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

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 and acquisitions as well as 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. Works by indigenous artists from the Americas are held by Harvard’s Peabody Museum, and offer the potential for curatorial collaboration.

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.

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

Salary Grade: 059

Union: 00 – Non Union, Exempt or Temporary

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.

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER: We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Internal Number: 50292BR

Gallery & Collections Assistant – Lawrence University

Position Description

The Galleries & Collections Assistant maintains and enables access to the university art collection and assists the Curator in fulfilling the missions of the Wriston Art Galleries and Lawrence University through the art collection and exhibitions. This position reports to the Curator of the Wriston Art Galleries.

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Assistant Professor/Assistant Curator – University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Department of Classical Studies and Kelsey Museum of Archaeology have been authorized to make an appointment in Classical Studies and the Kelsey Museum at the entry level (tenure-track Assistant Professor and Assistant Curator in the Kelsey Museum) beginning September 1, 2020. We seek a scholar who brings contemporary historical and/or archaeological perspectives to the study of ancient materials, and who is committed to museum research, exhibition, and education with expertise in one of the following areas: numismatics and economic history; Hellenistic Near Eastern material culture and archaeology; ethics and cultural heritage relating to the archaeology of the ancient Classical world. Applications from candidates with experience in, and enthusiasm for, digital humanities will be particularly welcome. Promise of excellence in teaching and research and museum curation will be the principal selection criteria. Continue reading “Assistant Professor/Assistant Curator – University of Michigan, Ann Arbor”

Curator of Exhibitions and Collections – The Harwood Museum of Art of the University of New Mexico

Under general supervision, directs the development, research, management, presentation and interpretation of the collection. Provides subject specialist expertise for collections and produces innovative research in support of museum exhibitions and publications. Develops advanced research, exhibition, and publication programs. Serves as liaison between the university and external agencies. Participates in the writing of grant proposals and administers resulting projects. Participates in short and long-term planning for department and museum. Oversees compliance with state and federal law in accordance with applicable university and departmental policies and procedures.

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Registrar and Collections Manager – The Davison Art Center, Wesleyan University

The Davison Art Center holds Wesleyan University’s collection of over 25,000 artworks, consisting primarily of prints and photographs. It is among the most outstanding print collections at any U.S. university, representing artistic achievements from the fifteenth through the twenty-first centuries. The breadth of the collection is equaled by its quality; exceptionally fine impressions by Rembrandt van Rijn and Francisco de Goya, rare early engravings, and important contemporary artwork by artists including Glenn Ligon and Jasper Johns are only a few highlights. Continue reading “Registrar and Collections Manager – The Davison Art Center, Wesleyan University”

Collections Registrar – Tang Teaching Museum/Art Gallery, Skidmore College

The Collections Registrar is responsible for the preservation and care of all Tang collection objects, and serves as a key staff member supporting the academic use of the collection in teaching. The position works directly with faculty and students to provide access to the Tang collection and storage areas for teaching and research purposes.

Additionally, the Collections Registrar spearheads efforts to establish complete records of all objects: digitization, establishing provenance, conducting research and creating electronic records in the museum collection database.

The Collections Registrar hires and manages Tang student interns, providing teaching and mentoring in the nature of museum work, the nature of collections research, and the practice of other museum activities that support the Tang’s teaching mission at the College. This position also serves as acting registrar in absence of the Senior Registrar.

The Collections Registrar is liaison for the museum to Advancement Office with regard to gifts of art to the Tang and is responsible for associated paperwork. The Collections Registrar also manages the art handler crew in all aspects of moving and maintaining collections.

 

Minimum Qualifications             

  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field, including but not limited to studio art, art history, or museum studies
  • 1 – 3 years of museum experience in registration work, art handling, and data entry, plus relevant internships and work-study
  • Must have practical knowledge of object/art handling and storage techniques.
  • Knowledge of art history and knowledge and appreciation for contemporary art.
  • Ability to work both independently and also cooperatively with others in a fast-paced, team environment.
  • Ability to speak in front of groups and work with students, faculty, museum colleagues and community members.
  • Ability to assist faculty in collection-based assignments and the development of curricula related to the Tang collection.
  • Strong verbal and editing skills, detail-oriented, and highly organized.
  • Working knowledge of museum digitization processes and storage/retrieval of data key.

 Special Instructions to Applicant             

To be considered for this position, please fill out an online application and attach the following documents: cover letter, resume and list of three references to include name, title, company, email address and telephone number of three professional references.

