Postdoctoral Fellowships

Center for Art and Knowledge

University of Maryland–Phillips Collection Fellowships


The Phillips Collection and the University of Maryland hosts two postdoctoral fellowships during the academic year. 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, interdisciplinary experimentation, and virtual technologies.

  1. The Fellowship in Modern and Contemporary Art History supports research and teaching on topics in American, European, or non-western art of all media from 1780 to the present.
     
  2. The Fellowship in Virtual Culture researches emerging forms of virtual culture and the advancement of technology to enhance and enrich/deepen the museum visitor’s experience.

During the academic year, 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 carry the appropriate departmental affiliations with the University of Maryland and with The Phillips Collection. Fellows receive a stipend 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 the June before the fellowship begins.

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. 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 plans to finish 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 will also begin her next research project, which will examine 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 will teach a course on “Art in Modern East Asia,” which examines the crucial transformations and developments in the art of modern Japan, China, Korea, and Taiwan.

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. Dr. Rosenberg is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor in the History of Art and Design Department at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York. A scholar of postwar German art, he will be working on two separate publications based on his dissertation, “Transforming Documenta: Art, Legitimacy and Modernity in Postwar West Germany,” which he successfully defended in 2015. The first publication will be a peer-reviewed article on the critical and artistic climate of postwar West Germany for an Art History or German Studies journal; the second, a book that will expand his research on the Swiss curator Harald Szeemann and his transformative fifth Documenta exhibition in 1972.

Dr. Rosenberg plans to teach an advanced seminar that would evaluate abstract painting after World War II in different national or cultural contexts.

2016–17 Fellow in Virtual Culture 


The Fellowship in Virtual Culture, which will research emerging forms of virtual culture and the advancement of technology to enhance and enrich the museum visitor's experience, was awarded to Nicole Riesenberger. She is expected to defend her dissertation in May. As a Graduate Assistant in Digital Art History, Ms. Riesenberger has worked at the Michelle Smith Collaboratory for Visual Culture at the University of Maryland on researching emerging forms of virtual culture and designed digital initiatives. She also developed digital media for an interactive augmented reality application that improves experience and accessibility for museum visitors at the Riversdale House Museum.

During her fellowship, Ms. Riesenberger will work closely with Phillips’s curatorial, education, and AV staff as well as with UMD’s Institute for Advanced Computer Studies to create a pilot virtual reality project with attention to measurable outcomes.

Requirements
The fellowship is 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 2017.

Application
The next fellowship opportunity is academic year 201718, in partnership with the University of Maryland. Deadline for receipt of the applications to be announced.

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 referees. Applicants should arrange to have referees 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

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