JOB: Director of Temple Contemporary

Director of Temple Contemporary

Tyler School of Art and Architecture, Temple University

Position Overview

The Tyler School of Art and Architecture invites applicants for the position of Director of Temple Contemporary, the school’s center for exhibitions and public programs. This position is an uncommon opportunity for an individual to bring progressive leadership to a contemporary gallery in a school of art and architecture with nationally ranked programs situated within a research university, Temple University.

We see this as a highly creative, hands-on position that requires an essential understanding of contemporary art and visual culture, and the collaborative and communication skills to work effectively across disciplines with constituencies within and beyond the school. We are looking for a leader who will build a distinctive intellectual vision for the gallery. The successful candidate will demonstrate initiative, creativity, be passionate about arts advocacy, be fluent in contemporary arts discourse, have experience in fundraising, and be able to work in collaborative and dynamic ways with a diverse group of faculty, students and staff and members of our surrounding community.

Curators, artists, scholars, and cultural producers and practitioners are invited to apply. We are especially interested in candidates who share a love for progressive ideas across the arts anddesign disciplines, who value working with the broad and diverse communities and who view art as knowledge and as an indispensable arm of free thought and direct social engagement.

The director is a T28 salaried, 12-month position reporting to the dean of the School. The director may also teach up to one class per year.

About the Tyler School of Art and Architecture

The Tyler School of Art and Architecture at Temple University is known for fostering a culture of diversity practices in our scholarship and pedagogy. Candidates for the position of director of Temple Contemporary are encouraged to address the ways in which they could contribute to Temple’s institutional mission and commitment to excellence and diversity and to Tyler’s engagement in interdisciplinarity, social responsibility, and community engagement. 

One of the Tyler School of Art and Architecture’s core strengths is the breadth of its academic programs. The school offers more than three dozen degree programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels, in studio art, design, art history, art education, art therapy, architecture, and built environment disciplines. In each program, students work in small learning communities, while also benefiting from state-of-the-art facilities, a rigorous curriculum, and a large, diverse campus community.

Tyler’s faculty members are widely recognized as among the most exciting practitioners in their fields. Tyler’s vast network of alumni—artists, designers, art historians, scholars, architects and urban planners—are rich resources for collaboration. Temple Contemporary plays a crucial role in the lives of students at the Tyler School of Art and Architecture by expanding their learning experiences. 

About Philadelphia

Located in Philadelphia, a hub of cultural and artistic activity and historical resonance, Tyler draws on the many opportunities and resources available throughout the city. Philadelphia has deep artistic traditions in the arts and crafts, including painting, printmaking, ceramics, architecture, and more. The city is home to a thriving contemporary art scene and myriad arts institutions, large and small, including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Barnes Collection, the African American Museum in Philadelphia, the Institute of Contemporary Art, the Fabric Workshop and Museum, the Clay Studio, Mural Arts Philadelphia, and Monument Lab. 

Philadelphia’s urban context includes many notable works of architecture and urban design. Transformational design began with William Penn’s city vision, incorporating green urban squares accessible to all citizens. The city’s accessible green infrastructure was expanded over time to include Fairmount Park, the largest urban park system in the United States, and the Reading Viaduct Rail Park. The dense urban fabric, built up over three centuries, includes innovative architectural works from William Strickland’s Merchant’s Exchange to Howe and Lescaze’s PSFS Building, and more recent works like Snøhetta’s Charles Library.

Main Responsibilities of the Position

The Director of Temple Contemporary is responsible for generating and organizing a yearly series of vital exhibitions, workshops, lectures, and other programs. The director will be expected to consider the educational needs and goals of the academic programs at the Tyler School of Art and Architecture as well as actively engage with students, faculty, artists, scholars, alumni, and the public.• Develop and maintain a dynamic vision for Temple Contemporary in collaboration with faculty, staff, students, and advisory committees.• Engage in productive partnerships and collaborative relationships that enrich the educational and cultural life of the school, university, arts community, and general community. • Create interdisciplinary activities that serve pedagogical, research and outreach interests of the students and faculty.• Work with faculty to develop responsive programs that are integrated with academic coursework at Tyler.• Manage, operate, and oversee 3,400 square foot gallery facility.• Lead the effort to generate contributed income from private, public, governmental, and internal university sources.• Develop and manage budgets for Temple Contemporary.• Supervise Temple Contemporary staff of two to three full-time members, graduate assistants, and work study students.• Maintain a dynamic media presence to promote Temple Contemporary in collaboration with Tyler’s communications staff.• Support MFA thesis exhibitions.• Coordinate Temple Contemporary’s Youth Advisory Council and general Advisory Council.

