Job Posting: The Nancy and Tim Hanley Assistant Curator, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX

Scope of Position:

The Nancy and Tim Hanley Assistant Curator will possess a keen understanding of the international artist’s community as well as the conditions of artists locally and nationally. She/he will be perceptive and inquisitive, a critical thinker and an effective collaborator. He/she will research, plan and deliver temporary collection displays and special exhibitions in partnership with the Senior Curator and the Lupe Murchison Curator to contribute to a balanced and dynamic exhibition and public program schedule.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • An emphasis on art from 1990 to the present
  • Conceive and implement collections rotations and a series of smaller and medium scaled exhibitions focused on emerging artists, predicting and setting trends, issues and debate that strengthen the DMA’s position as a leader in presenting contemporary art
  • Monitor the Texas art scene through meaningful connection with the local artistic community and colleagues at other arts and learning institutions to advance the DMA’s goals to be a laboratory for ideas and collaboration
  • Present stimulating public lectures and presentations.
  • Develop and maintain advantageous local, national and international relationships with the community of artists, critics, dealers, museum colleagues, professional organizations, collectors, trustees, and friends of the Museum to enhance the DMA’s position and relevance locally, nationally, and internationally.
  • Assist with fundraising and public relations efforts to support and promote departmental and museum activities
  • Collaborate with the Education division to develop and present materials and programs relating to the interpretation of the collections and special exhibitions for the public such as gallery texts, publications, lectures, electronic media, and docent training
  • Supervise shared curatorial administrative assistants and interns, in conjunction with other curators in department
  • Perform scholarly research on objects in the collection to deepen the Museum’s knowledge of its contemporary collection and for catalogues of the collection, exhibitions, and related materials to increase interest in the museum’s collections and programs
  • Research and recommend potential acquisitions and present recommendations to the Committee on Collections
  • Consider, solicit, and submit possible gifts for consideration to the Senior Curator
  • Remain well-informed of new art and artists and emerging movements through preparation of scholarly articles and essays, presentation of talks and lectures at the DMA and other institutions, and participation in professional art organizations.
  • Be available for national and international travel, serving as an important representative of the department and the museum
  • Work across all departments to promote and support the contemporary department internally and externally
  • Conform to the AAMD codes of ethics governing the museum profession
  • Adhere to museum policies and supports management decisions in a positive, professional manner

Key Qualifications:

  • Desire to think differently and demonstrate creative problem-solving
  • Aptitude for public speaking
  • Ability to effectively manage projects with a high degree of organization and productivity
  • Excellent time management, problem solving and analytical skills
  • Ability to assess priorities and work well under pressure
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Aptitude for public speaking
  • Keen interpersonal skills
  • Aptitude for working collaboratively on projects with internal and external teams and with other curatorial staff, and members of the Education, Exhibitions, and Collections, and Public Programs divisions
  • Capacity and initiative to recommend solutions and solve problems
  • Willing to work flexible schedule including evenings and weekends when needed

Education, Experience, and Certification:

  • Master’s degree in art history or related field, with a specialization in contemporary art, theory, or practice
  • Three to five years curatorial experience working in a museum or equivalent institution with impressive record of achievement
  • Computer literacy to work on the museum’s content management systems, the museums Microsoft Office system and the electronic archival systems

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Paid Internship Opportunity: Civic Art Collection Intern, San Francisco Arts Commission, San Francisco, CA


The Civic Art Collection Intern, under direction of various SFAC Civic Art Collection staff, performs a wide variety of professional registration, conservation and administrative duties in support of the Arts Commission’s public art and collections management program.

