Smithsonian American Art Museum Fellowships

From Amelia Goerlitz to CAH-Clients:

The Smithsonian American Art Museum announces the appointment of 18 new fellows for the 2010–2011 academic year. The museum’s program grants awards for scholars and students to pursue research at the museum, including senior, predoctoral and postdoctoral fellowships.

The 2010–2011 museum fellows are:

• Prudence Ahrens—Terra Foundation for American Art Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Queensland; “Travelling Modernisms: American Art and the South Pacific”

• Lacey Baradel—Wyeth Foundation Predoctoral Fellow, University of Pennsylvania; “Destabilizing American Regional Identities: The Slippery Signification and Interpretation of Place in the Visual Arts”

• Maggie Cao—Predoctoral Fellow, Harvard University; “Landscape Interrupted: The Emergence of Zoological Agency in Nineteenth-Century American Art”

• Bridget Gilman—Sara Roby Predoctoral Fellow in Twentieth-Century American Realism, University of Michigan; “Re-envisioning Everyday Spaces: Photorealist Painting in the San Francisco Bay Area, 1960–Present”

• Camara Holloway—Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Delaware; “Shadowing the Light: Race, Photography, and the Modernist Persona in America”

• Elizabeth Lee—Senior Fellow, Dickinson College; “Therapeutic Culture: Health and Illness in Turn-of-the-Century American Art”

• Sara Beth Levavy—Predoctoral Fellow, Stanford University; “Immediate Mediation: A Narrative of the Newsreel and the Film”

• Elizabeth McGoey—Predoctoral Fellow, Indiana University; “Staging Modern Domesticity: Art and Constructed Interior Displays in America, 1925–40”

• Emily Moore—Predoctoral Fellow, University of California, Berkeley; “Indian Art of the New Deal, Indians in New Deal Art”

• Márton Orosz—Terra Foundation for American Art Predoctoral Fellow, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest; “György Kepes: His Period and Contacts within the United States in the Post–War Art”

• Gisela Parak—Terra Foundation for American Art Postdoctoral Fellow, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich; “Landscape Narratives: German and American Photographs in Comparison, 1850–1933”

• Austin Porter—Sara Roby Predoctoral Fellow in Twentieth-Century American Realism, Boston University; “Paper Bullets: The Visual Culture of American World War II Print Propaganda”

• Breanne Robertson—Douglass Foundation Predoctoral Fellow, University of Maryland; “Forging a New World Nationalism: Ancient Mexico in United States Art and Visual Culture, 1933–45”

• Susanne Scharf—Terra Foundation for American Art Predoctoral Fellow, Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main; “Art with an Agenda: Hugo Reisinger as Promoter of Transnational Cultural Exchange in the Early Twentieth Century”

• Hélène Valance—Terra Foundation for American Art Predoctoral Fellow, Université Paris VII- Diderot; “Nocturnes in American Painting, 1890–1917”

• Jennifer Way—Terra Foundation for American Art Senior Fellow, University of North Texas; “Politics of the Handmade: The Significance of Southeast Asian Handicraft for America, circa 1955–61”

• Amy Werbel—Senior Fellow, Saint Michael’s College; “American Visual Culture during the Reign of Anthony Comstock, 1872–1915”

• Mary Wood—Patricia and Phillip Frost Predoctoral Fellow, University of Delaware; “Benjamin West’s Nelson Memorial: Neoclassical Sculpture and the Atlantic World circa 1812”

Other Smithsonian Appointments in American Art

• Meredith Brown—Predoctoral Fellow (at Archives of American Art), The Courtauld Institute of Art; “Feminist Spaces, Politics, and Programs: The Impact of A.I.R. Gallery on the Feminist and Alternative Art Movements in 1970s America”

• Mazie Harris—Predoctoral Fellow (at National Portrait Gallery), Brown University; “Photographic Portraiture and Patents in New York between 1850–80”

• Kim Sels—Predoctoral Fellow (at National Portrait Gallery), Rutgers University; “Assembling Identity: The Object-Portrait in American Art, 1917–27”

Since 1970, the museum has hosted more than 360 fellows who now occupy positions in academic and cultural institutions across the United States. Fellowship opportunities available at the Smithsonian American Art Museum include the Terra Foundation for American Art Fellowships for the cross-cultural study of art of the United States; the Patricia and Phillip Frost Fellowship for research in American art and visual culture; the Wyeth Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship for the study of the traditions of American art; the Sara Roby Fellowship in Twentieth-Century American Realism; the Douglass Foundation Fellowship in American Art; the Joshua C. Taylor Fellowship; and the James Renwick Fellowship in American Craft. The museum also hosts fellows supported by the Smithsonian’s general fellowship fund.

Research resources at the museum include extensive photographic collections documenting American art and artists and unparalleled art-research databases. An estimated 180,000-volume library specializing in American art, history and biography is shared with the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery. An active publications program of books, catalogs and the critically acclaimed journal American Art complements the museum’s exhibitions and educational programs. To request a brochure with information about museum fellowships, call (202) 633-8353 or write to The deadline for applications is Jan. 15, 2011.