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The James A. Sanders Gallery Fellowship is a one-year fellowship (two semesters) to support one or more students interested in exhibition design, publicity, curation, and management. Two to three fellowships may be awarded each year.

The fellow will spend one semester with the University Art Collection and one semester at the New Harmony Gallery of Contemporary Art. At each location, the fellow will be assigned a project that supports the mission of the organization. In addition, there are opportunities to learn different aspects of caring for an art collection and managing a non-profit art gallery. In the newly created Back Gallery at the New Harmony Gallery of Contemporary Art, a fellow may have the opportunity to curate their own exhibition. The fellow is required to complete a journal that describes the project and experiences of the fellowship. 

This fellowship connects you with art professionals in the region and aids in networking for future career opportunities.

Find out what previous Sanders Fellows have done.

The fellowship funds three credit hours of tuition per semester for the required enrollment in ART 399. Fellows working in the New Harmony Gallery of Contemporary Art also receive a stipend for travel to and from New Harmony.

To be eligible for the James A. Sanders Gallery Fellowship, the student must

  • Be majoring in Art (any concentration) or Visual Arts (Teaching).
  • Be of junior status or above at the time of Fellowship.
  • Be able to complete the Fellowship prior to graduation.
  • Have successfully completed a minimum of two art history survey courses.

Applications for 2023 are due Friday, April 29, 2022.

  • Complete a 350-word essay explaining your future career aspirations and how the fellowship will help them to achieve their goals. This will be uploaded in the online application.
  • Obtain the recommendation of an Art & Design faculty member (A recommendation letter is optional). The faculty member should email Dr. Shannon Pritchard indicating their support.

For questions, please contact: 

Applications for 2023 are due October 14, 2022. 

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After applications are received, top candidates will be invited to meet with the selection committee for interviews.