Reporting to the Manager of Curatorial Affairs, the Assistant Curator will assist with the conceit, organization and execution of museum exhibitions, programs, and publications. Primarily administrative, the position will conduct scholarly research on collection artists and artworks as needed for exhibitions, loans and publications.
Serve as a department liaison to Conservation, Registration, Visitor Experience, Engineering, Facilities, Design & Development and other departments within the museum, all under the supervision of the department head.
Play a key role in the development of exhibitions.
Prepare preliminary exhibition checklists.
Prepare budgets, materials, and instructions for exhibitions.
Work directly with artists, studios and galleries to plan and execute exhibitions, installations and loans.
Research and write about exhibitions, including drafting and editing text for catalogues, brochures and exhibitions, website, and other explanatory texts as required.
Participate in all aspects of the work of the museum in fulfillment of its mission and to maintain the highest standards of scholarship, connoisseurship, and professional practices.
Contribute to the research, planning and implementation of artist oral history interviews.
Compile information for wall labels, write interpretative material for the Field Guide, website and exhibition where applicable.
Perform object research as assigned.
Develop projects and public programs that expand audiences and ensure goals and strategies for exhibitions and programs are consistent with the mission and overall strategic planning.
Liaise with artists, arts institutions, and colleagues to develop sustainable and symbiotic relationships that will propel the museum’s reputation and image.
Participate in Guide training, including walkthroughs.
Contribute to planning and agendas for regular department staff meetings.
Perform administrative functions in connection with daily departmental business.
Other duties as assigned.
The ideal candidate will possess strong art historical knowledge with a focus on post-war and contemporary art and artists, extreme organizational skills, a heightened sense of discretion, the ability to work quickly under tight deadlines, strong writing skills, and a keen eye for detail. Exceptional written and oral communication skills are required, including the ability to address academic audiences and the general public with equal skill and passion. The candidate must have the ability to multitask, balance competing deadlines, and exhibit patience and flexibility in the face of evolving goals and deliverables. A passion for contemporary art and an embrace of the spirit of teamwork will be critical.
- Bachelor’s degree in Art History, Curatorial Studies, or similar.
3–5 years’ experience working in an art museum or comparable organization or institution dedicated to the presentation of contemporary art.
Demonstrated ability to work well in a team environment.
Demonstrated record of hands-on experience and project management of exhibitions, publications, and programs from conceptualization through execution.
Excellent communication skills in both writing and public speaking, and the ability to manage projects and deadlines independently and maintain simultaneous priorities.
Strong administrative skills.
Master’s degree in Art History or Curatorial Studies, or a closely related field, and/or professional training and experience that equates to an advanced degree.
Experience with public speaking.
Proficiency in a language other than English desired.
Knowledgeable in the use of design software (i.e. Adobe Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop).
Salary & Benefits
Associates are crucial to achieving Glenstone’s mission and we offer a competitive salary commensurate with experience. We also provide a total benefits package that helps associates manage their health, protect their income, and prepare for their future. To promote collaboration and show appreciation to associates, Glenstone provides a weekly staff lunch, on-site health and wellness classes, and volunteer opportunities.
Benefits include medical, dental, and vision insurance; life, long-term and short-term disability, and AD&D insurance; a Flexible Spending Account (FSA); a 401(k) retirement account with a matching contribution; an Employee Assistance Program (EAP); and tuition reimbursement.