-time, three-year term position designed to provide growth and development for an outstanding recent college graduate. The position offers in-depth curatorial and academic engagement experience and provides a professional bridge to long term museum careers for 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. Committed to racial equity in all that we do, 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 contribute the museum's efforts to diversify its collections, exhibitions, and programs to best reflect the curriculum and the student body. 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 as well as faculty and staff on campus and connected with MA students in the Williams Graduate Program in the History of Art.

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.

  • Participate actively in all aspects of a dynamic museum program
  • Support interdisciplinary curricular use of the museum's collections
  • Contribute to the ongoing assessment, refinement, strengthening, and interpretation of collections
  • Undertake research and planning for exhibitions and collection installations and develop associated publications

  • Bachelor's degree in art history, 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
  • 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 immediately, and continue until the position is filled. Pay range is from $52,000 to $59,000, commensurate with experience.

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. Decisions regarding appointments, promotions, and conditions of employment comply with applicable federal or state law prohibiting discrimination based on race, color, sex, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, ancestry, or military service.

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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