STIP Sep 6, 2002

Clark Fellowships 2003-2004

Darby English


At this time every year, the Clark Art Institute welcomes applications for
its Clark Fellowships. Fellowships are awarded to promising and established
art historians, critics, and museum curators with the aim of fostering a
critical commitment to inquiry in the theory, history, and interpretation of
visual representations. Applications for fellowships to be undertaken during
the 2003-04 academic year will be due on November 15, 2002.

National and international scholars, critics, and museum professionals are
welcome to propose projects that extend and enhance the understanding of the
visual arts and their role in culture. Applicants may propose topics that
relate to the visual arts, their history, practice, theory, or
interpretation. Any proposal for a scholar's study that contributes to
understanding the nature of artistic activity and the intellectual, social,
and cultural worlds with which it is connected will be welcome. Subjects of
investigation might come from any period, from prehistory to the present,
and from anywhere in the world. Projects can be focused on works in any
medium and can employ any methodological approach. Attention, however, will
be given to proposals that promise to deepen, transform, or challenge those
methods currently practiced within art history or that have the prospect of
enhancing an understanding of the role of images in other disciplines in the
humanities. Museum professionals can apply to pursue independent research as
well as to complete institutional projects such as exhibitions.

Between twelve and seventeen Clark Fellowships are offered each year,
ranging from less than a month to ten months. Between six and eight Fellows
are in residence at any one time. Stipends are generous and are dependent on
salary and sabbatical replacement needs. Travel expenses and housing (in the
Institute's newly refurbished Victorian Fellows' Residence, located across
the street from the Clark) are also provided. Summer Fellows, whose
residencies will extend from early July to mid-August, receive housing and
travel expenses but not stipends. All Fellows have the use of offices in the
Scholars' Center.

Please follow the guidelines below to apply for resident Clark Fellowships.
And for more information, please visit us on the web:

Applicants should hold a Ph.D. or demonstrate equivalent professional
experience. They may come from the academic or museum worlds, or from other
professional backgrounds, and may be residents of any country. They may be
employed full- or part-time, or be independent historians, curators, and/or

Application Procedure

An applicant must submit:
1 A one-sentence description of the project being proposed
2 A three- to four-page statement that outlines the assumptions and critical
commitments that animate the study. It is important to stress what is new or
unusual in both subject and/or method and why there is a disciplinary need
for this particular project
3 A curriculum vitae
4 An indication of his or her preferred term of residence and the financial
support he or she will require, taking into consideration other means of
potential income
5 Two letters of reference for the candidate and the project, sent directly
to the Institute

All application materials should be addressed to: Michael Ann Holly,
Director of Research and Academic Programs, Clark Art Institute, P.O. Box 8,
Williamstown, MA 01267. Please do not fax or e-mail applications.

The application deadline for the 2003-2004 fellowship year will be November
15, 2002.

Terms of Appointment

Time: Fellows may come to the Clark for any period between one and ten

Funding: Fellowships will be awarded on a scale related to need and
earnings, up to a maximum rate of $75,000 per year. Summer Fellows do not
receive stipends. Travel to and from the Clark will also be reimbursed for
each Fellow and one accompanying family member. Fellows' tax liability to
the United States government will be considered in accordance with the tax
regulations of the Internal Revenue Service on a case-by-case basis.

Visas: It is expected that all Fellows be in good standing with the United
States Immigration and Naturalization Service and have authorization [a J-1
or O-1 Visa] from the INS that permits a Fellow to engage in the activities
for which he or she has been designated a Clark Fellow. In applicable
circumstances, the Clark Art Institute can facilitate this standing by
providing Fellows with the documents required to initiate the authorization

Housing: Fellows will normally be provided with an apartment in a recently
refurbished and expanded late-nineteenth-century house across from the
Clark. Six apartments are available, ranging in size from one to two
bedrooms, with additional common spaces. Each apartment is fully furnished.
Rent and services, except telephone, will be paid by the Institute. Pets are
not permitted in the Scholars' Residence at any time. No smoking is
permitted inside any Clark building.

Offices: Fellows will be provided with an office in the Institute,
accessible from 7:00 a.m. until 1:00 a.m. In addition to having telephone,
fax, and photocopy equipment, all offices are connected to the Clark's
computer network. Information technology support for the Clark network is
available in-house. Each Fellow's workspace includes a Pentium PC running
Windows 2000 and the Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Powerpoint). All
of the Clark's personal computers are on a local area network providing
e-mail, Internet Web access, and laser printing. Alternate platforms such as
Macintosh are not supported by the Clark.

Libraries: Fellows will have access to the open shelves of the Clark
Library, which has strong holdings in post-medieval European art, with
200,000 books and 700 periodicals, as well as extensive slide and photograph
collections. They will also have full access to other libraries through
Interlibrary Loan and Electronic Document Delivery. The libraries of
Williams College, for which each Fellow will have a borrower's card, and the
Chapin Rare Book collection, are a half-mile away.

Art Collections: Fellows will have access to the Clark's collection of
paintings, sculpture, prints, drawings, photographs, silver, ceramics, and
furniture from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Objects not
on public display can be viewed by appointment. The Williams College Museum
of Art < is
nearby, and the Massachusetts
Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA) <> is located
in North Adams, a short distance away.

Research Assistant: Academic-year Fellows may ask, with advance planning,
for the assistance of a student from the Graduate Program in the History of
Art, administered by Williams College and housed at the Clark.

Opportunities: Proposed projects may include teaching a seminar in the
Graduate Program. Fellows will be able to take advantage of the opportunity
for exchange with a number of associated institutions, which include the
Williamstown Art Conservation Center <>
(housed at the Clark); Williams College, with its museum and many academic
departments; and Mass MoCA.

Obligations: Fellows will be expected to reside in Williamstown for the
duration of their fellowship and to have lunch or dinner with other Fellows
twice a month. Clark Fellows participate in the intellectual life of the
Clark, typically presenting one public lecture and/or a small individual
seminar during their stay (those Fellows who stay a month or less may be

About the Clark

The Clark is one of a small number of institutions in the United States that
combines a public art museum with a complex of research and academic
programs, including a major art history library. It functions as an active,
international center in both the academic and museum fields for research and
discussion on the nature of art and its history. In addition, the Clark also
co-sponsors a Graduate Program in the History of Art with Williams College
ID=88>, a course
of study that prepares graduate students for professions in the academic and
museum worlds.

In addition to its fellowship program, the Clark organizes year-round
academic events, including Clark Lectures, Conversations Colloquia,
Symposia, and Conferences that enrich the intellectual life of the Institute
and contribute to a broader understanding of the role of art in culture.
For more information, please visit

STIP: Clark Fellowships 2003-2004. In:, Sep 6, 2002 (accessed Jul 23, 2024), <>.