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Portrait of Yarrow Mamout (Muhammad Yaro)
Portrait of Yarrow Mamout (Muhammad Yaro), 1819
Charles Willson Peale, American
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American Art Fellowships

The Center for American Art offers three graduate fellowships in the Department of American Art. Full information on available fellowships and application guidelines can be found here from November to February, when new opportunities are posted.

Summer Fellowships

Stipend: $4,000

The Center for American Art sponsors two graduate fellowships each summer that enable students to develop curatorial experience while contributing to Department of American Art’s collection research and exhibition preparation. Fellows work full-time (35 hours per week) for ten weeks between June 1 and August 30.

Barra American Art Fellowship

Stipend: $40,000 and additional research and travel funds

In honor of Robert L. McNeil, Jr., the Barra Foundation and the Center for American Art sponsor a two-year graduate fellowship in the Department of American Art. This is a one-year position with the possibility of renewal for the following academic year. The Barra American Art Fellow works full-time (35 hours per week): four days a week assisting with department research and exhibition projects and one day a week on personal research, writing, or travel.

Priority is given to applicants with projects relating to the Museum’s collection and to students from the Philadelphia region. At the conclusion of the term, the Fellow is expected to submit a paper reflecting work done during the residency. The next cycle of applications will begin in 2020.


List of Current & Past Fellows >>

2019 Summer Fellows
Phillippa Pitts, Boston University
Kate Hublou, Case Western Reserve University

2018–20 Barra Fellow
Kelsey Gustin, Boston University
“Victorian Values and Social Reform Realism: The Visual Culture of the Progressive Era in New York City, 1890–1920”

2018 Summer Fellows
Lauren Cooper, University of Pennsylvania
Elyse Gerstenecker, University of Virginia  

2017–18 Barra Fellow
Elizabeth Hawley, The Graduate Center, City University of New York
“Modern Arts and Pueblo Traditions in Santa Fe, 1909–1931”

2017 Summer Fellows
Michael Pratt, Williams Graduate Program in the History of Art
Julia Silverman, Harvard University

2016–17 Barra Fellow
Amy Torbert, University of Delaware
“Dissolving the Bonds: Robert Sayer and John Bennett, Print Publishers in an Age of Revolution”

2016 Summer Fellows
James Denison, University of Michigan
Ramey Mize, University of Pennsylvania
Jennifer Padgett, Washington University in St. Louis

2015–16 Barra Fellow
Laura Fravel, University of North Carolina
“Gazing Westward: The Quest for Unity in American Art Displays at the World’s Fairs, 1876–1916”

2015 Summer Fellows
Abby R. Eron, University of Maryland
Ann Glasscock, University of Wisconsin
Melanie Saeck, University of Wisconsin

2014–15 Barra Fellow
Naomi Slipp, Boston University
“‘The Secret Figure’: Artistic Anatomy and the Medical Body in Nineteenth-Century American Culture”

2014 Summer Fellows
Laura Fravel, University of North Carolina
Lauren Palmor, University of Washington

2013–14 Barra Fellow
Jennifer Stettler Parsons, University of Virginia
“John Sloan: Between Philadelphia and New York, 1892–1907”

2013 Summer Fellows
William Coleman, University of California, Berkeley
Corey Piper, University of Virginia

2012–13 Barra Fellow
Katie Pfohl, Harvard University
“American Painting and the Systems of World Ornament”

2012 Summer Fellows
Brittany Strupp, University of Virginia
Caitlin Beach, Columbia University

2011–12 Barra Fellow
Margaret Adler, Williams Graduate Program in the History of Art
“Powerful Bodies, Forceful Waves in Homer’s Undertow”

2011 Summer Fellows
Amy Torbert, University of Delaware
Susannah Maurer, University of Pennsylvania

2010–11 Barra Fellow
Nenette Luarca-Shoaf, University of Delaware
“The Mississippi River in Antebellum Visual Culture and Imagination”

2010 Summer Fellows
Emily Arensman, Williams Graduate Program in the History of Art
Jordan Robbins, University of Pennsylvania

2009–10 Barra Fellow
Layla Bermeo, Williams Graduate Program in the History of Art
“Railways of Hope and Fear: Selections from the Fernberger Gift of Currier & Ives Prints”

2009 Summer Fellows
Katie Wood, University of Delaware
Julie McGinnis, University of Delaware

2008–9 Barra Fellow
Edward Puchner, Indiana University
“At Home and Abroad: Horace Pippin, Mr. Prejudice and the Double V”

2008 Summer Fellow
James Pearson, State University of New York, Stony Brook
Laura Turner, Temple University

2007–8 Barra Fellow
Katie Rieder, Harvard University
“Revolutionary Objects: Philadelphia Loyalists, Patriots, and the Story of the War”

2007 Summer Fellows
Lillian Fish, University of Virginia
Rachel Wadsworth, University of Maryland, College Park

2006–7 Barra Fellow
Nikki Green, University of Delaware
“Cooling Black Skin: Selected Portraits in the African-American Collections at the Philadelphia Museum of Art”

2006 Summer Fellows
Ellery Foutch, University of Pennsylvania
Catherine Holochwost, University of Delaware

2005–6 Barra Fellow
Amanda Burdan, Brown University
“Rediscovering the Alex Simpson Jr. Collection”

2005 Summer Fellow
Edward Puchner, Indiana University

2004 Summer Fellows
Edwin Harvey, University of California, Berkeley
Marissa Vigneault, Bryn Mawr College