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 2018-19, 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 the June before the fellowship begins.

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 plans to teach an advanced seminar on African art in the spring.

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 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 2018.

APPLICATION
The next fellowship opportunity is academic year 201819, in partnership with the University of Maryland. Deadline for receipt of the applications is February 15, 2018.

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

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