Research and assess collection in order to understand strengths and address weaknesses, plan permanent gallery rotations, and determine potential acquisitions as well as loans. Develop exhibition ideas on a regular schedule, and organize/present exhibitions as part of a team. Conduct original research on the collection and publish in scholarly journals, catalogues, and books. Initiate and maintain strong relationships with museum colleagues both nationally and internationally. Collaborate with Conservators to regularly assess the conservation needs of the collection. Collaborate with Collections Management staff on exhibitions, gallery rotations, photography, loans, and other relevant items. Compile information and documentation on works of art and maintain appropriate object records/content in the collection database. Work to ensure all established project deadlines are met. Maintain current knowledge of the art market. Work effectively with various museum departments to ensure content related to collection is accurately represented in all museum print publications and other media.
Collaborate with Development Office to identify and steward donors, identify/pursue potential funding sources for acquisitions and exhibitions, and assist with grant applications and fund raising events where relevant. Initiate and maintain relationships with dealers and collectors. Manage curatorial department expense budget and relevant exhibition project budgets.
Conduct research to develop the academic content of exhibitions and collections. Maintain solid working relationships with university departments to enhance the academic role of the museum. Collaborate with university faculty, students, and outside experts in development of projects. Supervise interns. Collaborate with Education Department to organize/present public lectures, seminars, workshops, docent training, and tours as part of educational programming. May teach limited university classes/courses with the approval of the Director.
FORMAL JOB DESCRIPTION:
Under the general supervision of the Director, has overall responsibility for designated areas of the museum's permanent collections.
A Ph.D. in art history or field relevant to area of specialization. Two years of museum curatorial, collections management, or related experience.