For Rutgers Faculty, Students, and Visiting Scholars

For Rutgers Faculty, Students, & Visiting Scholars

Morse Research Center  Class of 1937 Study Gallery • Mellon Foundation Programming 
Assistantships and Internships 


Morse Research Center for Graphic Arts

The Zimmerli invites Rutgers faculty and students, as well as general researchers, to use the rich resources of the Morse Research Center as a vital part of their teaching and research, as well as to complement study assignments and to inspire learning. The Center’s study room can comfortably accommodate classes or groups of up to 15 people.     

Works on paper—including prints, drawings, photographs, rare books, and original illustrations for children’s books—comprise a major component of the Zimmerli’s permanent collection. Strengths include: American art; European art, particularly nineteenth-century French art; and Russian and Soviet Non-Conformist art. The Zimmerli’s Japanese prints along with photographs, rare books, and works in the Japonisme style (works inspired by Japanese art and culture), are also accessible in the Morse Center. The collection has representative examples of printmaking techniques ranging in date from the fifteenth century to the present, including woodcut, engraving, etching, drypoint, aquatint, lithography, screen print, and monotype; as well as early and modern photographic media and recent digital processes.  

The Morse Research Center has a noncirculating library of reference books on printmaking history and techniques, as well as monographs and artist files on French nineteenth-century, American twentieth-century, and contemporary artists. The Zimmerli’s rare book collection is an important resource for research on Paris and Montmartre during the period 1875-1914; a finding aid for the journals is available here.

The Morse Research Center is open to individuals and small groups by appointment on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, 10:30am to 12:30pm and 1:30 to 4:30pm. Rutgers faculty and students may also schedule appointments at other weekday times; classes of more than 15 people may be divided for access to this special Rutgers resource. The Morse Research Center is closed in August. To schedule a visit or for questions about visitor guidelines, please email MorseCenter@zimmerli.rutgers.edu.

Class of 1937 Study Gallery

As the university art museum at Rutgers, the Zimmerli serves the research and curricular needs of the academic community in a variety of ways. Each semester, the Study Gallery showcases paintings, sculpture, prints, drawings, and photographs from the collection selected by faculty and museum curators for Rutgers academic courses.

Study Gallery Procedures for Professors

Rutgers faculty may request objects from the Zimmerli’s collection for the benefit of student inquiry and research. Because space in the project gallery is limited, please follow the procedures below to ensure that all requests can be accommodated:

  1. Submit request 4 weeks in advance of the start date. Objects will remain on view for the semester.
  2. The typical request contains 3-5 objects. However, with adequate advance notice, we will make every effort to accommodate a larger request.
  3. Email your request to Donna Gustafson, Ph.D., Andrew W. Mellon Liaison for Academic Programs and Curator (dgustafson@zimmerli.rutgers.edu). Provide as much of the following information as possible:
  • Professor’s name, email address, and phone number
  • Course title
  • Class assignment information
  • If known, include the artist, title, and accession number. If not, describe the types of objects that you hope to have on view. The curatorial staff will search the collection and suggest a group of objects for faculty review
  • Start and end dates for the objects to be on view
  • Specific labeling requests
  • Specific arrangement requests

Donna Gustafson will confirm by email or phone that space is available and help to finalize the object list.  

Programs for Graduate and Undergraduate Students supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation 

The museum’s Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Endowment Fund, established in 2002, supports experiential learning at the Zimmerli across the museum’s areas of collecting through innovative curriculum connections, special programs, and collaborations with faculty, staff, and students. The most recent award in 2012 funds two graduate exhibition seminars organized with faculty in the Department of Art History. The Mellon Foundation also makes possible the Zimmerli’s efforts to explore collaborative projects across disciplines, through a partnership with the Honors Program in the School of Arts and Sciences at the university for undergraduate students.

Collaboration with the Graduate Program in the Department of Art History

The Mellon Foundation’s most recent award to the Zimmerli supports two graduate exhibition seminars organized with faculty in the Department of Art History. During the next five years, this grant funds two graduate seminars in art history (with two e-books featuring research by the seminar students), two publications, two major exhibitions, two scholarly symposia, and, each year during the grant cycle, two full-time summer internships for graduate students in the Department of Art History at Rutgers. The first of these exhibition seminars, Not About Face: Identity and Appearance, Past and Present, was co-taught by Susan Sidlauskas, Department of Art History, and Donna Gustafson, Andrew W. Mellon Liaison for Academic Programs and Curator at the Zimmerli, in the spring of 2012. A related e-book was published in early 2013 and an exhibition, Striking Resemblance: The Changing Art of Portraiture took place in 2014. 

