The Johnson Collection is seeking a currently enrolled graduate student in art history—ideally with an emphasis in twentieth-century American Art—to fill a research fellowship for the summer of 2018. Applicants should be intellectually curious, self-disciplined, and possess excellent research and writing skills. This eight-week position includes housing on a local college campus and a $2,400 stipend for the selected fellow, who will be announced later this spring.
Hailed by The Magazine Antiques with staging a “quiet art historical revolution” and expanding “the meaning of regional,” the collection offers an extensive survey of artistic activity in the American South from the late eighteenth century to the present day. The Johnson family is committed to creating a collection which captures and illuminates the rich history and diverse cultures of the region. By making masterworks from its holdings available for critical exhibitions and academic research, the collection hopes to advance interest in the dynamic role that the art of the South plays in the larger context of American art and to contribute to the canon of art historical literature. In May 2016, the collection received the Governor’s Elizabeth O’Neill Verner Award for the Arts, South Carolina’s highest honor in the field.
Fellowship responsibilities will center on comprehensive research related to the collection’s Black Mountain College holdings, which include works by Josef and Anni Albers, Ruth Asawa, Kenneth Noland, and Robert Rauschenberg, among others. A broad selection of these objects is showcased at the recently opened AC Hotel Spartanburg. Study may also extend to other Southern artists represented in the collection. Research will be conducted at the collection’s Spartanburg office using its library and curatorial resources. Research on each assigned artist must result in a brief written biographical/critical analysis suitable for publication (digital/print), as well as notes for future investigation.
30 hours per week over a period of eight weeks between mid-May and early August, 2017 (precise dates to be determined with appointed fellow; collection will be flexible).
Please submit cover letter, brief CV, and two letters of recommendation to Dr. Erin Corrales-Diaz, TJC curator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.