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Project Curatorial Fellow – The Art of Edward Lange

  • January 11, 2021 5:14 PM
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    January 11, 2021

    Project Curatorial Fellow - The Art of Edward Lange

    Preservation Long Island

    Cold Spring Harbor, NY

    Preservation Long Island advances the importance of historic preservation in the region through advocacy, education, and stewardship. Working to raise awareness, appreciation, and support for the protection of a shared past, our program areas include interpreting historic sites; collecting art and material culture pertaining to Long Island history; creating publications and exhibits; and providing direct support and technical assistance to individuals and groups engaged in local preservation efforts. Our mission is to celebrate and preserve Long Island’s diverse cultural and architectural heritage through advocacy, education, and stewardship of historic sites and collections.

    Preservation Long Island seeks a curatorial fellow to collaborate with the Curator on the creation of a digital database and virtual exhibition focused on the life and work of Long Island artist Edward Lange (1846–1912), a German immigrant and prolific self-trained painter who rendered the region’s towns, landscapes, and industries with precision and historical accuracy during the 1870s and 1880s.

    Funded by the Gerry Charitable Trust, the fellowship offers hands-on experience in collections and curatorial work, as well as digital content creation, for an emerging museum professional who will take ownership over the project as an integral member of a small, dynamic team for the period of one year.


    Collections research and cataloguing: Locate and survey artworks by Edward Lange and maintain an inventory spreadsheet; fully research and catalogue individual artworks as needed; enhance PLI’s collection files and catalogue records.

    Digitization: Oversee and coordinate professional photography with institutional colleagues and secure permissions to use and reproduce images. Work with the curator and an IT specialist to create and design the digital database and website.

    Exhibition development and writing: Develop interpretive concepts and draft label copy; assist with the finalization of content and launch website.

    Outreach and social media: Publicize the on-going project through the creation of content for Preservation Long Island’s blog and social media platforms (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Vimeo).


    This is a temporary, non-exempt position compensated at a rate of $20.00 per hour (less applicable withholdings) based on a work week of 35 to 40 hours for a period of twelve months. Benefits include paid holidays as well as vacation days calculated on an accrual basis after six months of employment. Paid sick leave is also available. Health insurance is not included. The candidate must have a valid US driver’s license and access to a car for travel to offsite locations for research/survey purposes.


    Candidates should possess an M.A. in art history, history, museum studies, material culture, or a related field, or equivalent work experience. The position requires a self-motivated individual with excellent research, written, and verbal communication skills. Proficiency in collections/content management software, Microsoft Office, Google Suite, and social media platforms are preferred. Past experience managing projects and development of web-based content is also a plus.

    Individuals from diverse backgrounds, including people of color, women, and LGBTQ-identified individuals are encouraged to apply. Preservation Long Island is an equal opportunity employer and recognizes and values the benefits of a diverse workforce.

    How to Apply

    Application deadline: March 7, 2021

    Submit a CV, letter of interest, and a short writing sample (5-10 pages) to Lauren Brincat, Curator, at lbrincat@preservationlongisland.org

    For additional information: preservationlongisland.org

    About the Art of Edward Lange Project

    The Art of Edward Lange is a multi-year, multi-phase collaboration with the Long Island Museum in Stony Brook, NY and cultural institutions across the Long Island region. The project includes the creation of a digital exhibition and database website (phase 1), the curation of a full-scale gallery exhibition at the Long Island Museum (phase 2), and the publication of a scholarly catalogue by Preservation Long Island (phase 3).

The Museum Association of New York strengthens the capacity of New York State’s cultural community by supporting professional standards and organizational development. We provide advocacy, training, and networking opportunities so that museums and museum professionals may better serve their missions and communities.

Museum Association of New York is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization. 

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