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Curator [The Children’s Museum of the Arts]

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on November 17, 1972 in job announcements |

Curator, Full Time

Position Summary: Reporting to the Executive Director, the Curator designs, creates, and maintains exhibitions and their interpretations with an immediate responsibility to design, develop, and oversee temporary exhibits, approximately three to four shows a year.   The Museum mounts three to four exhibits a year in our central gallery space, featuring children’s artwork, contemporary artwork by adults that is family friendly, and selections from our permanent collection. CMA maintains a permanent collection of over 2,000 pieces of art made by children dating back to the 1930′s, and from over 50 different countries. The curator is responsible for the maintenance and use of the collection, exhibits in the central gallery, as well as exhibits in auxiliary spaces and partner sites.

Primary Responsibilities and Duties:

Exhibitions:

  • Plans annual exhibitions schedule for main gallery;
  • Manages exhibition budgets and installations;
  • Identifies, cultivates and manage relationships with exhibiting artists;
  • Researches to provide relevant info for grant proposals, grant fulfillments, exhibition-related programming, and others as needed;
  • Acts as primary contact for designers, consultants, scholars, art handlers, and other professionals working in conjunction with exhibition;
  • Works closely with Marketing Director to design & coordinate production of promotional materials related to CMA’s exhibitions and collection such as exhibition postcards, catalogues, newsletter info, and website info;
  • Coordinates and attends all opening receptions;
  • Works with Director of Museum Programs and creative Department Managers to determine gallery design and hands-on workshops;
  • Works with Museum Education and Community Programs staff to establish related exhibition curriculum;
  • Maintain permanent installations throughout museum.

Permanent Collection:

  • Manages the preservation, storage, use, and growth of CMA’s permanent collection;
  • Provides assistance for research projects and grant proposals related to the collection or exhibitions;
  • Works with Museum Education and Community Programs staff to identify and accession new student works for collection;
  • Manages the Exhibitions Committee and work with the Board of Directors to enhance the quality, breadth, and depth of the collection;
  • Manages storage sites.

Qualifications:

  • BA, BFA in art-history, curating, or related field (MA, MFA preferred);  3-5 years curatorial work for a cultural organization, museum or as a freelance contractor;
  • Excellent research, written, and communication skills;
  • Fabrication design and building knowledge a plus;
  • Experience in public relations, marketing, fundraising is favorable;
  • Experience in restoration methods, including technological skills for digital record.

Working Conditions:  We are motivated group of high-achieving and creative managers. Occasional weekend or evening hours are required of all staff.  CMA is an innovative and exciting place to work and there is room for promotion and growth.

Salary in the early to mid-40s, based on prior experience. CMA offers a highly competitive benefits package.

Please send resume, cover letter, and work samples (if available), to curator@cmany.org with the subject heading: Curator Position.

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