The Andrew W. Mellon Undergraduate Curatorial Fellowship Program

Program Overview

The Andrew W. Mellon Undergraduate Curatorial Fellowship Program and Summer Academy aim to provide specialized training in the curatorial field for students across the United States from diverse backgrounds.

The program takes place at five partnering institutions, each with a world-class, encyclopedic collection that represents the artistic production of human culture. The partnering museums include the Art Institute of Chicago; the High Museum of Art in Atlanta; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; and the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City.

Each partnering institution hosts two Summer Academies—one in 2014, the other in 2015. Two participants from each Summer Academy are selected as Andrew W. Mellon Undergraduate Curatorial Fellows.

Questions? See Frequently Asked Questions or e-mail

2015 Mellon Summer Academy at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Have you ever wondered how exhibitions are created? Or what skills are necessary to work in a museum? Are you curious to learn more about what a curator does? If you answered YES to any of these questions, then apply to the Summer Academy!

The Summer Academy is a one-week intensive program consisting of:

• Behind-the-scenes art museum tours
• Workshops with art museum professionals
• Tours of exhibitions with curators
• Networking events with art museum professionals

The Mellon Summer Academy at the MFAH is scheduled for the week of June 1, 2015

Application Information

2015 Application deadline: Monday, February 2

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2014–16 Andrew W. Mellon Undergraduate Curatorial Fellows

Jennifer Cernada is an art history major at Rice University in Houston. She is a first-generation American from Miami. Jennifer began her studies at Rice with the intent to major in biochemistry and cell biology, but an art history course during her first semester awakened her passion for art. As a freshman, Jennifer excelled in a graduate-level art history course titled “Latin American Bodies: On Modernism,” taught by Fabiola Lopez-Duran. Jennifer’s curatorial mentor is Mari Carmen Ramirez, the Wortham curator of Latin American Art.
Stormy Hamilton is pursuing a B.A. in art at Texas Southern University. Prior to enrolling at TSU, Stormy studied welding and metal fabrication at Minneapolis Community and Technical College. Volunteering at the University Museum at TSU under the guidance of Alvia Wardlaw inspired Stormy to learn more about art history and the curatorial field. Stormy will be working with curatorial mentor Alison de Lima Greene, curator of contemporary art and special projects, and researching the work of John Biggers, who established the art department at TSU in 1949.

Read bios of the Mellon Undergraduate Curatorial Fellows at all participating institutions.