Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Fellowship Announcement: Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit

The Museum of Contemporary Arts Detroit (MOCAD) is excited to announce a new initiative, the Curatorial Fellowship. For recent graduates and those in the process of earning a graduate degree in Art History or a related field, with emphasis on modern or contemporary art, the Fellowship is open to all applicants with a specific goal of diversifying programming and shaping the artistic vision of MOCAD.

The Fellows are required to reside in Detroit during the duration of the Fellowship. They must reside within the city limits by the beginning of their fellowship and maintain residency within Detroit for the entire duration. Fellows are encouraged to have personal transportation as Detroit is a large city, and the majority of areas are without convenient access to public transportation.

The Curatorial Fellowship position will cross into all departments at MOCAD and will be centered in the Exhibitions Department. The Fellows will report directly to Executive Director Elysia Borowy Reeder, with extensive professional development mentoring from Jens Hoffmann, Suzanne Feld Hilberry Senior Curator at Large, and Zeb Smith, Exhibitions Manager.

As a portion of the application process applicants should propose a reimagining of the DETROIT CITY series at MOCAD that would continue to showcase local artists while building emphasis on diverse perspectives within contemporary art on the local and global level.

Fellows will have the opportunity to participate in all phases of exhibition development, including research; checklist development; studio visits; lender and artist relations; publication rights and reproductions; writing texts for didactics, blogs, and the member magazine; floor plan development; installation; and development of public programs related to exhibitions. Fellows will also assist with other departmental needs including exhibitions research, preparation for presentations, leading tours, and donor relations.

MOCAD sees the Curatorial Fellowship as core to the mission of the Museum, which is to be a place where adventurous minds encounter the best in contemporary visual, literary, music, and performing arts. A responsive center for diverse audiences, MOCAD presents art that contextualizes, interprets, educates and expands culture, pushing us to the edges of contemporary experience. A long term goal of the fellowship program is for future alumni to go on to obtain prominent roles within museums throughout the world.

The Curatorial Fellowship will offer a salary of 40,000 USD/year plus a 5,000 USD research allocation per year for travel related to professional development activities or relocation to Detroit, and excellent benefits. This is a full time commitment.


Curatorial Fellowship applications will be due by September 30, 2016, and the Fellowship will take place at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit in the City Detroit for 12 months from January 1 through December 31, 2017. Potential applicants should review the position description on MOCAD’s website and submit a cover letter, resume, and one writing sample by email to hr@mocadetroit.org or by mail to Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, 4454 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48201.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Final Reminder: 2016 CMA Award Applications due August 31st

The Council for Museum Anthropology (CMA), a section of the American Anthropological Association, recognizes innovative and influential contributions to the field of museum anthropology. 

There are three categories of awards:
  • Student travel Awards
  • Michael M. Ames Award
  • Lifetime Achiveement Award
All CMA award applications and nominations must be submitted as digital data (Word documents, pdf files and/or jpg files), sent via email to arrive on or before the deadline.

Email all three members of the Awards Committee:
Award winners will be notified so they have sufficient time to make travel arrangements. Winners will be formally recognized at the CMA Annual Meeting and CMA Reception during the AAA Annual Meeting, and will also be highlighted in the CMA column in Anthropology News.

CMA Student Travel Award, due August 31, 2016  

The CMA Student Travel Awards are designed to support graduate student travel to the annual AAA meeting to present papers and/or posters. Students and recent graduate degree recipients (those who have defended within the year of the award) are eligible to apply. Each year, CMA will award two prizes of $500 each.

Application packets (maximum 5 pages) must include:
  • brief letter indicating the applicant's student status and explaining how this project reflects the student's graduate work
  • copy of the abstract for the proposed paper or poster (and for the session in which they will be presenting, if known)
  • letter of endorsement from an academic advisor at the student's most recent institution of study
Evaluation Criteria:
  1. Creativity: Is the paper or poster a unique and novel contribution to museum anthropology?
  2. Commitment: Does the student demonstrate a commitment to the field of museum anthropology
  3. Impact: Does the paper or poster have the potential to develop into a work that could more broadly impact the field of museum anthropology?
Student Travel Award recipients will be presented with a check for $500 and a certificate of the award.

