Assistant Curator

Telfair Museum of Art

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The Assistant Curator will work closely with the Chief Curator/Deputy Director for Curatorial Affairs and curatorial colleagues to support Telfair’s ambitious schedule of exhibitions, research, collection advancement, and other projects related to the Curatorial Department’s activities. The Assistant Curator is an active and integral member of the Curatorial Department, serving as the department’s chief liaison to colleagues in other departments by disseminating information relating to upcoming exhibitions and collection installations. In addition to supporting the activities of the Department, the Assistant Curator will have the opportunity to generate original exhibitions, and will have a specialization in late-19th-century, modern, or contemporary art


Support curators in all phases of exhibition development, including conducting research, assembling checklists and presentations, and writing labels and didactic materials.

Provide administrative support to the curators as needed, including correspondence, loan requests, and mailings.

Facilitate interdepartmental communication (including monthly curatorial update email) related to exhibition planning, exhibition opening events, and final reporting on exhibitions, working closely with curators, registrar/collections manager, education, marketing, and development staff.

Help to ensure accuracy of curatorial information in publications, in print and online.

Attend and take minutes of all general exhibition planning meetings and individual exhibition-specific planning meetings.

Support the care and growth of the permanent collection by conducting research on works in the collection and potential acquisitions and by working with registrars to facilitate meetings of the Board of Trustees’ Collections Committee, including taking meeting minutes.

Assist the Associate Curator of Modern/Contemporary Art with the administration of Telfair’s #art912 initiative.

Assist Chief Curator/Deputy Director for Curatorial Affairs with the administration of the Gari Melchers Collectors’ Society, a Telfair member engagement group.

Provide tours, gallery talks, and lectures related to exhibitions for donors and the general public.

Perform studio visits and collection visits.

Conceive, propose, and organize original exhibitions within area of specialization.

Other duties as assigned.


Master’s degree in art history or a related field, with a specialization in late-19th-century, modern, or contemporary art.

Highly developed writing and copy-editing skills.

Strong communication skills and confidence in public speaking.

Attention to detail, high level of accuracy, and strong problem-solving skills.

Ability to work effectively with staff, artists, arts professionals, museum supporters, and the public.

Strong sense of accountability for achieving stated objectives.

Preference given to applicants with curatorial experience.

Ability to work some evenings and weekends.

Physical Requirements:

Standing for extended periods of time; sitting, walking.

Climbing stairs.

How to Apply

Applications must be received by e-mail as instructed below. We will not accept applications via postal mail, fax, or in person. Provide the following documents as Microsoft Word or PDF files:

Current résumé or curriculum vitae

Cover letter explaining your interest in the position

Two recent writing samples: one piece of scholarly writing and one example of text written for a non-specialist audience

Contact information for three references (references will not be contacted without notifying the candidate)

Submit the above documents as attachments to a single email to Human Resources at Applications will be accepted through January 3, 2020. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

Telfair Museums is an equal opportunity employer committed to building a culturally diverse staff and strongly encourages applications from candidates under-represented in the museum curatorial field.

Posted on November 26