Mellon Undergraduate Curatorial Fellowship
The Andrew W. Mellon Undergraduate Curatorial Fellowship Program provides specialized training in the curatorial field for students across the United States from diverse backgrounds. The fellowship seeks to make a critical impact on American art museums by developing gifted curators who are committed to engaging with the full spectrum of museum audiences. This initiative is generously supported by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
In the current, five-year pilot phase (2013 - 2018), there are no additional Summer Academies being offered or fellowships being awarded. We plan to renew the program following an evaluation process, with the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation's continued support.
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Ai Wei WeiStudents discover how art can tell stories about different people, times, and places, and learn how the basic elements of art create a visual language. Art Tells a Tale encourages observation skills while enhancing vocabulary and oral-presentation skills. This tour is aligned with state content standards for history/social science for grades 2 and 4 and language arts for grades 2.
The Andrew W. Mellon Undergraduate Curatorial Fellowship Program takes place at five partnering institutions: the Art Institute of Chicago; the High Museum of Art, Atlanta; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; the Museum of Fine Arts Houston; and the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City.
The program is organized around two components: the Summer Academy and the Undergraduate Curatorial Fellowship Program.
The program is intended specifically for undergraduate students from historically underrepresented groups in the curatorial field. Students must be currently enrolled at a university, college or community college, and, if selected, able to commit to at least two years in the program prior to graduating.
Applicants should express an interest in art, art history, or the museum field. In addition to having a strong academic record, a candidate should be able to demonstrate, through areas of study, extracurricular activities, background or other experiences, how he or she will contribute to the program.
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Unframed: The Art of Costume and Textiles, Canan Cem, 2015-2017 Fellow
Unframed: The Invention of the New Curator, Hilary Walter, Coordinator of Curatorial Fellowships
Unframed: Exploring the Collection: Maya Then and Now, Lilia Taboada, 2014-16 Fellow
Unframed: LACMA Go, Audrey Min, 2015-2017 Fellow
Unframed: Students Co-Curate “Pop-Up” Exhibition at LACMA, Hilary Walter, Coordinator of Curatorial Fellowships
Unframed: Meet LACMA’s Andrew W. Mellon Undergraduate Curatorial Fellows, Chi-Young Kim
Unframed: National Convening of the Mellon Undergraduate Curatorial Fellows, Hilary Walter, Coordinator of Curatorial Fellowships
Unframed: 300 Words for LACMA, Nicolas Orozco-Valdivia, 2014-16 Fellow
Unframed: A Whirlwind Year in Prints and Drawings, Lilia Taboada, 2014-16 Fellow
Unframed: Summer Academy at LACMA, Hilary Walter, Coordinator of Curatorial Fellowships