Institute of Contemporary Art Boston

25 Harbor Shore Drive
Boston, MA 02210

Date Posted:
October 11, 2022

Eastern Massachusetts



ICA Museum Fellowship


Position Title: ICA Museum Fellowship
Department: Curatorial/Education
Reports to: Deputy Director for Curatorial Affairs and Barbara Lee Chief Curator and Charlotte Wagner Director of Education

Status: Full time, Salary Exempt, At Will

(37.5 hours per week), Fixed Term Employment for 12 months

Overview: The Institute of Contemporary Art’s (ICA’s) museum fellowship supports the careers of aspiring museum professionals in the field of contemporary art museums. This fellowship will provide opportunities to increase the demographic and cultural diversity in the museum field. It is designed to proactively address issues of diversity and disparity in the museum profession, and represents the ICA’s continued commitment to encourage greater access and inclusion. Qualified candidates from groups historically underrepresented in the curatorial and museum professions are strongly encouraged to apply.

The fellowship is set up as a hands-on working and learning opportunity supporting the curatorial and education departments in exhibition research and implementation and community and educational engagement.

The person in this role will collaborate with a network of individuals across the organization, including a variety of staff, interns, and contractors to ensure high-quality work is being achieved in a timely manner.

The fellow is designated a fixed term employee with a specific start and end date. Limited benefits will be provided.

The fellow reports to the Barbara Lee Chief Curator (and other curatorial titles, as appropriate) and the Charlotte Wagner Director of Education and will work collaboratively with both departments.

Duration: The fellowship begins October 2022 and ends in October 2023. Exact dates to be determined. The time commitment is expected to be 37.5 hours over 5 days per week for the length of the fellowship.

Application Deadline: Application review begins October 17. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

The ICA invites applicants for a fellowship to work in a hands-on capacity in support the ICA’s survey exhibition and monograph of Simone Leigh. The ICA was chosen to represent the United States at the 2022 Venice Biennale with a historic and critically acclaimed presentation of Leigh’s work at the U.S. Pavilion. Leigh’s ICA survey exhibition, immediately following Venice, will be the first comprehensive survey of Leigh’s art and will be accompanied by the first scholarly monograph on the artist, public and educational programming in Boston, and a national tour of the exhibition.

This role offers an unprecedented opportunity to work alongside the ICA’s curators and educators to gain knowledge about contemporary art museums from an inside view as well as a unique international perspective. The fellow will have multiple mentors across department areas.


1. All ICA employees are required to reside in Massachusetts and within a reasonable commuting distance from our Seaport location as of their first day of work.

2. All new hires are be required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 no later than their first day of work.


  • Support Curatorial team of ICA Leigh survey exhibition in all phases of exhibition development, including conducting research, assembling checklists and presentations, and drafting labels and didactic materials.
  • Support all phases of the development of the Leigh publication, including conducting research, liaising with contributors, editors and book designers, securing images, and managing rights and reproduction.
  • Support the Education department’s ongoing community outreach efforts, including meeting, collaborating, and corresponding with individuals and groups.
  • Provide administrative support to the Chief Curator and Director of Education as needed including supporting other Leigh related projects, including correspondence, travel arrangements, and mailings.
  • Participate in the life of the curatorial and education departments, and the ICA, by attending regular meetings, ICA special events, and public programs.
  • Based on the skills and interests of the fellow, other opportunities and duties may be provided and/or assigned.
  • Advanced degree in art history, museum studies, or a related field such as African American or Africana studies, or Women and Gender studies; current Master’s and doctoral candidates accepted.
  • Sound research skills and an ability to conduct independent research.
  • Strong writing and verbal communication, and a demonstrated ability to write for multiple audiences. Experience working with academic and non-academic audiences a plus.
  • Must be detail-oriented, self-motivated, and able to work on multiple projects at once. This role is administrative.
  • Strong inter-personal and organizational skills required. Must be able to work collaboratively in a team environment. Appreciation for working with individuals having different perspectives and backgrounds required.
  • Available to work 37.5 hours per week over five days for duration of fellowship.
  • Willingness and ability to travel domestically and internationally.
  • Onsite availability expected as of hire date.
How To Apply:

Interested candidates should send a resume, cover letter of interest,and short professional writing sample (e.g. published for general audience, project related blog post, wall text, gallery guide, object entry, etc.) to When applying, please include “2022 Museum Fellowship” in the subject line.

The ICA is located at 25 Harbor Shore Drive, Boston, and is accessible by public transportation (Red and Silver Line).

The ICA is dedicated to building a culturally diverse and pluralistic workforce committed to working in a multicultural environment. Qualified candidates from groups historically underrepresented in the museum professions are strongly encouraged to apply.

The ICA is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to being a diverse and inclusive workplace. We are an EOE/AA employer dedicated to fair and inclusive employment practices for all individuals.

Apply by:
October 17, 2022
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