Smart Undergraduate Research Associate for Photography (modern and contemporary)

Opportunity Description:


Reporting to the Curatorial Fellow for Diversity in the Arts at the Smart Museum of Art, the Smart Undergraduate Research Associate will provide academic research and curatorial support for a forthcoming exhibition focusing on photography’s use as a documentary medium since the 1960s. This exhibition aims to offer an expanded view of documentary approaches from the 1960s—the beginning of new critical assessments of documentary photography—to the present with the spread of “near documentary” and “post-documentary” practices. It will feature several works created in Africa and the African diaspora.

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, assisting with exhibition didactics and label production, liaising with multiple museum departments, among others.

Primary Responsibilities: 

Principle responsibilities include, working closely with the Curatorial Fellow and exhibitions team to maintain the exhibition checklist, conduct artist research, liaise with multiple museum departments, assist with exhibition didactics and label production, assist with installation and exhibition layout plans, 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.

Coursework on the history of photography is strongly preferred.


Preferred Skills: 

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: https://ccrf.uchicago.edu/content/smart-museum-undergraduate-research-associates

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:

    Leslie Wilson
    lmwilson@uchicago.edu
    Faculty Title: 
    Curator
    Department: 
    Smart Museum