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Curator, American Art

James A. Michener Art Museum


In collaboration with the Executive Director and other members of the curatorial department, the Curator is responsible for curatorial activity including assisting in the management and development of the museum’s collection; organizing exhibition projects; pursuing acquisitions; and producing scholarly and written materials for a wide range of audiences. Work will focus on interdisciplinary and collaborative projects with museum staff, community organizations, and peer museums, and promoting research and scholarship on American art, with a focus on the artists of Bucks County and the greater Delaware Valley Region.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

  • In conjunction with the Executive Director develop/identify temporary exhibitions and permanent collection displays that will engage existing and target audiences.
  • Act as coordinating curator for package exhibitions.
  • Integrate collection research and educational mission into gallery didactics, lectures, and public programs for internal and external audiences.
  • Research, write, and present, in written and oral form, information on permanent and temporary exhibitions for local, regional, and national audiences.
  • Play lead role in development and achievement of curatorial budget and multi-year exhibition calendar.
  • Lead curatorial staff in the preparation and management of the exhibition schedule, permanent collection displays, and publications.
  • Manage curatorial department staff including registration, library and archives, and art preparation.
  • Liaise with the Collections Committee of the Board of Trustees to maintain the mission of the collection.
  • Represent the Museum through media/public interviews.
  • Participate in the development of grants and fundraising for exhibitions and the collection.
  • Research acquisitions for the permanent collection.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Specialization in American Art; excellent working relationships with colleagues in the field, including artists, collectors, gallerists, critics, and scholars.
  • Ability to write and conduct research at an advanced level and maintain precise and careful records.
  • Knowledge of the methods, techniques, and procedures involved in the interpretation and exhibition of art for a diverse audience.
  • Excellent leadership, problem solving, budget management, planning, and organization skills, with the ability to manage multiple projects and responsibilities.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills and public speaking abilities, as well as teaching and presentation skills.
  • Ability to establish, maintain, and foster positive and harmonious working relationships with staff, visitors, volunteers, artists, collectors, donors, lenders, and professional colleagues, and other members of the museum community.
  • Must have excellent work habits, including a willingness to work the hours necessary to get the job done, especially when important deadlines cause greater than normal departmental pressures.
  • Willingness to work flexible hours including mornings, evenings, and weekends.
  • Work collaboratively with other departments to ensure Museum goals and objectives are met.

Education and Experience:

  • Advanced degree (PhD preferred) in art history, with a principal focus on American art but interests that reach across countries and chronologies.
  • Minimum of seven (7) years of experience in a museum or academic institution.
  • Experience in exhibition development, publication development, and collection care with knowledge of and commitment to professional museum standards.
  • Strong record of publications in the field required.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, particularly when working with donors and the public.

This position description is designed to accurately reflect job duties; however, it may not be all-inclusive and other job related duties may be required.

Education Level: 
Advanced degree in art history, PhD preferred
To Apply

To apply, please send cover letter, resume, references, and salary requirements to Rebecca Rosen, at or mail to James A. Michener Art Museum, Attn: Rebecca Rosen, 138 South Pine Street, Doylestown, PA  18901. No phone calls, please.