The Wolfsonian-Florida International University is a museum and research center that promotes the examination of modern visual and material culture. The focus of the Wolfsonian collection is on North American and European decorative arts, propaganda, architecture, and industrial and graphic design of the period 1885-1945. The collection includes works on paper (including posters, prints and design drawings), furniture, paintings, sculpture, glass, textiles, ceramics, lighting and other appliances, and many other kinds of objects. The Wolfsonian’s library has approximately 50,000 rare books, periodicals, and ephemeral items.
The Wolfsonian collections are an important source for the study of architecture, design, and decorative arts in the late Habsburg period, as well as in interwar Austria, Czechoslovakia and Hungary. Among the most notable parts of the collection are extensive materials, including textiles, design drawings, publications, and decorative arts, from the Wiener Werkstätte. The Wolfsonian also has a strong collection of Austrian graphic art, including both advertising posters and political propaganda.
Besides material from the Habsburg Empire and its successor states, the Wolfsonian also has extensive holdings from the United States, Great Britain, Italy, and Germany, and the Netherlands. There are also smaller but significant collections of materials from a number of other countries, including France, Japan, and the former Soviet Union.
Fellowships are intended to support full-time research, generally for a period of three to five weeks. The program is open to holders of master’s or doctoral degrees, Ph.D. candidates, and to others who have a significant record of professional achievement in relevant fields. Applicants are encouraged to discuss their project with the Fellowship Coordinator prior to submission to ensure the relevance of their proposals to the Wolfsonian’s collection. For more information, visit https://www.wolfsonian.org/research/fellowships or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The application deadline is December 31, for residency during the 2020–21 academic year.