The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens seeks a highly motivated, experienced, collaborative, and visionary chief curator of American art. Reporting to the Director of the Art Collections, the chief curator of American art is responsible for the care and development of the collection of American art, its growth, display, interpretation, publication, and programming. Consisting of objects in all media spanning the colonial era to the late 20th century, the American art collection has grown exponentially since its birth as a Huntington collecting area more than thirty years ago, while the American art galleries, having undergone significant expansion in the last several years, are now approximately 30,000 square feet in size, including the Jonathan and Karin Fielding Wing, which opened in October 2016.
The successful candidate should have a proven record of building relationships across all levels of an organization, must be an effective manager of resources (both human and financial), and fit well within an institutional culture that values collegiality, trust, and transparency. In addition to a specialization in American art, s/he will be an advocate for multidisciplinary scholarship, and be willing to think creatively about how to create synergies between the art collection, the library, the research division, and the botanical gardens. The successful candidate will also have a wide-ranging knowledge of the history of art in general; a knowledge of and interest in the art of today; and a commitment to welcoming broader audiences through diverse programs and acquisitions.