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Curator, American Art

James A. Michener Art Museum

Overview:

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 rrosen@michenerartmuseum.org or mail to James A. Michener Art Museum, Attn: Rebecca Rosen, 138 South Pine Street, Doylestown, PA  18901. No phone calls, please.