Curator of Collections & Exhibitions

Freedman Gallery, Albright College

Albright College, a dynamic liberal arts college in Reading, PA, invites applications for a full-time Curator of Collections & Exhibitions. The curator plans and organizes the daily and long-term activities of the gallery; provides leadership in the presentation, research, and display of contemporary American art consistent with the mission of the College and Freedman Gallery; and collaboratively creates and implements an exciting exhibition program to engage the campus and extended community.

Responsibilities

With the Director, Center for the Arts, and other staff, the curator plans and implements educational programs and marketing/PR efforts, plans and monitors budgets, writes grants and cultivates donors. Responsibilities include contract negotiation, staff supervision, research and writing for catalogs and exhibit didactics, and exhibit design and installation. The position serves as the registrar and collections manager: maintaining all hard copy records related to exhibitions and collections, including condition reports, loan agreements, deeds of gift, etc.; maintains the digital database (Past Perfect) and works to provide continuity for records in external databases such as ArtStor and Shared Shelf; conducts routine inventories; makes shipping arrangements; packs and repacks loans, providing condition reports and photographic documentation; and provides general care and recommendations for conservation needs of collection. The successful candidate will have an MFA or MA in art history, museum studies or a related field, a valid driver’s license, two or more years of curatorial/gallery management experience with a demonstrated ability to plan, organize and install exhibitions, and will be able to meet the physical demands of the position. Experience working with collections management software preferred, as is a track record of scholarly published works/catalogs.

Requirements

The curator plans and organizes the daily and long-term activities of the gallery; provides leadership in the presentation, research, and display of contemporary American art consistent with the mission of the College and Freedman Gallery; and collaboratively creates and implements an exciting exhibition program to engage the campus and extended community. With the Director, Center for the Arts, and other staff, the curator plans and implements educational programs and marketing/PR efforts, plans and monitors budgets, writes grants and cultivates donors. Responsibilities include contract negotiation, staff supervision, research and writing for catalogs and exhibit didactics, and exhibit design and installation. The position serves as the registrar and collections manager: maintaining all hard copy records related to exhibitions and collections, including condition reports, loan agreements, deeds of gift, etc.; maintains the digital database (Past Perfect) and works to provide continuity for records in external databases such as ArtStor and Shared Shelf; conducts routine inventories; makes shipping arrangements; packs and repacks loans, providing condition reports and photographic documentation; and provides general care and recommendations for conservation needs of collection. The successful candidate will have an MFA or MA in art history, a valid driver’s license, two or more years of curatorial/gallery management experience with a demonstrated ability to plan, organize and install exhibitions, and will be able to meet the physical demands of the position. Experience working with collections management software preferred, as is a track record of scholarly published works/catalogs.

In our search for a new colleague to join our dedicated team, we look for demonstrated excellence and innovation in prior positions, and commitment to the values of liberal education in service to Albright’s mission, namely, “to inspire and educate the scholar and leader in each student, building on a strong foundation in the liberal arts and sciences and a commitment to the best of human values, fostering a commitment to a lifetime of service and learning.” That commitment includes attention to equity and inclusion in all aspects of our work.

How to Apply

Qualified applicants should apply via our website www.albright.edu/hr/employment. Applications should include: 1) cover letter; 2) resume; 3) a digital portfolio containing writing samples and visuals of exhibitions worked on; and 4) contact information for at least three work references. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

At Albright, we believe our differences make us stronger and empower us to better understand and respect one another in a just and fair manner. With this in mind, the College recruits, houses, educates, employs, supports, and generally celebrates people of all statuses, identities, and backgrounds, including, but not limited to, race, ethnicity, national origin, citizenship status, religious or spiritual identity, gender and gender identity, sexual orientation, marital and parental status, veteran status, political affiliation, and physical and mental ability.

Posted on November 13