Title: Curatorial Assistant, Decorative Arts and Design and Contemporary Art and Special Projects
Status: Accepting Applications
Location: Beck Building, a non-smoking facility
Reports To: Assistant Director, Programming and Curator, Modern and Contemporary Decorative Arts and Design
Pay Type: Salaried, Exempt, Full Time, 35 hours/week
Salary: Commensurate with Experience and Education
Benefits: Group Medical and Dental Insurance, Life and Long Term Disability Insurance, Pension Plan, Credit Union, Flexible Compensation Plan, Paid Time Off, Reserve Time Off, Holiday Pay, Museum Membership and Discounts
Work Schedule: Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Job Code: 13-070CUR


The Curatorial Assistant position reflects the departmental activities, exhibitions, publications, and special projects of the Curator, Modern and Contemporary Decorative Arts & Design and the Curator, Contemporary Art and Special Projects.

• Conducts original research on collection and maintains departmental research and artist files

• Researches possible acquisitions including provenance, exhibition history, and market prices

• Assists with exhibition preparation including researching exhibition objects, creating and maintaining checklists and research files, catalogue organization and writing, writing label copy, and installation

• Serves as content manager for the departments´ presence on the MFAH website

• Works with registrar´s office on collection documentation, photography, and shipping

• Works with Curators and Education Department on interpretation and education programs

• Works with conservators on collection

• Assists with departmental meetings with trustees and advisory committees, helps prepare minutes, and helps set up special presentations.

• Assists with activities of departmental support groups, including attending events and promoting membership in the group

• Conducts tours of exhibitions and collection

• Supervises interns

• Performs other duties as necessary

Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities:

• Candidate should have strong research, computer (Word, Access, Excel), editorial, and organizational skills

• Attention to detail and the ability to work both independently and in a team desirable

• Strong interpersonal skills required

Education and Experience:

• M.A. in Decorative Arts or Art History with a focus on art after 1900

• One-year museum curatorial experience preferred

• Foreign language skills desirable