Qualifications
• MFA in Visual Arts, MA in Museum/Curatorial Studies, MA in Art History/Museum Management/Administration or equivalent• Experience in community engagement• Three to five years of experience in museum or gallery curating or programming• Record of successful fundraising• Outstanding written and verbal communication skills• Experience as a teacher in formal or informal environments• Hands-on experience with the practical processes of supporting exhibitions from proposal to de-installation• Demonstrated ability to produce exhibition publications, gallery text and promotional materials

How to apply


Submit application materials here.

Application should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, documentation of 3-5 relevant previous projects, and contact information for three professional references. Please include two statements:

1) A programming statement that illustrates your views of an institution as a space of cultural exploration and social interaction, as well as your vision for how you would approach a university gallery’s presentation of contemporary art and visual culture within the contexts of the school, the university, and the larger community.

2) A statement outlining how you have contributed to diversity practices that foster equity and inclusion.

Curator of Art, Univ. of Texas-Austin — Multiyear position–Apply now!

The University of Texas-Austin announces a two-year position (with an optional third-year renewal) as Chief Curator for Art Galleries at Black Studies’ (AGBS’s) Christian-Green Gallery and Idea Lab Gallery, conceptualizing exhibitions, researching Black Studies’ art archive and acquisitions, and working with guest curators to do the same in coordination with AGBS’s Exhibitions and Collections Manager.

Other responsibilities:

*Lead AGBS efforts to develop and plan upcoming shows and coordinate with AGBS team on developing exhibition schedules.

*Coordinate with AGBS Curator of Public Programs to plan, organize, and execute original public programming germane to ideas and conversations around AGBS’s exhibitions.

*Teach one course per academic year for the African and African Diaspora Studies Department.

*Serve as contributor-at-large for The Narrative, AGBS’s online art zine.

General Notes

This is a two-year position with an anticipated end date of 5/31/2023. A third-year extension may be offered at the discretion of the Executive Director of Art Galleries at Black Studies.

Responsibilities

  • Exhibition Planning. Conceptualize and plan design and display of up to three exhibitions in coordination with AGBS’s Exhibitions & Collections Manager and Installation & Facilities Coordinator II. Write acquisition and exhibition proposals. Plan the presentation of artwork and objects. Create labels, interpretive materials, and training docents for other museum staff on exhibition presentation and information.
  • Research and Acquisitions for Permanent Collections. Write and publish research and information for journals, catalogues, and books. Write acquisition proposals. Maintain updated knowledge of the art market and in-depth knowledge of AGBS collections and exhibitions.
  • Donor Stewardship and Fundraising. Join Black Studies leadership in identifying and visiting prospective, current donors. Participate in team effort to organize and execute gallery events; attend public events to promote programs and represent AGBS. Assist in grant-writing initiatives; coordinate with Grants & Contracts Specialist to write grants. Participate in organizing Visiting Committee. Present at Advisory Committee meetings.
  • Course Development and Delivery. Create and teach one course in the spring semester each academic year on curatorial practice and methods or in area of expertise for the African and African Diaspora Studies Department.
  • Online Publication Contribution. Serve as contributor-at-large for The Narrative, AGBS’s online art zine.

Required Qualifications

*Ph.D. degree, ABD status, or terminal Master’s degree in a related field: Art, Art History, Arts Administration, Museum Studies, Black Studies.

*A strong/ promising record of publication and/or editing in one or more of these fields.

*Three years’ experience curating and/or administering exhibition programs for an art gallery, museum, or institution devoted to the exhibition of material culture OR contributing content to or editing a publication devoted to art, art history, arts administration, museum studies, Black studies, or a related area.

*Knowledge of Black Studies, art by people of color, art by people of African descent, or art about social justice/ equity.

*Experience with and an appreciation of working in a diverse environment.

*Willingness to participate in a work environment in which mutual accountability, team work, and an “all hands on deck” work ethic are embraced and expected.

Relevant education and experience may be substituted as appropriate.

Preferred Qualifications

*More than three years’ experience curating and/or administering exhibition programs or writing or editing for a publication in the related fields outlined above.

*Experience with online publication management.

