Postdoctoral Fellowships

Center for Art and Knowledge

University of Maryland–Phillips Collection Fellowships


The Phillips Collection and the University of Maryland invite applications for two postdoctoral fellowships for the academic year 2019-20. These fellowships will allow the recipients to work with The Phillips’s exceptional collection of modern and contemporary art and the University of Maryland’s leadership programs in art-historical scholarship, socio-cultural aspects of art and representations, interdisciplinary experimentation, and virtual technologies.

  • The University of Maryland–Phillips Collection Fellowship in Modern and Contemporary Art History will support research and teaching on topics in American, European, or non-western art of all media from 1780 to the present.
     
  • The University of Maryland–Phillips Collection Fellowship in Visual Culture will support research and teaching on issues of visual technologies, visual culture, museum studies, interpreting art in different social/cultural contexts including issues related to gender, race, and/or ethnicity. The fellowship is inclusive of research on politics of disenfranchised people or groups of people and ways in which power and powerlessness are constructed in visual representations. Anthropologists (with a focus on visual anthropology and/or material culture studies) are encouraged to apply.

During the academic year 2019-20, both fellows are expected to be in residence in Washington, DC, at the University of Maryland Center for Art and Knowledge at The Phillips Collection.

Each fellow is expected to teach one undergraduate or graduate course at the Center or at the University of Maryland, to present at least one public lecture, and to participate in other programs and discussions with scholars, critics, museum staff, and students at the museum and the university.

The appointments will carry the appropriate departmental affiliations with the University of Maryland and with The Phillips Collection. Fellows will receive a stipend of $ 52,000 plus standard UMD benefits, as well as various university and museum privileges, including access to libraries, equipment, support staff, curators, students and faculty.

The fellowships are open to untenured scholars who have received their PhDs within the past five years. Applicants must have successfully defended the dissertation and received the doctoral degree by June 2019.

2018-19 Fellow in Modern and Contemporary Art History


The Phillips Collection and the University of Maryland Fellowship in Modern and Contemporary Art History, which supports research and teaching on topics in American, European, or nonwestern art of all media form 1780 to the present, was awarded to Dr. Ashley Lazevnick. Ashley Lazevnick completed her PhD in American art at Princeton University in 2018. She is currently revising her dissertation into a manuscript for a book that will reconsider American Precisionist painting through an investigation of the term “precision” in art criticism, poetry, philosophy, and science in the early twentieth century. In connection to this project, Ashley is launching a new series for American Art, entitled “What’s in a Name,” that proposes new models for thinking about art historical movements. Previously, Ashley’s work has appeared in Word & Image and publications from the Ashmolean Museum, the Warburg Museum in Hamburg, and the Museum of Modern Art. More broadly, her research concerns the nature of art writing within and outside of the academy, especially the use of non-normative genres (such as poetry) in reframing critical approaches to art and the crucial role writing plays in the construction of art history’s evolving cannon. Her research has been supported by fellowships with the Smithsonian American Art Museum, The Harry Ransom Center, the American Council of Learned Societies, the Terra Foundation, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Dr. Lazevnick will teach an advanced seminar on modern landscapes in the spring of 2019.

2017–18 FELLOW IN MODERN AND CONTEMPORARY ART HISTORY


The Phillips Collection and the University of Maryland Fellowship in Modern and Contemporary Art History, which supports research and teaching on topics in American, European, or non-western art of all media from 1780 to the present, was awarded to Dr. Kate Cowcher.  Dr. Cowcher grew up near Stratford-upon-Avon in England and attended school in Chipping Campden. She holds an undergraduate M.A. from the University of Edinburgh, an M.A. from the Courtauld Institute of Art, and PhD from Stanford University. Prior to attending Stanford, she was a Kennedy Scholar at Harvard University. Dr. Cowcher’s doctoral dissertation focused on the art of the Ethiopian revolution and on the movement of artists and their objects between the First, Second, and Third Worlds. Recognizing that Ethiopia, which was never successfully colonized, maintains a strong sense of its own historical continuity, Dr. Cowcher explored the rupture that led to it becoming the last “People’s Democratic Republic” to be founded before the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Dr. Cowcher taught an advanced seminar on modern African art in the spring of 2018.

