Andrew W. Mellon “Cultures of Conservation” Fellowship

About: Two one-year fellowships funded by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation designed to help bridge the gap between objects as studied by conservators and objects as studied by academics in the human sciences (Art History, History, Archaeology, Anthropology).  The fellowship is part of “Cultures of Conservation,” an initiative designed to model a new graduate curriculum at the BGC.

The five years of the grant (2012-17) will see the development of new courses, new seminars and new research and teaching positions all of which aim to bring the knowledge created by conservators into the intellectual apparatus of humanities graduate students and professors. 

The Mellon Fellowships will pair an emerging humanities-trained scholar to an ongoing or new museum-based conservation project. Partner institutions include The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, American Museum of Natural History and Brooklyn Museum. Each of them has proposed a project on which they will host the Fellow and integrate them into a team- or pair-based conservation initiative.  Candidates will be judged on the merits and fitness of the proposed research. Fellows must have at least a Master’s degree, and preference will be given to emerging scholars. The Fellows will move back and forth between the museum and the BGC, where they will receive an office and be integrated into the intellectual life of the institution.  

Information about applying: The next application period for the “Cultures of Conservations" Fellowship will be in the fall of 2014.

Current and past fellows include:

Gabrielle Berlinger (Fall 2013-Summer 2015)
Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, Cultures of Conservation

Hanna Hölling (Fall 2013-Summer 2015)
Andrew W. Mellon Visiting Professor, Cultures of Conservation

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