Director/Curator Of The University Art Collection

University of Denver

We seek an experienced, innovative, energetic individual with excellent written and oral communication skills to run the Vicki Myhren Gallery, fulfilling its vision as a regional destination gallery with potential for growing a national reputation. The successful candidate will know the contemporary art world and will present inclusive exhibitions that highlight a diversity of art forms, time periods, and audiences, promoting a student-centered approach to programming and supporting the academic programs of SAAH. Responsibilities include all operations, programming, development and budget for the Vicki Myhren Gallery. The gallery director supervises an assistant to the director, two half-time gallery assistants (GTAs), a half-time manager of the University Art Collections and several gallery assistants. The Director also leads the gallery committee. The successful candidate will have qualifications and/or experience caring for and developing an art collection and directing its staff. As curator of the University Art Collections, this person will have responsibility for the mission and policies of the University Art Collections, will chair the University Art Acquisition Committee, and will support the University Advancement team by developing prospective donors, responding to donation enquiries, stewarding existing art donors, and working on strategies to engage with donors. The position reports to the Director of the School of Art & Art History, with dotted line reporting to the Executive Director of Development of the College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences for Advancement related duties. In keeping with the University Impact 2025 initiatives (, we seek a candidate who will work to integrate gallery programming with both the SAAH curriculum and curriculum throughout the University. The ability to provide programming that activates community engagement is desirable. Facilitating the larger role of arts on campus will be part of the position.

The expected start date for this position is no later than July 2019. Tracking Code: 004207

  • Oversee all operations of the Vicki Myhren Gallery, fulfilling its vision of being a destination gallery

  • Plan proactive exhibitions and programming with a multi-year calendar

  • Curate, manage, and organize exhibitions

  • Supervise full-time Gallery Assistant to the Director

  • Oversee budget

  • Supervise graduate students /gallery assistants

  • Oversee graduate students in coordinating a lobby exhibition schedule, and other exhibition/ programming opportunities as they arise on campus

  • Serve as Myhren Gallery Faculty Committee chair

  • Work with faculty and students across campus to make the most of the Gallery’s educational potential, while maintaining a priority for SAAH

  • Maintains up to date standards for 21st century best practices in museum/collections/gallery management (may include opportunities for additional training such as courses, conferences, etc.)

  • Work with the Denver Art Museum and cultural facilities in the region to continue partnerships

  • Work with collectors and patrons of the Vicki Myhren Gallery

  • Curator of the University Art Collections

  • Maintain stewardship of University Art Collections (including SAAH art collection, DU property collection that qualifies as art and is hung in various offices and buildings, and outdoor sculpture)

  • Collaborate with half-time Collections Manager of the UAC and Madden Museum of Art Program Director

  • Oversee budget, response to donor requests, evaluation of offers of gifts and bequest intentions, and facilitate the donation process

  • Oversee SAAH art collections budget in conjunction with SAAH Director and SAAH Budget Coordinator

  • Coordinate outside professional appraisals of artwork on campus

  • Communicate with Advancement regarding art related donations, including communication with potential donors after donor contact is made via University Advancement

  • Collaborate with Madden Museum of Art Program Director regarding the Madden Collection (part of the University Art Collections, housed off campus in Greenwood Village)

  • Chair the University Art Acquisition Committee

  • Master’s degree in art history, museum studies, or related field, or at least five years of experience in a similar position to this job description plus relevant formal training and demonstrable knowledge of art history.

  • Professional experience handling art objects.

Preferred Qualifications

  • PhD in art history, or related field

  • Strong business background

  • Experience curating exhibitions

  • Experience managing art collections

  • Experience teaching

  • Experience supervising staff and/or students

  • Fundraising, grant writing and development experience

Work Schedule

Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Evenings and weekends as required

How to Apply

Candidates must apply online through to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted. Once within the job description online, please scroll to the bottom of the page to apply.

Please include the following documents with your application:

  • Resume or C.V.

  • Cover Letter

  • Writing sample (e.g. scholarly article or grant proposal)

  • Names and contact information for three professional references

  • Exhibition Proposal

NOTE: The online system is limited to uploading 10 files. Please combine content if necessary to get all content uploaded.

The University of Denver is committed to enhancing the diversity of its faculty and staff. We are an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment regardless of age, race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, military/ veteran status or any other status protected by law.

All offers of employment are based upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.

Posted on February 4