Magazzino Italian Art Scholar-in-Residence Application

Magazzino Italian Art
Scholar-in-Residence, 2022 – 2023

Located in Cold Spring, New York, Magazzino Italian Art is a museum and research center dedicated to advancing scholarship and public appreciation of postwar and contemporary Italian art in the United States. Through its curatorial, scholarly, and public initiatives, the museum explores the impact and enduring resonances of Italian art on a global level. Magazzino was co-founded by Nancy Olnick and Giorgio Spanu, following their three decade-long support of Italian art and artists. Under the directorship of Vittorio Calabrese, Magazzino was created in 2017 with a mission to serve as a cultural resource and platform for engaging with postwar and contemporary Italian art in the Hudson Valley community and beyond.

Launched in 2018, the Scholar-in-Residence program is an annual fellowship that invites an emerging scholar to pursue or continue an independent project that contributes new research on postwar and contemporary Italian art and would benefit from access the museum’s resources. The selected candidate is provided an annual salary, housing nearby the museum, and flexible leave time to allow for participation in conferences, guest lecture positions, and off-site research necessary to the complete the proposed project. 

In this role, the Scholar-in-Residence is able to closely study the Olnick Spanu Collection, which includes seminal works by artists central to the Arte Povera movement and contemporary Italian artists and is installed within the museum’s Research Center. Located in the Miguel Quismondo-designed building, adjacent to the museum’s galleries, the Research Center holds a library and archive of over 5,000 books and publications of postwar and contemporary Italian art, design, and architecture, including many rare books and significant and unique archival materials. Throughout the fellowship period, the Scholar-in-Residence will consult on how to expand the center’s growing bibliography. The selected candidate is also encouraged to visit and engage with art institutions, libraries and cultural resources in the surrounding region. 

In addition to having time to work on their own research, the Scholar-in-Residence will collaborate with the museum’s team, providing expertise and scholarly perspectives on upcoming public programs and exhibitions, in addition to leading tours throughout the museum. The selected candidate will curate Magazzino’s annual spring lecture series, which has typically included contributions from scholars whose body of work reveals new perspectives on postwar and contemporary Italian Art. Applicants can review examples from previous series in 20192020 and 2021.

Fellowship Period
The Scholar-in-Residence fellowship is 11 months in length, beginning on September 21, 2022 through July 31, 2023.

Candidate must hold a doctoral degree (or international equivalent) in with a specialization in twentieth century Italian art. The candidate must have received the degree and defended their work within five years of September 21, 2022. The candidate must be proficient in both English and Italian.

Funding and Support
As the 2022-2023 Magazzino Italian Art Scholar-in-Residence, the selected candidate will receive:

  • An annual salary with the ability to apply for benefits
  • Housing nearby the museum in Cold Spring, NY that can accommodate the scholar. Additional accommodation support for the selected candidates living arrangements.
  • A designated area within the museum building for the scholar to work, with access to the Research Center and the exhibition galleries.
  • Flexible leave time to allow for participation in conferences, guest lecture opportunities, and off-site research necessary to the complete the proposed project. Additional support for participation in these opportunities is available on a discretionary basis.

The Magazzino Italian Art Scholar-in-Residence is a temporary full-time employee of the museum.

How to Apply
Applications for Magazzino Italian Art’s Scholar-in-Residence for the 2022-2023 year will be accepted starting September 21, 2021 through December 1, 2021. Applications must be submitted to in English. Materials received after the deadline and in any other format will not be reviewed.

Required application materials include:

  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum Vitae, including information of educational and professional history, awards, and bibliography of published work.
  • Statement of interest and intent for independent project(s) to continue or complete during fellowship period, including a tentative schedule of work
  • Proposal for annual lecture series
  • A brief biographical statement
  • Three letters of recommendation, with at least one from an academic contact

Applications will be reviewed by a committee comprising previous Scholars-in-Residence, Magazzino Italian Art’s executive team, as well as academics and curators with expertise in postwar and contemporary Italian art. Applicants will be notified of their application status by February 1, 2022.

Magazzino Italian Foundation does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, creed, color, sex, age, physical or mental disabilities, sexual orientation, or national origin. This opportunity will be awarded on an objective and nondiscriminatory basis.

Candidates with questions about this process should reach out to