JOB: Curator of African Art, University of Iowa Museum of Art

Nominations and applications are invited for the full-time salaried position of Curator of Non-Western Art at the University of Iowa Museum of Art (UIMA). The curator will be responsible for the world-renowned Stanley Collection of African Art, and the entire collection of African Art, as well as for the arts of the Ancient and Native Americas, Ancient European Art, and a growing collection of Asian Art, as well as other areas of the collection, as needed.

The curator possesses deep knowledge of the UIMA collection and shares this
knowledge with students, staff and the public primarily through research,
exhibitions, presentations and publications. The curator acquires new art
for the collection working with the museum director, colleagues, donors and
the art market.

·      Create, select and recommend collections-based and loan exhibitions and related public programs.
·      Plan, implement and write text for exhibitions.
·      Develop and pursue new acquisitions (gifts and purchases) with the director.
·      Perform and supervise research on the collection.
·      Establish and maintain relationships with donors and art collectors.
·      Maintain active record of research and/or publication.
·      Work with UI faculty and TAs on collection content for class visits.
·      Conduct lectures, tours and meet with classes.
·      Train and supervise employees and interns.
·      Handling inquiries from students, colleagues, scholars and the general public.
·      Review and recommend loan requests and collection conservation.
·      Assist director in development of budget.
·      Assist with grant writing, monitoring and reporting.
·      Liason with guest curators.

* Civil and Respectful Interactions — Demonstrates respect for all members
of the University community in the course of performing one’s duties and in
response to administrators, supervisors, coworkers, and customers;
constructively brings forward workplace concerns to coworkers and/or

* Diversity and Inclusion — Welcomes the richness of talent from a diverse
workforce and recognizes that diversity brings stimulation, challenge, and
energy that contribute to a productive and effective workplace.

* Leadership Accountability — Represents the interests of the University
and of unit leadership in the use of resources to meet service and
productivity demands within unit goals and budgets; strives to promote
continual process and quality improvement.

·      Learning and Professional Development — Seeks opportunities to
enhance one’s own professional knowledge, skills, and abilities as they
relate to one’s current position and/or to prepare for potential future
roles and overall career development.

·     A Master’s degree in Art History or an equivalent combination of education and experience is required.
·     Considerable (3-5 years) museum experience or related experience is required.
·     Some experience conducting research and writing articles is required.
·     Excellent written and verbal communication skills are required.

·      A PhD in African Art History is desired and ABD candidates in African Art History will be considered.

General supervision is received by the Director of the Museum of Art.


Author: Camara Dia Holloway

I am an art historian specializing in early twentieth century American art with particular focus on the history of photography, race and representation, and transatlantic modernist networks. I earned my PhD at Yale University in the History of Art Department. Besides my leadership role as the Founding Co-Director of the Association for Critical Race Art History (ACRAH), I am recognized for my expertise on African American Art, particularly African American Photography, and as a seasoned consultant for exhibitions, museum collections, and symposia/lectures planning.

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