Job Posting: Assistant Curator, Institute for Contemporary Art (VCU), Richmond, VA


The new Institute for Contemporary Art (ICA) at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), designed by the renowned Steven Holl Architects, is scheduled to open in 2017. The ICA is seeking a dynamic, energetic, intelligent, and collaborative team player to be the Assistant Curator.

The Assistant Curator will collaborate closely with the ICA Director, the ICA Curator, internationally recognized colleagues throughout VCU and its acclaimed School of the Arts, and community and international partners, to develop an ambitious, experimental, diverse, and innovative interdisciplinary program that brings together visual arts, music, performance, design, dance and theater in exhibitions, commissions, public events, special projects, publications, and artist residencies that engage the University, students, faculty, the broader Richmond community, and beyond.

The Assistant Curator will partner with permanent ICA curators and guest curators on exhibitions organized by the ICA or traveling from other institutions. The Assistant Curator will focus on developing temporary exhibitions and related publications and programs. An integral member of the curatorial team, the Assistant Curator will work closely with staff in all areas of the ICA’s operations, with faculty and students across disciplines, and with campus administrative staff. The position will foster relationships with the local, national, and international arts communities.

The assistant curator will have the opportunity to teach courses that support the mission of ICA and VCU, especially related to curatorial studies and special contemporary topics. The assistant curator’s skills and interests will complement and expand the existing expertise of the faculty and staff of ICAand VCUarts and will foster a diverse faculty, staff, and student environment.

About the ICA (

The ICA will be an iconic gateway for the city of Richmond. As a non-collecting museum, the ICA will showcase a fresh slate of changing innovative exhibitions, performances, films and special programs that engage the university, students, faculty, the broader Richmond community, and beyond.

The 41,000-square-foot ICA will be an incubator for interdisciplinary experimentation for the entire university while simultaneously providing opportunities for collaboration both locally and internationally. It will be in direct dialogue with VCUarts, the #1 public art school in the country; set within a major, urban public research university with national and international rankings in sponsored research; and centrally located on the East Coast in a city with a top-10 museum and a region with few venues for the latest contemporary art. The ICA will become a conduit for global collaboration, bridging the distance to artists working in other regions internationally.

Major Responsibilities

  • Conceptualizes, researches, coordinates, and develops contemporary exhibitions, commissions, public events, special projects, publications, and artist residencies that engage the University, students, faculty, the broader Richmond community, and beyond.
  • Develops exhibitions, projects, and events that expand audiences and increase the visibility of VCU and the ICA and ensures goals and strategies for exhibitions and educational programs are consistent with the ICA mission and overall strategic planning.
  • Researches and writes about exhibitions including drafting and editing text for catalogues, brochures and exhibitions, and gallery didactics including text panels, labels, and other explanatory texts as required.
  • Creates and offers formal lectures and informal gallery talks; participates in events and outreach efforts.
  • Prepares preliminary exhibition checklists; drafts correspondence; researches and locates objects for exhibitions and provides information as necessary to the ICA’s registrar for processing loan requests and agreements; prepares presentations; and provides support for the curators in maintaining effective relationships with lenders.
  • Liaises with artists and colleagues to develop sustainable and symbiotic relationships that will propel the museum’s reputation and image.
  • Enables guest curators, exhibition and graphic designers and other consultants to be successful by providing them with information as directed by the curators.
  • Provides information to the registrar and exhibitions manager as requested; works as a team with staff in curatorial, education, community engagement, academic affairs, digital media, marketing, visitor services, operations, communications and development to ensures that strategies for interpretation, promotion, audience development and fundraising have required information.
  • Contributes to the organization of exhibition affiliated public programming, working with Director of Education and key staff to develop strategic community partnerships and educational programs to extend the reach of the ICA into the city’s various communities and surrounding areas.
  • Participates in docent training, including walkthroughs and slide-lectures in consultation with education department.
  • Contributes to planning and execution of travelling exhibitions; helps prepare budgets, materials, and instructions for exhibitions and objects to travel.
  • Interviews and supervises interns and temporary employees; assigns tasks and schedules, and monitors work plans.
  • Contributes to planning and agendas for regular department staff meetings.
  • Works with ICA’s development team to assist with fundraising activities for exhibitions and programs including securing grants, planning of fundraising events, sponsorship, and gifts.
  • Performs administrative functions in connection with daily departmental business.
  • Actively supports the Director of the ICA and the ICA Curator and all other key constituencies in regard to the envisioned ICA.
  • Performs all other duties in support of the Director and ICA, as needed.
    The assistant curator will have the opportunity to teach courses that support the mission of ICA and VCU, especially related to curatorial studies and special contemporary topics. The assistant curator’s skills and interests will complement and expand the existing expertise of the faculty and staff of ICAand VCUarts and will foster a diverse faculty, staff, and student environment.


