Americanists and/or contemporary specialists with interest in art made by US artists of African descent are encouraged to apply. Info here:
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 firstname.lastname@example.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 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.
• 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.
• 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.
• 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.
• 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.
Applications should be submitted to email@example.com. 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.
Slave Ownership and the National Portrait Gallery, London. New AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Partnership studentship. Deadline 3 June 2020
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.
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
London WC1H 0PD
Centre for Museum Cultures Website: http://www.bbk.ac.uk/museum-cultures/
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.
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.
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.
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.]
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.
The Associate-level position is a 5-year term position with the possibility of extension and promotion.
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: firstname.lastname@example.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.
July 13, 2018
Art of the Americas
JOAN TISCH TEACHING FELLOWS PROGRAM
The Teaching Fellows Program offers graduate students pursuing advanced degrees in art history and related fields the unique opportunity to work directly with the Whitney Museum’s collection and audiences within a community of academic support. Participants in the program design specialized tours and lecture to museum visitors, public program audiences, and senior audiences. Fellows meet for periodic workshops for feedback and support on scholarly work and for training in teaching, communication and presentation skills or other specialized topics. More advanced Teaching Fellows may also be invited to develop special lectures and multi-session courses for special members groups and the public.
This selective program offers an invaluable opportunity for students to develop skills for public speaking without notes, communicating sophisticated ideas in a clear and organized fashion, and finding their own authentic voice. Alumni of the program, who have gone on to a range of prestigious positions in museums and academia, often reference how these skills benefited them throughout their careers.
Candidates must be graduate students currently enrolled in a Ph.D. program, finishing their coursework or working toward the completion of their dissertation. We are seeking diverse perspectives on American Art of the 20th and 21st Century. Specializing in areas covered by the Museum’s collection is helpful, but is not a prerequisite for selection. Fellowships are ideally for a period of three years, with a minimum commitment of two years. During this period, Fellows are expected to live in or near New York City. Fellows are paid $125 per hour for private and specialized tours; $100 for public tours; $75 for workshop participation; and have the potential for further pay for multi-week courses, colloquia and other projects.
We are currently interviewing for a position to start in the fall of 2018.
To apply, please send the following to TischTeachingFellows@Whitney.org:
1) a statement of purpose, describing why you are interested in the program and how you see your skills and experience contributing to what we do
2) a CV
3) a letter of reference or contact information of a reference
The Joan Tisch Teaching Fellows Program at the Whitney Museum of American Art is supported by a generous gift from Steven Tisch.
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art is currently accepting applications for four curatorial positions – three that focus on contemporary American art and one that focuses on American art pre-1960.
Assistant Curator, The Momentary
• Position Summary: The Momentary is a new Center for Contemporary Visual and Performing Arts and Culinary Discovery in Bentonville, AR, slated to open in spring 2020. The Center will operate as a subsidiary of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. The Assistant Curator, The Momentary will serve as a key member of the curatorial team and support the Curator, Contemporary Art and The Momentary’s Director in the development and implementation of curatorial projects, including exhibition planning and installation, artist projects, and publication.
Curator of Performing Arts
• Position Summary: The Curator of Performing Arts will serve as a senior member of The Momentary’s curatorial team and support the Momentary’s Director in the development and implementation of performing arts projects, including concerts and performances, residencies, commissions, workshops, audio and video recordings, and publications. The Curator of Performing Arts will work alongside the Curator, Contemporary Art and will lead a small team of Programmers.
• Position Summary: The Curatorial Assistant works under the immediate supervision of the Curator of American Art and is responsible for providing curatorial and administrative support to the Curator and Assistant Curator. The Curatorial Assistant is an integral member of the curatorial team and will contribute to the curatorial vision. A strong interest in and experience with American art before 1960 is required.
Curatorial Assistant, State of the Art II
• Position Summary: The Curatorial Assistant, State of the Art II (SOTA II) works under the immediate supervision of the Curator, Contemporary Art and is responsible for providing curatorial and administrative support to the SOTA II curatorial team. A strong interest in and experience with contemporary art is required. This is a full-time, temporary, two-year position.
For more detailed job descriptions, and to apply, please visit:
Curatorial Assistant, State of the Art II: https://www.paycomonline.net/v4/ats/web.php/jobs/ViewJobDetails?job=5014&clientkey=BC9586F35E70BD74D59EC08D93D8EDD5
For more information, look here.
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.
Helen M. Shannon, Ph.D., flanked by Dr. David Milburn and Cecile Keith Brown, date unknown. Source: Dr. David Milburn Legacy Award webpage. Photographer’s name not known.
It is with deep sadness that we report the passing of Helen M. Shannon, Ph.D. The photo was likely taken when Helen worked in the Detroit Institute of Arts’ Education Department, 1976-87, according to her LinkedIn page.
We have suffered a profound loss in our field and it will be felt among those with whom she worked. A few years back, a former student wrote that Helen Shannon had been an important mentor, calling her “one of the most inspirational career driven women I have ever met. I have never had a professor who has pushed me so hard to succeed, and I will be forever grateful to the role she has played in the development of my career as I pursue my Master’s Degree.” Helen inspired many of us, and she will not be forgotten.
Mark Campbell of the University of Arts, where Helen was Associate Professor and Director of the M.A. Program in Museum Studies, has written this account of his colleague:
“It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of
Associate Professor Helen Shannon. Helen has been a well-respected
member of the UArts faculty since joining the University in 2006,
directing the Museum Education program within Museum Studies, and
since fall 2013 serving as coordinator of Graduate Studies. An
accomplished educator and museum professional, Helen has had a deep
and lasting effect on the scholarship and professional training in her
Helen received a BA from Stanford University, an MA from the
University of Chicago, and a PhD from Columbia University – all in Art
History. Her dissertation was titled “Race and cultural nationalism in
the American modernist reception of African art.” Notable
professional appointments include executive director of the New Jersey
State Museum and educator in charge, Office of Public Programs, at the
Metropolitan Museum of Art. Freelance curatorial work includes “In the
Spirit of Martin: The Living Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.,” a
Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibition, and “Biennial 2000: At
the Crossroads,” for the African American Museum in Philadelphia.
In 2015 Helen published, “Norman Lewis: Presence and Absence” as part
of “Procession: The Art of Norman Lewis” (University of California
Press – Ruth Fine Editor). She was in the process of completing an
important book in the field of Museum Education, “History and
Understanding of Museum Learning.” Active in the museum world through
lectures and symposia, Helen has served on many boards including
current appointments with the Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums and
the African American Museum. She was also an ongoing member of the
African American Collection Committee of the Philadelphia Museum of
Within the UArts community and beyond, Helen was a respected scholar,
known for her integrity, grace and solid professionalism. She
instilled in her many students a tenacious work ethic, deep respect
for knowledge, and an awareness of the central role that museums play
in the enrichment of our lives.
An event celebrating the life of Helen Shannon will be announced to
the community in the coming weeks.”
– –Mark Campbell, Dean
College of Art, Media & Design
The University of the Arts
320 Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102
IMAGE BELOW: From the award-winning exhibition catalogue, Procession: The Art of Norman Lewis (2015). Source: GoogleBooks.