Assistant Curator

The Barnes Foundation

Within the Collections and Exhibitions Department, the Assistant Curator will be a key member of the Barnes Foundation’s Curatorial team, working closely with colleagues in and across departments to advance the Barnes’s mission by assisting with the organization and production of exhibitions and publications, developing interpretive materials, and conducting and publishing research on the permanent collection and institutional history. The Assistant Curator will contribute to conceiving and developing exhibitions and installations on the Barnes’s Philadelphia campus with a particular focus on African American art and art of the African diaspora.

Established as an educational institution, the Barnes Foundation carries out its mission by promoting appreciation of the arts and horticultural science, through the preservation, presentation, and interpretation of the collections of Albert C. and Laura L. Barnes.

Celebrated for its exceptional breadth, depth, and quality, the Barnes Foundation’s art collection includes works by some of the greatest European and American masters of impressionism, post-impressionist, and early modern art, as well as African sculpture, Pennsylvania German decorative arts, Native American textiles, metalwork, and more.

The Foundation engages diverse audiences through its exceptional collections and related high-quality programs that reflect a broad range of periods and cultures and build on the founders’ innovative educational vision of transforming lives through the arts and horticulture.


Job Specific Competencies:

  • Contributes to the development and management of loan exhibitions and new commissions at various levels, which may include research, coordination, budget management, writing and editing, interpretation, installation, and publicity. Works in collaboration with -Conservation, Publications, and external curators as appropriate, in addition to colleagues in Advancement.

  • Contributes to research on the collection and its dissemination through printed and/or online publications such as articles, entries, label writing, touring tools, etc. Works in collaboration with the Research, Interpretation, and Education division.

  • Provides general research support for the curatorial department on an as needed basis

  • Collaborates with Public Programs and Community Engagement departments to help build diverse regional audiences for the Barnes

  • Collaborates with development staff to identify appropriate funding opportunities, cultivate potential individual and corporate prospects, steward the Barnes’s strong donor base, and assist with grant applications

  • Provides lectures, tours, and other presentations for various audiences including the general public, Barnes members, donors, and the scholarly community. Teach occasional classes for the Barnes’s adult education program. Works in collaboration with school programs, family programs, adult education, A/V, and IT.


Skills and Knowledge:

  • Minimum of Master’s degree in art history or related field with broad expertise in American art and demonstrated scholarly knowledge of African American art; interest in contemporary and socially engaged art preferred.

  • Minimum of 2 years of related professional experience in a cultural or educational institution or organization.

  • Knowledge of best practices and procedures for collections management and care in cultural institutions.

Competitive Benefits Include: Group health, dental and vision insurance; flexible spending accounts; short- and long-term disability and group life insurance; 403(b) with matching contributions; Employee Assistance Program; voluntary benefits; as well as paid vacation, personal time, sick time and holidays.

Please include a cover letter and an updated resume with your application, along with salary expectations.

The Barnes Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer and we’re committed to diversity and equal opportunity in our recruitment and hiring. Qualified candidates of all backgrounds are welcome and encouraged to apply for this position. Employees have rights under other laws including, but not limited to, the Family and Medical Leave Act and the Employee Polygraph Protection Act. We participate in E-Verify.

How to Apply

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Posted on May 27