Center Resident Collections Fellow

The Cranbrook Center for Collections and Research Resident Collections Fellow position is a unique opportunity for an emerging museum or historic house curator with a passion for the decorative arts and architectural history to play a leading role in the preservation and interpretation of Cranbrook’s diverse historical collections and built environment. 

Reporting directly to the Center’s Director, and working collaboratively with the staff of the Center, including the Archives, as well as Cranbrook’s Art Museum, Institute of Science, and Schools, the Collections Fellow researches

Collections Fellow at Cranbrook Center for Collections and Research

collections and assists with the development of their documentation, storage, care, conservation, and inventory, as well as their display and interpretation within the context of Cranbrook House, interventions with Saarinen House, and small campus-wide exhibitions. The Collections Fellow develops and organizes collections-based education programs for Cranbrook Schools; develops lectures and tours for regional audiences, such as the Center’s popular Day Away bus tours; assists with visiting researchers; develops the representation of the Center’s collections and programs on the Center’s evolving website and through the Center’s blog (“Cranbrook Kitchen Sink”); and provides private tours of the campus, including both Cranbrook House and Saarinen House.

Collections Fellows typically hold an MA in decorative arts, art history, architectural history, material culture, or a related field, with an emphasis on late 19th- through mid-20th-century art and architecture and a specialty/interest in the decorative arts and design. They have experience in object-based research and possess solid interpretation skills, as well as outstanding speaking, writing, and editing skills, strong computer skills (Microsoft Office and PowerPoint); and collections database experience (TMS preferred). They typically have previous curatorial experience, or have completed internships at other institutions. 

The fellowship is typically ten to twelve months long, with a possible renewal for a second year.

Collections Fellow at Cranbrook Center for Collections and Research

A weekly salary and a modest apartment in historic Saarinen House are provided (no pets or smoking permitted). 

Collections Fellow positions, when available, are posted on Cranbrook’s website at

As the Center’s current Collections Fellow, Kevin Adkisson, will be working at Cranbrook through June 2018, we anticipate beginning a search for the Center’s 2018-2019 Collections Fellow in the late fall of 2017.

past center collections fellows

Stefanie Kae Dlugosz-Acton (2014 – 2016)
Assistant Curator, Architecture, Design and Decorative Arts
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri

Shoshana Resnikoff (2012 – 2014)
Assistant Curator for Exhibitions and Research
Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Massachusetts

Deirdre Hennebury, Ph.D. (2011 – 2012)
Assistant Professor, Architecture, College of Architecture + Design
Lawrence Technological University, Southfield, Michigan

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