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Curator of Collections [Mississippi Museum of Art]

Posted by Tegan Kehoe on August 3, 1974 in job announcements |

Applications due September 1, 2014.

The Mississippi Museum of Art (www.msmuseumart.org) seeks a Curator of Collections to administer the Museum’s permanent collection and related exhibitions. The MMA is located in Jackson, the capital and principal urban center of the state; with respect to collections, staff, and programs, it is the largest arts organization in Mississippi. The present-day Museum was preceded by the Mississippi Art Association which came into existence in 1911. The Museum of Art was officially chartered in late 1979 and occupied its current building in 2007. The collections are predominantly of American origin with paintings by masters such as Bingham, Roesen, Bierstadt, Whistler, Henri, and O’Keeffe, and by Mississippians such as Marie Hull, Theora Hamblett, William Hollingsworth, and William Dunlap. There is a large and ever-growing collections of prints, drawings, and photographs by both American and European artists such as Piranesi, Audobon, Cassatt, Walter Anderson, Benton, Marin, and Burchfield.

Responsibilities include coordinating the care, installation, and interpretation of the collection; development of exhibitions from the collection for in-house display and to be shared with 32 affiliated organizations throughout the State; close cooperation with supervisor to develop and implement a plan for additions to the collection, and the regular coordination of an agenda for the trustees’ Committee on the Collections; identifying conservation needs; writing and editing gallery guides, labels, text panels, video scripts and catalogues; assisting the Museum’s educators with the development of various curricula; writing grant applications in support of the activities of the Curatorial department. The Curator of Collections reports to the Deputy Director and Chief Curator. Candidates should submit a cover letter describing their qualifications and a curriculum vitae; applications will be reviewed beginning September 1, 2014, and will continue until the position is filled. Salary is highly competitive, based on applicants’ qualifications and previous experience.

Job Requirements
Requirements include an advanced degree in Art History, a minimum of five years’ museum experience in a curatorial or closely related role, a broad knowledge of American art with some area of relevant expertise or specialization, and a mature appreciation of professional museum standards and practices. Excellent writing, speaking, and interpersonal communication skills are essential and must be demonstrated in the course of the application and review process.

APPLY FOR THIS JOB
Contact Person: Roger Ward, Deputy Director and Chief Curator Phone: 601.960.1515
Email Address: rward@msmuseumart.org Fax: 601.960.1505
Apply URL: http://www.msmuseumart.org

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