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.