Salary Range

$60,000 + depending on qualifications

Working Conditions

  • May work around standard office conditions
  • Repetitive use of a keyboard at a workstation

Required Materials

  • Resume/CV
  • 3 work references with their contact information; at least one reference should be from a supervisor
  • Letter of interest
  • Writing sample of 10 pages or fewer

Important for applicants who are NOT current university employees or contingent workers: You will be prompted to submit your resume the first time you apply, then you will be provided an option to upload a new Resume for subsequent applications. Any additional Required Materials (letter of interest, references, etc.) will be uploaded in the Application Questions section; you will be able to multi-select additional files. Before submitting your online job application, ensure that ALL Required Materials have been uploaded.  Once your job application has been submitted, you cannot make changes.

Important for Current university employees and contingent workers: As a current university employee or contingent worker, you MUST apply within Workday by searching for Find UT Jobs. If you are a current University employee, log-in to Workday, navigate to your Worker Profile, click the Career link in the left hand navigation menu and then update the sections in your Professional Profile before you apply. This information will be pulled in to your application. The application is one page and you will be prompted to upload your resume. In addition, you must respond to the application questions presented to upload any additional Required Materials (letter of interest, references, etc.) that were noted above.

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Employment Eligibility:Regular staff who have been employed in their current position for the last six continuous months are eligible for openings being recruited for through University-Wide or Open Recruiting, to include both promotional opportunities and lateral transfers. Staff who are promotion/transfer eligible may apply for positions without supervisor approval.

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Retirement Plan Eligibility:The retirement plan for this position is Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS), subject to the position being at least 20 hours per week and at least 135 days in length. This position has the option to elect the Optional Retirement Program (ORP) instead of TRS, subject to the position being 40 hours per week and at least 135 days in length.

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Background Checks:

A criminal history background check will be required for finalist(s) under consideration for this position.

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Equal Opportunity Employer:

The University of Texas at Austin, as an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.

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Pay Transparency:

The University of Texas at Austin will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information.

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Employment Eligibility Verification:

If hired, you will be required to complete the federal Employment Eligibility Verification I-9 form.  You will be required to present acceptable and original documents to prove your identity and authorization to work in the United States.  Documents need to be presented no later than the third day of employment.  Failure to do so will result in loss of employment at the university.

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E-Verify:

The University of Texas at Austin use E-Verify to check the work authorization of all new hires effective May 2015. The university’s company ID number for purposes of E-Verify is 854197. For more information about E-Verify, please see the following:

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Compliance:

Employees may be required to report violations of law under Title IX and the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act). If this position is identified a Campus Security Authority (Clery Act), you will be notified and provided resources for reporting. Responsible employees under Title IX are defined and outlined in HOP-3031.

The Clery Act requires all prospective employees be notified of the availability of the Annual Security and Fire Safety report. You may access the 2020 report here or obtain a copy at University Compliance Services, 1616 Guadalupe, Suite UTA 2.206, Austin, TX 78701.

https://utaustin.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/en-US/UTstaff/job/UT-MAIN-CAMPUS/Curator-of-Art_R_00012550

Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art–specialist in the history of African-American artists’ production and/or the history of the production of artists of the African diaspora sought (Brooklyn Museum of Art)

Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art—Art Division

The Brooklyn Museum of Art is creating a position of Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, seeking a specialist in African American and/or African diaspora artists to strengthen the development, research, presentation, interpretation, renown, and growth of the Museum’s collection. This new curatorial position will reinforce and enhance our dedication to art and histories of Black and brown artists and communities through transformative engagement with exhibitions, collection installations, public programs, social media, publications, digital strategies, and collection expansion. Their work will engage and amplify the voices of Museum audiences to present diverse beliefs, cultures, and experiences, ensuring that we achieve our goal of becoming a conduit for open sharing and learning, and a place for courageous conversations. The curator will join our team in building community stakeholders to create connections that inform our program and support our mission.
 
Qualifications:
A successful candidate will meet many of these requirements, and have the desire and capacity to learn the rest on the job.

  • M.A. in a relevant field, Ph.D. preferred
  • 3 to 5 years of relevant work experience as a curator with established arts organizations, including a robust record of important exhibitions and publications and demonstrable success conceptualizing, designing, and implementing curatorial strategies, as well as an understanding of collection stewardship
  • Demonstrated commitment to crafting groundbreaking exhibitions that are developed collaboratively with broad input and that expand the art historical canon, tell important stories, and celebrate artists of great import
  • A passion for art of the African diaspora, especially those from areas representing our local communities, such as Caribbean cultures
  • Knowledge of modern and contemporary art in general
  • At least one year of specialized experience in the history of art by African American and African diasporic artists (painting, sculpture, and new media, possibly including film or video, installation, and performance art)
  • Knowledge of critical histories and theories of race, class, ability, and gender in the production, reception, and institutionalization of art
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills, including social media aptitude and compelling public speaking abilities
  • Excellent collaborative partner, community builder, and strategic thinker who thrives on inclusive and creative processes and has the ability to engage with a wide range of stakeholders including staff, artists, donors, Trustees, community members, academic institutions, social justice organizers, and other partners
  • Ability to make connections across collections and to build effective cross-departmental relationships
  • Understanding of, and demonstrated commitment to, diverse communities served—locally, nationally, and internationally—with a recognized history of championing the principals of DEIA (diversity, equity, inclusion, and access) in curatorial practice
  • High-level cultivation and grant development experience at arts organizations, with proven success in generating support for acquisition, exhibition, and collection projects
  • High level of integrity, with ethics and values that are institutionally aligned

