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The Asia Foundation: 2024 Margaret F. Williams Memorial Fellowship in Asian Art (USA)

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In partnership with the Asian Art Museum, The Asia Foundation announces a call for applications for the 2024 Margaret F. Williams Memorial Fellowship in Asian Art, a programme supporting exchange between diverse, emerging curatorial voices focusing on Asian or Asian American art. The fellowship will be held from 1 June to 31 August 2024.

Held every second year, the fellowship supports two emerging contemporary art curators: one from Asia and one from the United States. The Asian Art Museum’s Contemporary Art Department offers fellows a unique residency opportunity for a period of up to three months under the guidance of Abby Chen, senior associate curator and head of Contemporary Art.

Located in the heart of San Francisco, the Asian Art Museum has more than 20,000 artworks ranging from ancient jades and ceramics to contemporary video installations. Dynamic special exhibitions, cultural celebrations, and public programmes for all ages provide art experiences that unlock the past and spark questions about the future.

The 2024 fellows will work within the Asian Art Museum’s Practice Institute and report to the museum’s inaugural assistant curator of games and technology, Cheng Xu, whose new exhibition RAD (Research And Development) opened in January 2024. Fellows will support the development of criteria for presenting new arts practices, including multimedia artworks, theatre sound, performances, digital artworks, archives, community engagement, and non-traditional works that may exist independent of gallery spaces. They will also contribute to the integration of interactive experiences and interpretive technology, including video games, for the forthcoming major exhibition with game designer Jenova Chen.

The fellowship provides round-trip travel to and from San Francisco, housing and per diems, a 10,000 USD stipend toward a self-designed study tour (outside of the fellowship period), and an additional grant to develop a special project or programme that reflects their research.

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