The High Museum is one of five museums that will participate in the Andrew W. Mellon Undergraduate Curatorial Fellowship Program, a newly launched initiative intended to train future curators who are from or committed to engaging audiences of diverse backgrounds.
The Mellon Foundation intends its efforts to broaden the museum community’s embrace of the country’s ever-growing multicultural population. Twenty freshmen and sophomore college students will receive intensive education and mentoring at the High or the other member museums: the Art Institute of Chicago, the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. The latter received the $2,073,000 grant and will be the lead party.
“We are honored and excited to participate in this important initiative and to help foster future leaders and diversity in the curatorial field,” said High director Michael E. Shapiro. “This program offers the very special opportunity for undergraduate students to gain a true understanding of how museums work and for art institutions to become more inclusive and representative of the communities they serve.”
For more information and, soon, application instructions: click here.
High commissions Physic Garden
Come March 15, a two-story “plate painting” will stand in the atrium of the High Museum of Art’s Wieland Pavilion. Created by ceramicist Molly Hatch, Physic Garden takes its inspiration from two 18th-century Chelsea Factory plates from the museum’s Frances and Emory Cocke Collection of English ceramics. The project, says Hatch, merges “decorative art, design and fine art.”
The piece, which will be 22 feet high and 17 feet wide, will consist of 475 plates, each hand-painted from a projected image Hatch designed by altering and manipulated the flora and fauna patterns of the originals. The title refers to the Chelsea Physic Garden, a botanical garden founded by the Society of Apothecaries in London in 1673, which likely inspired neighboring factory porcelain decorators.
“One of the most exciting aspects of Physic Garden is seeing the historic decorative arts and design collection through the lens of a creative young artist,” says Sarah Schleuning, curator of decorative arts and design at the High. “We can’t wait for our visitors to experience this new work as well as revisit our important and beloved collection of English ceramics.”
See the work in process on Hatch’s blog.
On home page: detail of Hatch’s mock-up showing her version of the floral pattern.