Curator of Fine Arts
The CURATOR OF FINE ARTS is a motivated, highly collaborative, dynamic professional who serves as Head of the Fine Arts Department. S/he provides vision, long range planning, staff management, and collection oversight. S/he embraces CMOA’s mission to create experiences that connect people to art, ideas, and one another. Staff includes an assistant curator, occasional interns and volunteers, as well as project-specific staff.
The Curator is the primary person responsible for the presentation, loan, and development of CMOA’s collection, comprising over 9,000 paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings, and watercolors created before 1945, with notable strengths in19th and early 20th century American and European paintings and sculpture, old master prints, and over 2,500 Japanese prints. S/he organizes/co-organizes original collection- and loan-based temporary exhibitions; identifies borrowed exhibitions for presentation at CMOA; oversees gallery rotations of the permanent collection; conducts research, interprets art works, creates visitor-centered experiences for the museum’s audiences; shapes the collection through gifts and purchases; and evaluates and assesses holdings as part of an overall collections plan, including deaccessioning.
The Curator cultivates and maintains strategic relationships with regional, national, and international museum colleagues, CMOA Board, prospective donors, and affinity groups. S/he nurtures relationships and partnerships with local organizations to increase awareness of CMOA and expand its base of supporters; actively participates in fundraising and audience development efforts; as manager of the department, formulates and adheres to operating and exhibition budgets; represents the museum through lectures, juries, events, and publications, locally, nationally, and internationally.
Qualifications & Requirements EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE: The position requires a Master’s Degree or PhD in art history or other relevant field, along with at least five years of progressively responsible curatorial experience in an accredited art museum. The candidate must have a track record of superior curatorial achievement in the areas of acquisitions, exhibitions, and publications in American, European, and/or Japanese art, in a variety of media, dating from the 14th through the 19th century. Area(s) of specialization should be relevant to the collection. Deep knowledge of curatorial practice and standards across collecting fields and specialties is essential.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, ABILITIES: S/he must have strong interpersonal and problem-solving capabilities, including the ability to be an effective leader, motivator, and team member. Enthusiasm, creativity, and excellent oral and written communication skills are essential. Willingness to create experiences with collaborative, cross-departmental, visitor-centered strategies for engaging audiences is key. S/he must be eager to assume a role within the local community, and within the national and international art world. Ability to read at least one language (other than English) relevant to the collection is preferred; Knowledge of provenance research/documentation methods and standards is advantageous. Proficiency with Microsoft Office, standard business software, and basic office equipment is required. The Curator will be expected to gain familiarity with KEmu, CMOA’s collection’s management system.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Work is primarily sedentary in nature.