Under the direction of the Chair, Department of Contemporary Art, the Curator, Collection Strategy, Artists Estates and Foundations will help the MFA define and implement a strategy to build its collection of modern and contemporary art by forging strong relationships between artists’ estates and foundations. Working as part of the MFA’s Department of Contemporary Art, and partnering closely with the Gifts of Art Program and other Development colleagues, the Curator will support near-term relationship building and long-term continuity and momentum for the Museum’s engagement and stewardship of artists’ estates and foundations.
In this newly created position, the successful candidate will work with other MFA staff to develop strategic goals and plans for implementation, working with purpose to realize success in strengthening the collection. This will include: developing a list of potential acquisitions, specifically targeted around artists’ estates and foundations; identifying and prioritizing top prospects and defining action steps for engagement; establishing robust relationships with key decision makers for artists’ estates and foundations and MFA leaders; and supporting gift conversations to secure important gifts of modern and contemporary art.
The successful candidate will have confidence in initiating contacts with prospects, be fluent and proactive in talking with artists and various stakeholders at foundations, estates, and people across the art market, and thrive in a fast-paced environment with varied projects and responsibilities. They will be prepared for active collaboration with internal staff and clear, professional communication with prospective donors on behalf of the Museum.