Collections Assistant [Wolfsonian–FIU Museum, Miami Beach, FL]

Description

The Wolfsonian–FIU museum invites applications for a full-time permanent Collections Technician who will assist in the daily oversight and preservation of the museum’s permanent collection. This position reports to the Chief Registrar and will be involved in the full range of registration and collections management activities. Responsibilities include the care and handling of object collections, contributing to cataloging and collections documentation, and providing exhibition installation support as needed. The ideal candidate will have experience utilizing best museum practices in cataloguing a wide variety of fine and decorative art objects.

Duties:

  • Assist with the full range of routine registration and collections management activities, including but not limited to processing/cataloging, integrated pest management, environmental monitoring and object condition reporting.
  • Assist in the care, handling, packing/unpacking and moving of furniture, decorative arts, fine art, textiles, two-dimensional and three-dimensional objects. Assist with shipping and receipt of crates.
  • Aid in the maintenance of and updates to physical and electronic object records; assist with the cataloging and documentation of incoming acquisitions and collections backlog. Work closely with the staff photographer to handle objects for digital photography.
  • Participate in rolling inventory of the permanent collection; update object records in the collection management database accordingly, document and track physical location of objects in storage and offsite locations.
  • Assist in the organization of collections storage, fabrication of storage mounts, re-housing objects and improvement of storage sites.
  • Responsible for full-range of routine housekeeping activities in collections storage and in exhibition galleries, such as monitoring pest traps, monitoring environmental conditions, cleaning exhibition furniture and replacing light fixtures.
  • Participate in minor conservation treatment projects under the training and periodic supervision of a professional conservator. Assist with exhibition installation as needed, including fabricating preservation-standard mounts for the safe display of library and object collections.
  • Perform general administrative duties such as filing, scanning, copying, complete related project errands on behalf of the registration department, as necessary.
  • Perform other duties as assigned; the omission of a specific duty does not preclude the supervisor from assigning a duty that may not be related to the position depending on necessity.

To Apply:

Visit http://hr.fiu.edu/pshr/, Select Prospective Employees, Search for Keyword: “Wolfsonian”.  Please do NOT contact or submit resumes to The Wolfsonian-FIU.

Requirements

Qualifications:

  • Minimum BA or BFA degree in fine art, art history, museum studies or related field with two years’ experience in a museum collections management setting.
  • Knowledge of professional museum policies, standards and practices.
  • Experience working with diverse collections and materials; specific experience with works on paper, fine art, furniture, textiles, decorative arts relevant to The Wolfsonian’s holdings is an advantage.
  • Experience with cataloging, inventory, and pest management.
  • Experience with art handling, packing, crating, preparing objects for storage and exhibition (including removing mats and frames, making storage mounts), location tracking, and local transport of objects to/from storage facility.
  • Ability to work independently, in coordinated team settings, and under tight sometimes competing deadlines.
  • Must possess excellent attention to detail and strong organizational, interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills.
  • Proficiency using Word and Excel and experience with museum collection management systems.
  • Ability to safely lift and move objects and/or crates weighting up to fifty pounds.
  • Knowledge of and ability to operate hand or power tools, moving and lifting equipment, and matting/framing tools, while maintaining safe workplace practices and procedures.
  • Possess a valid Florida Driver’s License.

To Apply:

Visit http://hr.fiu.edu/pshr/, Select Prospective Employees, Search for Keyword: “Wolfsonian”.  Please do NOT contact or submit resumes to The Wolfsonian-FIU.

