Susanne Feld Hilberry Senior Curator

Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit

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Named after the late esteemed gallerist, arts advocate and co-founder of MOCAD, Susanne Hilberry, the Susanne Feld Hilberry Senior Curator is a passionate advocate for contemporary art that provokes and engages a diverse public. The Senior Curator brings insightful and seasoned leadership to MOCADs Curatorial Department, which encompasses exhibitions and artist-driven initiatives. The position works closely with the Artistic Director to conceptualize, develop, and execute a robust curatorial program at the museum.Together they will determine essential curatorial throughlines that speak to and encourage knowledge sharing in the arts. They are a key member of the Museum’s senior management team, actively participating in shaping the organization’s vision and mission, while supervising Assistant Curator’s in the Curatorial Department. The Senior Curator cultivates relationships with artists, academics, collectors, galleries, institutions, and the broader art world, building support for MOCAD’s artistic program. MOCAD is a non-collecting museum, and centers contemporary art of our time and typically presents 10-12 exhibitions per year,


Work closely with Artistic Director , senior leadership, and curatorial team to ensure curatorial

program is aligned to MOCADs mission, vision, and strategic priorities

Maintain a thorough knowledge of contemporary art practice through visits to exhibitions, artists’ studios, conferences and discussions; maintain good contact with the profession and to keep abreast of critical debates and developments in museums and the arts, both within the United States and internationally.

Work with the Artistic Director to create a robust curatorial program that encourages a theme based approach to knowledge sharing.

Manage all positions in the curatorial department to ensure that their work plans account for individual projects and any assigned tasks that support the work of the Senior Curator and Artistic Director.

Be present and oversee installation of Exhibits. This includes exhibitions curated by Guest, or Assistant Curators.

Oversee, research, author and edit exhibition-related printed matter, including wall vinyl, labels, gallery guides, catalogs and exhibition invitations.

Be an editor for exhibitions related materials produced by anyone on the curatorial team.

Actively work with the Artistic Director, COO and Director of Development to support any fundraising efforts for the museum including grant, private donor or corporate sponsorships. This includes the solicitation of artwork for MOCADs annual gala auction.

In collaboration with the Artistic Director and Exhibitions Manager, support the tracking of exhibitions related budgets.

Seek and develop opportunities for collaboration and partnership working with third parties to maximize resources where possible.

Advise on Exhibition related MOCAD store murchandise pertaining to the exhibitions.

Contribute to the conceptualization of public programs aimed at engaging new and diverse audiences for MOCAD through a mix of exhibitions and education offerings that develop audience understanding of contemporary art.



Bachelor’s degree in Art History, Fine Arts, Arts Education or related studies, Master’s degree preferred.

5-10 years of curatorial experience in a museum or art gallery.

Excellent organizational and multitasking abilities, with a “get it done” personality.

Demonstrated portfolio of working with underrepresented artists

A demonstrated understanding of progressive D.E.I.A strategies

Adept at cultivating new resources in support of exhibitions and public projects;

Demonstrated ability working with artists and colleagues including engaging with donors and trustees;

In-depth knowledge of and enthusiasm for global contemporary visual art, artists, museums and exhibitions, including a strong and diverse network of professional contacts in the field.

Ability to represent the museum with the highest level of integrity and professionalism, advocate for and adhere to museum policies, and contribute to and support management decisions in a positive, professional manner

Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work on a team.

Excellent written and oral communication skills, with approachable communication qualities.

Experience with general administrative duties.

Working knowledge of Apple OSX, MS Office Suite (Word and Excel), Adobe Creative Suite

(Photoshop), and File Maker Pro (or similar database program). Basic knowledge of PhotoShop and InDesign are very useful.

How to Apply

Please email your resume for consideration to

Posted on August 23