The Mellon Indigenous Arts Initiative aims to support the study of Indigenous arts and to increase opportunities for object-oriented research and teaching at the University. The goal of the faculty fellowship program is to offer UVA faculty the opportunity to pursue creative and scholarly projects in the arts. These Mellon Arts Fellows will be able to forge new research initiatives with the University's museums and their collections, and jointly organize workshops, exhibitions and courses on interdisciplinary themes related to the Global Indigenous arts.
Mellon Arts Fellows will be partially released from teaching and will be expected to develop a course based on the research they conduct during their fellowship. The course itself may be taught in the subsequent year. In addition to one course release, each Fellow will receive research funds in the amount of $10,000 ($6,500 to support their individual research and creative work and $3,500 for course development).
The first call for applications seeks to appoint up to five Indigenous Arts Fellows working in areas related to the Indigenous arts, to begin Summer or Fall 2017. Additional calls for applications for this program will be announced in Fall 2017 and Fall 2018, to select up to five Fellows per year.
Photo: David Bosun demonstrating printmaking for Dean Dass’s classes at Ruffin Hall, 2013. Photo: Tom Coghill.