Collaborative Program for Undergraduates in the Honors Program

Offered through the Honors Program at Rutgers' School of Arts and Sciences, the two-semester colloquium Inside the Museum: The Creative Crossroads of Art, Education, and Collecting examines museums as institutions of culture in the modern world and offers students the opportunity to learn about their historical origins, experience the museum “behind the scenes,” and be trained to engage the public as a docent and educator.

This initiative offers a rare opportunity for Honors students from all majors to go “Inside the Museum.” Students sign up for two one-credit short courses (10 meetings each), in the fall and spring semesters.

For additional information, contact Donna Gustafson, Andrew W. Mellon Liaison for Academic Programs and Curator.

Graduate and Undergraduate Student Assistantships and Internships

Graduate Student Assistantships

Each year the Zimmerli supports five graduate students with a stipend, health insurance, and tuition remission. This program includes: Dodge Assistantships for the study of Soviet nonconformist art; the Dodge-Lawrence Fellows for general assistance with the Russian and Soviet art collections; and a museum graduate assistant or Museum Fellow, who works under the leadership of the Andrew W. Mellon Liaison for Academic Programs and Curator. These awards are made by the Department of Art History at Rutgers in tandem with the Zimmerli.

Dodge Assistantships for Graduate Study at the Zimmerli Art Museum and in the Department of Art History at Rutgers

The Zimmerli offers Dodge Graduate Assistantships to doctoral candidates in the Department of Art History who are committed to research on unofficial art of the former Soviet Union. Established in 2002 with a generous endowment from the Avenir Foundation, in support of the collection gifted by Norton and Nancy Dodge, this assistantship program provides full tuition, fees, and health benefits, as well as an annual stipend of $25,000 for living expenses, to two graduate students (known as Dodge Assistants) in each funding cycle. Travel funds for research and language study abroad, as well as for participation in conferences, are also available to Dodge Assistants by formal application.

Dodge Assistants who enter Rutgers without a master’s degree are eligible for five years of assistantship funding. During the course of the first three years, students are obliged to work 15 hours a week in the Zimmerli’s Russian and Soviet curatorial offices; the subsequent two years support dissertation research and writing without any work obligation. Those who enter with a master’s degree are awarded four years of funding, reflecting a shortened period of coursework required for the doctoral degree. A fifth or sixth year of funding may be available by formal application.

Work at the Zimmerli Art Museum is supervised by Jane A. Sharp, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Art History and Research Curator for the Dodge Collection, with the assistance of other museum staff. The types of activities vary from year to year and may include:

  • assigned and, as appropriate, independent research on exhibitions and publications 
  • providing curatorial assistance for exhibitions, from conception to installation
  • providing support for the research activities of visiting scholars to the Dodge Collection and related archives
  • assisting with the management, care, and digitization of the collection

In addition, Dodge Assistants are required to give at least two public tours of the Dodge Collection each year they are in residence, in consultation with the Zimmerli’s Curator of Education.

Application and Selection Process: Dodge Assistantships are awarded by the Department of Art History to incoming graduate students. Awards for students entering the graduate school in the 2012-2013 academic year have been made. For further information about the Dodge Assistantships, contact Professor Jane Sharp at jsharp@rci.rutgers.edu.

Dodge-Lawrence Assistantships for Graduate Students at the Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers

The Zimmerli offers Dodge-Lawrence Graduate Assistantships to doctoral candidates in any department. Endowed in 1997 by Francis L. Lawrence, the president of Rutgers University at the time, in honor of Norton T. and Nancy Dodge, this assistantship program provides selected students (known as Dodge-Lawrence Fellows) with full tuition, fees, and health benefits, as well as an annual stipend of $25,000 for living expenses.

Dodge-Lawrence Assistantships are given for one year with a possibility of renewal on a yearly basis for up to five years. Students are obliged to work 15 hours each week during the academic year in the Zimmerli’s Russian and Soviet curatorial office with Julia Tulovsky, Associate Curator of Russian and Soviet Nonconforist Art. Dodge-Lawrence Fellows are engaged in a variety of activities depending on their skills and the museum’s needs for its Russian and Soviet art holdings.  Activities, supervised by a member of the Zimmerli’s professional staff, may range from providing administrative support to assisting with curatorial, editorial, research, and collection management projects.

The goal of the program is to contribute to the activities of the Zimmerli Art Museum while providing each student the opportunity to explore a range of professional experiences in a university art museum.

Application and Selection Process: Eligible students must be enrolled in a graduate program in any department of Rutgers University and in good academic standing. Preference is given to students who are interested in Russian art and culture, have knowledge of Russian language, and possess skills that are relevant to the projects currently planned or in progress at the Zimmerli. Qualified students may apply via formal letter by March 15 to Donna Gustafson, Ph.D., Andrew W. Mellon Liaison for Academic Programs and Curator at dgustafson@zimmerli.rutgers.edu.

