Curatorial Fellowship Diversity Arts – Columbia College Chicago


Columbia College Chicago is an acclaimed undergraduate and graduate institution that provides a comprehensive education in the arts, communications and public relations. We constantly aim to reach our full potential as an educational innovator, incubator of new creative practice and generator of real-world success for young creatives. We are located in the heart of Chicago, across the street from historic Grant Park, and housed in some of the most iconic buildings in the South Loop.

Columbia College Chicago a private urban institution of over 6,000 undergraduate and graduate students, four-year College offering a distinctive curriculum that blends liberal arts, creative and media arts and business is currently searching for a Curatorial Fellow for Diversity in the Arts.

Position Summary

The Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College Chicago (MoCP) offers one paid 24-month Curatorial Fellowship for Diversity in the Arts, which begins in September 2020. This position will help the MoCP expand and diversify its holdings by researching and planning for the collection and exhibitions; helping to develop associated publications, and supporting the curricular use of the museum’s collection in areas that are currently underrepresented on the museum staff, such as African, Asian, Latin American, Islamic, and Native American art.

The Curatorial Fellowship provides recent graduates in the field with important professional experience.

This is a grant funded position. The position is 25 hours per week.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Diversify the museum’s programs and holdings by researching and planning for the collection and exhibitions.
  • Assist with associated publications including books, texts for exhibitions and catalogue entries for collection.
  • Support the curricular use of the museum’s collection to reflect the economic, racial, cultural, and educational diversity of contemporary society.
  • Conduct print viewings and tours as needed for students and the general public.
  • Develop an exhibition of contemporary photography for presentation in year two of fellowship. Research, correspond with artists, write texts, and plan all aspects of the exhibition in collaboration with museum staff.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.


  • Master’s Degree in Art History or related field with emphasis on Photography, Modern or Contemporary Art required.
  • Previous museum experience a plus.
  • Excellent written and verbal skills are required.
  • Strong knowledge of (or familiarity with) two or more areas in African, Asian, Latin American, Islamic or Native American Art.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent organizational and planning skills including the ability to manage multiple assignments concurrently.

This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities required of the employee and is subject to change based on the needs of the college or department.

At Columbia, we offer a rewarding work environment for our faculty and staff. We take pride in offering competitive benefits with affordable health, dental and vision coverage; flexible spending accounts; commuter benefit program, life and accidental, death & dismemberment coverage; paid and unpaid leave options; work/life benefits; educational assistance programs; and retirement and financial planning benefits.

We invite you to join our talented faculty and staff and become part of our collective aspiration to ensure Columbia prepares students for success in their creative fields through innovation, engagement and real-world experiences.

Additional Information

Position subject to a background screening.

This is a union position.

This position is overtime eligible.

Qualified candidates of diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Columbia College Chicago is an equal opportunity employer and complies with all local, state, and federal laws and regulations concerning civil rights. The college does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or other protected classes under the law.

Director and Curator – College of Wooster Art Museum


The College of Wooster is seeking a Director and Curator for The College of Wooster Art Museum (CWAM). Reporting to the Provost, the Director/Curator provides vision and leadership for the museum and develops strategies to fulfill its mission. The Director is the spokesperson and representative of the museum on campus, within the region, and nationally, integrating visual art into both the curriculum and the life of the campus. The next Director and Curator for the CWAM will join the campus community at a particularly important time as implementation of the recently endorsed strategic plan is underway. The CWAM’s programs will be especially important to the strategic plan’s focus on experiential learning; diversity, equity, and inclusion; and the development of new curricular pathways. The next Director will have the opportunity to work with a wide range of engaged faculty from multiple disciplines, including a new program to be developed in Museum Studies, and explore new forms of collaborative partnership with the support of the Office of Academic Affairs.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

· Articulate the museum’s mission and provide leadership, cooperative spirit, and momentum to carry out the mission.

· Develop and manage the annual operating budget and assist with development opportunities and efforts when requested.

· Oversee the curation and management of the permanent collection in accordance with Board policy and the mission of the museum, including acquisitions, borrowing and lending of works, conservation and maintenance, deaccessioning, and utilization.

· Ensure the safety of, and accountability for, all assets under the CWAM jurisdiction.

· Direct the exhibitions program by researching, planning, and executing exhibitions that present a broad spectrum of art including local, regional, national and international shows.

· Develop exhibitions that support the curriculum of the college and in which students play an active role.

· Develop programs for and relationships with a diverse population of constituents and stakeholders.

· Maintain and update museum website and oversee strategic and routine communications with campus and community audiences.

· Supervise a half-time preparator and part-time administrative coordinator; hire and supervise five to six student employees yearly.

· Other duties may be assigned.

· Depending on departmental needs and the Director’s teaching experience and academic qualifications, may occasionally teach courses as time permits.


Master’s degree or Ph.D. in a relevant discipline, four to five years curatorial and management experience in an academic art museum, as well as a command of museum standards (AAM and AAMG).


