Job Opportunity: Curatorial Assistant – The Heckscher Museum of Art – Huntington, NY

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The Heckscher Museum of Art seeks a Curatorial Assistant with strong art historical research and writing skills. The Curatorial Assistant will support the Curator and the Registrar & Exhibitions Manager in all aspects of creating and presenting exhibitions, stewarding the Museum’s collection of European and American art, and interpreting the historic Dove/Torr Cottage. The Curatorial Assistant will participate fully in shaping Curatorial Department projects, and will also work closely with colleagues throughout the Museum, including in Education, Visitor Experience, Development, Marketing, and Finance. 

Principal Responsibilities, Collections:

• Conduct scholarly research on the collection and on artworks for possible acquisition

• Research the Dove/Torr Cottage and best practices for Historic Artists Homes’ and Studios, and work with the Curator to interpret the site  

• Help to maintain object and artist files and the collections database

• Participate in all aspects of collections management and collections care

• Administer the Collections Stewardship Committee: preparing agendas, corresponding with members, participating in meetings, and recording minutes                                                                                            

Principal Responsibilities, Exhibitions:

• Assist the Curator and Registrar & Exhibitions Manager in developing and organizing exhibitions and publications

• Conduct in-depth research on topics related to temporary exhibitions   

• Research, write, and edit exhibition labels and other texts

• Work with the Registrar & Exhibitions Manager on all aspects of the Long Island Biennial, including processing applications, corresponding with artists, and organizing the jurying process  

• Coordinate with the Registrar & Exhibitions Manager in preparing, mailing, and tracking loan paperwork 

• Participate in exhibition installations and deinstallations and the packing and unpacking of artwork

• Collaborate with the Curator, Education Department, and Visitor Experience Department to develop and implement interpretive exhibition elements and programming      

• Assist in docent training   

• Manage outgoing Rights and Reproductions requests

General Responsibilities:

• Assist with grant writing   

• Track departmental budget, process invoices and purchase orders

• Help to maintain digital and hard copy curatorial files  

• Create content for all Museum social media platforms       

• Represent the Curatorial Department on the Social Media Committee and the Website Committee   

• Develop and update collections and exhibitions website content            

• Perform other duties as appropriate for the support of curatorial activities and the Museum’s mission                                                                                                     

Compensation: Annual salary range, $40,000 to $45,000, commensurate with skills and experience. Excellent benefits package.

To Apply: Please submit a cover letter and a resume, including contact information for two professional or academic referees. Additional materials, such as a writing sample, may be requested as part of the interview process. Applicants are encouraged to submit materials by March 1, 2021.


The Heckscher Museum of Art is committed to building a culturally diverse staff and is an Equal Opportunity Employer, providing equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibiting discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws.


• Bachelor of Arts in a relevant field, graduate degree in Art History preferred   

• Knowledge of at least one of the following: European art, American art, modern and contemporary art

• Exceptional art historical research and writing skills, as well as verbal communication skills  

• Highly developed organizational skills, attention to detail, sense of responsibility, and ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously        

• Ability to work well with all Museum stakeholders, including Board members, colleagues, volunteers, artists, and vendors   

• Relevant prior experience preferred            

• Valid driver’s license and personal vehicle    

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