Associate Curator

Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum

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The Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, part of the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis, seeks an associate curator to help shape the Museum’s exhibition program as we enter a dynamic new phase in our institutional history. After two years of construction and renovation, the Kemper Art Museum reopened in September 2019 with expanded space, new amenities, and a higher campus profile as well as increased visibility and enhanced accessibility for the visiting public. The new galleries have doubled the space allotted for display of the Museum’s world-renowned collection. These enhancements present fresh opportunities to develop stimulating collection-based exhibitions as well as advance the Museum’s strong program of innovative, research-based loan exhibitions.

The Associate Curator at the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum researches, exhibits, interprets, publishes, and develops the Museum’s permanent collection and temporary exhibitions with an emphasis on nineteenth- and early twentieth-century art. The successful candidate will bring established expertise in the field of modern and early modern art, proven experience with curatorial practices, and a demonstrated interest in advancing art historical scholarship and the educational mission of university museums. This candidate will also possess the ability to collaborate on interdisciplinary exhibitions and related projects with faculty across campus, especially in the Sam Fox School and the University’s Department of Art History & Archaeology in Arts & Sciences. The Associate Curator recommends acquisitions; plays an active role in fundraising; develops relations with collectors, donors, and the public; and helps prioritize and achieve short- and long-range institutional goals. This position represents the Museum, the School, and the University locally, nationally, and internationally.

The Associate Curator is a senior staff position reporting to the Director and Chief Curator.

  • Research, develop, coordinate, and execute special exhibitions based on the permanent collection and loans with an emphasis on 19th- and early 20th-century art, including negotiating loans and exhibition contracts

  • Present the permanent collection in collaboration with the curatorial team

  • Research and write scholarly publications related to special exhibitions and the permanent collection

  • Assist the Director and Chief Curator with the development of the permanent collection, including acquisitions, deaccessions, and collections management

  • Assist the Director and Chief Curator with the development of broad Museum support, including fundraising, donor relations, and public relations

  • Participate in interdisciplinary initiatives of the Sam Fox School

  • Develop relations and programming with academic units across the University, including serving as curatorial liaison with faculty curators and outside scholars

  • Develop relations with peer institutions and artists

  • Disseminate research through teaching, public lectures, and internal as well as external publications

  • Oversee exhibition and related project budgets; research and write grants related to exhibitions

  • PhD in Art History with expertise in 19th- and early 20th-century art

  • Minimum of three years of museum experience with progressively responsible curatorial experience and demonstrated excellence in acquisitions, exhibitions, and published scholarship

  • Commitment to work within a University setting

  • Ability to collaborate with university faculty, museum staff, professional colleagues, and museum supporters

  • Proficiency in one or more foreign languages appropriate to the field of scholarship with fluency strongly preferred

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills

  • Teaching experience preferred

  • Familiarity with international contemporary art preferred

How to Apply

Please attach a copy of your most current signed performance evaluation (completed within the last 18 months) to your online account. If you have not received a performance evaluation, you may provide two current signed letters of recommendation (written within the last 18 months), preferably to include one letter from either a current or recent former supervisor. To attach these documents, go to: My Career Tools, Add Attachment, Attachment Type – Performance Reviews or Letters of Recommendation.

Posted on October 9