All documents must be attached through the application system. If you encounter difficulty, please contact Human Resources at: careesr@skidmore.edu or 518 580.5802

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Associate Registrar – University of Pennsylvania

The University of Pennsylvania, the largest private employer in Philadelphia, is a world-renowned leader in education, research, and innovation. This historic, Ivy League school consistently ranks among the top 10 universities in the annual U.S. News & World Report survey. Penn has 12 highly-regarded schools that provide opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and continuing education, all influenced by Pennâ™s distinctive interdisciplinary approach to scholarship and learning. Continue reading “Associate Registrar – University of Pennsylvania”

Associate Curator of Education & Public Programs – Oklahoma State University Museum of Art

The OSU Museum of Art is seeking applicants for the position of Associate Curator of Education and Public Programs. This is a continuing 12-month administrative and professional staff position reporting to the Director of the Museum. As the primary liaison between the Museum and University faculty and students, and adult audiences, the successful candidate must have highly developed administrative and organizational capabilities. S/he will be an excellent collaborator who is committed to object-based learning and thrives on working with a broad constituency of students and faculty in a variety of disciplines and adults from varying backgrounds.

In support of OSU Museum of Art’s commitment to enhance students’ visual literacy and critical thinking skills, the Associate Curator will collaborate with faculty across campus to develop innovative academic programs grounded in art and using the museum’s art collection, exhibitions and programs. This position will bridge the museum and OSU campus through these in-depth curriculum-based programs and other initiatives that will foster faculty and student reliance on the museum’s resources, particularly the permanent collection and its special exhibitions, as integral learning resources. This position will strengthen existing programs and implement new ones, pursue active collaborations across campus, and play a key role in developing and achieving short- and long-term educational goals for the museum, the university, and community.

The Associate Curator will work closely with the educational team, which includes: Associate Curator of Education (K-12) and Education and Programming Coordinator. With the education team, co-lead initiatives engaging the OSU Museum of Art as a teaching museum and host for cross-disciplinary and civic dialogue. The successful candidate will have a deep commitment to interdisciplinary teaching, collaboration, and a contextual, cross-disciplinary approach to original works of art.

Working with the Exhibition team, this position assists in creating exhibition-specific programming, imbedded gallery learning opportunities; provides interpretive counsel, and contributes to text panels and didactics. In addition, s/he assists in training and mentoring students, volunteers, and interns to lead successful exhibition-based tours.

This Associate Curator will consult with the Curator of Collections in joint research projects and exhibitions proposals pertaining to the collections. This position will interpret and provide information on works in the collection through object research, lectures, and publications.

Success in this position requires expertise in building and maintaining relationships with a diverse range of faculty, staff, community members, and volunteers and a facility for navigating university hierarchies. The ideal candidate will possess a demonstrated commitment to using museum galleries as alternate classroom spaces and excel at facilitating collaboration with multiple constituencies to achieve positive outcomes for all stakeholders.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

PROGRAMS

  • Creates and collaborates with colleagues across campus in support of strategic plans and initiatives of the OSU Museum of Art and OSU.
  • In collaboration with the Curator of Collections and other museum staff, organizes exhibition programming for the museum that is relevant to faculty and students in diverse departments; participates in shaping outreach for education programs pertaining to the collection; becomes knowledgeable about the museum’s collections and contributes to program development that advances knowledge of objects; and support the administration of programs that access collections such as database/ web interface, and scholar access.
  • Implements new strategies that encourage faculty and student use of the museum in innovative ways to build long-term relationships and faculty and program directors’ commitment to ensure student participation in programming.
  • Frequently leads lectures and discussion-based sessions for classes in the galleries and the Collection vault/classroom. Prepares interpretive materials for tours, discussions.
  • Assists with all aspects of the education program as needed, including filling in and co-leading tours for all age groups and providing support for programming such as Second Saturday and Final Friday events.

PROGRAM ADMINISTRATION

  • Participates as a senior staff member of the Museum in the development and implementation of institutional plans, long-range budgets, and other initiatives.
  • Coordinates with Museum staff to develop and implement visiting artist workshops, presentations, gallery talks, and lectures related to museum exhibitions; Visiting Artist hands-on workshops, residencies, and programming for academic and community audiences; and special projects as assigned.
  • Works collectively with the education team to coordinate education budget, purchase of supplies, facility rental and set up, programming scheduling, and negotiate contracts with Visiting Artists as needed.
  • Contributes to development and fund-raising initiatives, including active participation in grant writing, management, and reporting.
  • Coordinates the development and implementation of an evaluation process to assess effectiveness of Museum programming and visitor response, including a database of tour demographics and attendance; audience response data; collection and analysis of quantitative and qualitative data; maintenance of educational reference material and program archive for Museum education and exhibition events.
  • Maintains active membership in the larger museum community, including attending conferences and presenting on innovative programs and initiatives.

