Research Fellowships available at the Wolfsonian Museum-Florida International University

The Wolfsonian-Florida International University is a museum and research center that promotes the examination of modern visual and material culture. The focus of the Wolfsonian collection is on North American and European decorative arts, propaganda, architecture, and industrial and graphic design of the period 1885-1945. The collection includes works on paper (including posters, prints and design drawings), furniture, paintings, sculpture, glass, textiles, ceramics, lighting and other appliances, and many other kinds of objects. The Wolfsonian’s library has approximately 50,000 rare books, periodicals, and ephemeral items.

The Wolfsonian has strong holdings of British decorative arts and furniture from the late nineteenth century through the 1930s. Especially significant is the large collection of British Aesthetic movement and Arts and Crafts movement objects, which are complemented by rare books and journals on the subjects of decorative art, furniture, interior design, architecture, and urban planning.

The Wolfsonian holds, in addition, a large collection of British prints by artists such as Eric Gill, C.R.W. Nevinson, Frank Brangwyn, Sybil Andrews, and Cyril Power. British war propaganda, travel advertising, and Empire Marketing Board posters are also well-represented. Also in the collection are publications, posters, and objects from the Empire Exhibitions of 1924 and 1938, and many books from the Crystal Palace Exhibition of 1851.

Besides material from Great Britain, the Wolfsonian also has extensive holdings from the United States, Germany, Italy, and the Netherlands. There are also smaller but significant collections of materials from a number of other countries, including Austria, Czechoslovakia, France, Japan, the former Soviet Union, and Hungary.

Fellowships are intended to support full-time research, generally for a period of three to five weeks. The program is open to holders of master’s or doctoral degrees, Ph.D. candidates, and to others who have a significant record of professional achievement in relevant fields. Applicants are encouraged to discuss their project with the Fellowship Coordinator prior to submission to ensure the relevance of their proposals to the Wolfsonian’s collection. For more information, visit https://www.wolfsonian.org/research/fellowships or email to research@thewolf.fiu.edu.

The application deadline is December 31, for residency during the 2020–21 academic year.