The Curator of the UCR/California Museum of Photography, working closely and under the supervision of ARTSblock’s Executive Director will initiate, research, budget, produce and supervise the museum’s exhibition program. Curatorial responsibilities include involvement in the selection, conceptualization, management, interpretation and coordination of UCR/CMP exhibition activities from inception through final installation. This position has the responsibility to ensure the artistic and conceptual integrity for all UCR/CMP exhibitions in order to maintain the institution’s leadership and world-wide presence in the field of photography and related media. In all these activities the Curator will work closely with ARTSblock’s Executive Director, the CMP Faculty Advisory Committee, and other curatorial and administrative staff members.
- Bachelor’s Degree in Art History or related area; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
- Six (6) years of experience in curatorial work in a professional museum setting, including two (2) years in a supervisory capacity; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
- Knowledge of contemporary museology, new museum theory and practice, and the contested politics and ideologies of museum exhibition programs
- Past Exhibition Projects that demonstrate involvement and understanding of current cutting-edge practice
- Successful experience in securing outside financial support through grants, gifts, and general fundraising
- Demonstrated knowledge of promoting exhibitions and producing effective PR and marketing campaigns
Exhibition Project Development
- Demonstrated knowledge of contemporary art, photography and media works
- Ability to work well with and manage projects with guest curators and artists
- Budget and time management skills
- Electronic calendaring skills
- Ability to work with students at levels ranging from high school through University programs
- Demonstrated supervisory skills in working with professional museum preparators, student staff, and volunteers
- Ability to work well and congenially with outside curators, artists and art institutions
- Ability to work well and productively with media outlets
- Demonstrated ability to adhere to administrative policies and procedures relating to purchasing, outside contractors, loan agreements, risk management and human resources.
- Proven ability to work independently with minimum of supervision
Research and Public Presentations
- Exceptional interpersonal skills in forming liaisons with artists, curators, gallery directors, media personnel
- Excellent public speaking ability
- Knowledge and proficiency in use of Microsoft office software: including Word, Excel, Outlook or Entourage, PowerPoint
- Knowledge and proficiency in the use of Adobe Creative Design Suite for design and photography including the programs InDesign, Photoshop, and Bridge
- Basic knowledge of Web production
Advanced Degree in Art History or significant experience in related areas
Experience with high-end ink jet printers
Knowledge and proficiency with using web or email based calendaring programs
Ability to converse and write fluently in one of the Asian languages strongly reflected in the UCR student body; and/or one of the major Middle Eastern languages such as Arabic, Persian, or Turkish; and/or Spanish