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Arts Fundraising and Development Internship, University Museum of Contemporary Art

University Museum of Contemporary Art

Established in 1975 as a peer to our area 5-College Museums (at Amherst, Hampshire, Mt. Holyoke, and Smith Colleges), the University Museum of Contemporary Art (formerly University Gallery, renamed in January 2011) is unique in our region with its focus on contemporary national and international art in all mediums. The UMCA explores challenging current art making and creates a context of understanding how the contemporary visual arts reflect and express the complex issues of our time. With its changing exhibitions, collection of contemporary works of art on paper, and diverse public programs, the UMCA affirms and advances the values of freedom of expression, academic excellence, global diversity, and social justice that are the hallmarks of UMass Amherst. By providing free public access to high quality exhibition and education programs (we do not charge admission to our museum or programs), we are engaged in public service that advances knowledge and provides a forum for dialogue. Our objective is to support recent innovative and challenging art, to bring attention to work that might not otherwise reach our audience, and to offer critical commentary on such work through educational programming and publications.

Loretta Yarlow, director of the UMCA since 2005, has helped to create a vital home for vanguard contemporary art in our region. A small dedicated staff of four full-time and one part-time have been able to accomplish a great deal with limited resources to bring recognition to the UMCA as both a teaching museum and civic museum.

INTERNSHIP DESCRIPTION: One of the Museum’s primary goals this year is to raise funds to diversify the permanent art collection by acquiring works of art by marginalized artists (i.e. art by women and people of color) on a national and international level. Here is a link to the collection database UMCA shares with the other 5-College Museums:

Equally important is for the UMCA to increase paid student internship opportunities at the UMCA, reflecting our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

The UMCA is seeking an intern with an interest in Arts Administration (background in Art or Art History a plus) to assist in researching appropriate foundations to support the above mentioned goals: from the extensive research tool/directory about private foundations with information about their capacities and focus of interest:


PAY TYPE: Unpaid




CONTACT: Loretta Yarlow, Director, University Museum of Contemporary Art, Fine Arts Center, 151 Presidents Dr.,

HOW TO APPLY: Send a cover letter and resume to Loretta Yarlow,