2016–17 FELLOW IN MODERN AND CONTEMPORARY ART HISTORY


The Phillips Collection and the University of Maryland Fellowship in Modern and Contemporary Art History, which supports research and teaching on topics in American, European, or non-western art of all media from 1780 to the present, was awarded to Dr. Max Rosenberg. Before starting at the Phillips, Dr. Rosenberg was a Visiting Assistant Professor in the History of Art and Design Department at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York. A scholar of postwar German art, he worked on  a book manuscript based on his dissertation, “Transforming Documenta: Art, Legitimacy and Modernity in Postwar West Germany,” which he successfully defended in 2015.

Dr. Rosenberg taught an advanced seminar evaluating abstract painting after World War II in different national or cultural contexts.

2016–17 FELLOW IN VIRTUAL CULTURE 


The Fellowship in Virtual Culture, which supports research and experimentation with emerging technologies, was awarded to Dr. Nicole Riesenberger. As a Graduate Assistant in Digital Art History, Dr. Riesenberger worked in the Michelle Smith Collaboratory for Visual Culture at the University of Maryland to implement digital initiatives for art and museum education. In this role, she helped to develop and execute an interactive augmented reality application that improves experience and accessibility for visitors to the Riversdale House Museum.

During her fellowship, Dr. Riesenberger worked closely with the Phillips’s curatorial, education, and AV staff, as well as with UMD’s Institute for Advanced Computer Studies, to create augmented and virtual reality projects for the museum, with attention to evaluating impacts of new technologies on visitors. In the spring of 2017, Dr. Riesenberger co-led a course on museum technology that offered students hands-on experience building and creating content for ongoing digital engagement projects at the Phillips.

2015‒16 FELLOW


Chinghsin Wu received her PhD in Art History from UCLA in 2010, specializing in the art of East Asia, with a specific focus on visual encounters and exchanges between East and West as well as transnational art movements within Asia. She taught at UCLA, UMass Boston, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Brandeis, Tufts, Brown, and Rutgers University, Camden before her fellowship at The Phillips Collection. She has also worked in the curatorial divisions at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and the National Palace Museum at Taipei. During her fellowship, she finished her book manuscript, which focuses on a Japanese avant-garde painter, Koga Harue (1895–1933), and uses his art and writings as a lens to investigate the reception of Western avant-garde movements such as Cubism, Expressionism, and Surrealism in Japan. She also began her next research project, which examines how the dissemination of the “Japanese experience” of the avant-garde to other parts of Asia under Japan’s colonial domination helped to formulate ideas of modernism in 1930s and 1940s East Asia. In Spring 2016, she taught a course on “Art in Modern East Asia,” which examined the crucial transformations and developments in the art of modern Japan, China, Korea, and Taiwan.

REQUIREMENTS
The fellowships are open to untenured scholars who have received their PhDs within the past five years. Applicants must have successfully defended the dissertation and received the doctoral degree by June 2019.

APPLICATION
The next fellowship opportunity is academic year 2019-2020, in partnership with the University of Maryland. Deadline for receipt of the applications is February 15, 2019.

A complete application consists of the following:

  • A curriculum vitae
  • 1–2 written examples of scholarship (e.g. publications, manuscripts)
  • A cover letter that outlines the applicant’s interest in and fit with the University of Maryland-Phillips Collection fellowship, describes the applicant’s research goals and potential course topics, and lists potential faculty mentors at the University of Maryland and/or The Phillips Collection.
  • A 1500-word proposal for a research project for the fellowship year. As examples, this project might include transforming the applicant’s dissertation into a series of journal articles, a book, or an equivalent peer-reviewed (print or digital) publication, or an initial study that might catalyze the next stages of his/her program of research. The proposal should indicate how the applicant’s project and future program of research will be enhanced by collaborations and connections at the University of Maryland Center for Art and Knowledge at The Phillips Collection.
  • Name, title, affiliation, and contact information for three references. Applicants should arrange to have references send their letters directly to the same e-mail address by the application deadline.

All application materials must be sent as a single PDF document to fellowships@phillipscollection.org

Deadline for submissions is February 15, 2019.

The Phillips Collection and the University of Maryland are Equal Opportunity, Equal Access, Affirmative Action Employers.