For Rutgers Faculty, Students, and Visiting Scholars

For Rutgers Faculty, Students, & Visiting Scholars

Morse Research Center  Class of 1937 Study Gallery • Assistantships 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., Curator of American Art and Mellon Director for Academic Programs: (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.  

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 Mellon Director for Academic Programs. 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 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 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 Jane Sharp, Research Curator for Soviet Nonconformist Art: jasharp@arthist.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 Donna Gustafson, Curator of American Art and Mellon Director for Academic Programs. 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.

Internships

The Zimmerli Art Museum offers internships for academic credit to undergraduate and graduate students at Rutgers University. Under the supervision of a department head or curator, interns gain firsthand museum experience by assisting with regular departmental activities that range from routine administrative and clerical tasks to research and special projects. The academic-year internship program (fall and spring semesters) offers part-time internships (8 to 10 hours a week) for academic credit. The semester long program is structured to give interns an understanding of the university art museum as a place of research, collection management, education, and outreach. Interns may have the opportunity to work in the following departments: curatorial, registrar's office, education, development, communications, 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). Preference is given to Rutgers students, however, students enrolled in other universities are also encouraged to apply. 

Curatorial Internships

Working with collection curators, interns will gain experience with a range of curatorial duties, including exhibition development, collection documentation and management, and research. Interns will have the opportunity to work directly with collection objects and with the museum’s collection database.

Graphic Arts Collection

The Zimmerli's collection of works on paper (prints, drawings, photographs, and books) includes examples ranging from the Renaissance through the twenty-first century, with particular strength in French nineteenth-century and American twentieth-century prints. Several exhibitions from the collection are presented each year throughout the museum, and works are also regularly made available in the museum’s study room for researchers and special class presentations. 

American, Modern, and Contemporary Painting and Sculpture

Focusing on collection management, exhibition development, research and outreach, the curatorial internship in American, Modern, and Contemporary Art, requires an interest in contemporary and modern art and culture. Interns work with the curator on research and exhibition projects. 

Russian and Soviet Nonconformist Art

Curatorial, library, and archival interns in the Department of Russian and Soviet Nonconformist Art are engaged in the department’s effort to popularize Russian and Soviet nonconformist art via exhibitions and to provide greater access and knowledge of the library and archival holdings. Interns will support management of the department’s library and archival collections and/or might help with research and implementation of exhibitions and educational programs. Russian speaking and reading skills are required.

Education Department Internship

The Zimmerli's Education Department works with visitors of all ages to support learning in the museum and foster creativity through a variety of programs and resources.

Education Interns primarily support the museum’s programs for schools and families while also working with the Zimmerli’s educators on a project tailored to their particular interests, such as creating interpretive materials for family audiences or the general public.                       

Eligibility and academic credit

Students from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. All students who wish to receive academic credit for their internship at the Zimmerli must register for internship credits with their department head or faculty advisor and notify their Zimmerli supervisor in advance of beginning the internship.

Dates

The internship program is scheduled in accordance with the academic calendar at Rutgers and runs from September through December; January through May.

To apply

To apply please send a personal statement describing your specific interest in the internship program and how a museum internship relates to your larger educational and career goals (500 word or less). If you are interested in curatorial and/or educational work, please describe your experience in the field, including any relevant coursework and languages. Include a resume and a letter of a letter of recommendation from your academic advisor or department chair who will arrange for you to receive credit for your internship. Please ask your referee to include your name in the subject line of the email.

Applications for the fall semester are due July 1; spring semester applications are due November 15.

Email your application to: Internships@zimmerli.rutgers.edu.

All applicants are notified via email when the complete application is received; selected applicants are contacted for interviews. All applicants are notified of their status no later than two weeks after the close of the applications. Accepted interns are required to participate in an orientation program during their first week at the museum.

Graduate Internship Program

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.