The Santa Barbara Museum of Art, a leading West Coast art museum, presents internationally-recognized collections and exhibitions and a broad array of cultural and educational activities.

The Museum is seeking a person with excellent academic, organizational, people, clerical and computer skills to provide general research and administrative assistance in contemporary art, for a major exhibition that is part of the Getty Foundation’s landmark initiative, Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA (fall 2017).  You will assist the curator of Contemporary Art in research and other areas of exhibition preparation, including contact with the lenders and other institutions, and the preparation of an exhibition catalogue.

Duties include but are not limited to gathering, filtering, organizing, and sharing information, making telephone inquiries, generating and maintaining loan forms and other correspondence.  Composing and proofreading texts and didactics, assistance with education and outreach programs, and serving as a liaison with other Museum departments.  Some travel is required to libraries and institutions in the greater Santa Barbara and Los Angeles areas for research.


Requires a high level of professionalism and discretion, excellent organizational abilities, general knowledge of art history, strong research skills and demonstrated writing capabilities.  Must be familiar with Microsoft Word, Outlook, Excel and Photo Editor; knowledge of TMS collection database software and basic graphic design skills are desirable.  Excellent proofreading skills, thoroughness and attention to detail are essential.  BA in Art or Art History preferred.  Reading knowledge of Portuguese or Spanish is a plus.

  • Schedule: Part-time at 30 – 40 hours per week
  • Status: Temporary, 12 month term
  • Compensation:  $18.50/hour
  • This position is eligible for benefits full benefits.
  • Successful background check is required.
  • Applications, resumes and cover letters will be accepted until the position is filled.

Please E-mail to:

Santa Barbara Museum of Art

1130 State Street

Santa Barbara, CA  93101

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The Santa Barbara Museum of Art is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Job Information
  • Santa Barbara, California, 93101, United States
  • 26750199
  • February 2, 2016
  • Curatorial Research Assistant, Contemporary Art – 12 Month
  • Santa Barbara Museum of Art
  • Curator
  • No
  • Full-Time
  • 1-2 Years
  • Associates Degree
  • 1-2 Years
  • 10-25%