Clyfford Still forged a path that was radically different from his peers. At the height of his success, he elected to represent his own interests instead of relying upon the art market. He held on to over 93% of everything he made and entrusted this corpus to an unnamed American city. The Clyfford Still Museum opened its doors in 2011 after his widow, Patricia Still, selected the City and County of Denver to be the home for the estate. Over the course of the first decade, the Museum offered the public a glimpse at Still’s artistic achievement, housed in an architectural marvel. As it embarks on its second decade, the Clyfford Still Museum asks how else we might draw strength from this gift.
Residential Fellowship Program
The Clyfford Still Museum recently closed applications for its new residential fellowship program. Four Fellows will be selected to engage the Museum and its collections in Denver, July 21–August 11, 2024.
Areas of Focus
CSM will offer a single fellowship in each of the following categories:
The Fellow will pursue studio practice that would benefit from research on and engagement with CSM’s collection and/or archives.
Art History or Criticism
The Fellow will draw sustenance from CSM’s collections and archives in order to illuminate the historical and philosophical stakes of Still’s art and writings; to bring his work in vibrant conversation with the work of his peers as well as those of subsequent generations; and/or find critical resonance between his work and that of contemporary artists.
Early Childhood Education
The Fellow will engage with projects that would benefit from and contribute to the practices in early childhood education pursued by the Learning and Engagement team at CSM. Proposed projects would advance the development of new possibilities at the intersections of art museums, education, and early learning.
The Fellow should thoroughly investigate financial frameworks suitable for nonprofits and social enterprises, such as our own, that support the freedom of innovation. This pursuit was highly valued in Still’s philosophy and is essential to future Clyfford Still Museum’s success.
A committee of staff and external advisors will review the proposals. Candidates will be notified by April 2, 2024.