Carnegie Museum of Art Announces New Fellowship to Advance Diversity in the Curatorial Profession

Carnegie Museum of Art (CMOA) is honored to announce the creation of the Margaret Powell Curatorial Fellowship, a full-time, two-year position for recent college graduates from historically underrepresented backgrounds in the art museum field. Slated to begin in 2020, the fellowship is designed to expand access and build experience for early-career curators while also addressing a field-wide need for greater staff diversity in museums today. The Margaret Powell Curatorial Fellowship is made possible by generous funding from the Arts, Equity, & Education Fund, a Pittsburgh-based private family foundation. It is named in honor of CMOA’s late curatorial assistant in decorative arts and design who passed away earlier this year. Powell was a valued and tenacious colleague who was committed to issues of diversity and inclusion in the workplace as well as in her research. “We are indebted to the Arts, Equity, & Education Fund for their partnership in creating this critical opportunity for new voices in the curatorial field,” said Eric Crosby, CMOA’s Henry J. Heinz II Acting Director and Richard Armstrong Senior Curator of Modern & Contemporary Art. “A commitment to bringing new voices to the table is essential for museums to thrive in the 21st century.” “Carnegie Museum of Art’s commitment to deeper community engagement and expanding opportunities aligns closely with AE&E’s mission. The Margaret Powell Curatorial Fellowship will expand the museum’s endeavors to connect people to art, ideas, and one another. This is an exciting opportunity and we are pleased to be partners with the museum,” said Chris and Dawn Fleischner, founders of the Arts, Equity, & Education Fund. Chris Fleischner is also a member of Carnegie Museum of Art’s Advisory Board. For the two-year fellowship period, the Fellow will gain immersive professional experience in CMOA’s team-oriented curatorial division, working collaboratively across disciplines at the museum and contributing to collection research, interpretive writing, and exhibition development. “The Fellow’s contributions will be vital to CMOA’s artistic program,” explained Catherine Evans, Director of Strategic Initiatives. “The fellowship is intended to be flexible to align with the Fellow’s interests and to build expertise through research. The Margaret Powell Curatorial Fellowship represents our shared commitment to increasing access to curatorial fields, starting with young people who are embarking upon their careers.” A job description will be posted widely this summer and CMOA will select a final candidate in the fall.


General operating support for Carnegie Museum of Art is provided by The Heinz Endowments and Allegheny Regional Asset District. Carnegie Museum of Art receives state arts funding through a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. 


Carnegie Museum of Art creates experiences that connect people to art, ideas, and one another. The museum is committed to global engagement and regional advancement. We champion creativity and its importance to society with experiences that welcome, inspire, challenge, and inform. Our core activities—collecting, conserving, presenting, and interpreting works of art—make those experiences possible. Our collection of over 30,000 works emphasizes art, architecture, photography, and design from the 19th century to the present. One of the four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Museum of Art was founded by industrialist and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie in 1895. To learn more, please call 412.622.3131 or visit