SFAC is charged with the goal to preserve the many artworks accessioned by the city of San Francisco. The City’s collection of monuments and contemporary artworks is valued in excess of $90 million dollars with over 3,000 works in the collection, from historic monuments to contemporary works. The CAC Internship will provide an opportunity to assist with projects related to the cataloguing, display, maintenance, and conservation of the Civic Art Collection. Recently, the city completed a multi-year inventory project that has been an integral planning tool for the team. The city uses a collections management database (EmBARK) to organize details of artworks in addition to maintaining an extensive physical archive. SFAC is responsible for managing various types of projects to care for the collection including typical maintenance, conservation treatment (stabilization/restoration), and assessment projects. The collections team is underway with projecting long-term management and conservation needs for this diverse collection. This internship position will assist with completion of phase II of this project, and tasks will include: researching materials and treatment histories of individual monuments, correlating data to identify trends to anticipate conservation needs, geo-locating monuments for future mapping, and updating information in the collections management database. The internship will expose students to multiple facets of public art collections care and planning long-term preservation goals. In addition to the project listed above the intern will assist with other ongoing projects as needed including a public mural investigation and various conservation stabilization and restoration projects. During the internship, the student will be mentored by the collections team and learn software skills (Embark database), best practices for collection care, write condition reports, how to plan and manage conservation projects, and project budgeting.

Internship Period

Summer only internship. Internships will commence on June 6, 2016 and ends approximately August 26, 2016. Selected intern must be able to commit to the twelve-week session. Upon completing the internship, there is no implied offer of extension.


  • The intern must have computer literacy in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and the Adobe Design Suite (Acrobat and Photoshop are most relevant). Experience with collections management systems preferred, and any experience with database systems or large inventories is desired. The ideal candidate will be self-motivated, organized, and collaborative with good communication skills. Academic credit will be arranged. Internship will be structured around a 40 hour work week, Monday through Friday, with some flexibility in reporting times.
  • Ability to: implement modern business procedures and operate standard business machines; maintain detailed, complex records pertaining to the management, movement, exhibition, storage, and disposition of art objects; use a computer to input and maintain records and to produce reports and correspondence; prepare clear, accurate and understandable documents such as reports, memos, correspondence and statistical information; evaluate information, prioritize and organize multiple assignments and projects; speak in a clear, well-organized and concise manner in order to provide work-related information appropriate to the understanding of the listener; listen, ask relevant questions and effectively elicit information; deal tactfully and courteously with a variety of individuals and groups and establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff, the general public, and representatives of other departments and organizations.
  • Requires completion of three years (equivalent to 90 semester units or 120 quarter units) of education from an accredited college or university leading to a Bachelor’s Degree in art or architectural conservation, art, art history, museum studies, arts administration or a closely related field; or completion of one year (equivalent to 30 semester units or 40 quarter units) of graduate level education from an accredited college or university leading to a Master’s Degree in art or architectural conservation, art, art history, museum studies, arts administration or a closely related field.

Deadline: May 28, 2016 by 5:00 pm

Application instructions/full post

Job Posting: Archives Specialist, Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts (CCAHA)

The Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts (CCAHA) is hiring an Archives Specialist, a full-time, five-year contract position to provide archival and preservation services in New York State, to help facilitate New York’s Documentary Heritage and Preservation Services (DHPS) initiative.

The responsibilities of this position include conducting on-site archival needs assessments and preservation needs assessments with written reports; developing, presenting, and organizing educational programs and workshops; presenting lectures and preparing programs for professional and lay audiences to promote awareness of archival and preservation concerns and practices; and providing technical information via telephone, e-mail, and in print on archival and preservation topics. The DHPS Archives Specialist also maintains familiarity with archival and preservation literature, and may also be called upon to write articles for publication.

Qualifications include training in and a thorough understanding of archival theory, practice, and standards; practical knowledge of archival policies and procedures; experience with archival processing; knowledge of preservation principles, practice, and issues; experience in conducting and writing archival and preservation assessments for cultural institutions; talent in teaching and public speaking; excellent written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills; ability to work independently; MLS (or equivalent) with a concentration in archival management, and a minimum of two years experience working in an archival setting. Frequent travel in New York is required.

Send letter of application, resume, writing sample (preservation assessment if relevant), and three references via email with the subject line “DHPS Archives Specialist Application” to Anastasia Matijkiw, DHPS Program Coordinator, Applications received by May 31, 2016 will receive priority review.