Job Information
  • Miami Beach, Florida, 33109, United States
  • 26793963
  • February 8, 2016
  • Collections Assistant
  • The Wolfsonian-FIU
  • Registrar/Collections Management
  • No
  • Full-Time
  • Indefinite
  • BA/BS/Undergraduate
  • 1-2 Years
  • 0-10%
  • $35,000.00 – $38,000.00 (Yearly Salary)

Curator & Department Head of Contemporary Art [Detroit Institute of Arts, MI]

Description

The Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) has one of the largest and most significant art collections in the United States and is one of the top six art museums in the country. Founded in 1883, the DIA’s collection consists of over 65,000 works and spans the globe from ancient to contemporary art. This encyclopedic collection includes ancient Greek, Roman, Etruscan, Mesopotamian, and Egyptian material, as well as a wide range of Islamic, African, and Asian art of all media. The Museum’s American and European Art collections are equally impressive and include acclaimed masterpieces of painting, sculpture, furniture and decorative arts from the 18th century, 19th century, and 20th century. Among the DIA’s most celebrated works are Frederic Church’s Cotopaxi, 1862; Vincent van Gogh’s Self Portrait, 1887; the Diego Rivera’s Detroit Industry murals, 1932; and Tony Smith’s large-scale outdoor sculpture Gracehoper, commissioned for the museum and completed in 1971.

The James Pearson Duffy Department of Contemporary Art After 1950 oversees the DIA’s permanent collection of over 3,500 paintings, sculptures, decorative arts, video and installation-based works with strength in post-WWII American and European art, including works by Francis Bacon, Alexander Calder, Alberto Giacometti, Eva Hesse, Willem de Kooning, Barnett Newman, Mark Rothko, and Andy Warhol. International artists of note from the years post-1970 are represented, as well, and include Marina Abramovic, William Kentridge, Anselm Kiefer, Nam June Paik, Martin Puryear, Yinka Shonibare, Kiki Smith and Kehinde Wiley. In addition, the DIA has maintained an interest in collecting works by artists native to and active in the metro-Detroit area and of international and regional acclaim, including Tyree Guyton and Mike Kelley, as well as artists from Detroit’s 1970s Cass Corridor era and more recent representatives of Detroit’s exciting and emerging new art scene.

The DIA welcomes over 600,000 visitors annually to its 100 galleries displaying the Museum’s permanent collections and special exhibitions. In addition, the DIA contains a 1,150-seat theatre, a 380-seat hall for recitals and lectures, an art reference library, and a conservation services laboratory. The Museum’s campus is located in Midtown Detroit’s Cultural Center Historic District, about two miles north of the downtown area, across from the Detroit Public Library and near Wayne State University.

To learn more about the Detroit Institute of Arts, please visit www.dia.org.

GENERAL SUMMARY

The Detroit Institute of Arts seeks a full-time Curator and Department Head of the James Pearson Duffy Department of Contemporary Art After 1950. The Detroit Institute of Arts Contemporary Art collection is strong in post-World War II American art and includes more recent mixed media and new media works. The ideal candidate must be a high performer able to engage a broad audience through exhibitions of art from 1950 to the present and related public programs. Furthermore, the Head of the James Pearson Duffy Department of Contemporary Art must be a dynamic and an actively social individual who closely engages with the Detroit and tri-county (Wayne, Oakland and Macomb) communities and the local and international contemporary art establishment.

In addition, candidates must have a proven record and experience in the following areas: developing and managing a major art collection; planning strategic acquisitions with special emphasis on emerging artists; installing and managing permanent collection galleries; developing special exhibitions and related programs; researching toward original scholarship; cultivating patrons and fundraising; managing staff and budgets, and performing related departmental duties. Successful candidates must also be able to work collaboratively in a dynamic environment.

Requirements

POSITION SUMMARY:

Purpose of Position:
The Curator of the James Pearson Duffy Department of Contemporary Art 1950 to present reports to the Co-Chief Curators. S/he oversees the DIA Contemporary Art (1950 to present) collection, acquisitions and exhibitions, manages the Department’s staff and collaborates with internal and external colleagues. S/he will be responsible for hiring a junior level Curator of Contemporary Art. In addition, the Curator of Contemporary Art is responsible for developing and maintaining relationships with individuals in the international, national and Detroit-area contemporary art communities.

