Post Graduate Fellowship in Objects Conservation (Minneapolis, MN, USA)

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The Midwest Art Conservation Center (MACC) in Minneapolis, Minnesota seeks applicants for a one-year post-graduate fellowship in Objects Conservation beginning in the fall of 2018.

MACC is a nonprofit regional center providing comprehensive conservation services in Paintings, Objects, Paper, and Textiles. The staff of nine conservators and two Preservation Services staff are collaborative, very collegial, and work innovatively with the curatorial and collection professionals at hundreds of non-profit collecting institutions including fine art museums, historical societies, universities, Native cultural centers, city governments, libraries, archives, and the public. MACC laboratories are located within the Minneapolis Institute of Art.

As an active member of the Objects Lab, the fellow will work alongside conservators to design and complete in-depth assessments and conservation treatments for three-dimensional objects of various material types. The focus of work is highly variable at MACC, providing the fellow opportunities to work with historical and mixed collections, ethnographic objects, decorative arts, large-scale outdoor sculpture, and modern and contemporary artworks. S/he will travel as needed to assist with off-site survey and treatment projects in the Midwest. In addition, the fellow will develop protocols and operating procedures for new analytical equipment at MACC including x-radiography, photo microscopy, and infrared photography.

Preventive conservation is integral to the work of MACC conservators. The fellow will provide preventive recommendations for objects, assisting with client consultations via phone, email and in-person. S/he will carry out loan examinations and will assist with exhibition-related activities, laboratory maintenance, and public outreach.

The fellowship includes a $40,000 stipend with benefits (medical, dental, continuing education). The fall start and end dates are flexible and can be discussed at the time of an interview. The position is open to US citizens (or with legal eligibility to work in the US) that are recent graduates of a recognized conservation training program.

Application materials must be received by July 8, 2018. After a preliminary selection, final candidates may be invited for an interview. A portfolio and presentation of conservation treatments and research should be presented by the candidate at the interview.

For consideration, please submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and three references to:

Colin Turner, Executive Director
Midwest Art Conservation Center
2400 3rd Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55404
Tel: 612.870.3148