Additional information

Job Posting: Art Metropole is looking for an Executive Director, Toronto

Salary: $40,000 (Canadian)

Responsibilities for the Executive Director position include:

• Administer day-to-day operations and act as the public face of Art Metropole
• Lead all grant writing and fundraising, including corporate sponsorship and donor relations
• Work with the Board of Directors, and the staff in planning and implementing fundraising activities
• Work with the Board and staff to ensure sound financial management
• Work with the staff and Board to develop and administer Art Metropole’s programming initiatives, events and publications
•  Keen engagement with new and old forms of artist-initiated publishing and distribution
• Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of contemporary art practices and non-profit artist-run centres
• Familiarity with financial management including budgeting, reporting and cost control
• Demonstrated ability to liaise with other arts organizations, advocacy groups and the media
• Successful grant writing experience at various levels of government
• Experience in leading and managing a team of staff and working with a Board of Directors and membership
• Excellent command of the English language (written and oral)

The Executive Director reports directly to the Board of Directors.


The Executive Director is a salaried position remunerated at $40 000 CAD per annum  and based on 32-36 hours a week for 12 months of the year. Benefits include an extended health plan, 16 days vacation, and 5 days paid leave available annually for professional development.

The job entails working some evenings and weekends and will require occasional national and international travel. This position is a three-year contract, with an option to renew, and carries an expected start date early in January 2016.
We invite individuals who reflect the diversity of our city to apply.

Paid Internship Opportunity: Institutional Partnerships Intern, Artsy, NYC

Artsy seeks a driven, highly organized, and self-motivated individual to assist in expanding Artsy’s museum and institutional partnerships worldwide. This role is at the very core of Artsy’s mission to make all of the world’s art accessible to anyone with an internet connection.

The Institutional Partnerships intern will work with Artsy’s Chief Curator and the Institutional Partnerships Team to manage relationships with some of the most prestigious museums, foundations, and institutions in the world, including the Guggenheim Museum, Rijksmuseum, Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, National Gallery London, Serpentine Gallery, and more.

This is a challenging role that requires the navigation of a fast-paced art world, the management of a large volume of digital content, and the development of a wide network of museum and art world professionals. The ideal candidate is well-versed in art history, contemporary art, and digital media, and has experience handling time-sensitive projects, with at least one previous art museum internship. He or she must have superb oral and written communication skills and must be detail-oriented, proactive, pragmatic, and a team player.

The internship is based at Artsy HQ in downtown Manhattan and starts immediately. It is a paid full-time position and will last at least 3 months. To apply, please send your resumé and a cover letter to

More about Artsy and the position:

Job Posting: Librarian/Archivist, University of Dayton, OH

The University Libraries at the University of Dayton is seeking a highly motivated nine-month project Librarian/Archivist to work on a collaborative project with The Dayton Art Institute Library and Archives. The position will work at the museum location near downtown Dayton and report to the University Archivist at the University of Dayton. TheDAI Librarian/Archivist will analyze the DAI Library and make recommendations to provide the best possible access to current and future collections. This position will evaluate the DAI Library and make recommendations about selection, replacement, and withdrawal of print and non-print materials. Additionally, this position will identify materials in the Dayton Art Institute Library that are required to support the work of the Curatorial and Education Departments.

Minimum Qualifications

Master’s Degree in Library or Information Science from an ALA-accredited program or Master’s Degree in History with an emphasis on archival coursework or training.
Knowledge of processing archival collections.
Knowledge of basic library science/library operations.
Strong written communication skills.
Ability to lift and carry materials weighing up to approximately 40 lbs.

Preferred Qualifications

Two or more years professional experience in archives and libraries.
Experience working in an art museum.
B.A. in Art History or related field.
Demonstrated successful experience with:
1. Evaluating and assessing library and archival collection.
2. Arranging, describing and cataloging collections of archival materials.
3. Basic library operations including cataloging and classification.
4. Integrated Library Systems (ILS) such as Innovate Interfaces.
Ability to effectively organize work, determine priorities, make decisions, and complete assigned duties by deadline.
Ability to work independently.
Effective interpersonal communication skills.
Valid Driver’s license with less than six points.

