Art Papers Partners with Newcomb Art Museum at Tulane University to Launch the
Mildred Thompson Arts Writing and Editorial Fellowship
The Fellow will produce curatorial and art historical writing for NAM; receive hands-on editorial
training with Art Papers; produce public programs with both institutions; and conceptualize, edit,
and publish an issue of ART PAPERS magazine.
“I have had a keen interest in partnering with Art Papers for a long time because of its institutional history and mission,” stated Dr. Maurita Poole, director of NAM. “As we strive to transform arts ecosystems and provide greater access to arts journalism and criticism, it made sense to reach out to an organization based in the American South that has provided nuanced and critical perspectives about the arts for over forty years.”
The fellowship is named in honor of Mildred Thompson, associate editor of ART PAPERS from 1989 to 1997. Thompson, herself an artistic force who is only now beginning to receive longoverdue recognition for her artwork, was responsible for interviewing leading Black artists, cultural producers, and thought leaders of the time. She challenged the White establishment artworld for its lack of diversity—and she did it from Atlanta, in the pages of ART PAPERS. This editorial fellowship builds upon her legacy.
Assistant Editor” on the Tulane University website at https://jobs.tulane.edu/position/IRC23305.
For 46 years Art Papers has provided multiple platforms for publishing and presenting diverse voices and critical perspectives on the cultural moments and urgent conversations happening in and beyond the art world. The organization is committed to creating space for diverse voices and amplifying them, especially ones that have historically been marginalized in the art world.
Created in 1996, Newcomb Art Museum of Tulane University builds upon the legacy of Newcomb College (the first degree-granting coordinate college for women in the U.S., existing from 1886-2006) and celebrates the college’s vision for education, social enterprise, and artistic experience. Today, the museum cares for a permanent collection of over 7,000 artworks and presents contemporary art exhibitions and interdisciplinary programs. The exhibitions and programs highlight the contributions of women to art and design, and feature work of artists from historically under-represented communities to foster the exchange of ideas, civic dialogue, and community transformation. The museum also deploys the faculty expertise of a Research 1 University to explore socially engaged art and provide opportunities for a new generation of museum professionals. https://newcombartmuseum.tulane.edu
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