  • Master’s degree in Art History or Curatorial Studies, or a closely related field, and/or professional training and experience that equates to an advanced degree is required. Ph.D. in Art History is a plus.
  • Appropriate number of years (3-5 years preferred) of experience working in an art museum or comparable organization or institution dedicated to the presentation of contemporary art, performance, and/or design.
  • Demonstrated record of hands-on experience and project management of exhibitions, publications, lectures, and programs from conceptualization through execution.
  • Ability to work openly and respectfully within an inclusive university setting and with a flexible and collegial team and must have demonstrated experience working in and fostering a diverse faculty, staff, and student environment or commitment to do so as a faculty member at VCU.
  • Evidence of strong working relationships with a diverse range of contemporary artists, dealers, curators, scholars, collectors, and journalists.
  • The successful candidate’s skills and interests will complement and expand the existing expertise of the faculty and staff of the ICA and their curatorial activity. Therefore, a strong foundation in contemporary art with a broad knowledge of diverse global art practices and a commitment to underrepresented and under-recognized artists, especially artists of color, is required.
  • Must possess a deep knowledge of contemporary art and art history, and a familiarity of the international art world.
  • Proven knowledge of professional museum practices, including an understanding of loan exhibitions, and a history of inventive exhibitions and significant publications.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills required as well as the ability to manage projects and deadlines independently and maintain simultaneous priorities.
  • Proficiency in a digital environment required.
  • Ability to travel as assigned.

Application Instructions

Submit the following application materials via VCU eJobs at

  • Cover Letter
  • CV/Resume
  • A list of five professional references including names with titles and contact information (references will not be checked prior to candidates’ approval)

Only electronic applications submitted via VCU eJobs will be accepted.

The Cover Letter should be submitted in the “Cover Letter/Letter of Application” section in eJobs; the CV/Resume and References should be submitted as onePDF in the “Curriculum Vitae (CV)” section of eJobs.

Applications will continue to be reviewed until the position is filled but for full consideration, applications are due by July 18, 2016.

To read the full position announcement and to learn more about the ICA and VCUarts, visit:

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Job Posting: Curatorial Administrative Assistant: African Art, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA

Job Description

The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts is seeking applicants to fill a part-time (25 hours per week) wage Curatorial Administrative Assistant position with a focus on the historic arts of Africa. The successful candidate will work as part of a dynamic curatorial and conservation team engaged in a major initiative involving technical analysis, conservation, and cultural study of the VMFA’s extensive African art collection. Supported by a three-year grant from the Andrew Mellon Foundation, the initiative will integrate the expertise of conservators, curators, art historians, and scientists, and will include partnerships and exchange with peers in Africa where possible. The Curatorial Administrative Assistant will provide administrative support to the team dedicated to the Mellon Grant Project for technical analysis and conservation of the VMFA African Art collection. This position works closely with the Curator of African Art, the Curatorial Research Specialist, the Sculpture and Decorative Arts Conservation staff, and the Conservation Photographer.