More information and application:

Job Posting: Managing Editor, Archives of American Art Journal, Washington DC

Managing Editor, Archives of American Art Journal

Location: Washington, D.C.

Part-time, permanent (24 hours per week), with benefits

Salary: $31,601


The Archives of American Art (AAA), a unit of the Smithsonian Institution with headquarters in Washington, D.C. and a regional office in New York City is the nation’s largest repository of primary sources documenting visual arts and culture in the United States. AAA’s mission is to collect, preserve, and make available for study records, original papers, photographs, diaries, sketchbooks, and oral history interviews. On the subject of art in America, AAA is the largest archives in the world, holding more than 20 million documents.


Reporting to the AAA deputy director, the managing editor copy edits and oversees the production of the Archives of American Art Journal, a peer-reviewed scholarly publication in the field of American art history. Working with the Journal’s editor and deputy director, the managing editor:

  • establishes and keeps publication schedules;
  • tracks manuscripts through the peer-review process;
  • acquires image reproductions and publication licenses for illustrations;
  • executes and maintains contracts and publication records;
  • copyedits, fact-checks, and proofreads journal content for correctness and consistency of format, grammar, spelling, and style, using in-house conventions and the Chicago Manual of Style.
  • compiles and/or coordinates author biographies and photo credits;
  • oversees the production process, working with vendors, the Journal’s designer, the printer, and other contractors.
  • serves as a liaison with the University of Chicago Press (UCP) for the print distribution and electronic publishing of the Journal.

The Managing Editor will be based in the Archives’ Washington, D.C. office. The successful applicant will have an undergraduate degree; thorough knowledge of all aspects of periodical editing and production; at least two years’ experience in conducting editorial responsibilities for scholarly publications; knowledge of proper spelling, grammar, punctuation in American English; ability to proofread to highest degree of accuracy and to work independently to meet deadlines while upholding exacting standards of consistency and accuracy; knowledge of in-house contract and licensing procedures necessary to acquire photos and other illustrations; some knowledge of scanning and file transfer operations (FTP etc.) would be helpful; the ability to act as a liaison with publishers, authors, designers, printers, and distributors; the ability to work independently and to organize work to meet strict deadlines while maintaining exacting standards of quality; and some knowledge of American art history and culture.

Please send cover letter and resume to AAA’s Assistant to the Director and Deputy Director: Taylor Hicks at by November 15, 2015. To learn more about the Archives of American Art, visit its website at


The Smithsonian Institution is an equal opportunity employer.

Unpaid Internship Opportunity: Art Advisor & Curatorial Intern, Pursuits Inc., Toronto

Organization Description

Pursuits Inc.

Pursuits Inc. is an internationally focused art adviosry headed by Marla Wasser that guides private and coroporate clients through each step of the collecting process with transparency and discretion.

Our vision extends beyond merely brokering art. We are committed to reflecting the unique interests and personality of the collector, working closely with them to facilitate a deeper apprecaition of the art world.


Job Description

Art Advisory & Curatorial Intern

An art advisory and curatorial firm in Toronto is seeking a new team member. The position offers the right candidate the opportunity to participate in the development of museum exhibitions and advising private clients on top-tier art collections. The firm requires an Intern who can actively contribute to ongoing projects, who shows consistent initiative, and who is dedicated to the growth of the company. The successful candidate will work directly with the Project Manager and President on all projects.


The ideal candidate will demonstrate the following:

  • Familiarity with/interest in the art world, preferably with some experience in art history, curatorial work, or design
  • Excellent writing, editing, and research skills
  • Technological skills: highly proficient in social media, file management, and computer literacy
  • Good strategy and problem-solving ability
  • Positive and collaborative approach
  • Fluency in Photoshop and other graphic design an asset
  • Background in art business and/or public relations an asset


Availability at least 2 days/week is essential for a minimum commitment of 3 months.

