Smart Undergraduate Research Associate for contemporary art/Toward Common Cause: Art, Social Change, and the MacArthur Fellows Program at 40

Opportunity Description:

Reporting to the MacArthur Fellows Program 40th Anniversary Exhibition Curator at the Smart Museum of Art, the Smart Undergraduate Research Associate will provide academic research and curatorial support for the forthcoming exhibition Toward Common Cause: Art, Social Change, and the MacArthur Fellows Program at 40 opening July, 2021 and running until January, 2022. A major exhibition organized on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the MacArthur Fellows Program. Toward Common Cause will include the work of 30 MacArthur fellows and take place in venues across the city of Chicago.  

Gaining in-depth experience of the exhibition process from initial preparations to installation, the Smart Undergraduate Research Associate duties will include, conducting artist research, managing the exhibition checklist, liaising with multiple museum departments, among others. This position will also provide curatorial support for the museum’s permanent collection of modern & contemporary art and additional exhibitions as assigned.

Primary Responsibilities: 

Principle responsibilities include, working closely with the MacArthur Curator and exhibitions team to maintain the exhibition checklist, conduct artist research, liaise with multiple museum departments, assist in the development of new commissions and artists’ projects, among others.

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 History.

Preferred Skills: 

Spanish Fluency.

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

Knowledge or skills gained from the experience: 

The Research Associate will gain in-depth knowledge of the exhibitions process and inter-workings of a university art museum.

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:

    Abigail Winograd
    Faculty Title: 
    Smart Museum