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Job no: 492722
Work type: Staff (Full-Time)
Location: Winter Park, FL
Categories: Cornell Fine Arts Museum
Division: Academic Affairs
The Curator is responsible for collection scholarship as well as exhibitions, acquisitions, research and publications. Working closely with the Bruce A. Beal Director, the Curator plans and implements an ambitious schedule of exhibitions and educational programs built around, and complementing, the permanent collection. The museum has been on a path of rapid growth and is engaged in plans for a new facility; the Curator will work closely with the Director to take the museum into its next institutional phase and future home. Additionally, the Curator is the liaison with Rollins faculty and students, and actively pursues strategies of engagement for campus and community alike.
The Cornell Fine Arts Museum at Rollins College is a teaching museum that stimulates transformative encounters with works of art while integrating art learning into daily life for campus and community.
Primary responsibilities include:
- Oversees the research, exhibition, care and publication of the permanent collection. Part of the contemporary art collection is on view at The Alfond Inn, a boutique hotel owned by Rollins whose proceeds go to student scholarships.
- The collection comprises over 5,500 works of art ranging from antiquity to contemporary and includes the only European Old Masters collection in the Orlando area, a growing American art collection, and the forward looking Alfond Collection of Contemporary Art. Holdings also include Bloomsbury Group paintings and drawings; over 1,500 European and American works on paper; and ethnographic objects.
- Works with Bruce A. Beal Director and the Collections Committee of the Board (of which s/he is an ex-officio member) on strategy and development of the collection, including making specific recommendations for acquisitions.
- Oversees planning, R&D and implementation of museum exhibitions including:
- Acts as curator or co-curator on select exhibitions, and/or liaises with guest curators and other contributors, with partner institutions and the Rollins campus.
- Works with the Collections and Exhibitions Manager and Lead Preparator on installations, exhibition and graphic design, and with other staff on PR and outreach for exhibitions.
- Works collaboratively with the Bruce A. Beal Director to plan and implement educational programs and public events consistent with the mission of the museum.
- Supervises the curatorial staff of the museum (Collection and Exhibitions Manager; Lead Preparator; Dale Montgomery Curatorial Fellow; Education Coordinator); the Fred Hicks Fellow (a yearly fellowship for a Rollins student) and other interns.
- Provides scholarship for Museum catalogs and other publications, as well as for special educational programs and public lectures.
- Advanced degree in Art History (Ph.D. preferred) with specialty in contemporary art backed by broad knowledge of European and American art history and a record of scholarly publications.
- At least ten years of curatorial experience in an art museum including collection care and a track record of successful exhibitions; experience with an encyclopedic collection a plus.
- Superior interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills; must be a proactive team member and enjoy the environment of a small, hands-on museum staff. Excellent managerial, planning, and organizational skills a must, as well as the ability to multitask, prioritize and perform under pressure.
- Commitment to excellence in all aspects of museum work including scholarship, education, collections care, public outreach and institutional development.
Special Instructions to Applicants:
To apply, please submit an application and upload the following materials:
- Cover letter
Screening of applications will begin immediately.
Rollins offers a competitive salary plus a generous benefits package featuring comprehensive health insurance coverage, generous paid time off, retirement savings plan with generous employer contribution, full tuition waiver after one year for employees, spouses, domestic partners and dependents.
Rollins seeks to foster and to model a campus environment that is welcoming, safe, and inclusive to all of our administrators, faculty, staff, and students. We view differences (e.g. nationality, race, gender, age, sexual orientation, socioeconomic class, physical ability, learning styles, perspectives, etc.) not as obstacles to be overcome but as rich opportunities for understanding, learning, and growth.
Through its mission, Rollins College is firmly committed to creating a just community that embraces multiculturalism; persons from historically under-represented minority groups are therefore encouraged to apply. Rollins does not discriminate on the basis of sex, disability, race, age, religion, color, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, physical characteristics, or any other category protected by federal, state, or local law, in its educational programs and activities.