Assistant Curator of Decorative Arts
The Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) seeks an Assistant Curator of Decorative Arts for the Department of American Painting & Sculpture and Decorative Arts. The Assistant Curator will join the Curator in a department holding approximately 14,000 objects, and which is focused on engaging with issues of diversity and inclusion in the presentation of art in the American Wing as we fashion a dynamic civic and cultural identity for the Museum.
The ideal candidate will be a team-oriented colleague who will assist with the care, interpretation, and growth of our extensive collection of decorative arts, with holdings of works from North America and Europe from the seventeenth through twenty-first centuries. S/he will be interested in exploring the changing nature of museums and new approaches to audience engagement, and will seize opportunities to be creative, experimental, and innovative.
This full-time, exempt position reports to the Curator of American Art, and will also work closely with colleagues across the Museum in developing gallery displays, exhibitions, and publications; proposing acquisitions; and engaging with diverse audiences.
Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
• Support the overall exhibition, collection, and educational program of the American Art department.
• Assist with the planning, organization, and coordination of exhibitions, installations, and loans.
• Research and propose permanent collection reinstallations and exhibitions to present our collection in a transnational and inclusive context.
• Conduct TMS database record-keeping on decorative arts collection objects, including the cataloguing of new acquisitions and the augmentation of existing records.
• Make acquisition recommendations to the Curator as well as research, write justifications for, and present new acquisitions.
• Support the interpretation of the collection: research and write wall labels and other supporting texts, conduct research, deliver gallery talks.
• Respond to public inquiries regarding the collection, via phone, email, or mail.
• Assist with fundraising, grant writing, and donor development in support of department projects.
Qualifications & Requirements QUALIFICATIONS
• Graduate degree (M.A. expected, Ph.D. preferred), with specialization in American decorative arts, or related fields or equivalent professional experience
• 3 to 5 years of experience in a museum or comparable institution
• Demonstrated scholarly ability through publications, conference papers, or other activities
• Previous experience with object-based, archival, and provenance research
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills
• Strong organizational and research skills
• Collaborative by nature, flexible and helpful
• Self-directed and motivated
• Familiarity with Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook, internet research databases, The Museum System (TMS)
The BMA is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We are committed to building a culturally diverse staff and strongly encourage all qualified professionals to apply.
We offer a competitive salary and a generous benefits package. For this exempt position we offer medical, dental, vision, prescription, 403b retirement plan, long term disability, flexible spending account, flexible and condensed scheduling, museum and restaurant discounts, and reduced fee gym membership. We also offer accrued vacation, holidays, personal days, floating holidays, and sick days.
Please send a cover letter with salary requirements and resume to HR@artbma.org with “Assistant Curator of Decorative Arts” your first and last name in the subject line.
Incomplete application materials will not be considered.
Founded in 1914, The Baltimore Museum of Art is a major cultural destination recognized for engaging diverse audiences through dynamic exhibitions and innovative educational and community outreach programs.
The BMA’s internationally renowned collection of 95,000 objects encompasses more than 1,000 works by Henri Matisse anchored by the famed Cone Collection of modern art, as well as one of the nation’s finest holdings of prints, drawings, and photographs. The galleries showcase an exceptional collection of art from Africa; important works by established and emerging contemporary artists; outstanding European and American paintings, sculpture, and decorative arts; ancient Antioch mosaics; and exquisite textiles from around the world.
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