The Foundation has worked with the St. Louis Art Museum for the past three years to host Romare Bearden Fellows in New York. The St. Louis Art Museum (SLAM) Post Graduate Minority Fellowship was started in 1992 with the objective to cultivate future museum professionals from historically underrepresented groups or backgrounds by advancing the knowledge, skills, and networking capabilities that enable museum careers.
Bearden Fellows receive hands-on work experience in various museum functions, including curatorial, public programing, interpretive materials, audience development, marketing and fundraising. While specific assignments are tailored to the Museum;s needs as well as the Bearden Fellow’s skill and interests, all Fellows receive individualized mentoring and training from senior museum staff that fosters confidence building critical to entry level museum professionals.
Yvonne Osei (2016-2017) is a practicing transmedial artist and adjunct faculty at Webster University. Recently announced, Osei is the recipient of the 2018 St. Louis Visionary Award for emerging artist. Osei completed a master of fine arts degree in visual arts at Washington University in St. Louis and holds bachelor degrees with concentrations in graphic design and international studies from Webster University. During her fellowship at the Saint Louis Art Museum, she assisted with the special exhibition Reigning Men: Fashion in Menswear, 1715-2015. She is currently showcasing her work, Yvonne Osei: Tailored Landscapes, at the Laumeier Sculpture Park in St. Louis, Mo. The exhibition will run until March 4th.
Jordia Benjamin (2014-2015) is the Mirken Coordinator of Academic and Public Programs at the Colby College Museum of Art in Waterville, Maine. She completed a master’s degree in Nonprofit Management from the University of Central Florida and holds both a bachelor’s degree in Art History and a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts from the University of South Florida. During her fellowship, she worked closely with the Friends of African American Art collector circle at the Saint Louis Art Museum and worked with the National Alliance of African American Art for their annual conference. Benjamin now shares her passion for visual arts and education with the Colby College community and adult audiences. She does this through public programs, co-editing the museum’s blog, and coordinating the museum’s summer teen program
Courtney Baxter (2015-2016) is the education manager at the Peoria PlayHouse Children’s Museum. Baxter completed a master‘s degree in public history at Loyola University Chicago in 2014 and holds a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Illinois, Springfield. During her time as the Romare Bearden Fellow, Baxter worked to coordinate the Teens Arts Council and facilitated Art in the Basic Curriculum field trips to the Saint Louis Art Museum. As the education manager, she is putting the skills that she learned as the 22nd Romare Bearden Fellow to good use. She manages and facilitates school and teacher programs and plans monthly Celebrate Peoria events.