Mellon Curatorial Fellow for Diversity in the Arts

Williams College Museum of Art

One of the finest college art museums in the country, the Williams College Museum of Art (WCMA) houses 13,000 works that span the history of art. Within the broad range of time periods and cultures represented, the collection emphasizes American art from the late 18th century to the present, modern and contemporary art, works on paper and photography, African art and Asian art.


Available August 2015, the Curatorial Fellow for Diversity in the Arts is a full-time, three-year term position offering curatorial experience at the Williams College Museum of Art. The fellowship is designed to bring to campus a postdoctoral scholar with expertise in areas of art history currently underrepresented on the museum staff, such as African, Asian, Latin American, Islamic, and Native American art. The Fellowship also provides growth and development for outstanding candidates from groups underrepresented in the museum field, providing a professional bridge to museum careers.


This in-depth learning experience will ensure that the Fellow is mentored by all museum staff, especially the Deputy Director for Curatorial Affairs, curators, academic engagement staff, and the Director. Depending on applicant’s expertise and experience there may be opportunities for teaching and deep collaboration with relevant academic departments. The Fellow will have the opportunity to contribute his or her expertise toward diversifying the museum’s collections, exhibitions, and programs to better reflect the curriculum and the student body. The Museum is dedicated to providing a robust experience for an emerging curatorial professional.



  • Undertake research and planning for exhibitions
  • Develop associated publications
  • Support the curricular use of the museum’s collection



  • Completion of, or in the process of completing, a PhD in art history, cultural or global studies, visual anthropology or related fields
  • Must be able to demonstrate deep interest in and knowledge of visual art
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills are required
  • Prior museum experience is a plus


Employment at Williams is contingent on the verification of background information submitted by the applicant, including the completion of a criminal record check, and education when applicable.


To apply for this position, please visit If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us via phone at (413) 597-4247 or email at


Beyond meeting fully its legal obligations for non-discrimination, Williams College is committed to building a diverse and inclusive community where members from all backgrounds can live, learn and thrive.