Multicultural Curatorial Fellowship



MCA Denver’s curatorial fellowship is for creative, hardworking, and reliable undergraduate students interested in a museum career. The fellowship seeks to engage students from cultural backgrounds traditionally underrepresented in the arts. The intention is to introduce curious and capable students to the curatorial field, charge them with specific projects related to the museum’s programmatic vision, and provide ongoing mentoring from senior museum staff. This is an 8-week long, paid fellowship. The Curatorial Fellow will receive $4000 over the 8-week duration of the program. Applicants must be Colorado residents.


  • Researching artists and exhibition-related topics;
  • Working directly with artists on the realization of their projects on site;
  • Developing a special project at the museum to be realized during the course of the fellowship;
  • Visiting with and making connections to other museum professionals from Denver-based arts organizations;
  • Coordinating loans and artwork production;
  • Preparing and designing didactic content, such as labels and gallery guides;
  • De/installing exhibitions;
  • General department administration, including filing and managing correspondence.


  • Culturally identify with a group underrepresented in museums and visual arts organizations including, but not limited to, individuals of Black or African American, Asian or Pacific Islander, Hispanic or Latinx, or Native American descent.
  • Be pursuing or already have earned a degree in art history or museum studies, or be able to demonstrate a strong interest and knowledge of art history, contemporary art, and museum work;
  • Have an interest in a career as a curator, critic, or scholar;
  • Be able to juggle multiple projects at once;
  • Enjoy researching new topics;
  • Have an acute attention to detail;
  • Possess strong self-direction;
  • Be a flexible, good-natured team player.


  • A commitment to 35 hours weekly over the course of 8 consecutive weeks
  • Be extremely reliable


  • Resume with cover letter
  • Official transcript
  • One letter of recommendation
  • Two additional references


  • Check back in early 2020 for details on how to apply.


The Museum of Contemporary Art Denver (MCA Denver) explores the art and culture of our time through rotating exhibitions and public educational programs. Featuring regional, national and international artists, MCA Denver offers a wide range of exhibitions promoting creative experimentation with art and ideas. Through adult and youth education programs and other creative events, the museum serves as an innovative forum for a culturally engaged community.

MCA Denver was founded in 1996 by philanthropist Sue Cannon and a group of committed volunteers and artists who responded to the community’s desire for a contemporary art museum in Denver. For seven years, MCA Denver occupied a renovated fish market in Sakura Square in lower downtown Denver. In 2003, Mark Falcone and Ellen Bruss, members of MCA Denver’s Board of Trustees, donated a gift of land in Denver’s Central Platte Valley in order to realize the organization’s goal of building a permanent home for contemporary art in Denver. In October 2007, MCA Denver opened its new, 27,000-square foot, environmentally sustainable facility in lower downtown Denver designed by acclaimed architect David Adjaye of Adjaye Associates (UK). The building has five galleries on two floors as well as dedicated education spaces, a shop, library and rooftop cafe. In March 2009, Adam Lerner was appointed as the new director of MCA Denver. Upon Lerner’s move from his former position at The Lab at Belmar to MCA Denver, the Boards of Trustees agreed to merge the two institutions.

MCA Denver is an innovative forum for contemporary art that inspires and challenges all audiences, creating understanding and dialog about the art of our time.

The Museum of Contemporary Art Denver is an equal opportunity employer, dedicated to a policy of non-discrimination in employment on any basis including age, sex, color, race, creed, national origin, religion, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, disability, or veteran status.

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