Clark Fellowships in Visual Arts
The Clark offers between eleven and sixteen fellowships each year, ranging in duration from one to ten months, the majority awarded for one academic semester. National and international scholars, critics, curators, and museum professionals are welcome to propose projects that extend and enhance the understanding of the visual arts and their role in culture.
Stipends are dependent on salary and sabbatical replacement needs. Housing in the Clark's Scholars' Residence, located across the street from the campus, is also provided.
Fellows are furnished with offices in the library, located in the Manton Research Center, which contains a collection of almost 280,000 catalogued volumes. The Clark is within walking distance of Williams College, its libraries, and its art museum. The Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA) is a ten-minute drive away.
Candidates must have a PhD or equivalent professional experience. The Clark does not award pre-doctoral fellowships, nor does it award fellowships to those who have received their PhD within the last four years.
Scholars may propose topics that relate to the visual arts, their history, practice, theory, or interpretation. Any proposal that contributes to understanding the nature of artistic activity and the intellectual, social, and cultural worlds with which it is connected is 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.
Applicants should hold a PhD 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 scholars, curators, and/or critics.
Fellowships are awarded on a scale related to need and earnings, up to a maximum rate of $30,000 per semester. Travel to and from the Clark will be reimbursed for the scholar and an 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.
Fellows are normally provided with an apartment in a recently refurbished and expanded late-nineteenth-century house across the street from the Clark campus. Six apartments are available, ranging in size from one to two bedrooms, with additional common spaces. Each apartment is fully furnished and linked to the Clark’s computer network. Accommodation and services, except long-distance telephone, will be provided by the Clark. Pets are not permitted in the Scholars’ Residence. No smoking is permitted inside any Clark building.
Fellows are provided with a private office in the Manton Research Center, accessible from 8 am until 11 pm (early closing times on weekends). Computers and IT support will be provided upon request.
Fellows' offices are located in the Clark library, providing ready access to its holdings of more than 275,000 volumes in 65 languages and 700 periodical titles that represent strengths in post-medieval European and American art but also in the contemporary arts of Asia, Africa, Eastern Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East. Fellows also have access to libraries across the country through a strong Interlibrary Loan program, as well as borrower's privileges at the Williams College Libraries a few blocks away.
It is expected that all fellows be in good standing with the United States Immigration and Naturalization Service and have authorization [a J-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 can facilitate this standing by providing fellows with the documents required to initiate the authorization process.
Fellows have access to the Clark’s collections of paintings, sculpture, prints, drawings, photographs, silver, ceramics, and furniture from 10 am to 5 pm, Tuesday through Sunday. Objects not on public display can often 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.
Fellows have the assistance of a student from the Graduate Program in the History of Art, co-sponsored with Williams College.
Fellows are expected to reside in Williamstown, to have lunch and dinner with other fellows twice a month, and to 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 exempted).
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 Lunder Center on the Clark campus); Williams College; MASS MoCA; and the Williams Graduate Program in the History of Art.
Special Clark Fellowships
In addition to the semester-long Clark fellowship, a number of special fellowships are also offered, as seen below:
CURATORIAL FELLOWSHIP (NEW)
These new month-long fellowships will allow curators, whether completing a catalogue essay or conceptualizing a future exhibition, to carry out research and participate fully in the intellectual and residential life of the Clark and its Research and Academic Program, but do so for periods of time more suitable to most museum professionals. (FALL 2019)
The Beinecke Fellowship, endowed by the former chair of the Research and Academic Program Trustee Committee, Frederick W. Beinecke, is awarded to a noted senior scholar for one semester.
CENTER FOR SPAIN IN AMERICA FELLOWSHIP
Sponsored by the Center for Spain in America, this one-semester fellowship is intended to support the study of all aspects of Spanish art from the early medieval period to the beginning of the twentieth century, as well as the worldwide impact of Spanish art and artists. In addition to research for a publication and/or exhibition on specific artists or periods, we welcome projects examining collecting and connoisseurship of Spanish art—particularly in the Americas—and the influence and importance of Spanish art and its reception throughout the world.
CLARK / OAKLEY HUMANITIES FELLOWSHIP
In conjunction with the Oakley Center for the Humanities and Social Sciences at Williams College, the Clark offers an academic-year fellowship for a scholar in the humanities whose work takes an interdisciplinary approach to some aspect of the visual. The selected fellow will have an office at the Oakley Center, be housed at the Clark scholars' residence, and participate fully in the rich intellectual life of both advanced research institutes.
FLORENCE GOULD FOUNDATION FELLOWSHIP
Endowed by the Florence Gould Foundation, dedicated to French-American cultural exchange, the one semester Gould Foundation Fellowship is awarded annually to a senior scholar or curator, with priority given to an applicant from a French museum or institution of higher education or to an individual pursuing a project in the field of French art and visual studies.
MICHAEL ANN HOLLY FELLOWSHIP
Named to recognize and honor the Starr Director Emerita of the Research and Academic Program, the Holly Fellowship is awarded for not less than one semester, with priority given to a project that engages a senior humanities scholar in an exploration of the visual from a critical or historiographic perspective.
KRESS FELLOWSHIP IN THE LITERATURE OF ART
Funded by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, this one-semester fellowship is particularly directed to a scholar whose work engages critically with the literature of art “before the era of art history” (i.e., before the formation of a discipline of art history in the mid-nineteenth century). The Clark seeks applicants whose focus might be theoretical or aesthetic treatises, anecdotes, histories, translations of texts, artists’ writings, or other material that might broadly be described as part of the literature of art or the pre-history of art history, with priority given to those projects focused on Western art.
MELLON NETWORK FELLOWSHIP
The Mellon Network Fellowship supports a Clark residency of one semester for a scholar at any stage of his/her career involved in a project addressing communication and technology—of all eras—across the visual humanities. The award also supports critical thinking about the changing states of media in art-historical research today. (FALL 2019)