Opportunities

The Delaware Art Museum considers its employees among its greatest assets. The Museum provides an opportunity for employees to enrich and develop their love of the arts while contributing their specific skills and talents to the mission of the Museum.

Career opportunities in the Museum require all levels of training, experience, and education for positions in a wide range of areas. The Museum provides a generous benefits package, and is an equal opportunity employer.

See below for current opportunities at the Museum. If you would like to volunteer at the Delaware Art Museum, click here.

Collection Cataloger
Museum Store Associate
Alfred Appel, Jr. Curatorial Fellowship
Alfred Appel, Jr. Education Internship
Pre-Raphaelite Fellowship

Collection Cataloger

The Delaware Art Museum is conducting a partial inventory with associated rapid image photography of its John Sloan works on paper collection of approximately 3,000 objects. The Collection Cataloger will be part of a team of two employees that are executing the inventory.

This is a grant funded, term position starting no later than 8/1/2014, lasting until 10/1/2014.

The Collection Cataloger will report to the Collections Project Manager and will work with the Collection Technician – Photographer on the project. In addition, the Collection Cataloguer will work closely with other Delaware Art Museum staff, especially the registrars, preparators, and curators.

The Collection Cataloger will be responsible for: the safe handling and movement of works of art; confirming that works of art are cared for and housed according to museum best practices; creating and/or maintaining accurate electronic inventory records in museum’s collection management database; recording summary condition reporting; accurately labeling and/or tagging works of art and locations.

Position Requires:

  • BA or BFA required (museum studies, fine arts, art history or related discipline); MA in related field or MFA desired.
  • One to three years demonstrated art handling and object cataloguing experience in a museum, gallery, or special collections setting;
  • Collection management or museum registration experience preferred;
  • Basic computer skills required. Experience with relational databases and collection management database software (especially The Museum System) preferred;
  • Strong interpersonal skills; team-oriented
  • Attention to detail critical.

Must be able to:

  • stand or walk up to 2 hours at one time for 8 hours per day.
  • sit for less than 2 hours at one time.
  • lift or carry up to 75 pounds occasionally (less than 33% of the workday).
  • lift up to 75 pounds to waist height and up to 30 pounds in a range of motion from floor to overhead.
  • frequently use hands for simple grasping or pushing or pulling (34-66% of the workday)
  • occasionally squat, kneel, climb, reach overhead, lift overhead, kneel stand , push or pull forces up to 75 pounds (less than 33% of the work day)
  • frequently bend (34-66% of the work day)
  • possess ability to work at heights, full range of body motions and physical agility, and ability to maintain balance.

The salary is $28,000 annualized.  We offer a comprehensive benefits package. Deadline for applications is July 21, 2014.  Candidates should submit a letter of interest with resume to HR@delart.org.  The starting date is no later than August 1st, 2014.

A unique regional art museum, the Delaware Art Museum is located on an 11-acre site in the Brandywine Valley within easy driving distance of Philadelphia. It features an internationally renowned collection of British Pre-Raphaelite art, spectacular holdings of American painting, sculpture, and work on paper, with particular strengths in the art of John Sloan, the Ashcan School, Howard Pyle and American Illustration art. It includes site-specific installations by Dale Chihuly and James Turrell. With enhanced education programs and services such as a unique research library, an interactive gallery for young children, a café and an expanded store, the Museum serves a broad, diverse and growing community.

Museum Store Associate

The Delaware Art Museum has a part-time opening for Museum Store Associate.  Duties include:

  • Interact with guests in the store and finalize their sales;
  • Familiarity with merchandise and able to answer merchandise related questions about the Museum exhibitions and permanent collection;
  • Operate cash register and maintain POS system;
  • Answer phone inquiries;
  • Process mail orders and telephone orders in a timely fashion;
  • Receive incoming merchandise;
  • Maintain store’s appearance, including restocking and cleaning;
  • Assist in inventory;
  • Maintain operation of gallery in Manager’s absence;
  • Provide outstanding customer service;
  • Be able to handle problems and emergencies in a professional manner;
  • Back fill for front desk receptionist.

The hours are anticipated to be Sunday afternoons from 12-4 and Wednesdays from 10-2 as well as additional hours when needed for vacation relief etc.

We are seeking candidates with knowledge and/or experience in:

  • Retail sales;
  • Outgoing service orientation with visitors to the museum;
  • General office skills, and
  • Strong attention to detail.

Qualified candidates should send a cover letter and resume to HR@delart.org.

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ALFRED APPEL, JR. CURATORIAL FELLOWSHIP

The Delaware Art Museum is pleased to offer an annual Curatorial Fellowship. This two-month Fellowship is intended for graduate students working towards a Museum career. This Fellowship honors Alfred Appel, Jr., a leading scholar of American Studies and a collector of modern prints and photographs.

The focus of the Fellowship will change each year based on institutional need. The Fellowship requires two months of full-time work, or the equivalent in part-time hours. The timing of the Fellowship is flexible and can be carried out full-time or part-time, based on applicant and institutional commitments, but must be served consecutively.

In 2014–2015 the Appel Curatorial Fellow will research and plan an exhibition focused on John Sloan’s puzzle designs for thePhiladelphia Press. The Delaware Art Museum is home to nearly 3,000 works of art by American realist painter and illustrator John Sloan (1871–1951) and the John Sloan Manuscript Collection, which includes the artist’s diaries, letters, photographs, and personal library.

Between 1899 and 1910, each week the Press offered $10 to the first reader to solve a visual brainteaser conceived and designed by Sloan and published in the newspaper’s Sunday supplement. The puzzles are incredibly varied and imaginative—and truly challenging. The simplest require finding elements hidden in the picture, while others necessitate cutting and pasting or wetting the paper to reach a solution. The Delaware Art Museum owns two original drawings for these puzzles and more than one hundred published examples.

The Appel Curatorial Fellow will work closely with Heather Campbell Coyle, Curator of American Art, and Rachael DiEleuterio, Librarian, to plan an exhibition of these puzzles scheduled for the summer of 2015.
The focus of the 2014–15 Fellowship will be announced in Fall 2013.

Previous Fellow:

Jeffrey Richmond Moll (2013) - PhD Candidate, Art History, University of Delaware
The focus of the 2013 Fellowship was American art of the first half of the 20th century. Specifically, the Museum recently accessioned a series of drawings by the American artist Violet Oakley (1874–1961) relating to the Angel of Victory Triptych (1941) in the Museum’s permanent collection. (The Museum also owns significant archival documents relating to Oakley). The Fellow working  under the guidance of a Museum Curator developed an exhibition related to these materials. The exhibition opens February 8, 2014.

Receiving the Fellowship: 

A stipend of $3,500 is available for the Fellowship. The Fellowship is intended for those who are currently enrolled in an art history graduate program and are planning a Museum career. While the project may require off-site research, the fellow is expected to work on site regularly during the period of the Fellowship.

Important Dates:

The deadline to apply for the 2014 Fellowship is March 1, 2014. Notification of the successful applicant will be announced by April 1, 2014. The chosen candidate will then be asked to provide a date for assuming the Fellowship by May 1, 2014. The Fellowship must be carried out between April 30, 2014 and February 10, 2015.

To Apply:

Applications for the 2014 Appel Fellowship, including a cover letter, resume, and two letters of recommendation as an MS Word or PDF attachment may be emailed to Heather Campbell Coyle, Curator of American art at hcoyle@delart.org.

Click here for a PDF with the above information.

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ALFRED APPEL, JR. EDUCATION INTERNSHIP

The Delaware Art Museum’s Appel Education Internship is a summer internship intended for undergraduate students working toward an art education career. This internship honors the memory of Alfred Appel, Jr., professor emeritus of English at Northwestern University where he taught for more than 30 years.

