William A. Camfield Fellowship

The William A. Camfield Fellowship was originally created in July 2001 with the retirement of a beloved professor, past department Chairman, and tireless advocate of the arts in Houston. The fellowship is one of the department's primary fellowships intended to support outstanding student scholarship and museum internship in the field of art history. The fellowship offers students of art history the opportunity to work as an intern for one academic year at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston under the guidance of a professional museum curator.

All graduate students and undergraduate students (excluding graduating seniors) of any major are welcome to apply.

Undergraduate students successfully awarded with the Camfield Fellowship will be required to enroll in three credits of HART 301 in both the fall and spring semesters during their museum internship. Graduate fellows will be required to enroll in three credits of HART 501 in the fall and spring semesters.

Undergraduate Camfield Fellowship Project

Department, Name of Supervisor

Film (Curatorial) – Marian Luntz

Internship Project Overview

The student will become a welcome and valuable member of the Film team and participate in all aspects of our work during the academic year. Assignments will include (but not be limited to) previewing and evaluating a diverse range films for programming consideration, updating the archival database of the history of films shown at the MFAH, writing program notes that will be distributed at the screenings, assisting with the circulating collection of films by Robert Frank (whose centennial is in 2024), attending meetings with colleagues within the Museum as well as community partner organizations, and assisting at selected screenings.

Graduate Camfield Fellowship Project

Department, Name of Supervisor(s):

Prints & Drawings, Dr. Dena M. Woodall

Internship Project Overview:

Conduct research and update collections database information (provenance, bibliography, exhibition history, etc.) on longstanding and recently acquired objects; investigate possible future acquisitions and assist in the composition of purchase and gift reports for incoming acquisitions; develop themes, find and select objects, and write didactic panels and object labels for upcoming installations and rotations of works on paper throughout the Museum, including the European Old Masters galleries, American Arts galleries, and the department’s dedicated gallery for Modern and contemporary art in the Kinder Building; generate content for varied MFAH social media platforms

To apply: submit 1) a brief (1-2 page) statement expressing the applicant’s willingness to undertake the internship and how the Fellowship would enhance the applicant’s other studies at Rice, and career goals in the arts, 2) a CV, and 3) an unofficial transcript.


DEADLINE: Applications are closed for 2023.

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