Mellon Foundation Awards $3.25 Million for Museum Fellowship Programs

Mellon Foundation Awards $3.25 Million for Museum Fellowship Programs

The Art Institute of Chicago, the High Museum of Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art have announced grants totaling $3.25 million from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in support of undergraduate curatorial fellowships for students from underrepresented groups.

The grants will provide continued support for the Andrew W. Mellon Undergraduate Curatorial Fellowship Program, which was launched in 2013 at five of the six museums with a $2 million grant. With the addition of the Philadelphia Museum of Arts, the six museums receiving grants in this round will host, over the next three years, a total of two hundred and seventy college freshmen and sophomores in one-week Mellon Summer Academies that include workshops, tours, field trips, and networking events with museum professionals. Thirty-six participants will then be selected to receive two-year fellowships and be matched with a curatorial mentor as they gain hands-on experience assisting curators and staff on exhibitions, collections, and programs.

"Seeking out fresh perspectives and new voices is essential to creating a bright future for museums that feel innovative, relevant, and dynamic," said James Rondeau, president and Eloise W. Martin Director of the Art Institute of Chicago. "We're grateful that the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation is renewing its crucial support to help us continue to invest in the next generation of curatorial leaders. We're continually impressed and inspired by the profound impact that our new and current fellows have in shaping our museum and who we aspire to be."

(Photo credit: Los Angeles County Museum of Art)