Responsibilities:

  • Propose, organize, and coordinate innovative, canon-expanding exhibitions of modern and contemporary art that draw from the Museum’s holdings, as well as from other institutions and private collections, for exhibitions at the Brooklyn Museum and for travel to other venues
  • Perform advanced scholarly art historical research on the collection and on prospective acquisitions and loans
  • Participate in the reinterpretation of the collection
  • Pursue broader research in areas of expertise for inclusion in studies, scholarly journals, lectures, symposia and colloquia, or exhibitions; consult sources primarily in English and at least one other language
  • Coordinate with our Exhibitions, Publications, Conservation, Exhibition and Graphic Design, and Collections Management departments, as well as the Registrar, to meet exhibition production schedule deadlines
  • Working with the Director, Deputy Director for Art, Director of Curatorial Affairs, Board of Trustees, and curators across all collections, lead initiatives or support the expansion and deepening of the Museum’s collections of art by African American and African diasporic artists through the acquisition of works of art of the highest quality, cultural significance, and relevance to the Museum’s collecting policies
  • Advocate for and assist in developing public and educational programming to increase visibility of the collection and generate public interest, and engage with the public for tours and talks as relevant
  • Act as a passionate advocate for the Museum’s mission and collections by collaborating with our social media team, and Public Programs and Development staff, to promote new acquisitions and collection-related activities, and increase media attention and audience engagement
  • Help manage related collections, including paintings, sculpture, mixed media, and new media owned by and on loan to the Museum
  • Provide accurate and informative responses to inquiries from outside scholars, colleagues, and the public concerning works in the collection or other requests in areas of expertise
  • Work with the Conservation team on collection care and display
  • Execute administrative responsibilities as needed

Start date: Immediately

Department: Art Division

Reports to: Director of Curatorial Affairs or senior curator, if applicable

Position type: Full-time

Union status: Non-union

FLSA status: Exempt

Schedule: 35 hours per week, Monday through Friday, 9 am to 5 pm

Apply online

If you have questions about our online application system, please get in touch with us at job.application.questions@brooklynmuseum.org.

Luce Curatorial Fellowship (multi-year position)–applications due Jun. 1, 2021

The Smithsonian American Art Museum seeks an outstanding emerging scholar of American art for a curatorial fellowship funded by the Henry Luce Foundation. Beginning in fall 2021, this two-year position, with a possible third-year renewal, will provide an invaluable professional development opportunity to a scholar interested in a curatorial career in an art museum. It will also support scholarly research on SAAM’s permanent collection, one of the largest and most inclusive collections of American art in the world. The selected fellow will work under the supervision of a senior curator and in collaboration with a team of staff from various departments. The appointee will develop practical skills in all four areas of curatorial practice: research, installation and exhibition development, collections management and planning, and public service. He or she will also participate fully in the intellectual life of the museum’s Research and Scholars Center, home of its research fellowship program and journal, American Art

Under the guidance of the supervisory curator, the Luce Curatorial Fellow will take a key role in the reconceptualization and reinstallation of works from the collection in thematically organized sections of SAAM’s Luce Foundation Center for American Art, the only visible art storage and study center in Washington, D.C. The rehang of the Luce Foundation Center will build on overarching concepts in the museum’s 2022–2023 reinstallation (currently in development) and illuminate connections among artists, artworks, and different facets of the collection. The appointee will research artists and artworks, rectify outdated or inaccurate records, write interpretive texts, and conduct audio/video recordings and/or offer tours to further support these installations. They will work with conservation, design, and installation staff to evaluate requirements and limitations of artworks within specific spaces and execute planned installations. The fellow also will have the opportunity to collaborate with museum interpretation and education staff to address diverse audiences and formats. The appointee may assist project-related development efforts and also propose speaking engagements or public presentations related to their research findings. In the second or third year, the fellow will have the opportunity to propose an installation for the galleries, an online exhibition, or a touring show.
 

