Cofrin Curator of Asian Art – Harn Museum of Art, University of Florida

The Cofrin Curator of Asian Art has primary responsibility for the development and management of the Asian art collection as defined by the following: assists the Director in the development of the collections; along with the Registrar, supervises the management of the collections; originates exhibitions from the collections and to complement the collections; conducts ongoing research on and interprets the collections through installation in cooperation with the museum’s education staff, as well as publications, journal articles, lectures, and scholarly papers; and supervises the cataloging of the Asian art collection.  The Cofrin Curator of Asian Art develops exhibitions from collections, as well as loan exhibitions; and actively seeks related loan exhibitions for the museum, serving as coordinating curator for these exhibitions with primary contact with curators of other leading art museums both nationally and internationally.  Within the curatorial department, he Cofrin Curator of Asian Art develops and manages general and project budgets and helps build and monitor use of endowed funds for acquisitions. The Cofrin Curator of Asian Art supervises OPS staff, interns or other volunteers as needed.

Specific duties include:

  • Develop exhibitions (original, permanent collection and traveling) to fill designated slots in the exhibition schedule
  • Propose exhibitions following established guidelines and procedures
  • Manage implementation of exhibitions, including gallery design (such as layout, vinyl signage, text and photo panels, and technology needs), budget oversight, and fulfillment of any contractual obligations with external lenders
  • Conduct original research, write gallery interpretation and essays for brochures and catalogues
  • Build partnerships and collaborations on a local level (UF and Gainesville community), statewide, nationally and internationally
  • Provide docent training and Harn staff tours for every exhibition curated
  • In coordination with other curators, prepare collection development plan following established model and update as required
  • Research objects for acquisition and propose suitable objects following established procedures
  • Research objects for deaccessioning and propose suitable objects following established procedures
  • In coordination with the Director and Director of Development, develop and maintain good relations with existing donors and patrons and seek to cultivate new donors and patrons
  • Research objects in the collection and in collaboration with Registration, ensure they are properly documented in the museum’s electronic and paper records
  • In coordination with the Registrar, ensure proper care and conservation of objects in the collection
  • Provide educational programs, supervise students, and contribute scholarship in order to build partnerships and collaborations on a local level (UF and Gainesville community), statewide, nationally and internationally
  • Supervise OPS staff, interns, or other volunteers who are working in projects related to the museum
  • Provide guest lectures or gallery talks for relevant UF courses
  • In coordination with the Art Department or other academic unit on campus, teach courses related to the collections or exhibitions of the museum
  • Participate in Harn educational outreach programs, including public lectures, gallery talks, teacher training seminars, symposia, etc.
  • Deliver art-related public lectures and gallery talks at other museums or at professional conferences, to contribute to the field and raise the profile of the Harn Museum of Art
  • Write essays or articles for scholarly publications in Harn and non-Harn publications, to contribute to the field and raise the profile of the Harn Museum of Art
  • Prepare and manage Asian curatorial division budgets and participate in the preparation of overall annual exhibition budgets
  • Collaborate with other Harn departments to research and write grants in support of the work of the museum
  • Serve on Harn committees and participate in other administrative projects as needed

Expected Salary:

Salary commensurate with experience.

Minimum Requirements: 

Bachelor’s degree in art, art history, museum studies, or a related field and one year of museum curatorial experience; or any equivalent combination of experience, training or education.

Preferred Qualifications:

Master’s degree or PhD in an appropriate area of specialization and more than five years of appropriate experience.


To be considered for this positions you must upload:

  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
  3. Three professional references

Application must be submitted by 11:55 p.m. (ET) of the posting end date, December 15, 2019.

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