TRAINING & VOLUNTEER PROGRAMS

In collaboration with the education team, contributes to recruiting, training, and supervising volunteer docents and education staff (student staff and Museum staff participating in tour program); and training for all education programs associated with exhibitions and the Museum’s collection.

Participates in reviewing tour content and tour guides’ and docents’ delivery of tour content for accuracy and focus congruent with the Museum’s mission and collection.

Required Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in art history, studio, or art education with at least 2 years of museum experience and some teaching experience in a higher education capacity;
  • Must have a demonstrated experience in developing and implementing educational programs along with the knowledge of and commitment to current interpretive practices and audience engagement strategies for art museums;
  • Superb communication skills, both verbal and written, and public speaking skills for multiple audiences;
  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to manage multiple projects effectively;
  • High degree of professionalism, close attention to detail, and ability to meet deadlines;
  • Computer literacy including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint;
  • Strong interpersonal and collegial skills and demonstrated ability to work effectively independently and as part of a team;
  • Ability to work some evening and weekend hours;
  • Ability to lift and carry objects weighing up to 25 lbs.

Preferred Qualifications: 2-3 years of teaching at the university level (ideally in an academic museum environment). Experience with contemporary practices in all levels of museum education preferred. Knowledge of modern and contemporary art a plus.

Compensation: Within the range established for this position, salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience; the position includes an excellent benefits package.

The Museum

Oklahoma State University Museum of Art is a teaching museum dedicated to being a laboratory for lifelong learning and research through exhibitions and programs. We present visual art not only as a field of knowledge in itself but also as a vehicle for fostering diverse learning styles and pedagogies as well as insights into other disciplines. We support experiential learning and conversations to nurture critical thinking, creativity, innovation, and cultural and civic engagement.

 

Located approximately one mile from the University campus in downtown Stillwater, the museum opened in January 2014. OSUMA opened its doors in January 2014. The museum is housed in a renovated state-of-the-art facility that was formerly the city’s main post office. Our 15,000-foot facility features 5,700 square feet of exhibition space and 2,500 square feet of visible storage that doubles as a classroom. We operate with a professional staff of 10 and 12 part-time student employees. The city population is 45,688 (25,939 being students), and the county, 77,350. Since opening, we have served more than 38,000 visitors.

The University

OSU is a comprehensive land-grant institution with an enrollment of ~22,000 students and is committed to excellence in instruction, research, and outreach. In addition to the main campus in Stillwater, OSU also has campuses in Tulsa, Oklahoma City, and Okmulgee. Stillwater, a city of~49,000 residents, is situated 65 miles from Oklahoma City and Tulsa and 250 miles from Dallas and Kansas City. A variety of activities are available on campus and in the community including music, drama, art, speakers, outdoor recreation, and sporting events. OSU, Americas Healthiest Campus, offers employees free membership to the Colvin Recreation Center and Seretean Wellness Center. For more information, please go to http://go.okstate.edu (for OSU) or http://www.visitstillwater.org (for the City of Stillwater).

 

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Anne L. Poulet Curatorial Fellowship 2020–22 – The Frick Collection

Full-time exempt

Background

The Frick Collection is an art museum consisting of more than 1,400 works of art from the ninth to the nineteenth centuries, displayed in the intimate surroundings of the former home of Pittsburgh industrialist Henry Clay Frick. The residence is one of New York City’s few remaining Gilded Age mansions. The Collection with its furnishings and works of art has been open to the public since 1935, and has continued to acquire works of art since Mr. Frick’s death. Adjacent to the museum is The Frick Art Reference Library, an internationally-recognized research library that serves as one of the most complete resources for the study of Western art. Founded in 1920 by Helen Clay Frick as a memorial to her father, the Library today holds more than one million study photographs, 360,000 books and periodicals, and 100,000 auction catalogs. Today it is one of the leading institutions for research in the fields of art history and collecting and is open to interested individuals from all over the world. Continue reading “Anne L. Poulet Curatorial Fellowship 2020–22 – The Frick Collection”