QUALIFICATIONS

The ideal candidate will demonstrate scholarly excellence and promise in addition to a strong interest in a museum career. A PhD in art history within the last five years is preferred; however, the fellowship is open to individuals with other academic specialties, such as African American and Women’s Studies.This position is open to all U.S. Citizens or U.S. Nationals. Applications are requested from scholars whose interests and areas of expertise align with one of the museum’s collection strengths:

  • 19th-Century Art: The reinstallation of the permanent collection will necessitate the re-envisioning of the Luce Foundation Center’s display of 18th and 19th-century American art. The goals are to use the Luce Center as an extension and expansion of themes central to the reconceptualized galleries and to explore additional themes and constellations of significant artworks. The fellow will be a full participant in the curatorial discussions of those themes, interfacing with curators responsible for 20th century, modern and contemporary holdings as needed, and conducting in-depth research on individual artworks, artists, and historical frameworks associated with their area of expertise. Those areas can fall anywhere within the range of 19th-century art from the Federal period through the Gilded Age. 
  • Folk and Self-Taught Art: Since 1970, when it acquired and first exhibited James Hampton’s The Throne of the Third Heaven of the Nations’ Millennium General Assembly, the Smithsonian American Art Museum has been acknowledged as a leader in recognizing and repositioning folk and self-taught artists and their important contributions to American art. SAAM’s collection became internationally known in 1986 with the acquisition of the Herbert Waide Hemphill collection and has grown exponentially since 2012 when the museum hired its first full-time curator specializing in this area. Within the area of folk and self-taught art, and reaching into the broader collection as needed, the Luce Curatorial Fellow may focus on frameworks including but not limited to era, region, type of practice, and cultural significance, or consider a particular artist or cultural group in depth. The appointee will also assist on the exhibition project Amish Quilts from the Faith and Stephen Brown Collection, opening in Spring 2024. 

HOW TO APPLY

The fellowship is categorized as a term trust position (IS-9, not-to-exceed three years) with a starting salary of $60,129 plus benefits and an allowance for research and conference travel. The Smithsonian offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, vacation and sick leave, holidays, and health insurance.

Applications must be received by Tuesday, June 1, and include:

  • A cover letter outlining the candidate’s interest in the fellowship
  • A statement of 750 to 1,000 words that describes the applicant’s area of research and how it relates to one of the two areas of curatorial focus outlined above
  • A published paper or other writing sample
  • Curriculum vitae with two references

Please submit applications to SAAMFellowships@si.edu.

All applications will be reviewed by a committee comprised of the chief curator, deputy chief curator, mentoring curator, and chair of academic programs. The fellowship must begin by December 31, 2021.

SAAM believes that recruiting and maintaining an equitable, inclusive, and diverse staff is critical to our mission. We welcome and encourage applications from qualified persons of color; who are Indigenous; with disabilities; who are LGBTQIA+; who are veterans; and/or with other underrepresented backgrounds and experiences. The Smithsonian does not discriminate on grounds of race, color, religion, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation, and pregnancy), national origin, age, or disability.

Museum Specialist—National Museum of African-American History and Culture (Smithsonian Institution) — application deadline Mar. 16, 2021

Americanists and/or contemporary specialists with interest in art made by US artists of African descent are encouraged to apply. Info here:

https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/593868500

JOB: Chief Curator at International African American Museum, Charleston

WE ARE RECRUITING A CHIEF CURATOR
The International African American Museum in Charleston, South Carolina seeks a dynamic and effective museum professional to serve as Chief Curator. Located on Gadsden’s Wharf, the museum is scheduled to open in early 2022.

The ideal candidate for this position is a collaborative and forward-thinking, senior-leader with at least seven to ten years of progressive experience in a museum curatorial department; broad experience as an administrator and
manager; and experience with strategic planning and team building.
This is a full-time, permanent position.

All inquiries, nominations and applications may be directed to resumes@iaamuseum.org. Applications will not be accepted unless submitted in compliance with the guidelines in this position description. For more information about the International African American Museum, please visit http://www.iaamuseum.org.

THE POSITION
The Chief Curator will provide leadership Exhibitions
and strategic direction for the intellectual and interpretive strategies of the museum’s curatorial program including the research, design, and implementation of innovative exhibition strategies; care, management, and development of artifact, archival, and digital collections; development and production of dynamic educational and public programs, and facilitating access to genealogical resources; and oversight and guidance for the Center for Family History, the museum’s genealogy center.

