The Kress Fellowship is intended for a recent graduate from library school who wishes to pursue a career in art librarianship or visual resources curatorship. Individuals working in a related discipline (e.g., art history, museum studies, etc.) and
considering the professional transition to art librarianship or actively engaged with issues central to the profession are also encouraged to apply. This fellowship is made possible through the generosity of the Samuel H. Kress Foundation. Through this fellowship, the Kress Foundation seeks to achieve in the field of art librarianship what it has accomplished for art history and art conservation: ensuring the growth of the discipline by promoting the advancement of new professionals.
The Arts Library at Yale serves a distinguished array of academic and
museum programs, architects, artists and scholars. Kress Fellows have the
opportunity to interact routinely with faculty, staff and students in
distinguished Schools of Architecture, Art, and Drama; a nationally ranked
department of the History of Art; and two outstanding university art
museums, the Yale Center for British Art and the Yale University Art . They
also have occasion to collaborate with colleagues from throughout the Yale
University Library, including the Sterling Memorial Library, the Beinecke
Rare Book and Manuscript Library, and the library and rare books department
of the Center for British Art. The rich professional and scholarly
resources of New York City and Boston's art libraries and museums are close
at hand, providing still further opportunities for professional growth and
professional contact with colleagues.
Kress Fellows are introduced to a broad spectrum of professional
activities. They have the opportunity to provide reference and information
services, offer bibliographical instruction to undergraduates and graduate
students in the classroom and the library, assist users with an increasing
range of electronic resources, perform collection development activities,
interact with a variety of special collections and learn about visual
resources curatorship. During their tenure at Yale Kress Fellows are
expected to pursue a mutually agreed-upon project resulting in a
serviceable product such as a publishable paper or a new library service.
The Kress Fellowship is a competitive fellowship. Applicants should submit
an academic and professional resume as well as a brief statement of purpose
and names of three references. The statement of purpose is expected to
reflect a genuine commitment to art librarianship and the provision of
information services to the visual arts community. There is no application
form. A committee of Yale librarians will review submissions. The Kress
Fellow will be in residence at Yale for eight months beginning as early as
Summer 2005, and will receive an award of $30,000 for the fellowship
For more information: Contact Katherine Haskins, Director, Arts Library, Yale University, Art and Architecture Library, 180 York Street, P.O. Box 208242, New Haven, CT 06520-8242.