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🔗Graduate-level Scholar/Author – Painted Walls

  • Internship
  • Remote (Remote)
  • $4,800. USD / Year
  • April 7, 2023
  • Job Summary: The Center for Painted Wall Preservation (CPWP) is seeking a graduate-level scholar to work with CPWP’s Virtual Museum Committee to create the written content for our future on-line museum of historic, decoratively painted interiors.
  • Job Qualifications:

    ·      Ability to write content describing 20 historic properties
    ·      Strong and demonstrated skills in research and writing
    ·      Capability to work independently, organize workflow, and to set and meet deadlines
    ·      Educational experience (coursework) including U.S. history, architectural or interior design history, historic preservation and/or decorative arts
    ·      Knowledge of vernacular architecture in upstate New York and New England
    ·      Interest in historic interiors, decorative painting or folk art helpful

  • How to Apply:

    Please send CV, a writing sample and two references to

    CPWP to issue Notice                                               March 1, 2023
    Deadline to Apply                                                      April 7, 2023
    CPWP to Review Submissions                                April 8 – April 23, 2023
    CPWP to issue agreement to selected scholar     April 24, 2023
    Scholar to begin work                                               May 1, 2023
    Project completed                                                      September 15, 2023

  • Job benefits: Flexible schedule, work remotely
  • Physical Demands / Work Environment: N/A
  • Application Email:

Website Center for Painted Wall Preservation

The Center for Painted Wall Preservation (CPWP) is a 501(c)(3) corporation established in 2015. The CPWP is dedicated to the research and preservation of eighteenth and early nineteenth century American paint-decorated plaster walls. The CPWP’s goal is to survey and document these walls in situ or in collections, to further the appreciation of this rare and vulnerable art form, and serve as a resource for the preservation of painted plaster walls for future generations. More about the CPWP is available on the website, . As part of its mission and work, CPWP is developing a virtual museum of historic interiors with decoratively painted walls.

Introduction  CPWP is creating a virtual museum of original, paint-decorated walls from private homes, museums and taverns including stenciled, freehand brush-painted and muralled examples.  The artwork dates from 1790-1860 and most of the walls are in private homes in New England and upstate New York. Artists to be exhibited include Rufus Porter, Jonathan D. Poor and John Avery. The virtual museum will allow visitors to view these spaces, most of which are privately owned and not open to the public, in a 360-degree environment. The details of the wall paintings will be able to be seen as if one were in the room. To date, CPWP has identified forty properties that will be included in the virtual museum and completed the three-dimensional scanning of twenty of these properties.

The scholar’s work will include reviewing previously completed research in CPWP’s digital archives and other sources and writing an introductory essay and exhibit labels for each property.

Specific Scope of Work and Compensation
·       Review previously completed research provided by CPWP
·       Complete limited secondary-source research as needed
·       Identify the historic themes and specific details exemplified in each painted room
·       Write an introductory essay which will include basic information about the property’s history, the original owner, and the artist, if known or attributed, and a description of the art that explains the motifs and themes found in the work. The essay for each property is to be approximately one page.
·       Write content for 8-14 exhibit labels for each property to include one short paragraph per label.  Format labels (pdf).
·       This assignment will include twenty (20) properties

CPWP will provide previously completed research to be reviewed and incorporated into essays and exhibit labels. CPWP can also provide the list of features to be written for exhibit labels for each property.

The compensation for this work is an honorarium of $4,800.

Job Benefits
This is a contract position to be completed at the scholar’s own pace and schedule from a remote location.  The work is to be completed the summer of 2023 with a deadline of September 15, 2023

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