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Conserving Canvas Paintings Conservation Fellowship

Website The Dallas Museum of Art


Position: Conserving Canvas Paintings Conservation Fellow

Reports to: Paintings Conservator

Level: Fellow

Classification: Exempt, Full-Time

Benefits: Full Museum benefits, travel stipend

Schedule: Monday-Friday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm with one hour for lunch, 35 hours per week onsite at the DMA

Fellowship Period:  Summer 2024 – Summer 2025, exact dates to be determined

Openings: 2

Salary: $45,000 annually

Scope of Position:

The Conserving Canvas Paintings Conservation Fellow(s) will work in the Paintings Conservation studio at the Dallas Museum of Art on the treatment of several recently gifted Viceregal paintings. Each work requires structural treatment, and the project has a specific focus on training and practice in thread-by-thread tear mending techniques. Participants from Latin America are especially encouraged to apply.

Duties & Responsibilities:

In addition to treatment of the Viceregal paintings, the Fellow(s) will work on the research and technical study of each painting, studying the works to make treatment decisions with the opportunity to publish on their findings. Further, the candidate chosen will participate in two scheduled thread-by-thread tear mending workshops to be hosted at the DMA.


  • Receive training in thread-by-thread tear mending treatment techniques and their use in real life treatment projects.
  • Develop innovative treatment methods and tools while problem-solving complex structural issues.
  • Complete collaborative research work with curatorial colleagues.
  • Prepare treatment options for project paintings.
  • Undertake research on treatment options and other questions that present themselves during examination.
  • Gain hands on experience preparing and hosting tear mending workshops.
  • Develop professional communication and interpersonal skills through collaboration with internal and external colleagues

Getty Conserving Canvas Program

Tear-mending workshops and conservation training sessions are made possible with support from Getty through its Conserving Canvas initiative. The Getty Conserving Canvas grant program is an international grant program that began in 2018 and serves to fund projects that allow for training in structural treatment techniques, ensuring that critical conservation skills needed to care for paintings on canvas do not disappear. The focus of the Dallas Museum of Art project grant is in the continued training of thread-by-thread tear mending techniques and large multifaceted and complex structural treatment projects on works specifically from Latin America.


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Candidates should be graduates from a recognized master’s program in conservation or have equivalent training. Candidates should be at a mid-career level working for a museum or similar institution and have a strong interest in structural treatment of canvas paintings. Applicants who are not United States citizens will need to apply for a J-1 visa and will require all necessary paperwork in order to do so.

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