For 2017-2018 the Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library will be offering short-term “Maker-Creator” Fellowships for the first time. These fellowships are designed for artists, writers, filmmakers, horticulturalists, craftspeople, and others who wish to examine, study, and immerse themselves in Winterthur’s vast collections in order to inspire creative and artistic works for general, non-academic audiences. The aim of this initiative is to open our collections to a wider audience who can interpret the past and our collections in unique and imaginative ways outside of traditional academic avenues.
Some examples of projects include (but are not limited to):
- Visual artists looking to gain inspiration and hone techniques from our vast prints and paintings collection.
- Ceramicists who would like to examine our collections to learn the techniques and styles of early American potters in order to replicate similar forms.
- Filmmakers researching images and archival evidence for a documentary film.
- Woodworkers who want to study our large collection of furniture and design sources for help in recreating and mastering the skills involved in early American cabinetmaking.
- Horticulturalists who want to study landscape design, gardening, and its history at Winterthur and the wider Atlantic World.
- Authors working on historical fictions who wish to research daily life in the Americas from 1600s to the present day.
At this time, Winterthur cannot offer studio spaces to working artists. These fellowships are intended primarily as opportunities for makers and creators to immerse themselves in our museum, garden, and library collections in order to study and research American life from the 17th through the 20th centuries. While the fellows will pursue individual projects, they will benefit from the expertise of librarians, curators, conservators, and other Winterthur staff members. Furthermore, fellows will be able to share their work and gain new perspectives from other research fellows through monthly colloquia and informal lunches and conversation with those on site.
Please follow the application instructions outlined for all fellowships (post-doctoral, dissertation, and short-term), located here. However, we ask that applicants to the maker-creator fellowships pay particular attention to their essay and outline concisely an overview of their proposed research at Winterthur. We encourage you to contact museum and library staff to develop your list of research materials/bibliography.
Maker-creator applications do not require a full portfolio. However we welcome 1-2 supplements (image, short writing sample, etc.) to help an applicant communicate to the review panel the nature of their work.
Commercial craftspeople looking to reproduce objects from Winterthur's collections should contact our Licensed Products Division.