· A demonstrated knowledge of a broad range of art historical periods, cultures, and media, and a commitment to creating programming that includes the perspectives of historically underrepresented populations.

· Excellent motivation and interpersonal skills and the ability to interact comfortably with a wide range of individuals.

· Ability to create exhibitions that include audiences of varied ages, cultural backgrounds, and levels of understanding and experience with art

· Excellent organizational and administrative skills, including experience with budgeting

· High standard of professional ethics and integrity and knowledge of ethical standards and professional practices as articulated by the American Alliance of Museums

· Strong writing skills in multiple venues (web site, campus communications, relations with artists, and local press, etc.)

· Proficiency in computer skills (word processing, database management, web design) with experience in collections database platforms highly desirable

Additional Information:

The College of Wooster Art Museum is an integral part of the college that strives to support the college’s mission in research, service, and global engagement through exhibitions, scholarship, and collection preservation. The CWAM fosters campus-wide collaborations and interdisciplinary dialogue through several exhibitions per year as well as studio art faculty and student-curated exhibitions. It maintains a permanent collection of over 8,600 works with strengths in African art, Asian art, and European and American prints, with future opportunities for modest growth in this teaching collection. The CWAM maintains a commitment to object-based learning, and multidisciplinary inquiry, supporting the college’s role as a premier institution for mentored undergraduate research (

The College of Wooster is an independent college of the liberal arts and sciences with a commitment to excellence in undergraduate education. The College values diversity, strives to attract qualified women and minority candidates, and encourages individuals belonging to these groups to apply. Wooster seeks to ensure diversity by its policy of employing persons without regard to age, sex, color, race, creed, religion, national origin, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, or political affiliation.

The College of Wooster is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Employment is subject to federal laws requiring verification of identity and legal right to work in the United States as required by the Immigration Reform and Control Act. The College of Wooster is a drug-free workplace.

Application Instructions: Please visit to apply. For highest consideration please submit a resume or c.v., cover letter, and a list of 3 professional references which includes name, telephone number and email address by 08/10/2020.

Webinar – Membership Lightning Talks: Launching New Initiatives & Benefits in Museum Membership

This MONDAY, JULY 13th @ 3:00PM EST, join a special Membership Mondays webinar: Membership Lightning Talks. Recently, we’ve seen a surge of new and exciting initiatives launched in membership programs at museums of all kinds, which add value for members, as well as help solve new challenges around engagement, membership extensions, and more. In this session, six panelists will share a new initiative they’ve launched to create value for members, which will be followed by a discussion, feedback session, and Q&A among these membership professionals! [Cuseum]

Gender Equity in the Museum (and Arts) Workplace | Recording and Resources

Leadership Matters:

Gender Equity in Museums Movement (GEMM) website:
“Strategizing Me: Making a Personal Career Plan” by Anne W. Ackerson (Museum News, March-April 2017):


“Gender Equity in Museums During COVID-19” by Heidi Lung and Joan Baldwin (History News, Spring 2020, Volume 75, #2): attached below





2020 AAMC Foundation Mentorship Program Open

2020 Mentorship Program Applications Open June 30

Due July 14 at 12PM ET

Up to 10 Mentees with a required minimum of at least 3-5 years of curatorial experience in the field will be selected through a competitive application process for a career advancement experience.  The program’s goal is to advance the skills, experience and knowledge needed to succeed in a curatorial career.

The program incorporates three main pillars:

  • An immersive Virtual Learning Residency creating a peer to peer cohort held online;
  • Digital engagement with a Mentor establishing one on one connections for feedback and guidance; and
  • Attendance at the 2021 Art Curators Conference furthering expansion of the Mentee’s network (pending confirmation in early 2021 due to COVID-19).

Past program participants and additional program details and benefits are outlined in detail here.

All applicants must:

  • Be art curators at nonprofit organizations in any country around the globe, with direct responsibility for works of art. In addition, independent curators and others that work a minimum of 50% of the time for/with nonprofit organizations will be considered.
  • Have a minimum of 3-5 years of direct working curatorial experience in the field, excluding internships.
  • Commit to all program requirements at the time of application, including all deadlines (non-negotiable), timelines, and travel. All Mentees are provided funding to accommodate travel, which will be disbursed in early 2021.


Applications open June 30 and are due by noon ET on July 14.

Questions/Concerns? Email

This program is made possible through the generosity of Barbara Futter, Catherine Futter, and the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation.

CAA Conversations Podcast Looking For Participants

CAA Conversations Podcast is a weekly series initiative from the CAA Education Committee that continues the vibrant discussions initiated at our Annual Conference. Each week educators explore arts and pedagogy, tackling everything from the day-to-day grind to the big, universal questions of the field. We are currently seeking hosts and participants for our 4th season! Contact Karen Gergely at for more information. Explore seasons 1, 2, and 3 here: