The Delaware Art Museum is a private, not-for-profit arts organization. It is supported by earned and contributed income and is not owned or controlled by the State of Delaware. The Museum is best known for its large collection of British Pre-Raphaelite art, works by Wilmington-native Howard Pyle and fellow American illustrators, and urban landscapes by John Sloan and his circle.
Mission Statement: The Delaware Art Museum connects people to art, offering an inclusive and essential community resource that through its collections, exhibitions, and programs generates creative energy that sustains, enriches, empowers, and inspires.
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.
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The Delaware Art Museum is strongly committed to diversity within its community and welcomes applications from minority group members, women, persons with disabilities and others who may contribute to the further diversification of its workforce. Delaware Art Museum is an equal opportunity employer.
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.
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Delaware Art Museum is currently seeking a part-time Curatorial Assistant to work closely with the Museum Curators and Registrars. This is an ideal entry level position for candidates interested in museum work and able to work 24 hours within the M-F workweek.
Responsibilities are primarily clerical and include correspondence; clearing rights and reproductions for temporary exhibitions; assisting with data entry to collections database (TMS); formatting and printing of labels for exhibitions; exhibition and permanent collection research; arranging travel for speakers and couriers; creation of PowerPoint presentations; and assisting as needed with art handling in storage and galleries.
- BA or BFA from an accredited college/university preferred.
- Excellent computer skills (MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint), including comfort with database work, are imperative.
- Attention to detail, team-oriented attitude.
- Prior art handling experience in a museum, gallery, or special collections setting is ideal, as is knowledge of artistic techniques and processes.
Qualified candidates should send a cover letter and resume to Human Resources at HR@delart.org. The position will remain open until filled.
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 changes 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, and must be served between April and September 2017.
The 2017 Appel Curatorial Fellow will assist in the planning and development of three exhibitions that focus on documenting the Civil Rights Movement. The trio of exhibitions will be on view in the summer of 2018 to mark the 50th anniversary of the riots and occupation of Wilmington, Delaware, in the wake of the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. The Museum will be hosting an exhibition of Danny Lyons’ photographs for the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (1963–64). A second exhibition features drawings of the Montgomery Bus Boycott (1956) by Harvey Dinnerstein and Burton Silverman. In addition, the museum is commissioning a contemporary artist to work with images of the 1968 riots in Wilmington.
The Appel Curatorial Fellow will work closely with Margaret Winslow, Curator of Contemporary Art, and Heather Campbell Coyle, Chief Curator and Curator of American Art.
Anna Wager (2016), Ph.D. candidate, University of Washington
In 2016 the Appel Curatorial Fellow assisted in the development of an exhibition entitled “The Cover Sells the Book”: Transformations in Commercial Book Publishing, 1860-1920 , (June 3-August 27, 2017) co-curated by Rachael DiEleuterio, Delaware Art Museum Librarian and Archivist, and Margaretta Frederick, Chief Curator and Annette Woolard-Provine Curator of the Bancroft Collection. The exhibition investigates the trans-Atlantic concept of ‘integrated design’ which occurred at the turn of the century in which working practices by fine press designers were translated to commercial book design.
Tiffany Barber (2015), PhD Candidate, University of Rochester
As the 2015 Appel Curatorial Fellow, Barber researched and planned an exhibition drawn from the University Museums’ African American art collection at the University of Delaware, inclusive of the Paul R. Jones Collection. Her exhibition, Dark Humor, explores the use of humor by contemporary artists to question the currency of cultural and racial stereotypes in the past and present. The show features paintings and prints produced between 1976 and 2003 by artists including Camille Billops, David Hammons, Barkley Hendricks, and Peter Williams. The exhibition will be on view from July through September 2016.
Margarita Karasoulas (2014), PhD student, Art History, University of Delaware
In 2014, the Appel Curatorial Fellow researched and planned an exhibition focused on John Sloan’s puzzle designs for the Philadelphia Press. Between 1899 and 1910, each week the Press offered $10 to its readers to solve a visual brainteaser conceived and designed by Sloan and published in the newspaper’s Sunday supplement. The Delaware Art Museum owns more than 100 examples of these imaginative puzzles, and Ms. Karasoulas selected about 20 diverse and difficult examples for an engaging display of Sloan’s visual wit. The exhibition will be on view from June 6 through September 6, 2015.
Jeffrey Richmond Moll (2013), PhD Candidate, Art History, University of Delaware
The focus of the 2013 Fellowship was a recently accessioned 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. Working under the guidance of chief curator Margaretta Frederick, Moll developed an exhibition that illuminated Oakley’s commission to create portable altar pieces for the Citizens Committee for the Army and Navy during World War II. The exhibition ran from February 8 through May 25, 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.
