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Souls Grown Deep Foundation Curatorial Intern (Paid) Job in Toledo, Ohio US

Souls Grown Deep Foundation Curatorial Intern (Paid)

The Toledo Museum of Art - Toledo, OH

Posted: 7/23/2020 - Expires: 9/25/2020

Job ID: 219095334

Job Description

POSITION:  Souls Grown Deep Foundation Curatorial Intern (Paid)
DEPARTMENT:  Curatorial
AVAILABILITY:  Academic Year 2021, January 2021- June 2021 (dates subject to change)
PART-TIME HOURS: 15 hours weekly
FLSA STATUS:  Non-exempt
COMPENSATION: $5,000 to be distributed over the duration of the internship, funded by the Souls Grown Deep Foundation.

AREAS OF INTEREST: Art History, African American Art, American Modernism

SUMMARY: The Souls Grown Deep Foundation  offers three paid internships to undergraduate students of color annually at select museums, affording part-time professional experience at a leading art museum during the academic year. The Toledo Museum of Art has been selected by the Souls Grown Deep Foundation to be a host site for one of the three Souls Grown Deep Foundation internships in 2021. The Souls Grown Deep Foundation requires that this internship is for a college sophomore, junior, or senior of color, with at least two years of undergraduate coursework, and is intended to provide research and curatorial experience working with a collection of works by African American artists from the Southern United States. This significant group of objects was recently acquired by the Toledo Museum of Art as a partial gift/partial purchase from the Souls Grown Deep Foundation in Atlanta, GA. Works range from large-scale assemblages and mixed-media sculptures to paintings, textiles, and works on paper. The works are all produced by African American artists including Thornton Dial, Thornton Dial, Jr., Richard Dial, Lonnie Holley, Leroy Alman, and several generations of quiltmakers from Gee’s Bend, Alabama, including Louisiana Bendolph, Mary Elizabeth Kennedy, and Martha Pettway.
The Souls Grown Deep Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to documenting, preserving, and promoting the work and cultural traditions of African American artists from the rural South. Created between the Civil Rights Era and the early 21st century, the works acquired by TMA explore everyday life and issues of violence, oppression, and racial inequality, while revealing artmaking traditions based on the creative reinvention of ordinary objects and materials. This acquisition will enable TMA to tell a richer and more complex story of American art that includes the voices of black artists who cultivated artistic practices outside the mainstream art academy, and whose cultural perspectives and traditions have historically been underrepresented in museum institutions. The work of many of these artists has cultural roots in slavery and the post-Reconstruction South, passed down through familial and communal traditions. The acquisition will also highlight their contributions to the broader visual and material culture of the 20th century, situating them within the canon of American Modernism.
In conjunction with this acquisition, the Souls Grown Deep Foundation will sponsor this internship, intended for a college student of color to work in the Curatorial Department at the host site, the Toledo Museum of Art, on projects related to the future exhibition and display of these works. Projects could include:
  • Research individual artists and artworks
  • Catalogue objects
  • Research exhibition and display strategies at other museum institutions
  • Explore possible cross-cultural and transhistorical conversations between these works and other objects in the permanent collection
  • Contribute to installation didactics
  • Assist with exhibition programming opportunities
  • Collaborate with community engagement advisory board
  • Assist with marketing and communications initiatives related to this project
  • Assist with other curatorial and collections projects as needed
During the course of this internship, the intern will travel to the Souls Grown Deep Foundation in Atlanta, where they will meet SGDF interns from other institutions, and interact with some of the artists represented in the collection. More information on the foundation can be found here:
The intern will gain a working knowledge of a collections database (The Museum System - TMS), an exposure to curatorial policies and procedures, and will aid with exhibition programming and community engagement. The intern will also gain exposure to the planning and logistics of TMA exhibitions and conduct other research as needed.
RELATIONSHIPS: Reports to the Associate Curator of American Art; works collaboratively with Curatorial, Collections, Exhibitions, Programming, Education, Marketing, and Library departments as research and project needs require.
REQUIRED:  College student of color, actively enrolled in the year 2021 with at least two years of undergraduate level coursework. These requirements are those of the Souls Grown Deep Foundation .

EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE & COMPETENCIES: Active undergraduate sophomore, junior, or senior in the year 2021; Art History, American Studies, or related field; Adept in using Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel; Proficient in methods on online and physical research; Experience with Collections Databases, preferably The Museum System (TMS), is a plus; Good organizational skills and ability to multitask.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: Standard open concept office work environment shared with co-workers, with related phone, computer and printer noise; position requires the ability to operate a computer and other office productivity machinery, such as a copy machine, printer, and phone system; the person in this position may be required to communicate with other staff, the public, or outside scholars and must be able to exchange accurate information in these situations.
WHO WE ARE:  Since our founding in 1901, the Toledo Museum of Art has earned a global reputation for the quality of our collection, our innovative and extensive education programs, and our architecturally significant campus. More than 25,000 works of art represent American and European painting, the history of art in glass, ancient Greek, Roman, and Egyptian works, Asian and African art, medieval art, sculpture, decorative arts, graphic arts, and modern and contemporary art.

To accommodate the ever growing collection and demand for art education, the Museum campus has grown exponentially since its founding. From its humble first exhibition space in two rented rooms, the Museum has grown to cover approximately 36 acres with six buildings.

Thanks to the benevolence of its founders, as well as the continued support of its members, the Toledo Museum of Art remains a privately-endowed, non-profit institution and opens its collection to the public—free of charge—six days a week, 309 days a year. We are closed on Mondays and major holidays.

APPLICATIONS ACCEPTED ONLINE: Posting will be open until the end of the business day on September 25, 2020. All of the following components of the application are required by the Souls Grown Deep Foundation and must be submitted by the deadline in order to be considered:
  1. Candidate submits application, essay (cover letter), and resume at .
  2. Candidate submits a copy of their academic transcripts to Unofficial copies are acceptable.
  3. Recommender submits a letter of recommendation to The letter of recommendation can be from faculty at your college or university or by current or past employers who are familiar with your skills and abilities. For example, your direct supervisor at your job, volunteer placement, or internship. The letter of recommendation must come directly from the recommender’s institutional e-mail address and should clearly indicate the applicant’s name in the subject line.
INTERVIEW TIMELINE: Interviews will take place in October 2020. All candidates will receive communication on whether or not they will move forward in the process with a phone interview.
SELECTION/OFFER TIMELINE: Offers will be made to final candidates by the end of October 2020. All candidates will receive communication on whether or not they will be offered the position. Selected candidate will be required to pass a background check.

Job Summary

Employment Type:
Part Time
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  • Type: College/University
  • Paid: Yes
  • Quality for School Credit: Unknown
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Education Level:
Some college coursework  /  2  Years
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