Job Post: Archivist, National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC

This position is located in the Gallery Archives (GA), Secretary General Counsel (SG), National Gallery of Art (NGA). The primary purpose of the position is 1) to apply high-level specialized knowledge of architectural records to the most difficult issues relating to documentation of the entire National Gallery of Art campus and recent renovations 2) to strategically apply new technologies to management of digital objects in accordance with high-level archival strategies and principles and 3) to support and maintain a secure archival digital repository in accordance with national standards and 4) to perform other tasks requiring high-level archival understanding and experience.

Conversation with Erinn Paige and Laura Damon-Moore of The Library as Incubator Project (Part 2)

In this second part of my interview Erinn Paige and Laura Damon-Moore of The Library as Incubator Project we talk about makerspaces and more.

Tell me about your involvement with makerspaces and the class that you teach on the subject.

Laura: We came to the conversation about maker spaces pretty early on, and I would say that our main function was and continues to be as a clearinghouse for stories ABOUT maker spaces in libraries. We are by no means the only clearinghouse/info-sharing hub out there on that topic. I think the makerspace discussion fits really well with the LAIP’s focus on hands-on, self-directed, participatory learning, and we consider maker programs a key part of the “arts-incubating” library. Our online course, the Makerspace Mindset (which runs through University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Library and Information Studies Continuing Ed), operates in a similar way that the LAIP does as a whole–it’s a place for story sharing, practical how-to’s, professional development, and lots of discussion about how to approach maker programs and resources in a way that makes sense for your library and your community. Scalabilty is a big thing that we talk about–how a small library can make meaningful maker programming happen without space, time, or extra money.

Erinn: I think the exciting thing about makerspaces in libraries is that it definitely fits into the basic mission of providing access to information, but there aren’t a lot of best practices set in stone yet.  Makerspaces are an exciting service model because they really push libraries toward that platonic ideal of information life cycle– people don’t just consume information in a makerspace, they create new information in the form of new stuff. They learn skills by applying them directly to a project.  I think Laura’s point about scalability speaks directly to the idea that this is new-ish territory for libraries (though the conversation about active learning models has been raging for awhile in education)– there are hundreds of ways to create a space for this kind of information exchange in a library setting.

Are maker programs finding their way into academic art libraries? Which should we take note of?

Laura: They definitely are happening. We’ve published some neat examples on our website. I LOVE the Hatchery, a web resource published by the Glasgow School of Art Library which documents the myriad ways that the GSA Art Library incubates the work of artists at GSA and beyond.  We also were lucky enough to visit the Rakow Research Library at the Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, NY this January. This amazing research library is doing a lot to support hands-on learning and making.

These examples said, I’d love to hear MORE from academic art libraries about maker programs that they’re hosting–I know there’s a lot happening and we’d love to share it, of course!

What do you think are the most important issues facing the arts in libraries today?

Erinn:  Communication.  Both libraries and arts organizations need a crash course in advocacy and PR.  Essentially, you take what you do, and you re-phrase it in the language that politicians speak.  This is a no-brainer, and it clearly works, and yet libraries and arts orgs seem to perpetually struggle with it.  If you’re only talking about what you believe in in terms that make sense to you, you’re preaching to the choir.  You have to communicate it to others in the context that means the most to them.

Just for fun – what is your favorite library? Work of art or artist?

Erinn: My favorite library is the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh – Main, which is in the Oakland neighborhood in Pittsburgh and is in this fabulous, monolithic building along with the Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History.  The windows in the upper level stacks look out onto the dinosaur exhibits. Plus, the people who work there are incredibly smart and are doing great things.

Laura: I will always have a soft spot for the library in my hometown, Mount Vernon, Iowa. It is a funky library; the Mount Vernon Public Library collection is housed in the basement of Russell D. Cole Library, the academic library on the Cornell College campus. Growing up I thought it was totally natural to be going to watch a puppet show or to check out picture books in the same library where college students were checking out their books and writing research papers.

Is there anything else you’d like to add?

Erinn:  Follow us!  We have a small social media empire and we share great content and ideas from arts-incubating librarians all across the country and the world.  We’d love to talk to you and find out more about what you’re excited about at the intersection of art and libraries.

Laura: Definitely that we want to hear from you and work with you to tell your arts + library stories!