The successful candidate is a gifted leader, compelling communicator—both in writing and spoken word—an outstanding researcher, and able administrator, and a strong advocate for the museum. She or he will infuse energy into innovative and creative initiatives, and leverage collections, resources, and partnerships. It is essential that they be equally comfortable organizing major exhibitions, and/or using the platform to address timely and provocative topics such as racial identity or issues of social justice.

A member of the Museum’s senior leadership team, the Chief Curator reports directly to the Chief Executive Officer. The Chief Curator will oversee these critical aspects of Museum operations:
• In partnership with the Museum’s CEO and senior leadership team, the Chief Curator guides and will manage the installation of the Museum’s opening exhibitions. This will include shaping messaging, implementing final object and graphic selection, media and film development, script writing/editing, and scholarly reviews.
• A major part of this role includes collaborating with and managing all exhibition consultants.
• The Chief Curator will develop and implement a long-term vision for the Museum’s exhibition program that utilizes a collaborative and integrated approach that significantly enhances the quality of the visitor experience, attracts positive press, and earns respect from the general public and community of historians.
• The Chief Curator will also conduct and/ or supervise the development of in-house produced exhibitions including research, artifact and image selection, digital/media production, and script writing.
• The Chief Curator will work in collaboration with the Education and Engagement department to support audience assessment, community engagement, and curricula development.

Collections Management
• The Chief Curator will develop a multidisciplinary, long-term collections strategy providing stewardship and accountability for the museum’s future collections including artifacts, works of art, archival and digital resources.
• The Chief Curator oversees and coordinates all aspects of collections management activities including acquisitions, loans, storage, security, documentation, conservation, inventory, installation/deinstallation, and digitization.
• The Chief Curator will also develop, implement, and maintain collections management systems and databases including applicable training, policy, protocols, and procedures.
Research
• The Chief Curator conducts, directs, and encourages original, independent scholarly research on African American history and culture. The curator defines topics of genuine significance and ensure alignment with the museum’s strategic goals and priorities.
The Chief Curator determines the feasibility of the topic for exhibition, publication, and/ or public programming for both general and specialized audiences.
• The Chief Curator initiates, reviews, and/
or evaluates proposals for new research projects or major shifts in existing research or curatorial initiatives. The curator will also render decisions on proposals and provide leadership and guidance on their improvement and/or implementation.
Management
• The Chief Curator recruits, trains, and supervises the museum’s curatorial department staff and consultants.
• The Chief Curator has oversight of the Center for Family History.

Qualifications
• At minimum, a Master’s degree in African American history or related field; knowledge of South Carolina history and a working understanding of African American genealogy is preferred but not required.
• A recognized expert in the field with at least three years senior management experience; minimum seven years applied and progressive museum curatorial experience.
• Evidence of and commitment to original scholarship with a proven record of initiating, curating, and delivering well received exhibitions, publications, and, to a lesser degree, public programs.
• An understanding of visitor-centered approaches to content development.
• Senior-level management and leadership experience with a track record of success in managing people, operations, policies, and budgets.
• Highly developed research, writing, and oral communication skills; the presence
and credibility to serve as an effective museum spokesperson with visitors, outside communities, supporters and donors, the public, and the media.
• A positive, proactive, and collegial work ethic.

Application Requirements
Applications should be submitted to resumes@iaamuseum.org. Applications
will only be accepted electronically.
A complete application will include a resume detailing relevant educational and work experience, and a cover letter describing the applicant’s interest in the position and three professional references. The position will remain open until filled.

 

AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Partnership Funded Study — Apply by Jun. 3, 2020

Slave Ownership and the National Portrait Gallery, London. New AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Partnership studentship. Deadline 3 June 2020

Dear Colleagues,

Birkbeck and the National Portrait Gallery are pleased to announce the availability of a fully funded collaborative doctoral studentship through the REACH Consortium from October 2020 under the Arts and Humanites Research Council’s Collaborative Doctoral Partnership Scheme.

This project, Slave-ownership and the National Portrait Gallery, London,  examines the links between the National Portrait Gallery and historical transatlantic slavery. In particular, it seeks to understand the impact of wealth derived from slavery on its founders, donors, and the sitters represented in its portraits, thus acknowledging a history that has long remained hidden.

The project will be jointly supervised by Dr Sarah Thomas and Dr Lucy Peltz and the student will be expected to spend time at both Birkbeck and the National Portrait Gallery, as well as becoming part of the wider cohort of CDP funded students across the UK.

