Research

Fellowships

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As part of our commitment to the study of American art, the Carter hosts fellows whose research would benefit from close examination of our library, archives, and art collections. During their stay, all fellows are expected to actively participate in the scholarly life of the museum, and at the end of their appointment they are asked to present research progress in the form of a lecture or roundtable discussion.

Successful candidates should have an in-depth knowledge of the history of American art and culture. Preference will be given to projects that most fully leverage the complement of collections and research resources available at the museum. The awards are based on merit and are open to all qualified individuals.

Gentling Fellowship

The Gentling Fellowship was established in 2018 to as part of a larger initiative to honor and advance the artistic legacy of brothers Scott and Stuart Gentling. The Gentling Fellowship provides support for scholars at the PhD or equivalent level, in a variety of disciplines, whose projects work to secure the Gentlings' rightful place among the foremost American painters of the last half of the twentieth century. Submission of a publication-quality essay and/or participation in a public lecture may be a requirement of select awards.

Funding: $4,000 per month with a $1,000 travel stipend, from a minimum of nine months to a maximum of twelve months of full-time research at the museum. Housing and travel expenses are to be managed and funded by the fellow, although the museum is available for assistance in locating accommodations.

Application Deadline: The application deadline has passed. Applications for January–December 2022 funding open November 2021.

Current and Former Fellows

  • Barbara E. Mundy, Professor of Art History, Fordham University: Gentling retrospective monograph

  • Scott Barker, Independent Scholar: Gentling retrospective monograph

  • Erika Doss, Professor of American Studies and Chair of Department, University of Notre Dame: Gentling retrospective monograph

Davidson Family Fellowship

Established in 1996 by a generous gift from the Davidson Family Charitable Foundation, the Davidson Family Fellowship at the Carter provides support for scholars holding a PhD (or equivalent), or for PhD candidates to work on research projects that advance scholarship on American art by connecting with objects in the museum’s collection.

Funding: $3,000 per month, from a minimum one-month to a maximum four-month period of full-time research at the museum. Housing and travel expenses are to be managed and funded by the fellow, although the museum is available for assistance in locating accommodations.

Application Deadline: The application deadline has passed. Applications for October 2020–September 2021 funding open in summer 2020.

Current and Former Fellows

  • Ellery Foutch, Assistant Professor of American Studies, Middlebury College: “Martin Johnson Heade’s ‘Gems of Brazil’”

  • Erika Pazian, PhD Candidate, The Graduate Center, City University of New York: Mexican War images (topic)

    Birgit Spengler, Assistant Professor of American Studies, Goethe University: “Women’s Contributions to Nineteenth- and Early Twentieth- century Photography of the American West”

    Catherine Barth, PhD Candidate, Emory University: American Photography of the Mid-Twentieth Century: Clarence John Laughlin, Wynn Bullock, and Frederick Sommer”

    Louise Siddons, Associate Professor of Art History, Oklahoma State University: “‘Good Pictures are a Strong Weapon’: Laura Gilpin and the Politics of The Enduring Navaho

  • Katherine (Kappy) Mintie, PhD Candidate, University of California, Berkeley: “An Unoriginal View? The Trial of William Henry Jackson’s The Palisades, Alpine Pass

    Emily Burns, Associate Professor of Art History, Auburn University: “From the Prairie to Paris: Bronzes of the American West in France, 1897–1900”

  • Emily Voelker, PhD Candidate, Boston University: “A ‘Collection of American Types’ in Paris: The Transnational Dissemination and Reception of William Henry Jackson’s Photographs of North American Indians (1877)
  • Layla Bermeo, PhD Candidate, Harvard University: “Borderlands between Text and Image: The United States, Mexico, and Mapmaking, 1821–1848”

    Nika Elder, Post-Doctoral Teaching Fellow, Princeton University: “William Harnett’s Curious Objects”

    Sedrick Huckaby, MFA: A Dialogue With an Unknown People (series of works on paper)

  • Jennifer Henneman, PhD Candidate, University of Washington: “The American Cowgirl, an Icon of Unintended Consequence; or, How Tomboys Tamed the West”

  • Monica Steinberg, PhD Candidate, Graduate Center of The City University of New York: “Name-Games: Documenting the Development of Alter-Egos in the Los Angeles Art World of the 1960s”

  • Maggie Cao, PhD Candidate, Harvard University: “Martin Johnson Heade and the Un-grounding of Landscape”

  • Timothy G. Andrus, PhD Candidate, Virginia Commonwealth University: “Stuart Davis’ New Mexican Landscape and the American Scene”

  • Aaron Carico, PhD Candidate, Yale University: “Portrait as Still Life: Slavery, the Politics of Realism, and William Harnett’s Attention, Company!
  • Nancy Palm, PhD Candidate, Indiana University: “Thomas Cole’s National Landscapes and the Context of Indian Identity Construction in Nineteenth-Century America: Preliminary Findings at the Amon Carter Museum”

  • Mark White, Associate Professor, Oklahoma State University: “Art as a Social Expression: Stuart Davis, Communication, and the Agency of Abstraction”

    Shirley Reece-Hughes, PhD, Independent Scholar: “Uncovering America's Vernacular Past: Artist Immigrants and Cross-Culturalism in the Age of Early Modernism”