between the two University Circle institutions in 1967, the joint program
re-launched earlier this decade with a five-year $500,000 award from the Mellon
The highly selective art history PhD curriculum is known for incorporating museum practice and the study of art history. An emphasis on object-oriented research gives students access to the CMA’s permanent collections—pairing them with museum conservators for research—its laboratories and Ingalls Library, the third-largest art research library in the United States.
In addition to bolstering the program’s current offerings, the new Mellon Foundation grant establishes many new opportunities, including a postdoctoral fellowship to develop administrative potential in art history faculty.
is tremendous creative potential in higher administration, and this fellowship
seeks to better prepare future academic and museum administrative leaders early
in their careers,” said Elizabeth Bolman, the Elsie B. Smith Professor in the
Based at CMA, the fellowship will offer training in public engagement, public programming, project management and leadership techniques not traditionally included in graduate education. Fellows also will participate in executive leadership coaching at the Case Western Reserve Weatherhead School of Management.
Mellon Foundation grant will also support:
A new Mellon Pre-doctoral Fellowship: a fully-funded doctoral position that includes two years of coursework, a one year curatorial internship at the CMA and two years of support to complete a dissertation with no outside work expectations.
Mellon Short-Term Visiting Fellowship: Also based at CMA, this position will raise the program’s profile and expose students to outside perspectives.
Support for the signature course called Materials, Methods and the Physical Examination of Works of Art Materials: Established with the program’s first Mellon Foundation grant, the course will be taught in conjunction with the conservators at the CMA.
partnership demonstrates the potential impact of collaboration between
universities and museums. We are working together to help shape the future of
scholarship and public engagement within art history,” said Cyra Levenson, director
of education and academic affairs at the CMA.
both the university and museum are engaged in an ongoing strategic planning
effort for the joint program’s future.