Assistant Curator Of Contemporary Art

The Baltimore Museum of Art

The BMA is seeking a dynamic and innovative Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art. This position reports to the Curator/Department Head of Contemporary Art. The Department is supported by a Curatorial Assistant, work study students, and interns.

The Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art will be immediately engaged in proposing and implementing exhibitions, projects, and programs featuring contemporary art, media arts, and performance. These projects will be featured in the Out of Actions/Art After Hours series, Black Box series, and BMA Meyerhoff Auditorium, as well as other BMA galleries and venues. A goal of these projects will be to increase the diversity of artistic perspectives shared with the BMA’s public.

  • Work with living artists to incorporate a diverse and dynamic array of art, including media and time-based art, into the BMA program.

  • Support the overall exhibition, collection and educational program of the contemporary department

  • Propose and assist with acquisitions, including media arts and performance related works

  • Work with Curator to identify artists for inclusion in large-scale exhibition initiatives

  • Work with the Conservation department, Registrar’s Office and artists to develop long-term conservation and storage plans

  • Work with Exhibitions Department to make recommendations about equipment and space needs for collection and temporary projects

  • TMS record-keeping on all collection objects.

  • Assist with outgoing loans and accessions documentation

  • Serve as resource on Contemporary Art for the museum, including but not limited to Marketing & Communications and Education departments’ initiatives

  • Develop and implement collaborations with area colleges and universities related to contemporary art

  • Cultivate donors in area of expertise

  • Participate in Friends Group program and “Contemporary Collector’s Group” in areas of expertise.


This position requires an advanced degree with a specialty in Contemporary Art, a record of scholarship, and a minimum of 3 to 5 years of curatorial experience. The Curator will work collaboratively both inside and outside the institution and will have excellent interpersonal and communication skills, including writing and public speaking skills. The candidate will be creative, innovative, and influential. S/he will be skilled in diplomacy, negotiation, planning, organization, and motivating teams. S/he will have an already established network of contacts in the contemporary art world.

How to Apply

The BMA is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We are committed to building a culturally diverse staff and strongly encourage all qualified professionals to apply.

We offer a competitive salary and a generous benefits package. For this exempt position we offer medical, dental, vision, prescription, 403b retirement plan, long term disability, flexible spending account, flexible and condensed scheduling, museum and restaurant discounts, and reduced fee gym membership. We also offer accrued vacation, holidays, personal days, floating holidays, and sick days.


Please send cover letter, resume, record of scholarship, and salary requirements via email to with “Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art” Last Name and First Name in the subject line.

Incomplete application materials will not be accepted. No phone calls please.

Posted on March 14