Michael M. Ames Award, due August 31, 2016 

The CMA Michael M. Ames Prize for Innovative Museum Anthropology is awarded to individuals for innovative work in museum anthropology. Examples include: outstanding single or multi-authored books or published catalogues; temporary or permanent exhibits; repatriation projects; collaborations with descendant communities; educational or outreach projects; multimedia works, and other endeavours.

Individuals can be nominated by any member of CMA (self-nominations are not permitted).
Nomination packets must include a cover letter and evidence of the work under consideration (e.g., photographs, catalogues, links to websites, etc.), and supporting materials (e.g., letters of support, media coverage, etc.). All material must be submitted as digital data (Word documents, pdf files and/or jpg files).
The nomination packet should not exceed 5 pages.

Evaluation Criteria:
  1. Creativity: Is the project a unique and creative exploration of museum anthropology's central themes, tensions, and histories?
  2. Timeliness: Does the project say something important about museum anthropology's current predicaments and unknown future?
  3. Depth: In what ways does the project penetrate into the complexity of material culture and the study of it through novel methods and theories?
  4.  Impact: Does the project have the potential to make broad and lasting impacts in museum anthropology?
Ames Award recipients will be presented with a gift from CMA and a certificate of the award.

Lifetime Achievement/Distinguished Service Award, due August 31, 2016  

The CMA Board recently instituted a new Lifetime Achievement/Distinguished Service Award to recognize CMA members whose careers demonstrate extraordinary achievements that have advanced museum anthropology. These achievements might include: collections work, community collaborations, exhibitions, publications, public programming and outreach, teaching, policy development, etc. While many anthropologists distinguish themselves through their works, this award is meant to single out those who, over the course of their careers, have truly helped to define and or reshape the field of anthropology in and of museums. Nominees are expected to have spent at least 20 years working in the field of museum anthropology.

Nomination packets must include:
a two-page letter of recommendation in support of the nominee; and any additional supporting materials deemed relevant by the nominator (e.g., nominee's c.v., other supporting letters).
The letter should provide a contextual summary of the nominee's signature accomplishments, and it should demonstrate the nominee's qualifications. The nomination packet should not exceed 5 pages.

Evaluation Criteria:
  1. Impact: How has the nominee's work transformed and or contributed to the discipline of museum anthropology (e.g., theory, methodology, influence)
  2. Service: How has the nominee provided service to specific museums (e.g., collections, exhibits, public outreach)
  3. Mentoring: How has the nominee influenced and inspired the careers of students and colleagues (e.g., mentorship, curriculum development, innovative teaching)?
Lifetime Award recipients will be presented with a gift from CMA and a certificate of 
the award.


To see past award winners, visit the CMA website.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Position Announcement: Program Assistant /Outreach Coordinator, California Indian Museum and Cultural Center


The California Indian Museum and Cultural Center’s (CIMCC) purpose is to benefit and enrich the culture of the people of California and the general public. CIMCC seeks a proactive, enthusiastic, and highly organized Program Assistant/Outreach Coordinator to assist the Executive Director.  The Program Assistant/Outreach Coordinator will contribute to the success of CIMCC by delivering community outreach and public relations for the Museum. The ideal candidate is detail oriented, adaptable, and able to work with minimal supervision.

Job Responsibilities:
  • Provide general administrative and clerical support including mailing, scanning, copying, data entry.
  • Maintain electronic and hard copy filing system.
  • Prepare and modify documents, including correspondence, reports, PowerPoint presentations, memos, and emails. 
  • Schedule and coordinate meetings, appointments, and travel arrangements for executive director and project team.
  • Serve as the main point of contact for public relations and external communications, including outreach to project partners, tribes, government agencies, and schools.
  • Manage social media channels, create content, schedule posts, and monitor feedback across Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
  • Able to perform a variety of special projects and other related duties as required.