Project Overview 

The National Portrait Gallery (NPG) was founded in 1856 to collect portraits of those people who made a notable contribution to British history. By closely scrutinising the early history of one particular institution – its personnel, and the collecting choices of its trustees –through the lens of slave-ownership and its profits, this project will have broad implications for the wider museum sector, exploring in particular issues of national identity and the ethics of funding that have particular currency in today’s decolonising debates.

The studentship will offer access to the NPG’s expertise and collections, working with a range of colleagues under the direction of Dr Lucy Peltz, Head of Collection Displays (Tudor to Regency) and Senior Curator 18th Century Collections. This is a particularly timely moment for a research project of this nature as the Gallery will be in the process of developing Inspiring People, a major refurbishment and redisplay of its collection which will see the Gallery relaunch in 2023 as an exciting public cultural space in which to participate, challenge and debate British history, culture and contemporary life. Consequently, this research project’s focus and findings will contribute to the Gallery’s stated commitment to increasing institutional transparency and raising important questions about the legacies of empire in British society today.

Start date: 1 October 2020 [or later, depending on situation]

Application Deadline: Wednesday 3 June 2020, 2pm

Interviews will take place online on Tuesday 16 June, 2020

For further information and instructions on how to apply, see the document attached.

All best wishes,

Dr. Sarah Thomas 
Director, Centre for Museum Cultures
Birkbeck College
London WC1H 0PD

sarah.thomas@bbk.ac.uk
http://www.bbk.ac.uk/art-history/

Centre for Museum Cultures Website: http://www.bbk.ac.uk/museum-cultures/

2020 RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP IN US ART at Cornell Fine Arts Museum at Rollins College (Winter Park, Florida) — Apply Now!

The Cornell Fine Arts Museum at Rollins College seeks a Research Fellow in American Art. This is part-time (20 hours/week), non-residential position funded by a grant from the Henry Luce Foundation to develop, research, digitize and display the American collection. The Research Fellow will work with the Bruce A. Beal Director and members of the curatorial team to conduct in-depth and contextual research. Twin goals are to help re-position the collection for a broader audience, with research (including images, provenance, exhibition history, artist biographies, interpretation and bibliography) made available online; and to integrate the collection with both the teaching mission of the museum and with contemporary efforts to refine and widen the definition of American art.

Eligible candidates will have expertise in American art (ABD required, Ph.D. preferred) with a preference for a research focus in the 19th or 20th century. Experience teaching at the college level or curatorial experience in a university art museum a plus. The fellowship is for a 12-month period starting in January 2020; apart from a few weeks in residence in Winter Park, research can be conducted in any city providing that the fellow has access to major research libraries for American art.

To apply, please visit the Rollins career page https://jobs.rollins.edu/en-us/job/492968/research-fellow-american-art.

JOB: Assoc. Curator, American Art @ Harvard Art Museums

Please use this link to apply: Theodore E. Stebbins Jr. Associate Curator of American Art

Theodore E. Stebbins, Jr., Associate Curator of American Art
Harvard Art Museums

Duties & Responsibilities
The Harvard Art Museums seeks a rising intellectual authority on pre-1900 American art. Tasked with organizing innovative exhibition and scholarly projects, the Theodore E. Stebbins Jr. Associate Curator of American Art will work with a range of partners and collaborators. Engaging with scholarly and public debate on the Harvard University campus and beyond, the curator will help to complicate the art-historical narrative and propose fresh perspectives on the definition of American art for the 21st century.

The Theodore E. Stebbins Jr. Associate Curator of American Art will assume the full range of curatorial responsibilities for the important collection of American art pre-1900 at the Museums, including crafting an ambitious exhibition, research, and publication program, and working closely with students and faculty to foster significant and sustained curricular use of the collection for both undergraduate and graduate teaching. The curator functions successfully within a team environment and promotes dialogue, engagement, and collaboration with colleagues within the division and with curatorial departments that have overlapping collections holdings and expertise, as well as the Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Study. The curator will also collaborate on selected projects, acquisitions, and displays of the collection with relevant curators of works-on-paper collections and European paintings in the Division of European and American Art, as well as with colleagues in the Division of Modern and Contemporary Art.

The curator works to promote and strengthen the presence of American art at the Museums and in the wider world, and works closely with fellows, interns, and junior staff towards this end. The curator recommends purchases and solicits gifts for the collection, works to diversify the collection, and assumes an active role in soliciting funds for museum purposes, including acquisitions, exhibitions, and publications, from individuals, foundations, federal agencies, and other sources.