Graduate Curatorial Assistantship

The Zimmerli offers one Graduate Assistantship in the office of the Andrew W. Mellon Liaison for Academic Programs and Curator to students in the Department of Art History at Rutgers. The one-year assistantship of 15 hours a week provides full tuition, fees, and health benefits, as well as a stipend of $25,000 for living expenses. The Graduate Assistantship may be renewed for an additional year.   

The assistant’s work at the Zimmerli Art Museum is supervised by Dr. Donna Gustafson, Andrew W. Mellon Liaison for Academic Programs and Curator. Activities vary from year to year, depending on the exhibitions and programs planned at the museum, and may include:

  • contributing to the planning and implementation of Mellon Programs including symposia, guest lectures, and film screenings with an interdisciplinary focus
  • identifying and researching interdisciplinary topics for university collaborative programming
  • providing curatorial assistance, from the conception to the installation of exhibitions
  • assigned and, as appropriate, independent research on exhibitions and publications
  • assisting with management, care, and research of the collection
  • providing museum tours for faculty and students

The goal of the Graduate Assistantship is to create opportunities for students to contribute to the programmatic and curatorial work of the university art museum.  Typically, the Graduate Assistant participates in the long and short range goals of the office for Academic Programs to integrate the museum into the life of the university. As a result of their work within the museum, students gain a broad range of professional experience that advances their careers, whether as museum curators or academics.

Application and Selection Process: Eligible students must be enrolled in the Graduate Program of the Department of Art History at Rutgers. Qualified students should send a letter of interest and curriculum vitae by March 15 to the Director of the Graduate Program in the Department of Art History, who forwards candidates to the museum for interviews. For additional information, please contact Donna Gustafson, Ph.D., at dgustafson@zimmerli.rutgers.edu.

Graduate Internship Program

The Department of Art History offers a Curatorial Studies Certificate Program to graduate students at Rutgers. The Zimmerli supports this program through internships in its curatorial offices. In addition, the museum offers Rutgers University students opportunities to intern at the museum for academic credit through its Undergraduate Internship Program, highly competitive internships for graduate students, and two paid Andrew W. Mellon Summer Internships.

The Zimmerli offers highly competitive internships for academic credit to graduate students in art history and other disciplines. These internships focus on American and European art housed in the Morse Center, American paintings and sculpture, and the office of the registrar. Graduate interns work 10 to 12 hours a week for ten weeks and are instructed in the proper techniques for handling art work, researching and cataloguing collections, and organizing exhibitions and programs. Preference is given to graduate students enrolled in the Curatorial Studies Certificate Program administered by the Department of Art History at Rutgers.

Undergraduate Internship Program

The Zimmerli offers up to four undergraduate unpaid internships for credit during the fall and spring semesters. The academic-year, part-time internships (10 to 12 hours a week) are restricted to Rutgers University students. The ten-week program is structured to give interns an understanding of the university art museum as a place of research, collection management, and outreach. Interns may have the opportunity to work in the following departments: curatorial, registrar's office, education, development, community relations, installation, and business office. Interns are placed on the basis of their academic training, experience, and interests, as well as departmental availability (not all departments accept interns every semester).

Application and Selection Process: Eligible students must be enrolled in at Rutgers. Qualified students should send a letter of interest and curriculum vitae or resume to internships@zimmerli.rutgers.edu. For additional information, please contact Donna Gustafson, Curator of American Art and Mellon Director for Academic Programs at dgustafson@zimmerli.rutgers.edu

Mellon Summer Graduate Internships

The Zimmerli offers two Summer Internships each year through the summer of 2016 to art history graduate students enrolled in the Department of Art History at Rutgers University. Funded by Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, these Mellon internships pay a competitive hourly stipend for eight weeks of full-time work (35 hours per week). The interns are supervised by Donna Gustafson, Ph.D., Andrew W. Mellon Liaison for Academic Programs and Curator. Responsibilities of the Mellon Summer Interns focus on research and collections care and may include:

  • assisting with a survey of the American painting and sculpture collection
  • cataloguing, condition checking, and researching works of art
  • providing curatorial assistance with exhibition development and organization
  • assisting in the planning and implementation of programs ranging from symposia, guest lecturers, and film screenings, as well as developing printed matter related to these programs
  • assisting with data entry on The Museum System (TMS)

Application and Selection Process: Eligible students must be enrolled in the Graduate Program of the Department of Art History at Rutgers. Qualified students should send a letter of interest and curriculum vitae to the Director of the Graduate Program of the department of Art History by March 15, who forwards candidates to the museum for interviews. For additional information, please contact Donna Gustafson at dgustafson@zimmerli.rutgers.edu.