2023 Collection and Archive Fellowship Open Call

Installation view, David Wilson: Sittings at The David Ireland House parlor room, 2021. Photo by Henrik Kam.


500 Capp Street in San Francisco is pleased to announce the inaugural open call for two Collection and Archive Fellowships for 2023-2024. The year-long fellowship program will begin in June 2023 and end in June 2024. These fellowships are made possible with generous support from the Henry Luce Foundation.

The Collection and Archive Fellowship will provide emerging scholars and practicing artists the opportunity to grow creatively and professionally while developing new interpretations of the collection and archive at 500 Capp Street. The archive at the David Ireland House at 500 Capp Street is a time capsule of Bay Area conceptual art from David Ireland’s time in San Francisco from the 1970s to 2009.

The fellows will expand the discourse and dialogue around the need for decolonization of museums and collections, critical engagement with archival, research-based and curatorial practices, and an expanded way of seeing collections with a growing dynamic story of Bay Area Conceptual Art Hxstory that is inclusive of Women, LGBTQ+ and BIPOC artists and artist spaces.

Fellows will be guided and supported by Lian Ladia, curator of exhibitions and programs, and Justin Nagle, 500 Capp Street’s archive coordinator in contributing to the following: Organize and access the David Ireland Papers and Ephemera, which include newspaper clippings, catalogs, journals, slides and photography; document the Connie Lewallen Papers, a recent donation from the late curator’s family, representative of Lewallen’s important research and writing on Ireland, 500 Capp Street, and West Coast art movements; assist in coordinating curatorial and archival works for a new public space; cataloging the Paule Anglim Archive Room—honoring the influential San Francisco gallerist—which will function as a dynamic educational and accessible time capsule of Bay Area conceptual art through the work of Ireland and his peers; and research and specify the colonial objects in our collection, an integral focus of our work to examine and decolonize our collection and archives.

Criteria: Collection and Archive Fellows at 500 Capp Street are current or recent graduates (within the last 5 years) of programs in Studio Art, Art Practice, Museum Studies, Curatorial Studies, Art History, Humanities or related fields. Applications are also open to practicing artists who have an interest in curation, archival work or research-based art historical inquiries whose portfolios demonstrate these interests. 

500 Capp Street Archive Coordinator Justin Nagle with artist Sanaz Safanasab

Schedule: Part-time, 10-12 hours per week, Temporary [ 1 year ]

Pay Rate: up to $14,000

The Collection and Archive Fellowships at 500 Capp Street begin on Monday, June 12, 2023 and end in June 2024.

Applications Open: Friday, April 14, 2023

Final Application Deadline: Friday, May 19, 2023

*Priority Deadline for Students in Need of Credit: Monday, May 8, 2023

*Credit seeking fellows will be notified by May 20, 2023

Fellows Announced: Friday, June 2, 2023


For questions or further inquiries email Rebecca Kaufman, rebecca@500cappstreet.org

Documentation of archives and collection of 500 Capp Street, 2021. Photo by Camile Messerley.

About 500 Capp Street

Located in San Francisco’s Mission District, 500 Capp Street is a physical location rooted in conceptual art that was David Ireland’s home. The century-old Italianate-style house at the corner of 20th and Capp Streets was purchased by David Ireland in 1975, and it became the inspiration, locus and repository for some of the most influential works of Bay Area conceptual art in the 1980s and 1990s. During the thirty years he lived in the house, the artist hosted thousands of students for tours, critical dialogues, and meals around his iconic thirteen-seat dining room table, and the house became a great source of creative inspiration for the Bay Area arts community and beyond, evolving into a work of environmental art in itself, and an illustration of Ireland’s seamless integration of art and life.

500 Capp Street’s mission is to encourage artistic experimentation, support new modes of living, and build community— just as David Ireland did during his lifetime. 

Current programming at 500 Capp Street offers an incredible mix of online and physical forums, artist residences, dialogs for intergenerational artists and exhibitions, education programs, installations, archival visits, performances, and collection visits, which have engaged the community in completely different ways.  The curatorial practice is steeped in experimentation, artist-driven participation, and is process-oriented. It is collaborative, dynamic, and generous. It explores and challenges the boundaries of space, museology, artistic practice, and material. It reflects on important and, at times, uncomfortable questions relevant to critical inquiry. 

500 Capp Street is recognized as one of San Francisco’s leading contemporary community art spaces, supporting an exceptionally diverse multigenerational range of artists with dynamic and engaging programming. 500 Capp Street in itself is a living sculpture.