Human Resources seeks candidates for Curator of Collections and Exhibitions in the Mulvane Art Museum. This position reports to the Director of the Mulvane Art Museum.
In collaboration with the Director of the Mulvane Art Museum and staff members, identifies and implements best practices in the areas of curatorship, collection development, exhibitions and research to serve as guidelines for managing the Mulvane Art Museum’s collection and programming and in developing goals for Museum programming. Participates in the development of a vision for the collection, evaluates current standards of collection care, assesses preventive conservation goals for the museum, maintains collection records and proposes acquisitions and deaccessions to raise the profile of the Museum and its collection.
Researches artworks to learn their context and history, verify authenticity and other information in support of the Museum’s daily curatorial programs. Identifies and recommends purchases based on research and Museum goals for collection development and expansion. Develops and nurtures relationships with scholars, museum professionals and collecting institutions who can offer expertise and advisement in assessing gifts, bequests and purchases to be added to the collection.
Plans, coordinates and prepares exhibitions that serve the needs of internal and external audiences on both the regional and national level. Partners with University administration, faculty and fellow curators in embracing community-, faculty- and student-generated ideas. Develops a vibrant and high profile exhibition program that includes both thematic and artist-specific exhibitions and incorporates the Museum’s permanent collection. Researches, writes and develops interpretive content for catalogs, labels, online database and scholarly material to support exhibits and contribute to the art field.
Building and relying upon positive relationships with artists, collectors and donors, plans and develops art exhibitions. Develops and launches marketing efforts to raise awareness of and interest in art at the Mulvane Art Museum among the University campus and local community. Develops and presents lectures, programs, gallery talks, and works with the Museum education department to provide education about art and the Mulvane to the public.
Fields inquiries; develops exhibition schedules; writes and coordinates printing and distribution of publications; formulates and implements policies for collection management; trains, directs and supervises the work of exhibits preparator, registrar, docents, volunteers and students to assist with the general operations of the Mulvane.
Develops budgets to support each exhibit; approves and monitors expenditures to manage funds and maximize spending.
Ensures the safety and security of the collection and oversees environmental controls in galleries, collections storage and exhibit preparation areas; oversees preparation and shipment of works to other organizations; researches value and works with the University’s Insurance Manager or with Friends of the Mulvane as appropriate regarding insurance coverage; works with the University Police to address security issues.
Documents, cares for and manages museum collections, archival material and exhibition history, or oversees other Mulvane employees in completing these tasks to ensure records are complete and that art is secure and appropriately cared for.
Supervises the Preparator, assigning tasks, evaluating performance, and exercising recognition for outstanding performance or disciplinary measures as appropriate.
Performs other duties as assigned or necessary.
REQUIRED: Master’s degree in Art with an emphasis in Studio Arts, Art History, or Curatorial Studies. Three years of work experience as a curator. Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Proven ability to plan, design and construct Museum exhibitions; to understand and apply recordkeeping methods and collections management skills. Experience supervising and consulting with staff and volunteers. Valid Kansas driver’s license with a driving record that meets University standards, or ability to obtain licensure upon hire.
PREFERRED: PhD in Art History or Curatorial Studies. Five years of work experience as a curator.
Submit a letter of interest, resume, Resume Supplement for Administrative Positions, copy of official college transcript(s), and names and phone numbers of three professional references to firstname.lastname@example.org or to Washburn University Human Resources, 263 Morgan Hall, 1700 SW College, Topeka, Kansas 66621. Review of applications will begin October 7, 2013, and continue until a suitably qualified candidate has been identified. Salary is mid $40K commensurate with qualifications. Excellent fringe benefits package. Employment at Washburn University may be conditioned upon satisfactory completion of a background check.
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