Lunder Consortium for Whistler Studies Fellowship

The Lunder Consortium for Whistler Studies, a scholarly collaboration of the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, the Colby College Museum of Art, and the University of Glasgow, invites applications for the first Lunder Consortium for Whistler Studies Fellowship. This is a twelve-month appointment beginning in fall 2010, with the possibility of a six-month renewal. The fellow will reside at the Freer Gallery, the hosting institution.

The fellow will develop and organize a two-day international conference at the Freer on James McNeill Whistler and his circle. Working with the consortium, which will define the general theme, the fellow will develop the conference’s focus; identify new scholarship; find and correspond with potential speakers; oversee logistical details; assist the curator in developing a complementary, collections-based exhibition; and other related duties that may arise.

After the conference, the fellow will continue to work with senior research and curatorial staff to assemble and help edit the proceedings for publication on the consortium’s website. The incumbent is also expected to pursue his or her own research while in residence and to be an active member of the Freer’s scholarly and curatorial community.

Benefactors Peter and Paul Lunder have a renowned collection of American art, including significant holdings of work by James McNeill Whistler, which they recently presented to the Colby College Museum of Art.

Applicants should be knowledgeable in field(s) related to the study of art and culture of the long nineteenth century, particularly of the international Aesthetic Movement. Multidisciplinary approaches are encouraged. PhD/ABD preferred.


Applicants must provide:

  • A five-page proposal outlining the state of the field and suggesting a theme and structure for the conference. Please include a select bibliography of recent scholarship and a list of six to eight key participants who might be invited to make presentations (including potential topics they might be asked to address)
  • A three-page précis of an individual research project to be carried out concurrent with symposium planning (must make use of resources available at host institution)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Three letters of reference (these should be sent under separate cover)

Send all materials electronically to: Lee Glazer, associate curator of American art at the Freer and Sackler Galleries, at glazerl@si.edu. Please indicate Lunder Fellowship Application in your subject line.

Deadline for completed applications is June 15, 2010. Start date is October 1, 2010.