Essential Functions:

  • Oversee and manage the James Pearson Duffy Department of Contemporary Art After 1950;
  • Create and implement a long-term vision for the museum that utilizes contemporary art and related programs to engage diverse audiences;
  • Conduct research on the museum’s collection and produce scholarly publications;
  • Develop collection strategies; research and propose acquisition proposals;
  • Propose and develop exhibitions, as well as related publications;
  • Manage the permanent collection and galleries; work with the Collections Management staff to install artworks; and consult with the Conservation Department to regularly assess the conservation needs of the collection;
  • Maintain collection records in accordance with DIA data and archival standards;
  • Work collaboratively with the Learning and Interpretation staff to develop and create strategies and materials for exhibitions and permanent gallery projects, as well as conduct training for gallery teachers and docents;
  • Foster and maintain good working relationships with existing and potential patrons, trustees, and museum colleagues, as well as with the academic community, art dealers, and collectors;
  • Engage donors, sponsors, and foundations in support of museum fundraising directives;
  • Act as staff liaison to the Friends of Modern and Contemporary Art (FMCA) auxiliary support group;
  • Conduct training, and develop presentations, lectures, and tours for enrichments to support museum activities and community outreach.

Qualifications: 

  • M.A. in Art History or M.F.A.
  • Extensive knowledge of twentieth and twenty-first century art, from 1950 to the present
  • Five to ten years of curatorial experience, with at least five years in museum administration
  • Evidence of and commitment to original scholarship, with an outstanding record of research, publications, exhibitions, and acquisitions
  • Experience with patron cultivation and management
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Excellent working relationships with collectors, artists, gallerists, and scholars
  • Excellent working relationship with diverse communities
  • Exceptional writing skills and public-speaking ability
  • Proficiency in foreign languages an asset

 

START DATE: Summer 2016

PROCEDURE FOR APPLICATION:

Applicants should submit a resume, a one-page narrative describing interest and experience, and the names of three references. Applications will be reviewed by Management Consultants for the Arts, an executive search firm working with the Museum’s President. Suggestions of candidates are welcome.

Send resume and accompanying materials to:

Linda Sweet or Bill Appleton

Subject: DIA

Email: MCAWall2@gmail.com

The Detroit Institute of Arts is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

 

Senior Curator [Newport Art Museum, RI]

Description

The Newport Art Museum seeks a Senior Curator who will provide leadership and vision for the exhibitions program and will be an integral member of the Museum’s senior management team.

The ideal candidate will be a dynamic, visionary, accomplished, and collaborative individual, who will guide the acquisition, presentation, publication and interpretation of American and contemporary art from the Museum’s permanent collection, in addition to realizing temporary exhibitions featuring the art and artists of Rhode Island, the region and beyond. This individual should be driven by a passion for works of art and a desire to bring a critical historical perspective to bear upon the current moment, and be willing to take risks, challenge existing narratives, and capitalize on the freedom to think across the boundaries of time, culture, or discipline. He/She will be interested in creating spaces, programs, and exhibitions that engage audiences as active participants.

The Museum’s Curator will help create and manage the exhibition budgets, schedules, loans, and installation; supervise production of exhibition-related brochures and promotional copy; and work closely with education, marketing, and public programing staff to facilitate the production of interpretive materials, educational opportunities, and audience-engaged activities. The Curator stewards the Museum’s Collection Committee.

Within a team environment, the Curator will advance the institutional vision and promote dialogue, engagement, and collaboration both at the Museum and beyond, developing strategic collaborations with appropriate organizations and cultural partners.

A Master’s Degree in Art History, Museum Studies or related field; three years of experience as a curator in a museum environment; and broad knowledge of art from the 18th century to the present is required. He/She will demonstrate substantial knowledge of best practices including collection care and handling, as well as digital archiving systems. Excellent speaking, writing, and research abilities are also required.

