Job Opening – Curator (01/2011)

2011 January 13

The Pauline Gill Sullivan Assistant/Associate Curator of American Art
Dallas Museum of Art
Dallas, Texas

Reports to: Senior Curator of European and American Art/The Barbara Thomas Lemmon Curator of European Art

Division: Curatorial

Department: Department of European and American Art

Classification: Exempt, Full-time

Date: January 2011

The Dallas Museum of Art is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Qualified minority applicants are strongly encouraged to apply.

Scope of Position

The Pauline Gill Sullivan Assistant/Associate Curator of American Art is responsible for collections, exhibitions, programs, staff, and material resources of the department whose purview includes collections of American and Latin American paintings, sculptures, and graphic arts prior to 1945. The position reports to the Senior Curator of European and American Art and works in close association with The Eugene McDermott Director. The scope of the position includes collaboration with other curatorial staff and members of the Education and Exhibitions and Collections divisions.

Essential Functions

  • Conceives and implements plans for the development, exhibition, care, and research/publication of the Museum’s American art collections.
  • Conceives and organizes installations from the DMA’s collection and for special exhibitions, including publications and interpretive resources.
  • Identifies and presents traveling exhibitions from their selection through installation.
  • Performs scholarly research and writing for catalogues of the permanent collection, exhibitions, and related materials.
  • Recommends and acquires new works for the collection through purchase and gift which represent the highest standards of connoisseurship.
  • Acquires works of art in accordance with the policies and procedures of the DMA and the American Association of Art Curatorial Code of Ethics and the Code of Ethics of the Dallas Museum of Art.
  • Working in close collaboration with the Senior Curator of European and American Art and Associate Curator of European Art, assumes leadership role for the department and within the curatorial division and participates on interdivisional teams to further the goals and programs of the Museum.
  • Collaborates with the Exhibitions and Collections Division to assure communication and completion of institutional projects within defined budgets.
  • Collaborates 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.
  • Develops and maintains 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.
  • Encourages the development of private collections with the long-range goal of enhancing the Museum’s holdings.
  • Assists with fundraising and public relations efforts to support and promote departmental and museum activities.
  • Continues professional development, including contributing to the field by participating in appropriate art historical, scholarly, museum, and arts organizations.
  • Conforms to the AAMD and AAMC codes of ethics governing the museum profession.
  • Works with the Senior Curator of European and American Art and Associate Curator of European Art to develop operating, exhibition, and program budgets.
  • Assists in monitoring and maintaining budget responsibility for the department and its projects.
  • Adheres to museum policies and supports management decisions in a positive, professional manner.
  • Supervises shared curatorial administrative assistant and interns, in conjunction with other curators in department.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • M.A. or Ph.D. in American Art History or comparable field, with a specialization in art of the post bellum period through the first half of the 20th century strongly preferred.
  • Two to five years curatorial or equivalent experience.
  • Experience working on acquisitions through gifts and purchases preferred.
  • Experience working on national travelling exhibitions preferred.
  • Knowledge of the market for American art and national network of dealers preferred.
  • Ability to work collaboratively on projects with internal and external teams.
  • Ability and initiative to recommend solutions and solve problems.
  • Computer literacy to work on the museum’s content management systems, the museums Microsoft Office system and the electronic archival systems.
  • Willing to work flexible schedule including evenings and weekends when needed.

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