The CCL seeks full-time curators who are currently employed at art museums where they are charged with the care, display, and interpretation of objects as well as the organization of temporary exhibitions. Nominations will be sought from museum directors and administrators, but self-nominations are also strongly encouraged.
Applicants should be proven scholars and leaders in their field. They should also have demonstrated some leadership initiative, either in their museums or in other aspects of their lives (e.g., community service, board service, etc.).
Applications will be reviewed by the director of the CCL and a small committee of current and former museum directors.
Beginning January 4 - 16, 2015, the program will consist of the following:
- In January, a two-week intensive program in New York each January that includes teaching (led by faculty members from Columbia University Business School) and practical exposure and assignments (to be provided by museums, cultural institutions, and other civic organizations across the city)
- A mentorship/residency with a museum director from an institution different from the fellow’s home institution.
- A student mentoring project, assigned in January, to cover the span of the fellowship.
- A one-week program in May or June that includes instruction, coaching, and presentation of team assignment
The 2015 tuition is $2,500 per Fellow to cover a portion of the program expenses. The CCL will absorb the rest of the cost of travel, hotel, and other expenses related to the program. Tuition assistance will be available to all accepted candidates on an as-need basis; it is strongly encouraged, however, that museums support the professional development of their curators and underwrite the tuition fee.
Applications for the Class of 2015 have now closed. The review will continue through the end of the summer and applicants will be notified by October 1, 2015. The application for the Class of 2016 will be posted in May 2015.