During this internship, the successful candidate would be responsible for two main projects: 1.) working with the Museum’s Studio Programs Manager in overseeing the Museum’s Summer Art Camp program, which consists of four, two-week sessions; and 2.) developing, planning, and conducting creative lessons for the Museum’s summer outreach programs at libraries. In addition to these two projects, the intern would support Education Department staff as needed, helping to facilitate youth programs for children.

Ideal candidates will have strong organizational, customer service, communication and project-management skills, and be able to work in a collaborative environment; must also have a valid driver’s license and current auto insurance.

Receiving the Internship:

A stipend of $2,500 is available for the internship. The internship is intended for rising juniors or seniors, or 2014 graduates enrolled in an art education or elementary education undergraduate program. This is a full-time, summer internship. Dates will be coordinated with the successful candidate.

Important Dates:

The deadline to apply for the 2013 internship is March 1, 2014. Notification of the successful applicant will be announced by April 1, 2014. The internship must be carried out between June 2, 2014 and August 22, 2014.

To Apply:

For consideration, email a cover letter, resume, and one letter of recommendation as an MS Word or PDF attachment to Alfredo Franco, Director of Education, at afranco@delart.org.

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PRE-RAPHAELITE FELLOWSHIP

A Joint Fellowship from the University of Delaware Library and the Delaware Art Museum

The University of Delaware Library, in Newark, Delaware, and the Delaware Art Museum are pleased to offer a joint Fellowship in Pre-Raphaelite studies. This short-term, one-month Fellowship, awarded annually, is intended for scholars conducting significant research in the lives and works of the Pre-Raphaelites and their friends, associates, and followers.  Research of a wider scope, which considers the Pre-Raphaelite movement and related topics in relation to Victorian art and literature, and cultural or social history, will also be considered. Projects which provide new information or interpretation—dealing with unrecognized figures, women writers and artists, print culture, iconography, illustration, catalogues of artists’ works, or studies of specific objects—are particularly encouraged, as are those which take into account transatlantic relations between Britain and the United States.

Receiving the Fellowship:

The recipient will be expected to be in residence and to make use of the resources of both the Delaware Art Museum and the University of Delaware Library. The recipient may also take advantage of these institutions’ proximity to other collections, such as the Winterthur Museum and Library, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Princeton University Library, and the Bryn Mawr College Library. Each recipient is expected to participate in an informal colloquium on the subject of his or her research during the course of Fellowship residence.

Up to $3,000 is available for the one-month Fellowship. Housing may be provided. Personal transportation is recommended (but not mandatory) in order to fully utilize the resources of both institutions.

The Fellowship is intended for those who hold a Ph.D. or can demonstrate equivalent professional or academic experience. Applications from independent scholars and museum professionals are welcome. By arrangement with the Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT, scholars may apply to each institution for awards in the same year; every effort will be made to offer consecutive dates.

Previous Fellows:

Laura Kilbride (2013) – PhD candidate, St. John’s College, Cambridge University, English Faculty (Title of Fellowship: “The Pre-Raphaelite School of Poetry”)
Fellowship overview: In preparation for a Thesis on “Algernon Swinburne’s Style,” Ms. Kilbride’s work aims to resurrect Swinburne’s contribution, focusing on the relation between archaism and innovation in the work of Swinburne and Dante Gabriel Rossetti. She will integrate Swinburne’s work into the discussion of pre-Raphaelite literature in an effort to expand the definition of “pre-Raphaelite poetry.”

Kristin Mahoney (2012) – Assistant Professor of English, Western Washington University ( Title of Fellowship: “Old Guard/Avant-Garde: The Politics of Post-Victorian Aestheticism”)
Fellowship Overview:  Research for a chapter in a forthcoming book investigating the persistence of late-Victorian aestheticism in the early 20th-century, with a focus on figures such as Beerbohm who defiantly foregrounded their connections to the previous century in order to signal their dissatisfaction with e escalating militarism and aggression of the period.

