The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO), is one of the most distinguished art museums in North America. The AGO is a centre of exhibition production, art-based education, exhibitions, gallery tours, dining, and retail that is committed to delivering an incredible experience to our visitors. If you are seeking a dynamic, multi-faceted work environment and would like to contribute to the Gallery’s success then bring your skills and experience to the position of

Curatorial Assistant, Thomson Collection

 Temporary Full-Time, 35 hours per week

Up to 13 Months


A member of the Curatorial team, this position supports curatorial activity related to the Thomson Collection of European Art through research, analysis, and exhibition project development. This includes tracking and reporting information about works of art, loans, lenders, and the content of the exhibitions and collection displays for internal and external stake holders.


  • Research & Documentation
  • Analysis & Synthesis of information
  • Organization & Curatorial Administration
  • Attention to detail


  • Analyzes and researches bibliographic and historical information to document object history, create briefing materials, and to support Curatorial documentation and conservation requirements
  • Completes the necessary research and documentation to complete Canadian Cultural Property Export Review Board (CCPERB)applications.
  • Responds to requests for primary object information to internal and external stakeholders as needed. Develops related texts, presentations, and proposals as required


  • Graduate level education and extensive knowledge of art history broadly with an in-depth knowledge of European Decorative Art, especially late-medieval, Renaissance and Baroque ivory and boxwood object histories
  • Minimum 2 years directly related experience in the provenance research of European Decorative Arts and Sculpture & curatorial experience researching collaboratively and cross-departmentally within a comparable museum
  • 2-3 years demonstrated curatorial and organization/administrative experience with both theoretical and hands-on processes developing and coordinating exhibitions.
  • Experience presenting and writing about European Decorative Arts, both art historically and as they relate to contemporary society
  • Working-knowledge of studies and theories related to ship models and Canadian decorative arts
  • Working -knowledge of the installation process, proper care and handling of works of art
  • Demonstrated experience working with a variety of computer software packages, including collections management software TMS
  • Demonstrated experience with museum art acquisition processes and practices, experience with CCPERB application preparation preferred
  • Knowledge of German, French, and Latin an asset

Salary to be negotiated: $55,000 – $69,300 annually, Medical Benefits, Dental Benefits,

Vision Care Benefits, Pension

We invite individuals who reflect the diversity of our visitors to apply. Visit our website at and complete your online application. This position will be posted until filled. If you are including a cover letter, please address this to: The Hiring Manager.