Ithaca, NY— Cornell University’s Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art was awarded a grant from the Samuel H. Kress Foundation to support a Kress Interpretive Fellow. This one-year position, beginning in the fall of 2015, will allow the selected Fellow to work with the Museum’s curatorial and education departments on a range of activities, with a primary focus on permanent collection works on paper and an emphasis on premodern holdings. 

Competitive fellowships supported by the Kress Foundation are awarded to art historians and conservators about to embark on professional careers, as well as to students who are interested in art museum education and curating. These Fellowships provide mentored professional development opportunities by encouraging students to explore interpretive careers in art museums as educators or curators, strengthening the profession of museum educator within the art museum community and ties between museum educators and curators in the shared task of interpretive programing, and expanding the range of career options available to students of art history and related fields. 

“The Kress Fellowship is a wonderful opportunity for the Johnson Museum to pilot innovative ways to integrate curatorial and interpretive research and programs in the context of an outstanding university museum,” said Stephanie Wiles, the Richard J. Schwartz Director. “We are very grateful to the Kress Foundation for providing exciting initiatives like this one to guide and develop the next generation of museum professionals.” 

At the Johnson, the Kress Fellow will be mentored by Cathy Rosa Klimaszewski, Associate Director and Harriet Ames Charitable Trust Curator of Education, and Andy Weislogel, the Seymour R. Askin, Jr. ’47 Curator, Earlier European and American Art, working closely with the Andrew W. Mellon Curatorial Coordinator for Academic Programs, Alana Ryder, among other Johnson curatorial and education staff. The Fellow will have the opportunity to participate in curatorial and interpretive programs in support of research, teaching, and display of collections, contributing to the academic mission of the Museum and its public engagement. The Johnson Museum’s education outreach directly serves an annual audience of more than 28,000 students, faculty, teachers, and residents of the Finger Lakes region, and the Museum’s annual attendance is close to 90,000. Through firsthand experience with the Johnson’s collection and active engagement with classes and groups, the Kress Fellow will be better prepared to pursue a career in art museums. 

 

The Johnson Museum has a permanent collection of more than 35,000 works of art from Africa, Asia, Europe, and North and South America. The museum building was designed by I. M. Pei. Funds for the building were donated by Cornell alumnus Herbert F. Johnson, late president and chairman of S C Johnson. The building opened in 1973 and a wing opened in 2011. 

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The Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, located on the campus of Cornell University, is open Tuesdays to Sundays from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission is free. The Museum is accessible for mobility-impaired visitors, and wheelchairs are available in the lobbies. Metered parking is available in the lot next to the Museum. For more information, please call 607 255-6464. Visit the Museum’s website at museum.cornell.edu. The Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art is a member of Ithaca’s Discovery Trail: www.DiscoveryTrail.com.

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