Equipping a New Generation of
Southern Scholars

The chronicle of the South’s visual and material culture is a relatively young field of formal study. By engaging college students on the topic and by encouraging post-graduates pursuing advanced degrees, the collection hopes to cultivate the next class of Southern historians.

Summer Graduate Fellowship

The Johnson Collection is seeking a currently enrolled graduate student in art Kayla_1.jpghistory—ideally with an emphasis in nineteenth- and/or twentieth-century American art—to fill a research fellowship for the summer of 2021. Applicants should be intellectually curious, self-disciplined, and possess excellent writing skills. This eight-week position includes housing on a local college campus and a $2,400 stipend for the selected fellow.

Fellowship responsibilities will center on comprehensive research related to the collection’s extensive holdings. 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. This post requires thirty hours per week over a period of eight weeks between mid-May and early August, 2021 (precise dates to be determined with appointed fellow; collection will be flexible). Applicants are welcome to reach out to the contact listed below, Sarah Tignor, for TJC’s Covid-19 office safety protocols including CDC-recommended best practices for social distancing in an office environment. 

Please submit cover letter, brief CV, two letters of recommendation, and writing sample to Sarah Tignor. Application deadline is April 1, 2021.



Undergraduate Internships

In support of Spartanburg’s designation as a “College Town, USA” and in accord with the Johnson family’s strong commitment to education, the Johnson Collection currently offers two competitive, comprehensive internships to students at Converse College and Wofford College each academic year. Open to senior art history majors with a grade point average of 3.0 or higher with an interest in employment or advanced study in the field, these semester-long placements offer selected students the opportunity to advance research and curatorial skills.