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Smithsonian American Art Museum Announces Fellowship Appointments

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The Smithsonian American Art Museum announces the appointment of 16 new fellows for the 2002/2003 session. The museum's program, established in 1970, grants awards for scholars and students to pursue research at the museum, including senior, postdoctoral and predoctoral fellowships, as well as 10-week graduate student awards.

"The Smithsonian American Art Museum is delighted to host these scholars and to continue supporting new scholarship about American art," said Elizabeth Broun, the museum's Margaret and Terry Stent Director.

The museum's 2002/2003 fellows are:

• Martin Berger, Smithsonian Postdoctoral Fellow, SUNY-Buffalo, "Painting Whiteness: Race in American Visual Culture"

• Jody Blake, Joshua C. Taylor Fellow, Bucknell University, "The Black Arts Movement and Cold War Politics at the Pan-African Festivals in Dakar, 1966, and Algiers, 1969"

• Sarah Evans, Smithsonian Predoctoral Fellow, University of California, Berkeley, "Cindy Sherman's Image: Figuration, Feminism and the Avant-Garde, 1975–2000"

• Susan Fillin-Yeh, Smithsonian Senior Fellow, Independent Scholar, "Realism and Modernity: John Sloan's Streets and Rooftops"

• Mette Gieskes, Patricia and Phillip Frost Fellow, University of Texas, Austin, "The Structuralist Politics of Game and Risk in the Art of Sol LeWitt, Vito Acconci, Bruce Nauman, Simon Hantaï, and Stanley Brouwn, 1960–1975"

• Anne Harrell, Douglass Foundation Fellow, Independent Scholar, "The Condition of Music: Walter Pater and American Modernism, 1900–1930"

• Janet Headley, Smithsonian Senior Fellow, Loyola College, Maryland, "Structuring Urban Space: Public Monuments in Boston, 1825–1897"

• Sarah Newman, Sara Roby Fellow, University of California, Berkeley, "Excavating the Urban Landscape: Space and Memory in the Paintings of George Bellows"

• R. Sarah Richardson, Douglass Foundation Fellow, CUNY Graduate Center, "Recovering an American Past: Precisionist Images of Rural Vernacular Architecture, 1915–1940"

• Tacey Rosolowski, James Renwick Postdoctoral Fellow in American Craft, Independent Scholar, "Articulate Touch: Creating a Critical Language of Contemporary Art Jewelry"

• Michael Shreyach, Patricia and Phillip Frost Fellow, University of California, Berkeley, "The Nature of Automatism: Abstract Expressionism, Pragmatism, and the Technique of Spontaneity"

• Isabel Taube, Sara Roby Fellow, University of Pennsylvania, "The Persistence of Memory: Cultural Continuity in American Paintings of Interiors, 1880–1920"

• Ann Prentice Wagner, Smithsonian Predoctoral Fellow, University of Maryland, College Park, "'Living on Paper': The Culture of Drawing in the Stieglitz Circle, 1903–1925"

• Catherine Whalen, Smithsonian Predoctoral Fellow, Yale University, "Collecting/Creating Anglo-America"

• Michelle Wilkinson, Smithsonian Postdoctoral Latino Studies Fellow, Bard College, "'Co-Workers in the Kingdom of Culture': Black and Latino Artists in U.S. Arts Movements"

• Barbara Zabel, Joshua C. Taylor Fellow, Connecticut College, "The Wire Portraits of Alexander Calder"

Fellowship opportunities specific to the Smithsonian American Art Museum include the Patricia and Phillip Frost Fellowship for research in American art and visual culture; the Sara Roby Fellowship in Twentieth Century American Realism; the Douglass Foundation Fellowship in American Art; the James Renwick Fellowship in American Craft; and the Joshua C. Taylor Fellowship for senior and postdoctoral scholars in American art and visual culture. The museum also hosts Smithsonian Institution fellows.

Since 1970, the museum has hosted more than 250 scholars who now occupy positions in academic and cultural institutions across the United States.

To receive information about 2003/2004 fellowships call (202) 275-1557 or write to fellowships[at] to request a brochure. The deadline for applications is .Jan. 15, 2003.

In addition to fellowships, the museum's research programs include an estimated 100,000-volume library, shared with the National Portrait Gallery, specializing in American art, history and biography. Additional resources include extensive photographic collections documenting American art and artists and unparalleled art research databases. An active publications program of books, catalogs and the critically acclaimed journal American Art complements the museum's exhibitions and educational programs.

The Smithsonian American Art Museum collection began with gifts of art donated to the federal government in 1829 and has evolved into the world's most important American art holdings with approximately 39,000 paintings, sculptures, prints and drawings, photographs, folk art and contemporary crafts.

While the renovation of the museum's historic home—the Patent Office Building—continues, American Art offers a full program of exhibitions at its Renwick Gallery (Pennsylvania Avenue at 17th Street N.W.). For information about Renwick Gallery activities, call (202) 357-2700. Please visit the museum's award-winning Web site at