The deadline to apply is March 1, 2017. Notification of the successful applicant will be announced by April 1, 2017. The chosen candidate will then be asked to provide a date for assuming the Fellowship by May 1, 2017. The Fellowship must be carried out between April 30, 2017 and September 30, 2017.
Applications for the 2017 Appel Fellowship, including a cover letter, resume, and two letters of recommendation as an MS Word or PDF attachment may be emailed to Margaret Winslow, Curator of Contemporary Art, firstname.lastname@example.org.
ALFRED APPEL, JR. EDUCATION INTERNSHIP
The Delaware Art Museum’s Appel Education Internship is a summer internship intended for rising juniors and seniors, graduate students, or 2017 graduates interested in a career in art, education, or museum work. 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 will participate in several projects:
- Teaching creative lessons for the Museum’s summer outreach program at libraries and Wilmington city parks.
- Facilitating family experiences during Kids’ Corner Creativity Hours on select Sundays, 12-3 p.m., and evaluating visitors in Kids’ Corner periodically.
- Developing educational public programming for families.
- Assisting with weekly art activity preparation and studio cleanup.
Ideal candidates will have strong organizational, customer service, communication and project-management skills, and be able to work in a collaborative environment. Experience working with children preferred.
Local candidates are highly desirable and encouraged to apply as this internship may lead to future opportunities assisting the Education department on a part-time, contracted basis during the following year.
The intern must have a valid driver’s license and current auto insurance. The intern must have a flexible schedule and be available for evening and weekend work.
Receiving the Internship:
A stipend of $2,500 is available for the internship. This is a full-time, summer internship. Dates will be coordinated with the successful candidate.
The deadline to apply for the 2016 internship is February 27, 2017. Notification of the successful applicant will be announced by April 17, 2017. The internship is 11 weeks in length; start date flexible.
For consideration, please email a cover letter, resume, and one letter of recommendation as an MS Word or PDF attachment to Eliza Jarvis, School and Outreach Programs Manager, at email@example.com .
Candidates with qualifications that fit the needs of the Education department will be contacted and asked to provide a sample art lesson plan.
Amy P. Goldman Fellowship in Pre-Raphaelite Studies
The University of Delaware Library, in Newark, Delaware, and the Delaware Art Museum are pleased to offer a joint Fellowship in Pre-Raphaelite studies, funded by the Amy P. Goldman Foundation. This 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. Applicants, whose research specifically utilizes holdings of the University of Delaware Library, the Mark Samuels Lasner Collection, the Delaware Art Museum, and the Helen Farr Sloan Library and Archives, are preferred.
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.
A stipend of $3,000 is available for the one-month Fellowship. Housing will 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.
Heather Bozant Witcher (2016) — PhD candidate, English Department, Saint Louis University. (Title of Fellowship: The Ideal Collaborative Process of the Pre-Raphaelites)
Fellowship overview: The project looks specifically at the collaboration between individuals such as Mary and Percy Shelley, Christina and Dante Gabriel Rossetti, and Katharine Bradley and Edith Cooper (together known under the pseudonym Michael Field); and within the aesthetic press movement: Kelmscott Press, Vale Press, and Hogarth Press, with the supposition that collaboration becomes a means of artistic construction and a lived experience of communal relations.
Nancy Rose Marshall (2015) — Professor of Art History, University of Wisconsin – Madison. (Title of Fellowship: Dante Gabriel Rossetti monograph)
Fellowship overview: Research towards completion of a monograph on Dante Gabriel Rossetti, a commissioned project with Phaidon Press. Unlike many studies that examine Rossetti in isolation from mainstream Victorian culture, this book places him in specific social–historical contexts. Marshall contends Rossetti was asking the same philosophical questions as many of the most prominent thinkers of his day concerning the definitions of love, passion, flesh, matter and the existence of the soul.
Natasha Moore (2014) — Most recently Visiting Research Fellow in the School of Letters, Art and Media at the University of Sydney, Australia. (Title of Fellowship: The Literary Life and Times of William Allingham)
Fellowship Overview: Research for her biography, The Literary Life and Times of William Allingham. Nineteenth-century Anglo-Irish poet and man of letters closely associated with the Pre-Raphaelites. Allingham was a diarist, correspondent, critic, magazine editor, intimate friend to such eminent Victorians as Alfred Lord Tennyson and Thomas Carlyle, and husband to illustrator and water-colorist Helen.
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Pre-Raphaelite Fellowship Committee
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE 19806
Click here to download application form. (PDF format)
The deadline to apply for the 2017 Fellowship is November 1, 2016. Notification of the successful applicant will be announced by December 1, 2016. The chosen candidate will then be asked to provide a date for assuming the Fellowship by January 1, 2017.
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