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2020 Weisberg Curatorial Award

Applications due October 30
September 23, 2019

The Gabriel Weisberg Curatorial Award is designed to offer financial support for a graduate or undergraduate student in art history to pursue a curatorial internship at a local museum. The fund that supports this award was established in 2015, and the first recipient was named in December 2016. 


The annual award in the amount of $4,000 is made in conjunction with an internship offered to an art history student by a local museum (the Weisman Art Museum, the Goldstein Museum of Design, the Walker Art Center, the Minneapolis Institute of Art, the Minnesota Museum of American Art). The Department of Art History works with these museums to develop internships in appropriate fields. Undergraduate recipients may use the award in support of an internship during one of the academic semesters or during the summer. Graduate recipients may use the award for a summer internship.

To be eligible to apply students must meet the following requirements:

  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5
  • Undergraduate or graduate student, registered for either UGRAD 4999 or GRAD 4999†
  • Interest in pursuing a museum/curatorial career
  • Art history major or minor

Application Process

Applications are due on October 30. Submit the following in PDF or hard copy to Sara Enfield ( in the art history department office (338 Heller Hall).

  • Current unofficial transcript
  • A letter of application outlining your qualifications and curatorial interests
  • One letter of recommendation from a faculty member or museum professional

Once the applications are collected, a faculty committee will meet to evaluate them and determine if there are potential matches between student applicants and the internship positions about which we have been notified by participating museums.

Finalists will be selected and will be asked to interview with department faculty and museum representatives. An award announcement will be made by mid-December, and the internship will usually commence in the subsequent spring or summer.

Questions? Contact Sara Enfield (

† Undergraduate students may want to gain course credit for this internship through the Directed Professional Experience course, ARTH 3975. For further information, contact the department office.