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Smithsonian American Art Museum Announces 2004–2005 Fellowship Appointments

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The Smithsonian American Art Museum announces the appointment of 11 new fellows for the 2004–2005 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 2004–2005 academic year session are:

• Kimberly Curtiss, Patricia and Phillip Frost Predoctoral Fellow, Rutgers University; "Points in Between: Painting Native America, 1830–1900"

• Sara Doris, Sara Roby Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Kentucky; "Pop Art and the Contest over American Culture"

• Hiroko Ikegami, Predoctoral Fellow, Yale University; "1964: Robert Rauschenberg and the Beginnings of Globalization in Modern Art"

• Guy Jordan, Wyeth Foundation Predoctoral Fellow, University of Maryland; "Consuming Images: The Visual Culture of Virtue and Vice in Antebellum America"

• James Lawrence, Predoctoral Fellow, University of Texas at Austin; "Abdication in an Artistic Democracy: Meaning in the Work of Barnett Newman and Donald Judd, 1950–1970 (and Thereafter)"

• Kathleen Lawrence, Douglass Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow, Boston University; "Aesthetic Transcendentalism and Its Legacy: Margaret Fuller, William Wetmore Story, and American Sculpture"

• Jessica May, Joshua C. Taylor Predoctoral Fellow, University of California, Berkeley; "Off the Clock: Walker Evans and the Crisis of American Capital, 1930–1946"

• David McCarthy, Senior Fellow, Rhodes College, Memphis; "Against Imperium: American Artists in an Age of Global Conflict"

• Anne Samuel, Predoctoral Fellow, University of Delaware; "Vision Conceptualized in the American Renaissance Murals of Edwin Howland Blashfield (1848–1936)"

• Kirsten Swenson, Douglass Foundation Predoctoral Fellow, State University of New York at Stony Brook; "From Kitchen to Factory: Eva Hesse's Labors"

• Stephanie Taylor, Postdoctoral Fellow, New Mexico State University; "Joseph Cornell and His World"

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 available at the Smithsonian American Art Museum include the Patricia and Phillip Frost Fellowship for research in American art and visual culture, the Wyeth Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship for the study of the traditions of American art, 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.

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.

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, 2005.

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.

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