Since its founding in 1912 in Newport, Rhode Island, the Newport Art Museum has served the community and region through its arts education, exhibitions, community outreach programs, collections, and historic preservation.

Today, the Newport Art Museum operates out of three buildings located on Bellevue Avenue in Newport. The primary mission is to support and celebrate the art and artists, past and present, of Rhode Island and the region. The Museum’s permanent collection includes nearly 3,000 fine art objects, from photographs and paintings to sculptures and glass art. Rotating exhibitions installed in six different galleries feature art works from the Museum’s permanent collection, as well as nationally and internationally recognized artists working in a variety of mediums.

The Museum’s art school, the Coleman Center for Creative Studies, serves individuals of all ages and experience levels through studio art classes, Museum Studies programs, and visiting artists’ workshops.

The Newport Art Museum is a nonprofit 501 (c)(3) organization and is fully accredited by the American Alliance of Museums.

Requirements

The Curator is charged with shepherding all activities related to the exhibition program and collection activities of the Museum. Working in a collaborative manner with other key staff members, the main areas of focus will be:

– With special attention to audience needs, and in close collaboration with the Executive Director and other key staff members, contributes to a dynamic multi-year exhibition schedule that represents the full range of the Museum’s mission and showcases the permanent collection as well as temporary exhibitions of contemporary artists working in a variety of mediums. This includes creating and activating an outdoor sculpture program.

– In conjunction with the Museum’s Collections Committee and Executive Director, creates and implements collection development strategies that include purchases and gifts.

– Ensures the best available standards of care and protection for all works in the permanent collection and borrowed art works.

– Works in close partnership with Education and Community Engagement colleagues to contribute to programs related to the collection and special exhibitions, including, but not limited to, lectures, workshops, gallery presentations and other in-gallery interpretation efforts.

– Assists with exhibition and collection related fundraising by providing necessary project and object information and participating in grant writing and personal solicitations to potential donors including corporations, foundations and individuals.

– Supervises guest curators in area of specialization, consultants and support staff including curatorial assistants, and interns as required.

Serves as an ambassador for the Newport Art Museum locally, nationally, and internationally, being an active member in the field as well as with the general public.

– Performs additional duties as assigned.

Job Information
  • Newport, Rhode Island, 02840, United States
  • 26790122
  • February 8, 2016
  • Senior Curator
  • Newport Art Museum
  • Curator
  • No
  • Full-Time
  • Indefinite
  • Master’s Degree
  • 2-3 Years
  • 10-25%
  • $60,000.00 – $70,000.00 (Yearly Salary)

Director of Security [Baltimore Museum of Art, MD]

Description

The Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) is seeking a hands on, collaborative, and highly visible Director of Security. The ideal candidate will be responsible for the protection of the collection, staff and visitors of the BMA.   The Director of Security will develop a highly responsive and service oriented team of security officers who create a safe, pleasant, and welcoming experience for all visitors and colleagues.

The Director of Security reports to the Deputy Director for Finance & Administration and interacts with staff at all levels of the museum, external stakeholders and the general public. This position is responsible for the direct supervision of a large, diverse, 24/7 security force operation with 4 direct report shift supervisors.

Responsibilities:

  • Collaborates with museum colleagues to evaluate existing and introduce new safety and security policies and procedures; implements those policies and procedures as necessary to attain full compliance with Suggested Guidelines for Museum Security as adopted by the American Alliance of Museums.
  • Recruits and supervises a team of more than 40 professional and service oriented Security Officers.
  • Works closely with the Rental & Program Planning Manager and the Special Events & Donor Engagement Manager for Security staffing of all events, including those after operating hours.
  • Ensures that officers are fully trained in all museum Security and Emergency/Evacuation procedures.
  • Fosters an environment of continued learning and visitor engagement through collaboration with other departments including but not limited to Curatorial, Visitor Services and Education.
  • Oversees the smooth operation of all electronic, computerized, integrated security/fire/cctv systems, and provides appropriate levels of training for staff.
  • Prepares, maintains and evaluates the Security Department operating budget.  Works closely with the Director of Human Resources and Director of Finance to ensure staffing budget remains on track during the fiscal year.
  • Acts as liaison to Baltimore City Police and Fire Departments and Johns Hopkins University Security Department
  • Works closely with the Director of Facilities & Engineering to report on observable building conditions and to maintain secure and safe building structure
  • This position is on call and will respond to the museum as required or render guidance 24 hours/7 days a week/365 days a year.  Incumbent will be expected to work regularly on weekends and additional hours as needed.
Requirements

