Project Assistant II (French Paintings)


To assist in the research and development of the catalogue, The Collections of The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art: French Paintings. This publication will provide scholarly, definitive entries on more than 100 French paintings in the collection, and is scheduled to be published online, in sections. This is a project-funded position that will begin approximately August 1, 2015.


Permanent Collection

Research provenance, exhibition history and complete bibliography for 17th- through 19th-century French paintings in the collection; organize and maintain curatorial object files to include an up-to-date record of provenance research, conservation history, exhibition history, bibliographic references, correspondence, related information and images, and label copy; input research into TMS collection management database; liaise with conservation staff in the documentation of labels and inscriptions on the works of art.


Assist in all aspects of catalogue production, including ordering photography and reproduction rights for illustrations, and proofreading entries and essays.


Assist Associate Curator with primary and secondary research for catalogue essay and entries; coordinate contracts, payments, and correspondence with contracted catalogue authors and researchers; supervise 2-3 interns assisting with the project at any given time.


Approximately 100 paintings and pastels in permanent collection

Job Requirements

Position Requirements

  • Must have completed an M.A. in Art History
  • Advanced reading proficiency in French required
  • Demonstrated excellent research and writing skills
  • Must be efficient with using online research databases such as WorldCat, JStor, Gallica, etc.
  • Advanced proficiency with Excel and other MS Office Applications (Word, Outlook).
  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written
  • Excellent time management, planning, and teamwork skills
  • Must be organized and detail oriented
  • Ability to work independently is critical

Physical Demands

While performing the duties of this job, the Project Assistant is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; use hands; reach with hands and arms; climb stairs; balance; stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl; talk or hear; taste or smell. The Project Assistant must occasionally lift and/or move up to 30 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color visions, peripheral vision, and depth perception. Must also be physically capable of traveling and operating a motor vehicle.