Funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the two-year fellowship provides specialized training to students from historically underrepresented groups, with the goal of promoting more inclusive, pluralistic institutions. The fellows — undergraduate students who plan to study at the graduate level — receive hands-on experience in a museum setting, where they assist curators and staff with exhibitions, collections, and programs.
Through the program, fellows are matched with curatorial mentors from one of five museums — LACMA, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art — and work to increase their exposure to the museum context while broadening their understanding of art and art history. Fellowships include regular engagement during the academic school year followed by full-time engagement over the summer.
"LACMA has an ongoing and vested interest in amplifying diverse and varied voices that have not previously been heard in museum leadership and the curatorial field," said Michael Govan, LACMA CEO and Wallis Annenberg Director of the museum. "We are pleased to continue in this effort with our five partnering institutions."
For a list of the 2018–20 fellows, see the LACMA website.