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Margaret Powell Curatorial Fellow - Carnegie Museum of Art

Margaret Powell Curatorial Fellow - Carnegie Museum of Art

Carnegie Museum of Art creates experiences that connect people to art, ideas, and one another. We believe creativity is a defining human characteristic to which everyone should have access. CMOA collects, preserves, and presents artworks from around the world to inspire, sustain, and provoke discussion, and to engage and reflect multiple audiences.

The MARGARET POWELL CURATORIAL FELLOW at Carnegie Museum of Art (CMOA) aims to diversify the museum field and expand career pathways by introducing recent college graduates from historically underrepresented groups to a full spectrum of curatorial experiences at the museum. The Fellow will have the opportunity to be immersed in curatorial work and content areas, including Architecture, Decorative Arts & Design, Fine Arts, Modern & Contemporary Art, and/or Photography, depending on curatorial priorities and projects. The Fellow will interact with multiple museum departments, such as Collections, Development, Education, Exhibitions, Marketing, and Publications. 

Examples of project assignments include, but are not limited to:
 - Participate in exhibition development at the museum
 - Conduct research and writing on exhibitions or the collection
 - Assist with gallery ambassador and docent training on the collection and temporary exhibitions
 - Facilitate public-facing tours or art chats with visitors


The Margaret Powell Curatorial Fellowship at CMOA is intended specifically for recent undergraduates who demonstrate a passion for the arts and a strong inclination to pursue professional curatorial work in a museum setting. The two-year position is open to candidates from historically underrepresented groups in the museum field including, but not limited to, members of racial and/or ethnic minorities, those who are differently abled, or individuals from disadvantaged socioeconomic backgrounds. Candidates who have earned a baccalaureate degree within the past two years, preferably with a concentration in art, art history, visual culture or a museum-related field, may apply. In addition to having a strong academic record, candidates should be able to demonstrate the ability to manage multiple projects at once, with attention to  detail, adaptability, professionalism, and excellent communication skills. Proficiency in Microsoft Office programs, including Word, Excel, Access, Outlook, and PowerPoint, as well as with Internet-based research is expected, as is gaining familiarity with KE Emu, CMOA’s collection management system.

Starting in early 2020, the Fellowship is a paid, 24-month long commitment requiring 37.5 hours per week in the office. The Fellow will be compensated commensurate with salary at the CMOA Curatorial Assistant level, including benefits and professional development opportunities. The Fellowship is made possible through the generous support of the Arts, Equity, & Education Fund in Pittsburgh, PA.
TO APPLY:  Visit; Click Search Jobs; Locate Margaret Powell Curatorial Fellowship – Requisition #298; Click Apply, Complete application on-line following the below instructions.

Please submit he following materials:
1)  Resume/CV - Upload within your Candidate Profile/Application

2)  References - Include within your Candidate Profile/Application.  Please provide at least two academic/professional references and contact information.

3)  Cover Letter, to address the following:
 - What interests you about the Margaret Powell Curatorial Fellowship, and why are you
a good fit for the role?
 - What are your professional and/or scholarly goals, and how will your experience at
Carnegie Museum of Art help you achieve them?
 - Share an example of a time you brought a unique perspective to a project and/or discussion and describe the impact you had.
4)  Official Transcripts - Please provide official transcripts for your entire undergraduate career.

The Cover Letter and Transcripts should be submitted via email to - with the subject line - Margaret Powell Curatorial Fellowship 

About Margaret Powell
Margaret Powell (1975–2019) joined Carnegie Museum of Art in 2016 as the Curatorial Assistant in the Decorative Arts & Design department. A textile specialist, her Master’s thesis at the Smithsonian / Corcoran College of Art and Design uncovered the remarkable life story of African American fashion designer Ann Lowe—the granddaughter of an enslaved Alabama seamstress—who designed Jackie Kennedy’s wedding dress and operated her own salon on New York’s Madison Avenue. Margaret’s research led to multiple forthcoming projects on Ann Lowe, including a children’s book (Chronicle); a television biopic (Lifetime Channel), and the definitive biography (Simon & Schuster).

The following PA Act 153 clearances, or proof of application of clearances, are required beginning employment and as a condition of continued employment: 

Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance 

Pennsylvania State Police Criminal Record Check 

FBI Fingerprint Criminal Background Check 

Obtaining the required clearances is completed as part of the new hire process. 

Carnegie Museums is an Equal Opportunity-Affirmative Action Employer – Minorities / Females / Veterans / Individuals with Disabilities / Sexual Orientation / Gender Identity