Native American Fellowship in Collections Preservation

The Midwest Art Conservation Center (MACC) is pleased to offer a Native American Fellowship in Collections Preservation. This is a 12-week, full-time position, to occur between September and December of 2019 (start date is flexible), with a stipend of $11,000.

MACC is a nonprofit regional center for art conservation based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. MACC provides comprehensive art conservation services in Paintings, Objects, Paper, and Textiles. The staff of twelve conservation professionals are collaborative, very collegial, and work innovatively with the curatorial and collection professionals at hundreds of non-profit collecting institutions including fine art museums, historical societies, universities, Native cultural centers, city governments, libraries, and archives. MACC is located within the Minneapolis Institute of Art.

The Fellow will work with MACC’s Senior Preventive Conservator and the Director of Preventive Conservation on a variety of activities including art handling, collection assessment, conservation documentation, collection database use and design, and technical research and writing. The Fellow will gain first-hand experience of evaluation techniques and approaches through participation in off-site general collection assessments. They will see real-time examples of a variety of institutions developing effective collections policies and long-range conservation plans while addressing common challenges such as space constraints, understaffing, and micro-budgets. The Fellow will be immersed in the activities of the regional art conservation center and will have the opportunity to converse with each of the conservators about their work. The goals of the program include contributing specialized skills and resources toward a tribal community and advancing the skills of an individual for an on-going or potential career in collection stewardship.

A successful applicant will demonstrate strong ties to a tribal community, as well as interest in a career in collections stewardship. Applications from Upper Midwest/Great Lakes/Northern Plains Native American community members; candidates with a college degree completed or in-progress; and mid-career professionals are particularly encouraged.

Application Deadline: 3/15/2019

To apply, please email or send a current resume, two letters of reference, and a personal statement describing how this experience will benefit you professionally and/or how you intend to use the skills learned for the benefit of a tribal community to:
Midwest Art Conservation Center
2400 3rd Ave South
Minneapolis, MN 55404

This Fellowship is made possible in part by grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.