The Collection:

Areas of recent growth in the pre-1900 American art collection include still life paintings by William Michael Harnett and members of the Peale family, as well as the acquisition of a rare portrait by Julien Hudson, a nineteenth-century painter of African descent working in New Orleans, and the purchase of an early stoneware jar by Dave Drake. Shown in galleries that mix media and schools of art from Europe and America, the American art collection at Harvard is both justly-celebrated in its own right and understood as part of a larger story of artistic expression in the west and beyond. Harvard University began acquiring American art in the seventeenth century, and the Museums contain nearly 3,000 paintings, sculptures, and works of decorative arts made in the Americas. The collection of late-seventeenth-century Boston silver is particularly significant, and the Museums represent almost every phase in John Singleton Copley’s painting career. Some of these works are part of the 1,300-strong University Portrait Collection, now overseen by curators at the Harvard Art Museums. The bequest of Grenville Winthrop in 1943 added a group of major works by nineteenth-century artists including Winslow Homer, John Singer Sargent, and James McNeill Whistler. The wider Harvard Art Museums hold strengths in nineteenth-century portrait photography, and American modernism, abstract expressionism, and color-field painting. While the Curator of American Art does not directly oversee these last areas, they may advise from the point of view of these objects’ relationship to the story of art-making in America. Works by indigenous artists from the Americas are held by Harvard’s Peabody Museum, and offer the potential for curatorial collaboration between the two institutions.

Basic Qualifications

Candidates MUST meet the following basic qualifications in order to be considered for this role:

Ph.D. in art history or related field; minimum of three years’ progressively responsible curatorial experience, teaching, or field-related experience. [All candidates who may be interested in the Stebbins curatorial position in American art and AT LEAST meet the basic qualifications should consider submitting an application.]

Additional Qualifications
Demonstrated record of scholarship and achievement in the field of American art pre-1900, and commitment to collaborating and playing an active role in a lively and rigorous university setting.

Demonstrated record of teaching, working with students, and/or mentoring preferred.

Demonstrated record of successfully working with donors, collectors, and museum patrons preferred.

Commitment to equity and inclusion in museum practice and to engaging with a wide range of audiences and constituencies.

Additional Information
The Associate-level position is a 5-year term position with the possibility of extension and promotion.

Position: Ellyn McColgan Assistant Curator of American Decorative Arts and Sculpture at Museum of Fine Arts/Boston

The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston seeks a promising and dynamic scholar in the fields of decorative arts and sculpture to become the Ellyn McColgan Assistant Curator in the Art of the Americas department. We look to hire a team-oriented colleague who will promote, interpret, build, and care for all aspects of this extensive collection, which encompasses art from North, Central, and South America, from the sixteenth through the twentieth centuries. The McColgan Assistant Curator will work with colleagues across the Museum to achieve the institution’s Strategic Plan goals, such as diversifying and reinterpreting the collection through targeted acquisitions, gallery displays, exhibition development, publications, presentations, and audience engagement.

Candidates should demonstrate excellent research, writing, and speaking skills, as well as the ability to manage complex projects effectively and to deepen relationships with donors and supporters. Ideal candidates will demonstrate a breadth of knowledge and experience, as well as a willingness to gain new expertise. An interest in and commitment to exploring the changing nature of art museums and their relationship to the public is desirable.

Minimum Qualifications and Experience:

• Graduate degree (M.A. or Ph.D.) expected, with specialization in decorative arts and sculpture of the Americas, or related fields.

• Three to five years of experience in a museum or comparable institution.

• Demonstrated scholarly ability through publications, conference papers, or other activities.

• Demonstrated curatorial ability through exhibitions, gallery displays, programs or other activities.

Ideal Candidate Profile:

• Committed to collaboration with others both inside and outside the institution, and ability to make decisions to move plans and objectives forward.

• Strong sense of accountability for achieving stated objectives and demonstrable experience doing so.

• Evident experience working successfully with colleagues to achieve collective objectives in such areas as visitor experience, marketing, education and digital initiatives.

• An international perspective but experienced in becoming personally and professionally committed to an institution’s city, people and artistic community.

• Speaking and/or reading ability in Spanish, French, or other relevant foreign language.

Personal Qualities and Attributes:

• Intellectually rigorous

• Inspirational, passionate, curious

• Generous of spirit, a team player

• Superior judgment, tact and diplomacy, with good organizational skills

Application materials are being accepted immediately. For consideration, please submit your letter of interest and CV to: resumes@mfa.org. You may also submit your materials via postal mail to: Human Resources Department, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 465 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115.

The MFA is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer that is committed to building a culturally diverse staff and strongly encourages applications from diverse candidates.


TYPE

Staff

STATUS

Full Time

POSTED

July 13, 2018

DEPARTMENT

Art of the Americas

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