Curator Of American Art

Georgia Museum of Art

The Curator of American Art is responsible for the care and development of a significant collection of American art that ranges from the Colonial era to the Contemporary. Additionally, the curator researches and organizes exhibitions on the subject of American art, using incoming loans as well as the GMOA’s collection, and works closely with relevant staff. The curator manages the museum’s C.L. Morehead Jr. Center for the Study of American Art and is also responsible for the departmental budget, maintaining and developing donor relations, assessing the collection’s needs, and making recommendations for acquisitions and deaccessions. The curator trains and oversees student interns, gives tours, helps train docents, and works with classes across campus. The curator remains active in professional and scholarly organizations, giving public lectures, teaching, participating in symposia, and publishing. The curator may teach courses occasionally. The curator assists the director and development staff to ensure funding is in place for exhibitions and programming.


The curator’s duties entail day-to-day and long-range planning for departmental budgets, organizing exhibitions, and writing for publications and labels. He/she is responsible for identifying and securing significant exhibitions on loan from other institutions and serving as these exhibitions’ in-house curator. He/she assists the curator of education with program development, with docent training, and with the faculty, staff, and students of the university in viewing and/or working with the collection. The curator of American art also trains and oversees student interns and performs other duties as assigned.

The curator develops the collection by recommending and soliciting acquisitions, conducting research, writing publications, and maintaining donor relations. Donor relations are an important aspect of the curator’s job, and he/she aids the director in identifying and cultivating prospects for future gifts of works of art to the museum’s permanent collection, as well as working with the museum’s Board of Advisors. In conjunction with the director and the development officer, the curator will assist with the solicitation of funds for the purchase of art.

A wide range of professional activities is expected, including lecturing, teaching, participation in scholarly symposia, and contributing to scholarly publications. Serving on museum committees is also required, as is active participation in professional organizations and committees.


Qualifications: A doctorate in the history of art or a closely related field is required. The candidate must also have substantial, proven knowledge of nineteenth, twentieth, and twenty first-century American art, evidence of a curatorial background (preferably five years in a museum setting), scholarly writing, connoisseurship, and knowledge of issues regarding conservation.

How to Apply

Provide letter of application, CV with names and contact address/phone numbers of three references, evidence of scholarly writing, and any relevant materials by submitting application at Open until filled. Anticipated start date is July 1, 2019 or as negotiated. Search is open until filled.

Representatives of the Georgia Museum of Art will be at the College Art Association (CAA) Conference in New York City, February 13-16, 2019 to conduct some preliminary interviews and answer questions.

The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, genetic information, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation or protected veteran status. Persons needing accommodations or assistance with the accessibility of materials related to this search are encouraged to contact Central HR ( Please do not contact the department or search committee with such requests.

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Posted on January 23