Canvas Fellowship in Paintings Conservation (San Francisco, CA, USA)

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Getty Conserving Canvas Fellowship in Paintings Conservation

The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco is pleased to offer a one-year advanced postgraduate fellowship in the structural work on canvas paintings beginning in September 2019. The fellowship is made possible through the generous support of the Getty Foundation through its Conserving Canvas initiative.

Conserving Canvas was created to bridge the growing gap in training in structural work on canvas that has developed as the conservation field has moved away from preventive lining. The Fine Arts Museums are fortunate to be a contributor to the Initiative and its educational goals through the conservation of Vertumnus and Pomona (1757) by François Boucher and his studio. The Getty Conserving Canvas Fellow will play an integral role in the treatment of this 10 foot tall painting, which has a failing lining and other structural issues. The Fellow will be deeply involved in two workshops that will be hosted by the department focused on the painting's de- and re-lining, and they will have opportunities for travel and research in support of the educational goals of the fellowship. The successful candidate will additionally work on other smaller-scale projects that have canvas issues and survey the Fine Arts Museums' paintings collection with an eye toward its structural needs. Presentation and/or publication of the project is expected.

The Fine Arts Museums are comprised of the de Young Museum, which exhibits the American, Modern and Contemporary, and Africa, Oceania, and the Americas collections, and the Legion of Honor, which houses the European and Graphic Arts collections. The Paintings Conservation department is located in a spacious and well-equipped studio at the de Young. In addition to the three paintings conservators and one frames conservator in the department, the Fellow will regularly interact with the Museums' Objects, Paper, and Textiles conservation departments, as well as curators, registrars, technicians, and other staff.

The fellowship award is $50,000 with a full benefits package. Additional funds are available for travel and research. Candidates must be graduates of a conservation training program, have a strong interest in structural treatment, and have proven treatment skills.

To apply, please submit a letter of interest, a CV, two letters of recommendation, one treatment report with images, and one additional writing sample.

  • Application Deadline: February 1, 2019.