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DAMLI Tina Dunkley Fellowship in American Art

The Tina Dunkley Fellowship in American Art is a post-baccalaureate fellowship providing hands-on training in curatorial practice and museum professions to individuals from historically underrepresented groups who have expressed interest in the field of American art. The fellowship seeks to provide access, exposure, and experience in several forms of professional activities in three museums of varied scale with collections focused on American art. It emphasizes deep, high-quality institutional immersion and engagement with the selected fellows to maximize and offer the strongest facilitation of their desire to pursue museum professions.

The fellowship consists of three consecutive, paid placements at Clark Atlanta University Art Museum (CAUAM), the Zuckerman Museum of Art (ZMA) at Kennesaw State University, and a residency at Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA). Work placements will focus on the development of exhibitions and programs; working with museum collections; conducting research about works of art; and administrative support. Fellows will move through the placements together, working individually and collaboratively as a cohort. Undergraduate seniors, and individuals who have graduated within the past two years are eligible.

Fellows will regularly meet with high-level museum staff supervisors to receive mentorship, encouragement, and feedback. During the ZMA placement, fellows will receive VTS training from the education department managers. The capstone achievement of each placement is the development and realization of a public program, exhibition, or publication within each 11-month placement, in the museum department/focus of the fellows’ choice.

The two-year fellowship will begin July 9, 2018 with three-month initial placement at CAUAM and the ZMA, followed by a PAFA residency that will take place between October – December, 2018. Additionally, CAUAM and ZMA staff will collaborate to offer a research and development trip to an arts-centered destination outside Atlanta and Philadelphia.

The fellowship provides a competitive salary of $35,000/year, and a travel stipend. Undergraduate seniors, and individuals who have graduated within the past two years from bachelor’s and master’s programs are eligible.


2018 - 2020 Fellows

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TK Smith (left), Nzinga Simmons (right)

Nzinga Simmons is an art history scholar, writer and curator based in Atlanta, Georgia. She currently serves as a Tina Dunkley Curatorial Fellow in American Art at the Clark Atlanta University Art Museum. Prior to her work in Atlanta, she received a B.A. in Art History from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a focus on works of art from Africa and the African Diaspora. Through her writing and curatorial practice, she aims to highlight the significant contributions of often marginalized artists to the canon of American art.

 Smith is a curator, writer, and critic. He currently serves as a Tina Dunkley curatorial fellow in American Art at Clark Atlanta University Art Museum. Originally from Iowa, Smith has recently relocated to Atlanta from St. Louis where he received his master’s in American Studies from Saint Louis University.