SIXTH CLASS OF THE ANDREW W. MELLON UNDERGRADUATE CURATORIAL FELLOWS ANNOUNCED BY SIX MAJOR U.S. MUSEUMS
(Los Angeles—November 2, 2021) The Art Institute of Chicago, the High Museum of Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH), The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art are pleased to announce the 2021–22 class of fellows designated for The Andrew W. Mellon Undergraduate Curatorial Fellowship Program. The fellowship returns after a one-year postponement due to the pandemic. As a result, the program, which normally takes place over two years, has been temporarily adjusted to host one-year fellowships that will accommodate more students in 2021–22. The fellowship provides specialized training to students across the United States from historically underrepresented groups in the curatorial field and supports the goal of promoting inclusive, pluralistic museums. The students began their fellowships this fall. More information about the need for a diverse educational pipeline into the curatorial field is available in the 2018 Art Museum Staff Demographic Survey.
Fellows participate in The Andrew W. Mellon Undergraduate Curatorial Fellowship Program during their undergraduate career, with the goal of continuing their education through graduate work. The fellowship provides students with hands-on experience in a museum setting, assisting curators and staff on exhibitions, collections, and programs. Fellows are matched with a curatorial mentor at each museum who works to enrich the academic experience and to increase exposure to the museum context while broadening a fellow’s understanding of art and art history. Fellowships include regular engagement during the academic school year followed by full-time engagement over the summer.