Smart Museum Undergraduate Research Associate: Media Aesthetics Exhibition (Smart to the Core II)

Opportunity Description:

The Feitler Center for Academic Inquiry at the Smart Museum of Art seeks an undergraduate for research into artworks and artists for an upcoming 2021/22 exhibition. As part of the ongoing exhibition series “Smart to the Core,” this project will be based on the texts, questions, and themes of the Core curriculum sequence “Media Aesthetics.” Working closely with the Director of the Feitler Center and the Assistant Curator for Academic Initiatives, the Associate will assist with early research, conceptualization, and checklist building for this project.

Primary Responsibilities: 

Helping identify and compile key themes for the exhibition project; conducting research on prospective artists and artworks; compiling and maintaining files for the project; liaising with multiple museum departments; assisting with early ideas for programming; other duties as required.

All Smart Undergradute Research Associates will be expected to partipate in the 2020 University of Chicago Undergraduate Research Symposium on 5.15.20 and the annual research scholars curriculum. If selected as an SUR Associate, you will receive more information about these expectations separately. 

Minimum Qualifications and/or Eligibility Requirements: 

Undergraduate student interested in Art and Art History.

Preferred Skills: 

Excellent writing, editing and communication skills, close attention to detail, and a high degree of organization.

Required Courses (Optional): 

Successful completion of the Humanities “Media Aesthetics” sequence (preferably all three quarters).

Recommended Training (Optional): 

Course: Art History 101, “Introduction to Art”

Knowledge or skills gained from the experience: 

In-depth knowledge of the exhibition process and the inner-workings of a university art museum. Application of research skills to a public museum context. Application of theoretical texts from this course to a relatable format with broader public appeal.

Application Process: 

Please upload the required information in a single PDF file in the online application form:

Candidate materials will be reviewed on a rolling basis and the opportunity open until filled. DO NOT SEND APPLICATION MATERIALS TO THE FACULTY CONTACT. If you do, your materials will not be considered.

Application Requirements: 

  • Submit CV
  • 350 Word Statement of Interest
  • Names of Two References
  • Unofficial Transcript
  • For more information on this opportunity, please contact:

    Issa Lampe
    Faculty Title: 
    Feitler Center, Smart Museum