Alexis Assam.

Saint Louis Art Museum Awards Alexis Assam Romare Bearden Fellowship

Alexis Assam has joined the Saint Louis Art Museum as the 2018–19 Romare Bearden Graduate Museum Fellow. The fellowship aims to expand the number of professionals from underrepresented groups working in the arts at museums, galleries, nonprofit organizations, and universities.

The Florida native has graduate and undergraduate degrees in art history from Florida State University. During her studies, she focused on art of the African diaspora, postcolonial discourses within art of the Anglophone Caribbean, and artistic interconnectivity and exchange across the Atlantic. Previously, Assam worked as a museum assistant at the Gadsden Arts Center and Museum in Quincy, Florida.

“The Saint Louis Art Museum is committed to fostering diversity in the museum field,” said Brent R. Benjamin, director of the Saint Louis Art Museum. “Our Romare Bearden Graduate Museum Fellowship has been recognized as a national model for providing professional-development opportunities. We are looking forward to working with Alexis over the coming year as she pursues her career in the arts.”

Named for African American artist Romare Bearden, the one-year paid fellowship is designed to prepare minority graduate students who are pursuing careers as art historians and museum professionals. Fellows gain valuable hands-on experience by working on specific assignments tailored to their background and interests. Since the program’s inception in 1992, Romare Bearden Graduate Museum Fellows have spent their year teaching, researching works in the collection, organizing programming, writing gallery materials, and assisting curators with the development of exhibitions.

Past fellows have assumed positions at the Saint Louis Art Museum, as well as at other museums and universities, including the Art Institute of Chicago and the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art.