This long-term fellowship position will give me the necessary skills to elevate Native art in broader art contexts. Since the projects I am working on are particularly directed toward that goal, this experience is invaluable.
- Rachel Allen (Nez Perce), Curatorial Mellon Fellow, 2017-18
2017-2018 Curatorial Mellon Fellow, Rachel Allen (Nez Perce). Photo Credit Bob Packert.
Between 2017 and 2018, PEM will incorporate two longer-term (9-12 month) appointments into the overall Fellowship program. Long-term Fellows receive additional experiential training and support for relevant scholarly research to enhance their qualifications for permanent hiring in the field.
Like summer Fellowship placements, Long-term Fellows are matched according to personal interests, professional development needs, and available projects. Long-term Fellows can expect to fully integrate into one of PEM’s many departments with duties comparable to those of full-time team members.
Unlike other post-grad, pre-doc, or post-doc fellowships, our Native American Long-term Fellowships provide 9-12 months of solid, real-world work experience succeeding as part of PEM's teams, researching and producing world class exhibitions, and providing other programmatic support.
Long-term Fellows are salaried full-time employees of PEM and eligible for the museum’s employee benefits program, including medical and dental.
An extended placement of 9-12-months in the PEM community offers Long-term Fellows the time to more fully realize the museum's resources, support, and network as they refine their strategic and creative thinking skills. Long-term Fellows provide support on smaller and larger-scale projects to senior staff, curators, and team members, working independently and collaboratively. Fellows have access to NAF summer experience workshops, supplemental field trips/museum events, and mentorship opportunities throughout their time, and serve as an additional fount for cultivating the spaces where indigenous voices can be expressed and heard in the field.
Leading the Way
Our first Long-term Fellow started in September 2017. Hired to assist collection curators on exhibition planning, implementation, and other curatorial projects as a member of the Exhibition Research and Publishing (ERP) team, the Long-term Fellow will help to manage a portfolio of specific curatorial projects while interacting across many PEM departments--Collection Services, Registration, Exhibition Planning, Interpretation, and Conservation--regarding project implementation.
To sign up for future notifications regarding Native American Long-term Fellowship opportunities at the PEM, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to join our recruitment list.