Founded in 1977 by artists, the Mattress Factory is a nationally and internationally recognized leader in site-specific installations, contemporary art, and acclaimed for pushing the boundaries of both artist and viewer.
The museum’s mission is to 1) provide artists with an integrated residency and exhibition program, 2) educate and provide access so that everyone can appreciate the multi-disciplinary creative process of today’s artists, and 3) energize its urban community through artistic and education programs.
The curator provides leadership and vision for all exhibitions, including creating, implementing and managing the installation of exhibitions and associated exhibition programs, conducting research, overseeing conservation, and developing curatorial publications. The curator maintains professional relationships with artists, peer organizations and thought-leaders and establishes the reputation of the Mattress Factory broadly. The curator works collegially and collaboratively with the other departments including Development, Education, Marketing, and Finance. The curator develops and monitors curatorial department budgets, and supervises the Curatorial Department.
The curator serves as a spokesperson for the Mattress Factory, particularly on curatorial matters, including communication with various groups such as the Pittsburgh arts community and national and international constituents. The curator assists as necessary with donor events, patron cultivation, and board and member engagement. The curator values diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion in artistic expression, the visitor experience, and all major initiatives.
The curator reports to the (Interim) Executive Director and is part of the museum’s senior management team.