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Reese Fellowship

William Reese Company Teacher Fellowship

The Reese Teacher Fellowship is open to all Pre-K – 12 educators. Applicants may be affiliated with a public, private, or charter school.  Fellows will be selected on the basis of their project’s potential to enrich Pre-K – 12 curriculum based on an interdisciplinary connection between American art and another subject topic by using primary sources from the Crystal Bridges Library’s Rare Book and Archives collections. Creative research projects that seek to enhance traditional teaching methods and engagement are encouraged.

The Reese Teacher Fellow is expected to spend one month at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas. A computer and work station within the Crystal Bridges Library will be provided during the fellowship term. The Reese Teacher Fellow will be awarded $5,000, disbursed to the recipient as income to cover expenses, including travel and lodging. To support their research, Reese Teacher Fellows will have access to the art and library special collections of Crystal Bridges as well as the library at the University of Arkansas in nearby Fayetteville.


Applications should be submitted between February 1 & March 16. Qualified applications will be reviewed by the fellowship committee and the selection of the Reese Teacher Fellow will be announced by April 10.

Applications are currently closed.

Applications will be accepted through March 16, and must consist of:

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Project proposal: Include details on subject to be explored, alignment with curriculum standards, and resources to be used from Crystal Bridges’ collection.
  • Two letters of recommendation: one of the two from your school principal, if possible

Expected outcomes will include:

  • Copies of any publications and lesson plans
  • Volunteer presentations and workshop participation
  • Final report to Crystal Bridges and the Fellowship donor

Reese Fellowship FAQ

  • Who qualifies for application?
    The program is open to Pre-K – 12 educators of language arts, history, social studies, or the sciences. Applicants may be affiliated with a public, private, or charter school.
  • Does my project have to be object oriented?
    We invite applicants working on object-based (a work of art at Crystal Bridges) projects; however, we highly encourage interdisciplinary connections between American art primary and secondary print resources and a topic as it contributes to the understanding of a topic as it intersects with American art. Creative research projects that seek to enhance traditional teaching methods and engagement are particularly encouraged.
  • How long is the term?
    Terms are 4 weeks consecutive during a period of time chosen by the Reese Teacher Fellow and agreed upon by program committee members. Typically, residency weeks would fall between the first week of June and the first week of August; however, the Museum is open to considering consecutive four weeks during other times of the calendar year.
  • How long is the term?
    Fellows will have open access to the Crystal Bridges Library catalog and subscription databases. The Crystal Bridges Library is open stacks, internally circulating, so any books you retrieve from the shelves will need to be checked out to you and remain in the Museum. Access to Crystal Bridges manuscripts, archival materials, and artist files will be available by appointment with the Library.If you would like to search our online library catalog, it is available through the “Library” page on our website or via this shortcut: If you would like to broaden your search to include the University of Arkansas catalog, simply change the default search setting from “Crystal Bridges Library” to “All Libraries.” We advise that you bring a laptop computer or tablet. The Library has computers for use during all library hours when the Museum is open. You will be able to access this network on your laptop throughout the Museum.

Past Fellowship Projects


Realms of Fin and Feet and Wing
This resource offers interdisciplinary curriculum materials to integrate early American natural history documents and works of art into World History, American History, British Literature, American Literature, and Biology.
By 2014 William Reese Company Teacher Fellow, Anne Greenwood

The Intersection of Poetry and Art
All disciplines are incorporated making this a unique way to introduce art and poetry to any classroom. Every section of this site is organized for maximum usage and ease of access and features the work of more than 60 prominent and lesser-known American visual artists, as well as poems that might pair with them. All primary sourced materials to save teachers time in the classroom while maximizing the time students have to learn.
By 2017 William Reese Company Teacher Fellow, William Plaschke

American Painting, Poetry, Prose, and “Progress” in the Nineteenth Century
The intersection of art, literature, and history during the 19th century is addressed in this module that provide educators of various disciplines pedagogical ideas and a multitude of components they can use to adapt existing lesson plans or create entirely new ones as their students explore the work of the Hudson River School artists, transcendentalists,and the Knickerbocker Group. Themes addressed include westward expansion, nature, and Native Americans.
By 2018 William Reese Company Teacher Fellow, Bob Fenster

Engaging Empathy
Engaging Empathy integrates the artwork and library resources of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in lessons to strengthen empathy and literacy in secondary schools. The lessons address complex topics through important and representational material from a variety of perspectives, creating a starting point for deeper lessons and dialogue to foster greater understanding and empathy.
By 2019 William Reese Company Teacher Fellows, Julie Griggs and Heather Hooks