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Grainger Fellow in Paper Conservation—The Art Institute of Chicago

By Mary Broadway posted 16 days ago


The Art Institute of Chicago, founded in 1879, is a world-renowned art museum housing one of the largest permanent collections in the United States. An encyclopedic museum, the Art Institute collects, preserves, and interprets works in every medium from all cultures and historical periods. With a collection of approximately 300,000 art works and artifacts, the museum has particularly strong holdings in Impressionist and Post-Impressionist painting, contemporary art, early 20th century European painting and sculpture, Japanese prints, and photography. The museum’s 2009 addition, the Modern Wing, features the latest in green museum technology and 264,000 square feet dedicated to modern and contemporary art, photography, architecture and design, and new museum education facilities. In addition to displaying its permanent collection, the Art Institute mounts more than 30 special exhibitions per year and features lectures, gallery tours, and special performances on a daily basis.

The Art Institute of Chicago is accepting applications for a full-time, one-year advanced fellowship in Paper Conservation beginning in the summer or fall of 2020.

Under the supervision of the Head of Paper Conservation, the Fellow will participate in a wide range of activities and will gain experience in all aspects of caring for art on paper while working in a large museum setting. The Fellowship will provide hands-on experience in the examination, documentation, and treatment of a wide range of works of art on paper as they are reviewed for acquisition or prepared for loan, exhibition, and storage.  The Fellow will carry out deadline-driven assignments and contribute to the daily workflow of the department.   Additional professional development activities will be supported.

The Fellow annual salary is $47,500.00 with an additional modest allowance for travel, plus benefits including health, dental and vacation leave.



A successful candidate will be a graduate of a recognized conservation-training program with a specialization in paper conservation.

For fullest consideration candidates should submit their resume, two letters of recommendations, and a cover letter detailing the candidate’s interest in applying for the fellowship. An electronic portfolio of treatments and research projects will be required of applicants selected for interview.

For conservation – related questions about the position please contact:  Francesca Casadio, Grainger Executive Director of Conservation and Science


Please apply no later than February 28th at:

The Art Institute of Chicago is an equal opportunity, equal access employer fully committed to achieving a diverse and inclusive workplace.