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Fellowship at Smithsonian Institution

From: Tiarna Doherty <dohertyt<-at->
Date: Monday, June 4, 2012
Samuel H. Kress Fellowship in Objects Conservation
Smithsonian American Art Museum

The Lunder Conservation Center at the Smithsonian American Art
Museum is accepting applications for an Advanced Internship in
Objects Conservation which is funded by the Samuel H. Kress
Foundation, administered by the Foundation of the American Institute
for Conservation.  The Advanced Internship will focus on the
treatment of plaster sculpture. Plaster sculpture includes plaster
casts, plaster models and solid carved plaster. There are a total of
645 plaster objects by 110 artists in the collection of the
Smithsonian American Art Museum. Artists represented in the
collection include: George Segal, John Rogers, Edward Kemeys,
William Rimmer, George Gray Barnard, Gutzon Borglum, Jo Davidson,
Chaim Gross, J-A. Houdon, Gaston Lachaise, Marisol, Ferdinand
Pettrich, Augustus St. Gaudens, Hiram Powers and Alexander Calder.

Plaster casting has played a significant role in the history of art
and is part of major museum collections around the world.  The
Smithsonian American Art Museum is developing partnerships with
other museums in identifying the challenges and best protocol for
the conservation and restoration of plaster sculpture.

The conservator will be encouraged to pursue avenues of research
related to technical art history as well as aspects of conservation
theory and ethics related to conservation treatments. A primary
mission of the Lunder Conservation Center is to serve the
professional and public communities through outreach. The
conservator will actively participate with objects conservators and
Lunder programming staff in planning a professional outreach
activity related to their project(s). The conservator will also
participate in some of the routine activities of the objects
conservation department lab in order to prepare them for a museum
job in the future.

The Advanced Internship includes a stipend of $28,000.  The Advanced
Internship is to begin in September of October and run for a term of
12 months.  Candidates should have completed a masters-level degree
in conservation.

To apply, please submit a statement of interest, a c.v. and two
letters of recommendation by mail or email to

    Tiarna Doherty
    Chief of Conservation
    Lunder Conservation Center
    MRC 970 POBox 37012
    Washington DC 20013-7012

The deadline for application materials is June 22, 2012.

Interviews will be conducted by phone at the end of June 2012 with a
final decision anticipated by the middle of July 2012.

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