Required Skills:
  • B.A. degree plus three (3) years related experience including high-level administrative support; or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.
  • Excellent administrative skills; extremely organized, detail-oriented, and accurate.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Proactive with leadership in elevating challenges, concerns and issues.
  • Ability to work independently and with limited oversight; determine priorities and follow through on projects.
  • Ability to coordinate all aspects of an event including - logistics, correspondence, and printed materials.
  • Ability to establish and maintain positive and effective working relationships with staff, board members, volunteers, donors, visitors, the general public, and outside organizations and groups.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Publisher, and PowerPoint and basic knowledge of Microsoft Excel required.
  • Experience in social networking and image software, page layout and Adobe Creative Suite; experience updating websites is highly desirable.
  • Familiarity with California Indian/Native American history, culture, art and/or communities through education or related experience is preferred.
  • Ability to lift and carry up to thirty (30) pounds.
  • Ability to work occasional evening or weekend hours.


Compensation:
$19.00-$21.00 per hour with benefits

Application Procedure:
Please submit your resume with a cover letter by email or mail:

California Indian Museum and Cultural Center
5250 Aero Dr.
Santa Rosa, CA 95403

Friday, August 12, 2016

Supported by the UN cultural agency, Nepal’s quake-damaged museums re-open

The UN News Center
August 10, 2016

More than a year since the devastating earthquakes that struck Nepal in April and May 2015, through the combined work of the United Nations cultural agency and its partners, some of the country’s notable museums and institutions, including the National Museum, and the National Art Gallery are once again open and visitors are coming back to enjoy their rich collections.

“The rehabilitation of Nepal’s museums and historical buildings following the 2015 earthquake has a deep, positive impact on the economic and social development of the country,” said Christian Manhart, Director of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Kathmandu Office in a news release issued last week by the agency.

“There is a tremendous sense of identity, determination and hope that comes with the reopening of museums and the restoration of temples,” he added. The Patan Museum and the Panauti Museum are also re-opening.


The earthquake and series of aftershocks killed more than 8,700 people, injured more than 22,000, and destroyed or damaged more than 250,000 houses. The disaster also badly affected the landlocked country’s cultural and natural heritage: 691 historic buildings in 16 districts were damaged, of which 131 fully collapsed.

More here.

Tuesday, August 02, 2016

Deadline Approaching: CMA Student Travel Award

CMA Student Travel Award: Deadline August 31, 2016

The Council for Museum Anthropology’s Student Travel Awards are designed to support graduate student travel to the annual AAA meeting to present papers and/or posters. Current graduate students and recent graduate degree recipients (those who have defended within the year of the award) are eligible to apply. Each year, CMA will award up to two prizes of $500 each.

Application packets (maximum 5 pages) must include: a brief letter indicating the applicant’s student status and explaining how this project reflects the student’s graduate work; a copy of the abstract for the proposed paper or poster (and for the session in which they will be presenting, if known); and a letter of endorsement from an academic advisor at the student’s institution of study. Applications must be submitted as digital data (Word documents, pdf files and/or jpg files), sent via email to arrive on or before the deadline. 

Email all three members of the Awards Committee:
Gwendolyn Saul (gwendolynsaul@nau.edu)
Joshua Bell (bellja@si.edu)
Karl Hoerig (khoerig@fortapachearizona.org)

Evaluation Criteria: 1) Creativity: Is the paper or poster a unique and novel contribution to museum anthropology? 2) Commitment: Does the student demonstrate a commitment to the field of museum anthropology? 3) Impact: Does the paper or poster have the potential to develop into a work that could more broadly impact the field of museum anthropology?

