Job ID: 11026434
Position Title: Curator
Company Name: Museum of Printing History
Job Function: Curator
Location(s): Houston, Texas, 77019, United States
Posted: September 24, 2012
Entry Level: No
Job Type: Full-Time
Job Duration: Indefinite
Required Travel: 0-10



Curator’s Duties:


1.)           The Curator acts as both Registrar and Collections Manager and is responsible for the documentation, care, condition, storage, transportation, and display of the permanent collection and all objects loaned by or loaned to the Museum of Printing History. In addition to regularly reviewing, updating, and drafting policies relating to collections management, the Curator works with the Chair of the Collections Management Committee to develop the agenda for quarterly meetings.

2.)           The Curator is responsible for the daily assessment of the physical environment of the museum insofar as the displays and collections are concerned. This means monitoring temperature and humidity controls, and monitoring the safety needs of the museum.

3.)           The Curator will organize the schedule of rotating exhibitions, in consultation with the Executive Director. This is an active program, including over 12 exhibitions each year and accompanying public programs and events. The Curator is responsible for arranging the transportation and installation of all articles, drafting interpretive text, and producing all graphics and labels. The Curator will work with staff to publicize and promote exhibitions, in addition to seeking sponsorships from the corporate community.

4.)           The Curator is responsible for coordinating the education program, including but not limited to, scheduling a full roster of classes in the book arts for the spring and fall, the Summer Book Arts Studio, and outreach classes to area schools. The Curator will contract with instructors, develop curriculum, and prepare materials.

5.)           The Curator will be responsible for the shape and quality of guided tours, writing tour material, and will work with volunteers and interns through a docent program. The Curator will conduct tours as needed.

6.)           Working with the Executive Director, the Curator will work to establish and continue relationships with other organizations, including educational and non-profit institutions to enhance the community’s awareness of the Museum and its educational mission. These relationships may consist of collaborative exhibitions, the establishment of multi-institutional programs, or representing the Museum at joint meetings or committees.

7.)           In all matters, the Curator will report to the Executive Director.

Required Qualifications: Broad knowledge of art history, with an emphasis on the printed word and fine art printing. Advanced degree or comparable experience. Demonstrated experience in standards and best practices in collections management. Research skills and clear, lucid writing style. Ability to conceive and execute exhibitions. Ability to work effectively with diverse staff and volunteers. Working knowledge of standard computer programs. Must have a valid driver’s license and be able to lift thirty pounds.

Compensation: Commensurate with experience and education. Salaried, full-time, 40 hours/week. Benefits include Group Medical and Dental Insurance, Paid Vacation, Holiday Pay. The Museum of Printing History is an equal opportunity employer.

To apply, please send a current resume, a letter of interest, and the contact information for 3 professional references to Ann Kasman, Executive Director at (no phone calls please). Applications will be accepted until October 12, 2012.


The Museum of Printing History was founded in 1979 by four printers who wished to preserve their extensive collections of printing artifacts. Through permanent exhibits, the Museum of Printing History narrates the story of written communication and the ways in which the technologies of printing have transformed our lives. A visitor will find the Dharani Scroll, an 8th-century Japanese text which is commonly considered the first example of printing words onto paper; a page from William Caxton, the first printer of the English language; a Spanish-Nahuatl dictionary printed by Juan Pablos, the first printer in the Americas; Old Master woodcuts and engravings; newspapers and pamphlets printed by Benjamin Franklin, and various other treasures.  In addition, the Museum contains an educational wing with a papermaking workshop, letterpress studio, lithography studio and a bookbindery. For more information about the Museum follow the link to the Museum’s web page at


As the fourth-largest city in the United States, Houston was recently ranked #1 on Forbes list of America’s Coolest Cities. Houston’s economy has a broad industrial base in energy, manufacturing, aeronautics, transportation, and health care. Only New York City is home to more Fortune 500 companies. The strong economy and low cost of living has attracted almost 50,000 new residents last year. The city has a population from various ethnic and religious backgrounds and a large international community. The city is home to the nation’s third-largest concentration of consular offices, representing 86 countries. Houston is one of few US cities with permanent, professional, resident companies in all major performing arts disciplines including opera, ballet, music, and theater. The Museum District’s cultural institutions, strong gallery scene, and world-class museums attract more than 7 million visitors a year.  In addition, of the 10 most populous U.S. cities, Houston has the most total area of parks and green space, 56,405 acres. The primary city airport is George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH), ranking third in the US for non-stop domestic and international service with 182 destinations.