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Artist Call: 2012 Curatorial Fellow/Academic Specialist at the UCSD University Art Gallery

Application Deadline: 1-23-2012


The UCSD University Art Gallery (UAG) is pleased to invite applications for the 2012 Curatorial Fellowship Program. The University Art Gallery is committed to academic excellence and diversity within the faculty, staff, and student body. This unique program provides a paid fellowship for curators in the early stages of their careers (beginning Fall 2012). During this period the fellow will work with the UAG Director and Exhibition Manager to produce a series of exhibitions and programs for the University Art Gallery. The Fellowship program seeks to increase the diversity of the curatorial profession and more generally enhance the dialogue around diversity within contemporary curatorial practice. The Curatorial Fellow will participate in the intellectual and creative life of the UCSD Visual Arts department, one of the leading centers for research in contemporary art practice, history and theory in the United States.


The Visual Arts department houses a renowned MFA program along with a vibrant Ph.D.
program in Art History, Theory and Criticism with particular strengths in the study of modern and contemporary art. It is one of the only departments in the country to combine advanced graduate research in both art history and art practice in a single scholarly community. Fellows are also encouraged to establish relationships with students and faculty in Ethnic Studies, Critical Gender Studies, the Center for Iberian and Latin American Studies, the Cross-Cultural Center, and other campus units, as well as with the broader San Diego and Tijuana community. Applicants should have a strong interest in new or experimental approaches to curatorial practice, both within and beyond the gallery space. Successful candidates will demonstrate strong or potential accomplishments in areas contributing to diversity, equity and inclusion, and a desire to play a leadership role in advancing UC, San Diego’s commitment to achieving excellence and diversity.


Please apply online for the following open position:


University Art Gallery
University Art Gallery Curatorial Fellow/Academic Specialist (10-345)


Application materials
• CV
• Three letters of recommendation
• One sample of published writing
• A three-to-five page (1000-1500 word) statement of purpose outlining the applicant’s
past curatorial experience and future visions, as they relate to the UAG fellowship
• Documentation of past exhibitions and research (catalogs, reviews, etc.)
• A personal statement summarizing past or potential contributions to diversity


For further information please contact:
Grant Kester, Director, University Art Gallery:
Merete Kjaer, Exhibitions Manager, University Art Gallery:


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