Philbrook Museum of Art is a vibrant cultural institution in Tulsa, Oklahoma that typically welcomes over 120,000 visitors each year. Oklahoma is home to 39 Native nations—the most of any in the United States—representing various cultural regions including the Eastern Woodlands and Plains, among others. Tulsa has one of the highest percentages of Native populations in the country and is at a confluence of three tribes: Cherokee, Muscogee (Creek), and Osage.
A 1920s Italianate Villa nestled in 25 acres of designed gardens, Philbrook features a dynamic and ambitious program of rotating exhibitions and galleries with selections from an actively growing collection of approximately 16,000 objects, about 5,000 of which are from Native North American artists. With artworks from Africa, the Americas, Asia, and Europe dating from 3,000 BCE to today, Philbrook is Oklahoma’s most comprehensive art museum and offers visitors a glimpse into a broad range of cultures, time periods, and perspectives. The diverse collection supports a vision of Philbrook as central to the lives of our community as a place for learning, inspiration, and fun. Through bold action and strategic investment, we create a space for new ideas, diverse perspectives, and social connection.
Philbrook Museum of Art seeks applications for a two-year appointment (renewable up to one year) as Mellon Fellow for Native Art. The Fellow will join a robust curatorial team focused on Native and contemporary art, with one curator dedicated to Native art, and three devoted to collaborations with contemporary art and artists. Twenty-first-century art—especially including Native art—is a cornerstone of the Museum’s program, which includes acquisitions, commissions, and exhibitions as well as innovative forms of engagement with artists, the institution, and our community.
The Mellon Fellow for Native Art will play an important role in this vital program intended to expand the canon of contemporary art beyond the boundaries of traditional Western narratives. Working in collaboration with the curatorial team and under the supervision of the Curator of Native American Art, the Mellon Fellow will undertake research in preparation for a major exhibition drawn from the collection. Additionally, the Fellow will participate in planning ongoing collection reinstallations, develop and present one to two public programs each year, and partner with Native artists and communities across North America on collection and exhibition-related research.
The ideal candidate is committed to audience-centered curatorial practice and appreciates working within an organizational structure that values collaboration and teamwork.
Salary & Benefits
Pay range - $38-48k
Philbrook provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.
Applicants affiliated with an Indigenous community are encouraged to apply.