Specific tasks will include scheduling meetings; developing and maintaining project electronic and print files for the objects studied; processing purchase orders and keeping a grant project expenditure log; communicating with a wide array of consultants regarding travel arrangements, expense reimbursements, and contracts; making complex national and international travel arrangements for staff and consultants; managing the research materials (books and reference requests) from the library; copying, filing, and printing work per project needs; other general support functions as assigned. The Andrew Mellon Foundation grant is committed to encouraging diversity in the museum profession.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Graduation from a college or university, with some course work in art and/or art history preferred
  • Administrative assistant support experience with strong emphasis on project work and documentation procedures, preferably in an arts/museum, academic, state or non-profit organization
  • Skilled in use of personal computers and related software
  • Demonstrated accuracy in creating and keeping records
  • Strong proofreading skills
  • Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing, and to establish effective professional working relationships with others inside and outside the museum
  • Experience in making national and international travel bookings
  • Strong organizational abilities with an emphasis on process oriented, systematic project work
  • Ability to prioritize tasks to achieve objectives within tight deadlines
  • Ability to collect and compile collections information from various sources
  • A security background check will be required

Special Instructions to Applicants

To apply, log onto the Commonwealth of Virginia Online Employment System at and submit your application, letter of intent and resume. This position is open until filled. Please contact the HR office at 804.340.1485 if you need assistance.

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Job Posting: Assistant Curator, Yellowstone Art Museum, Billings, Montana

The Yellowstone Art Museum seeks a smart, curious, and energetic specialist in the fine arts for the position of Assistant Curator. This is a position for a serious entry-level curatorial professional with a good eye and a strong interest in contemporary American art. The successful candidate will have a minimum of a B.A. or B.F.A. in art, art history, museum studies, or similar, and two years of relevant experience. Requirements include excellent communication skills, both written and oral; graphic design abilities; project management skills; inventiveness; a strong work ethic; excellent attention to detail; and a desire to help exciting visual arts exhibitions and programs become a reality. Submit a resume, cover letter, and three references. Candidates invited to interview will be asked to bring recent samples of their graphic designs. This is a fulltime, exempt position with a salary in the mid-30s. AA, EOE

Reports to: Senior Curator

Supervisory responsibilities: None

Status: Fulltime, exempt

Position summary:
The Assistant Curator assists the Senior Curator and other curatorial department staff with exhibition curation, planning, and design, as well as department organization and support. The position is also responsible for graphic design for the museum’s exhibitions and related needs.

Primary responsibilities:

Permanent collection

  • Assist in the refinement of a permanent collection that will further growth of a distinctive identity for the institution.
  • Assist in the preparation of accession recommendations.
  • Assist with timely and accurate cataloging of new acquisitions; catalog existing works in the permanent collection as time permits.
  • Respond to public inquiries about art and collection artists within areas of expertise.

Resources on art, artists, and museum’s exhibition history

  • Work with the Registrar to organize and maintain exhibition and collection images and records to provide easy access to all files.
  • Maintain readily accessible and up-to-date image selection on museum’s shared drive relating to current and upcoming temporary exhibitions.
  • Organize and maintain individual artist files to expedite retrieval of information.
  • Maintain temporary exhibition log and archive past exhibition files appropriately.

Department support

  • Assist with curatorial correspondence to provide prompt, accurate, and professional contact with all artists, volunteers, and other museum professionals.
  • Organize all incoming proposals and deliver prompt response to artists and other lenders as directed by Senior Curator and/or Executive Director.

Exhibition support

  • Assist in the development and writing of exhibition concepts, interpretive copy, catalog essays, and other written material, as appropriate.
  • Coordinate activity with guest curators, exhibition brokers, contractors, and other in support of a varied temporary exhibition program. The Assistant Curator will often take the department’s organizational lead on incoming pre-curated exhibitions.
  • Assist in the management of temporary exhibition planning calendars.
  • Assist with curatorial research as requested by Senior Curator and/or Executive Director.
  • Work with education staff to achieve appropriate interpretive planning for exhibitions.
  • Assist with the preparation of object labels or other exhibition needs as requested.
  • Assist with the physical movement and installation of art objects to ensure safety of art and people.
  • Serve as courier for art and exhibitions, as needed.

