Fellowships at LACMA support the development and training of future museum leaders. The diversification of our programming, collection, audience, staff, and leadership is a major priority for the museum. Through ladder programs for museum leadership roles, LACMA is dedicated to fostering inclusive cultures that reflect the communities we serve.
Mellon Summer Academy and Undergraduate Curatorial Fellowship Program
The Andrew W. Mellon Undergraduate Curatorial Fellowship Program provides specialized training in the curatorial field to students across the United States from historically underrepresented groups in the curatorial field who support the goal of promoting inclusive, pluralistic museums. The fellowship seeks to make a critical impact on American art museums by developing gifted curators who are committed to engaging the full spectrum of museum audiences. The Program occurs at six 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; the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City; and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. This initiative is generously supported by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
How To Apply
The program is organized around two components: the Mellon Summer Academy, and the Mellon Undergraduate Curatorial Fellowship. Students must first apply to a Summer Academy. Summer Academies are one-week immersion programs designed to provide a rich experience in the museum environment and expose participants to career options related to art and art history. Each Summer Academy includes workshops, tours, field trips and networking events with museum professionals. Fifteen students will be selected to participate the Summer Academy offered in 2020. Upon the completion of each Summer Academy, students submit supplemental information for fellowship consideration. Two participants will be awarded multi-year fellowships at the museum.
Undergraduate students from historically underrepresented groups in the curatorial field who support the goal of promoting inclusive, pluralistic museums are encouraged to apply. Students must be currently enrolled at a university, college or community college, and, if selected, able to commit to 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, or other experiences, how they will contribute to the program.
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LACMA Emerging Art Professionals (LEAP) Fellowships
The LACMA Emerging Art Professionals (LEAP) Fellowship provides specialized training in museum leadership roles. The fellowship aims to enrich the diversity of the museum field by exposing recent college graduates from historically underrepresented groups in museum leadership to a variety of experiences at LACMA. The two LEAP Fellows will have the opportunity to work either with the Director or the Head of Curatorial and Planning. The fellowship will also include projects in multiple museum departments, such as Communications, Conservation, Curatorial, Development, Education, Exhibition Design, Finance, Marketing, and Registration. The LEAP Fellowship is a paid (with benefits and a travel allowance), one-year commitment, with the possibility of a renewable second year. This opportunity is made possible, in part, through the Diversifying Art Museum Leadership Initiative, funded by the Walton Family Foundation and the Ford Foundation.
The program is intended specifically for recent undergraduates from historically underrepresented groups in museum leadership. Candidates should have earned a baccalaureate degree within the past two years, preferably with a concentration in art, art history, visual culture or a museum-related field. In addition to having a strong academic record, candidates should be able to demonstrate mastery in managing multiple projects at once, with attention to detail, adaptability, and professionalism.
Please direct questions to LEAPfellowship@lacma.org