Lenore G. Tawney Fellowship Call for Applications


Fellowship duration: May–December 2023
Application deadline: November 14, 2022

Open to: scholars, writers, curators, or artists of all educational levels with demonstrated engagement in research, study, or other activities relevant to the Tawney collection.

Details: Fellows will conduct research onsite at JMKAC using the Tawney collection and other JMKAC resources. Fellows are not expected to reside in Sheboygan during the term. Fellows will be awarded a stipend of $30,000 for travel, accommodation, research materials, and translation.

Image: Lenore Tawney in her loft at 115 Spring Street, New York, 1966. Photo: Clayton J. Price, courtesy of the Lenore G. Tawney Foundation, New York.

This opportunity seeks to foster new engagement with pioneer fiber artist Lenore G. Tawney’s art environment that is installed at JMKAC’s Art Preserve and part of the institution’s collection. In 2019, JMKAC worked with the Lenore G. Tawney Foundation to acquire hundreds of key components from Tawney’s last studio environment with assistance from Kohler Foundation, Inc. The collection and installation include organic items such as feathers, eggshells, and bones that were arranged in her space alongside studio tools, skeins of thread, collectibles, and mementos she acquired in her extensive travels. In addition to important works by Tawney, the collection also features work by numerous other artists including Tony DeLap, Wharton Esherick, Ben Shahn, Toshiko Takaezu, Peter Voulkos, Beatrice Wood, and Albert Zahn.

In keeping with Tawney’s interdisciplinary spirit, candidates may apply with projects that study overlooked aspects of works and movements related to Tawney, and/or discuss previously unexplored connections between those works and art from other disciplines. When accepted, fellows will be invited to conduct onsite research at JMKAC, using the Tawney collection as well as other JMKAC resources.

Conceived to foster independent research, the Fellowship will offer a framework tailored to each scholar’s field of inquiry. Though primarily a research Fellowship, the fellow will be expected to share a lecture, essay, exhibition, symposium, work of art, or similar outcome to JMKAC before the fellowship ends.

Additional information about this opportunity is available at https://www.jmkac.org/tawney-fellowship-job-opportunity/

This fellowship is generously supported by endowment funds provided by the Lenore G. Tawney Foundation.

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