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Smithsonian American Art Museum Announces 2003–04 Fellowship Appointments

Media only: Laura Baptiste (202) 275-1595

The Smithsonian American Art Museum announces the appointment of 11 new fellows for the 2003–2004 academic year 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.

"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 fellows for the 2003–2004 academic year session are:

  • Alison Bechtel, Douglass Foundation Fellow, University of Pennsylvania; "Infiltrating the Interior: The New York Art World and Collectors' Houses, 1860–1900"

  • Michael C. Dooley, Patricia and Phillip Frost Fellow, University of Iowa; "Citizen Bird: Progressive Era Ornithological Art and the Founding of the Bird Conservation Movement"

  • Ken Gonzales-Day, Smithsonian Institution Latino Studies Senior Fellow, Scripps College; "California Strange Fruit: The Lynching of Latinos in Early California"

  • Shannon Egan, Sara Roby Fellow, Johns Hopkins University; "An American Art: Edward S. Curtis and the North American Indian, 1907–1930"

  • Oscar Fitzgerald, James Renwick Fellow; "In Their Own Words: The History of Studio Furniture Makers, 1925 to Present"

  • Michael Lobel, Postdoctoral Fellow, Bard College; "James Rosenquist, F-111, and the Politics of Pop"

  • Ellen Roberts, Predoctoral Fellow, Boston University; "Japanese Art and the American Aesthetic Interior, 1876–1893"

  • Donald Sloan, Patricia and Phillip Frost Fellow, University of Kansas; "The John Reed Club and Visual Culture"

  • Flora Vilches, Predoctoral Fellow, University of Maryland; "Studying the Archaeological Process in the Work of Robert Smithson, Mark Dion, and Fred Wilson"

  • Elizabeth Wiley, Predoctoral Fellow, George Washington University; "The Reciprocating Gaze: Painters, Natives and the State of Maine in the First Half of the Twentieth Century"

  • Jennifer Wingate, Postdoctoral Fellow, Independent Scholar; "Doughboys, Art Worlds, and Identities: Sculpted Memorials of World War I in the United States"

Since 1970, the museum has hosted more than 250 scholars who now occupy positions in academic and cultural institutions across the United States. 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 and the James Renwick Fellowship in American Craft. The museum also hosts fellows supported by the Smithsonian's general fellowship fund.

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

Research resources at the museum include extensive photographic collections documenting American art and artists and unparalleled art research databases. An estimated 100,000-volume library specializing in American art, history and biography is shared with the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery. 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 40,000 artworks in all media spanning more than three centuries.