Posted June 11, 2014


The Curator of Collections reports to the Executive Director and is a member of the Executive Director’s management team. The Curator of Collections’ primary responsibilities are to provide leadership, vision and creativity for the Museum’s continued curatorial excellence, make recommendations for acquisitions, represent the Museum at professional meetings and take an active role in cultivating donors for acquisition funds and gifts of art.

Ongoing Responsibilities

  • Develops, implements and oversees permanent, temporary and traveling exhibitions. Creates and coordinates exhibition budgets, marketing and fundraising plans in collaboration with appropriate staff; develops and implements special exhibitions.
  • Pursues research activities pertaining to the core collections and stays abreast of current scholarship in the field; undertakes research to catalogue and document the Museum’s collections.
  • Writes catalogues, articles and other materials for the Museum and outside publications; responds to inquiries from scholars and the public about the collections.
  • Recommends acquisitions of art and material such as books, periodicals and photographs pertaining to the collections.
  • Manages the preservation and conservation of the collections and the periodic surveys or inventories of the collections.
  • Lectures at symposia and to other museum groups.
  • Recommends loans to and from the Museum and works with the Registrar and Williamstown Art Conservation Center to ensure the appropriateness, safety and condition of all loans.
  • Serves as employee liaison to the Board Collections Committee and participates on the Board Fund Development Committee.
  • Hires, trains and supervises registration and contract services (preparator; art handling services).
  • Establishes collaborative relationships with other institutions.
  • Takes a proactive approach to becoming an integral and visible part of the local and regional community.


Corning is an historic and artistic city in the beautiful Finger Lakes region of Upstate New York. Most famous for its glassmaking past and present, Corning welcomes more than half a million people every year from all over the world.

The historic Gaffer District is Corning’s restored downtown, where the annual Glass Fest as well as music festivals, parades and a regular farmers market take place. The Rockwell Museum and Corning Incorporated’s worldwide headquarters are located in the Gaffer District as is the Corning Museum of Glass.

The cities of Rochester and Syracuse, both about 100 miles away, have populations of 200,000 and 130,000 respectively. Both are important academic centers with thriving cultural institutions. Cornell University and Ithaca College are located in Ithaca, New York, 45 miles from Corning. The Clemens Center in nearby Elmira hosts touring Broadway shows and other major entertainment. Elmira is also home to the Arnot Art Museum. The area is served by daily flights to major cities.

Job Requirements

Qualifications and Characteristics
The successful candidate will have at least 5 years of curatorial and collections management experience in senior positions at an art museum. S/He must have a Master’s degree in art history or a related field; a publications record is desirable. In addition, s/he will have:

  • In-depth knowledge of American art; knowledge of Western and/or Native American art is a plus
  • Outstanding verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills; ability to speak to diverse groups of all sizes; ability to represent the Museum in a professional manner
  • Excellent supervisory, collaborative and research skills; demonstrated ability to work independently, with minimal supervision, as well as work successfully as part of a team
  • Ability to cultivate important collectors and tactfully solicit gifts for the collection
  • Technology savvy and affinity for digital media
  • Excellent writing and speaking skills
  • Ability to plan strategically and long-range for the exhibition schedule and developing the collection
  • Passion for art and the curatorial process; appreciation of the interrelatedness of art and education
  • The personality to enjoy social and community interaction
  • High energy, strong motivation, creativity and a hands-on work ethic.

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