Job Posting: Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship in Textile Conservation – Denver Art Museum (Denver, CO)

Denver Art Museum

Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship in Textile Conservation

The Denver Art Museum is inviting applications for a one-year, full-time, fellowship in the conservation of its textile collections. There is potential to renew for a second-year.  The museum continues to expand its exhibit, storage and working spaces dedicated to textiles and is poised to offer excellent, advanced-level training in textile conservation.
The scope of this fellowship will require working closely with several curatorial departments on objects of Western, Asian, Native Arts, Modern and Contemporary, and Decorative Arts origin and manufacture.  The fellow will perform examination and conservation treatment of museum objects as assigned. Assignments will vary according to museum and department priorities that reflect an active exhibition schedule.  Additional responsibilities will include review of objects for acquisition and loan purposes; assure accuracy and completeness of records and reports; and share general laboratory duties as assigned. The candidate must also have the ability to undertake research and willingness to participate in symposia, conferences, publications, as well as public programs in PreVIEW, a dedicated space for interpretation of textiles and conservation-related activities.
Successful completion of graduate-level conservation training, or equivalent is required at the time the position commences.  Preferred experience with aqueous treatment, stabilization techniques, dyeing of support fabrics, and preventive conservation methodologies including integrated pest management (IPM) practices.  High-level of manual dexterity, excellent color matching, and familiarity with hand tools and the basics of mount design and preparation are required.
The fellow will be supervised by the Associate Textile Conservator and report to the Director of Conservation. Sound work habits, personal initiative and organizational skills, excellent written and verbal communication abilities are essential. Candidate will uphold collegial and collaborative working relationships with conservation staff and other museum departments.
Applications will be accepted through 5 PM, April 3, 2015.  Please direct inquiries to Sarah Melching, Silber Director of Conservation, 720.865.5029,
Projected start is October, 2015. The museum offers a full benefit package.  Salary is $34,000 per year with $3,000 allocated for research and travel.
To apply, please submit a letter of application, resume and contact information for three references, plus three conservation treatment examples to:

Denver Art Museum
100 West 14th Avenue
Denver, CO 80204
Attn. HR