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 May and September 2019.

The 2019 Appel Curatorial Fellow will research the work of Julio daCunha (born 1929), assist with the development of the exhibition checklist, and write a scholarly essay for inclusion in the artists’ 2020 exhibition brochure. The show, scheduled February – June 2020, will survey the artist’s artistic development. Julio daCunha was born in Bogota, Colombia and following studies in Colombia and Mexico City, attended the University of Florida and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in architecture in 1952. He arrived in Delaware in 1956 to teach at the University of Delaware following the completion of his master of fine arts degree at Cranbrook Academy of Art. DaCunha served as department chair from 1966 to 1969 and taught until his retirement in 1994.

The artist has exhibited throughout the northeast and in his native Colombia under the surnames Acuna, Acuña, Acunha, and Da Cunha. Solo exhibitions of daCunha’s work have been held at Hardcastle’s and the Fifth Street Gallery in Wilmington, Delaware; at Zegri Gallery and Pleiades Gallery in New York; and at the Delaware Art Museum and the Delaware Contemporary. The artist places himself within the Spanish tradition and cites the influences of Arshile Gorky, Paul Klee, Pablo Picasso, Roberto Matta, and Francisco de Goya. During his decades-long career at the University of Delaware, daCunha influenced the fine art department and the generations of artists who studied within the program.

The exhibition will be assembled from the collections of the Delaware Art Museum, other public institutions, local corporations, and private individuals. The Appel Curatorial Fellow will work closely with Margaret Winslow, Curator of Contemporary Art.

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 two-month period of the Fellowship.

Important Dates:

The deadline to apply is March 1, 2019. Notification of the successful applicant will be announced by April 1, 2019. The chosen candidate will then be asked to provide a date for assuming the Fellowship by May 1, 2019. The Fellowship must be carried out between May 1, 2019 and September 30, 2019.

To Apply:

Applications for the 2019 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, We are committed to inclusivity and encourage qualified candidates from all cultures and communities to apply. Delaware Art Museum is an equal opportunity employer.