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Arts Management | The Abramson Family Fellowship at Art Works Now

Art Works NowThe AU Arts Management Program, in collaboration with Art Works Now, offers a prestigious merit-based award to full-time graduate students entering the Arts Management Program. MA candidates receive a scholarship for a designated number of academic credits plus a stipend and an opportunity to pursue professional projects at Art Works Now.

About Art Works Now
Established in Mount Rainier, MD, in 2011, Art Works Now’s mission is to create a stronger community through the arts. We achieve this with affordable, content rich art classes and exhibition projects. Our core value of social justice is activated through the content of our programming, our commitment to reducing economic barriers to art education and experience, and the long-term, accountable relationships we nurture with our community. Art Works Now is committed to teaching art technique, encouraging each student to “see” in their own way, and providing multiple opportunities to explore, express and demonstrate their vision.

The Abramson Family Fellowship at Arts Works Now
In early 2016 Art Works Now will move into our new home at 4800 Rhode Island Avenue in Hyattsville Maryland. This facility will feature a gallery space dedicated to visual art that sparks a positive and important community dialog around the role of art as a tool for social, political, and personal transformation. The Abramson Family Fellow at Art Works Now will act as the Gallery Director, responsible for curating and scheduling exhibitions beginning with the inaugural exhibition in February 2016 and continuing through 2017. Once the gallery is operational, and for the duration of the Fellowship, the Fellow will also be responsible for all aspects of exhibit installation, exhibition logistics, the creation of press releases, and community outreach to maximize visibility.


  • Creation of Gallery Guidelines
  • Curatorial responsibilities necessary to design and schedule exhibition calendar for Art Matters Gallery for 2016 and 2017
  • All aspects of communications with artists/exhibitors
  • Exhibition installation and de-installation
  • Exhibition logistics
  • Create press releases and engage with press
  • Community outreach


  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Ability to work ten (10) hours per week onsite at Art Works Now in Mount Rainier, MD (vehicle would be beneficial)
  • Experience in gallery/exhibition environment OR experience in the visual arts such as studio art or art history undergraduate degree


US citizenship or permanent residence is required. The Abramson Family Fellow at Arts Works Now must be enrolled full-time in the Arts Management Master's Program at American University and meet the requirements of a Merit Awardee at American University. 

During the academic year, the Abramson Family Fellow will work 10 hours/week at Art Works Now (summer hours are handled separately). The Fellow is awarded a $7,500 stipend and 3 credits of tuition remission per academic year.

The AU Arts Management Program blends rigorous academics with practical, hands-on learning opportunities. Our partnership with Art Works Now is an ideal example of this commitment in action.

To apply, please submit a statement by March 26, 2015 (one page or less) with your contact information and resume describing your interest and qualifications for the Abramson Family Fellowship at Art Works Now to, subject line “Abramson Family Fellowship.”