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 offers a currently enrolled graduate student in art history—ideally with an emphasis in nineteenth- or early twentieth-century American art— a research fellowship every summer. APPLICATIONS FOR THIS YEAR HAVE CLOSED. 

 Applicants for this position should be intellectually curious, self-disciplined, and possess excellent research and writing skills. This fellowship will entail research and content development related to TJC’s broad holdings relating to the American South. The program is designed to support doctoral students who are in their mid-graduate studies; however, PhD students who have advanced to candidacy may apply. This eight-week position includes housing on a local college campus and a $4,000 stipend for the selected fellow.

Located in Spartanburg, South Carolina, The Johnson Collection (TJC) 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 artworks from its holdings available for critical exhibitions and academic research, TJC 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. More information about The Johnson Collection and its initiatives is available on its website.

Fellowship responsibilities will center on comprehensive research related to the collection’s nineteenth- and early twentieth-century holdings. Study may also extend to other time periods represented in the collection. Research will be conducted at TJC’s Spartanburg office using its library and curatorial resources. Expenses for any approved research-related travel will be covered by the collection. 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 2024 (precise dates to be determined with appointed fellow; TJC will be flexible). Applicants are welcome to contact the representative listed below for additional details.


Please submit a cover letter, brief CV, relevant writing sample, and two letters of recommendation to Sarah Tignor, Chief Operating Officer, at stignor@johnsondevelopment.net.



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.