Graphic design

  • Develop collateral materials for temporary exhibitions, including announcement cards, gallery graphics, catalogs, and other needs.
  • Assist in the preparation of site signage and other general graphic needs, as requested.
  • Collaborate with marketing staff to ensure coordinated design of all exhibition-related communications and appropriate recognition of sponsors.

Secondary responsibilities

  • Participate in departmental planning meetings, full staff meetings, project-specific meetings, and trustee committee meetings, as requested. Participate in strategic planning with other staff, trustees, and appropriate committees.
  • Review marketing, education, and other material produced on art, the museum’s collection, and the exhibitions to ensure accuracy.
  • Coordinate with facility rentals, special events, and security staff to ensure a safe and hospitable environment.
  • Represent the institution within the local and professional communities.
  • Train and supervise volunteers.
  • Consult on submissions for retail sale, the Art Auction, and Summerfair, as requested.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Minimum skills and qualifications:

  • BA or BFA
  • Two years’ relevant curatorial or gallery experience
  • A passionate interest in art and knowledge of regional and/or contemporary American art
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Excellent computer skills, including Microsoft Office suite, digital image management, InDesign
  • Excellent design abilities
  • Good physical shape: able to climb ladders, lift 40+ pounds, and operate machinery (with training)
  • Excellent organizational, project management, and multi-tasking skills
  • Detail-oriented, manual dexterity, problem-solving abilities
  • Valid Montana driver’s license

How to apply:
Submit a resume, cover letter, and three references to, or mail to Yellowstone Art Museum, 401 North 27th Street, Billings, MT 59101

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Job Posting: Art Assistant Digital Curator (part-time), Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College, NYC

Assignments & Supervision: The Art Assistant Digital Curator position will report to the Digital Archivist regarding the enhancement and development of digital assets pertaining to archival art collections.

Art Program Assistant Digital Curator duties and responsibilities:

  1. Curation of the Centro Digital Art Humanities Exhibitions.
  2. Evaluate and update metadata of digital assets from current and past travelling exhibitions.
  3. Selects and prioritizes the Centro art collections to be transferred to a digital format.
  4. Oversees and assists with the digitization of art works in coordination with Centro staff.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required:

  • Art and or art/history background and knowledge, specifically, knowledge of Puerto Rican visual art and artists.
  • Proficiency in the use of applications including experience with content management systems and/or databases, descriptive metadata and editing software including Adobe Photoshop.
  • Ability to understand and follow complex, detailed technical instructions.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to handle multiple work priorities, organize and plan work and projects.
  • Skill in the appropriate handling of museum-quality artwork and/or artifacts.
  • Demonstrated art research skills.

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Job Posting: Associate Curator – Digital Content, The Henry Ford, Dearborn, MI

Summary of Purpose
As part of the institutional digitization initiative, the Associate Curator, Digital Content participates in the research into and interpretation of The Henry Ford’s collections—specifically with regard to the creation of written material for digital distribution. The position will work closely with the chief curator, digital collections and content manager, curatorial staff, and registrar to ensure the historical integrity of information related to the collections. Reports to the chief curator, with a strong functional reporting relationship to the Digital Collections & Content Manager