Karen Yuen (2010) – Independent Scholar, Vancouver, Canada ( Title of Fellowship: “The Music of Dante Gabriel Rossetti”)
Fellowship Overview: Research towards a book project about the enigmatic relationship between Dante Gabriel Rossetti and music. The premise is that Rossetti not only thought deeply about music, but also saw music as intimately bound to his masculine identity – an identity that was often misunderstood by his critics.

Thad Logan (2009) – Department of English, Rice University ( Title of Fellowship: “Rossetti’s Things”)
Fellowship Overview: A study of material objects, research into the life and work of Dante Gabriel Rossetti, and investigations into the connections among various personalities and artifacts associated with the Pre-Raphaelite circle. This research will be published in a forthcoming book on the subject.

Dr. Colin Cruise (2008) – Research Lecturer, The School of Art, University of Aberystwyth, Wales (Title of Fellowship: “Pre-Raphaelite Drawing: Theories, Practices and Contexts”)
Fellowship Overview: Research towards an exhibition catalogue for an exhibition, Drawing Conclusions: Pre-Raphaelite Studies, Designs and Watercolours, organized by Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, England (2010), and guest curated by Dr. Cruise. The exhibition is based on the premise that the Pre-Raphaelites’ drawing style was intimately connected to their identity as artists and  enabled them to develop their pictorial ideas and communicate their beliefs.

About the Delaware Art Museum:

Founded in 1912, the Delaware Art Museum is home to the largest and most important collection of British Pre-Raphaelite art in the United States.  Assembled largely by the Wilmington industrialist, Samuel Bancroft, Jr., at the turn of the century (with significant subsequent additions), the collection includes paintings and drawings by all the major and minor Pre-Raphaelite artists, as well as decorative arts, prints, photographs, manuscripts, and rare books.  The Helen Farr Sloan Library & Archives, with a reference collection of 30,000 volumes, holds Samuel Bancroft’s papers and correspondence, a rich source for the history of collecting and provenance which also contains significant manuscript material by and about the Rossettis.

The Delaware Art Museum has an entire website devoted to the Bancroft Collection of Pre-Raphaelite Art. Click here to visit the Pre-Raphaelite website. The Helen Farr Sloan Library & Archives at the Delaware Art Museum houses the Samuel and Mary R. Bancroft Manuscript Collection. Click here to visit a finding aid for the Bancroft Manuscript Collection. 

About the University of Delaware Library:

The University of Delaware Library has broadly based and comprehensive collections—books, periodicals, electronic resources, microforms, government publications, databases, maps, manuscripts, media, and access to information via the Internet—which provide a major academic resource for the study of literature and art.  Many printed and manuscript items related to the Pre-Raphaelites and their associates are in the Special Collections Department, including major archives relating to the Victorian artist and writer, George Adolphus Storey, and to the bibliographer and forger, Thomas J. Wise.  The Mark Samuels Lasner Collection, associated with the Special Collections Department, focuses on British literature and art of the period 1850 to 1900, with an emphasis on the Pre-Raphaelites and on the writers and illustrators of the 1890s.  Its rich holdings comprise 5,000 first and other editions (including many signed and association copies), manuscripts, letters, works on paper (including drawings by Edward Burne-Jones and Dante Gabriel Rossetti), and ephemera.

To Apply:

Send a completed application form, together with a description of your research proposal (maximum 1 page) and a curriculum vitae or resume (maximum 2 pages) to the address given below. Letters of support from two scholars or other professionals familiar with you and your work are also required. These materials may also be sent via email to: fellowships@delart.org. 

Pre-Raphaelite Fellowship Committee
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE 19806

Application Form: Click here to download (PDF format)

Important Dates:

The deadline to apply for the 2014 Fellowship is November 1, 2013 Notification of the successful applicant will be announced byDecember 1, 2013. The chosen candidate will then be asked to provide a date for assuming the Fellowship by January 1, 2014.

If you have any questions or would like to request more information, please contact:

Margaretta S. Frederick
Pre-Raphaelite Fellowship Committee
Direct line: 302.351.8518
E-mail: fellowships@delart.org

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