Student Travel Award recipients will be formally recognized at the CMA Reception during the AAA Annual Meeting. They will be presented with a check for $500 and a certificate of the award. Award winners will be notified so they have sufficient time to make travel arrangements.

Friday, July 29, 2016

CMA Lifetime Achievement/Distinguished Service Award

Lifetime Achievement/Distinguished Service Award, Council for Museum Anthropology
Deadline August 31, 2016

The Council for Museum Anthropology’s Lifetime Achievement/Distinguished Service Award recognizes CMA members whose extraordinary careers (lasting 20 years or more) have advanced museum anthropology through collections work, collaborations, exhibitions, publications, public programming and outreach, teaching, and/or policy development. This award is meant to recognize those who have truly helped to define and/or reshape the field. Nominees are expected to have spent at least 20 years working in the field of museum anthropology.

Nomination packets (maximum 5 pages) must include: a nominating letter that demonstrates the nominee’s qualifications and contextualizes and summarizes their signature accomplishments; and relevant supporting materials (e.g., nominee’s c.v., other support letters). Nominations must be submitted as digital data (Word documents, pdf files and/or jpg files), sent via email to arrive on or before the deadline. 

Email all three members of the Awards Committee: 
Gwendolyn Saul (gwendolynsaul@nau.edu),
Joshua Bell (bellja@si.edu)

Evaluation Criteria: 1) Impact: How has the nominee’s work transformed the discipline of museum anthropology (e.g., theory, methodology, influence); 2) Service: What service has the nominee provided to specific museums (e.g., collections, exhibits, public outreach); 3) Mentoring: How has the nominee influenced and inspired the careers of students and colleagues (e.g., mentorship, curriculum development, innovative teaching)?

Lifetime Award recipients will be formally recognized at the CMA Reception during the AAA Annual Meeting. They will be presented with a gift from CMA and a certificate of the award. Award winners will be notified so they have sufficient time to make travel arrangements.


Thursday, July 28, 2016

School for Advanced Research now accepting nominations for the $10,000 J.I. Staley Prize

The School for Advanced Research (SAR) presents the J. I. Staley Prize to a living author for a book that exemplifies outstanding scholarship and writing in anthropology. The award recognizes innovative works that go beyond traditional frontiers and dominant schools of thought in anthropology and add new dimensions to our understanding of the human species. It honors books that cross subdisciplinary boundaries within anthropology and reach out in new and expanded interdisciplinary directions.

The School for Advanced Research, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, was established in Santa Fe, New Mexico in 1907 as a center for the study of the archaeology and ethnology of the American Southwest. Since 1967, the scope of the School’s activities has embraced a global perspective through programs to encourage advanced scholarship in anthropology and related social science disciplines and the humanities, and to facilitate the work of Native American scholars and artists.

Past Staley Prize awardees include William Hanks, Joseph Masco, and S. Lochlann Jain. Deadline for the 2017 Staley Prize Nominations is October 1, 2016.

For additional information, including eligibility criteria and instructions for nominating a book, please visit staley.sarweb.org

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Google’s New App Brings Hundreds of Museums to Your Phone

Liz Stinston, Wired
July 22, 2016

Not everyone can visit Sicily’s Valley of the Temples, home to some of the world’s oldest examples of classic Greek architecture. Nor can they view the soft colors of Claude Monet’s “Tiger Lilies” in person at Tokyo’s National Museum of Western Art. Despite being made for the masses, art and culture are often inaccessible. Google’s Cultural Institute wants to change that. In the past five years, the initiative has teamed up with more than 1,100 institutions to bring artwork, artifacts, and 360-degree museum tours online. This week, in an update to its Arts & Culture app, the company turns your phone into a powerful portal for accessing and experiencing that art.

The app (for Android and iOS) officially launched last year, but the newest iteration comes with two key additions: Google Cardboard tours for 2o locations (including the Valley of the Temples), and a new tool called Art Recognizer that turns your museum visit into a multimedia experience.

More here.