Essential Functions

  1. Responsible for creation of written material and/or other content for online presentations according to specified deadlines.
  2. Performs research using primary and secondary resources.
  3. Maintains broad understanding of significant American objects, stories, and lives that are relevant to the strategic initiatives and brand voice of The Henry Ford.
  4. Maintains broad understanding of The Henry Ford’s collections.
  5. Keeps abreast of the latest scholarship on historical, material culture, and digitization issues relating to museum collections, as well as developments in the fields of content strategy, content marketing, and social media
  6. Practices a high standard of public history using the best scholarship and practices to create accessible, digitally-delivered products for the diverse audiences served by The Henry Ford.
  7. Helps refine broad strategic goals (sometimes from multiple sources) and general ideas into specific content creation plans.
  8. Coordinates content creation projects and tracks associated collections items and media assets.
  9. Leads and participates effectively in teams and contributes to the effective team management of all problems, issues and opportunities.
  10. Acts as team player and provides expertise within teams as appropriate.
  11. Other duties as required.

Minimum Requirements
Requires a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in American history, material culture, information studies, museum studies, or a related field. At least 1 – 2 years of training or experience handling historical material desirable.  At least 1–2 years’ experience writing and/or creating digital content desirable.  Familiarity with museum collection databases essential. Familiarity with standard cataloging theories and practice. Familiarity with key digital content concepts such as content strategy, SEO strategy, social media, and analytics.  Experience with tagged content a plus.  Accuracy and attention to detail; excellent writing, editing, coordination, and verbal communications skills.  Adept with technology, including the Microsoft Office suite, and familiar with content management systems.

Special Skills
Proven ability to research and interpret American social and cultural history through material culture; experience in interpreting museum collections preferred; ability to work both independently and in a team-based environment; ability to work on multiple projects at a time.

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Job Posting: Curatorial Assistant for Special Exhibits and Publications, Harvard Art Museums, MA

School/Unit: Harvard Art Museums
Department: Division of European and American Art

Duties & Responsibilities:
The Curatorial Assistant for Special Exhibitions and Publications provides organizational, research, logistical, and clerical support for the development and production of special exhibitions and their connected publications, interpretive materials and programs, and for major collections catalogues in the Division of European and American Art.
The Curatorial Assistant position is an opportunity for individuals to gain or further develop curatorial experience to advance their career in museums.

Please note: This is a two year term position.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Provides general curatorial assistance in the planning, organization, and implementation of exhibitions and related publications and programs, including logistical and research support in the preparation of checklists, loan requests, exhibition catalogues, didactic materials, interpretive labels, and other exhibition related materials.
  • Provides organizational support for the preparation and publication of major catalogues of the permanent collections in digital and printed format, including creating checklists, acting as liaison with outside authors, coordinating photography and other imaging, and verifying object and provenance information.
  • Coordinates and supports project specific contributions to major grant driven initiatives connected to assigned exhibitions and publications, assisting with the preparation of grant proposals, fundraising narratives, and project budgets.
  • Contributes to the development of and assists with the production of online content related to assigned exhibitions and publications.
  • Acts as a source of information about assigned exhibitions and publications to internal and external stakeholders including students, faculty, visiting scholars, artists, collectors, dealers, and staff involved in the exhibition and publication production.
  • Works in close collaboration with Editorial, Design, and Collections Management departments and also coordinates regularly with the Division of Academic and Public Programs, Communications, Conservation Center, Archives, Digital Images and Visual Resources, Information Technology, and institutional Advancement departments.
  • Provides clerical and administrative support connected to assigned exhibitions and publications as needed, including correspondence and mailings, organizing and documenting meetings and conference calls, and preparing materials for presentations including PowerPoint presentations.
  • Performs other related duties as required.

Basic Qualifications:
Bachelor’s degree with background in European and/ or American art history and culture, Renaissance to the present.

Additional Qualifications:
Museum experience strongly preferred. Master’s degree or work toward master’s preferred. Solid art-historical research skills and strong written and verbal communications skills. Excellent organizational and interpersonal skills. Strong computer skills, especially word processing and database skills; ability to learn new applications and procedures as required, prior knowledge of TMS an asset. Accuracy with detail and ability to follow through on projects despite interruptions. Knowledge of at least one relevant language preferred. Must be flexible, punctual, and able to function well both independently and as part of a team.

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