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in a Management or Security related field
  • 8-10 years’ progressive management experience, preferably in a museum, historic property, cultural, or hospitality setting
  • Proven record of managing a large, diverse operation
  • Strong leadership, interpersonal, planning and organizational skills
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills; training, presentation, negotiation, problem solving, and conflict resolution skills.
  • Thorough working knowledge of integrated security / fire systems and related technology.
  • Baltimore City residence highly desirable
  • Skilled in the use of Microsoft Office:  Word, Outlook, Excel and PowerPoint; cloud-based timekeeping system

Benefits:

The BMA is an equal opportunity employer and a drug free workplace. We offer a competitive salary and a generous benefits package. For this exempt position we offer medical, dental, vision, prescription, 403b retirement plan, long term disability, flexible spending account, flexible and condensed scheduling, museum and restaurant discount, and reduced fee gym membership. We also offer 4 weeks of accrued vacation, 8 holidays, 3 personal days, 2 floating holidays, and 12 sick days per year.

Apply:
Please send cover letter, resume and salary requirements via e-mail to HR@artbma.org with “Director of Security & your first and last name” in the subject line.

Incomplete application materials will not be accepted.

No phone calls, please.

Job Information
  • BALTIMORE, United States, 21218, United States
  • 26786799
  • February 8, 2016
  • Director of Security
  • Baltimore Museum of Art
  • Security
  • No
  • Full-Time
  • Indefinite
  • BA/BS/Undergraduate
  • 7-10 Years
  • 0-10%

Executive Director [Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Amherst, VA]

Description

The Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (VCCA) a non-profit multi-disciplinary artists

community located in beautiful Amherst County, Virginia with an additional facility in

Southwest France, seeks a visionary Executive Director who can lead the organization with

imagination and verve. The Executive Director reports to and works closely with the VCCA

Board of Directors, and provides leadership, management and supervision of VCCA. Major

areas of responsibility include fundraising, institutional planning and implementation,

community relations and overall management of staff. The ideal candidate will demonstrate a

genuine passion for the creative process with a graduate degree in arts management or fine arts

and have significant leadership experience (8-10 years) in an arts-related field. He/she will have

a proven track record of fundraising and accomplishments in senior level leadership positions;

administrative and fiscal management experience and exceptional interpersonal skills. The right

candidate will be a confident, effective communicator and collaborator, who is innovative and

self-driven. For more information about VCCA: www.vcca.com.

To be considered for this position, please send a letter of interest and resume/c.v. to

directorsearch@vcca.com or to Executive Director Search, 154 San Angelo Dr., Amherst VA

24521 no later than March 18, 2016.

For more information please visit:

http://www.vcca.com/main/news/executive-director-search-2016

Requirements

The ideal candidate will demonstrate a genuine passion for the creative process with a graduate degree in arts management or fine arts

and have significant leadership experience (8-10 years) in an arts-related field. He/she will have

a proven track record of fundraising and accomplishments in senior level leadership positions;

administrative and fiscal management experience and exceptional interpersonal skills.

Job Information
  • AMHERST, Virginia, 24521-3257, United States
  • 26779443
  • February 8, 2016
  • Executive Director
  • Virginia Center for the Creative Arts
  • Directors/Administrators
  • No
  • Full-Time
  • Indefinite
  • Master’s Degree
  • 7-10 Years
  • 10-25%