Jobs / Opportunities – Clyfford Still Museum

Jobs / Opportunities

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Thank you for your interest in the Clyfford Still Museum. Please review the available employment, contracting, and volunteer opportunities below.

Clyfford Still Museum Research Center Fellowship Program

The Clyfford Still Museum Research Center (CSMRC) develops multidisciplinary programs and furthers humanities research spanning the twentieth century, the period encompassing Clyfford Still’s life.

Clyfford Still’s graduate studies at Washington State College in Pullman, WA stimulated his deep interest in and knowledge of the humanities—ranging from philosophy and music to poetry and literature. This fellowship program employs the Clyfford Still Museum’s (CSM) resources to facilitate research across disciplines.

CSMRC Fellows will have an opportunity to access materials from the CSM archives and art collection, as well as other collections, including materials from two adjacent institutions, the Denver Public Library (DPL) and the Denver Art Museum (DAM). DAM’s modern and contemporary art collection includes thirty works by Abstract Expressionist Robert Motherwell. DAM also holds internationally recognized collections of Pre-Columbian Art, American Indian Art, and Western American Art (and houses the related Petrie Institute of Western American Art), all of which can help provide resources and context for Clyfford Still and other research fields. The DPL has extensive holdings, including a photography collection of approximately 30,000 images depicting the American west, as well as other humanities-based resources. The presence of several Denver-based colleges and universities add to this unique opportunity for intellectual exchange.

The CSMRC is integral to CSM’s mission of creating and supporting the scholarly understanding and interpretation of Still’s work within the broader context of Modern Studies to provide a lively and intellectually engaging environment that produces new ideas while furthering its commitment to involving a variety of audiences through dialogue.

Fellows are selected in two categories: Senior Fellows (scholars who hold a doctorate or appropriate terminal degree and have been active in their field for at least five years) and Junior Fellows (MA candidates, advanced PhD candidates and/or post-doctoral scholars who have recently entered the field). The Junior Fellowship program is not accepting applications at this time.

Fields of Research:
CSMRC Fellows may explore the broad range of 20th-century humanities disciplines. Qualified scholars working in the areas of 20th-century modernism, abstraction, Abstract Expressionism, modern Canadian art, and color theory are especially encouraged to apply. Other fields including Classics, Anthropology, Literature, Music and similar disciplines, considered through the lens of the 20th-century, are also desirable.

Location and Duration:
All Fellows are expected to be in-residence in Denver, Colorado. Fellowship terms may range between eight to twenty-four weeks, based on the project needs of the fellow. Applications from throughout North America and the world are encouraged. Applications should specify a desired term.

Senior Fellows will receive U.S. $1,250 per week, or $5,000 per month
Junior Fellows will receive U.S. $875 per week, or $3,500 per month
Stipends are intended to cover accommodations in Denver, round-trip air travel between Fellows’ home cities and Denver, and living expenses, among other things.

Each Fellow agrees to present one public lecture relating to the Fellow’s research in process on a mutually agreeable date. It is also the expectation that the research will be disseminated in other ways and lead to a tangible contribution to the field.

CSM interns and staff members may be available to assist Fellows. The Fellows offices are located within the Denver Art Museum’s administrative office building, just steps from the Clyfford Still Museum. Each office is equipped with a computer and other hardware.

The Junior Fellowship program is not accepting applications at this time. Applications for the Senior Fellowship program are accepted throughout the year. Applicants should submit a letter stating their interest, research intent, desired fellowship duration, and other relevant information, not to exceed 500 words. Qualified applicants may apply by email to No formal application is necessary.


Our volunteers assist the Museum staff in making our programs and events a success.  They also help spread the word about the works of Clyfford Still and the Abstract Expressionist movement.  Qualified candidates should possess a love and appreciation of art and a desire to share their knowledge, a flexible attitude for working effectively with the public, basic computer skills (including familiarity with the Internet), and a commitment to reliability.

Please fill out the application and send to the email address below.

For questions, contact

Volunteer Application

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