Job Opening – Curatorial Intern (02/2012)

2012 February 13

Public Art Fund
New York, New York

New York’s leading presenter of contemporary art projects seeks a Curatorial Intern

PUBLIC ART FUND is New York’s leading presenter of artists’ projects, new commissions, installations and exhibitions in public spaces. Since 1977, the Public Art Fund has been committed to working with emerging and established artists to produce innovative exhibitions of contemporary art throughout New York City. By bringing artworks outside the traditional context of museums and galleries, the Public Art Fund provides a unique platform for an unparalleled public encounter with the art of our time.

Public Art Fund seeks a graduate student, or senior undergraduate student/recent graduate, to assist with curatorial research, and with the planning of current and upcoming program initiatives, including preparation of presentations, development of checklists, bibliographies, and interpretive materials. The right match for this position will be a highly motivated, intelligent individual with strong written and oral communication skills, organizational skills, ability to manage time efficiently, and handle several projects simultaneously. A professional phone manner, a sense of humor, and an interest and/or knowledge of contemporary art in the public realm are also important. Fluency in French is an important aspect of the development of an upcoming project and candidates with the high level proficiency in reading, writing and speaking French are preferred.

This is an unpaid internship, but can be arranged for school credit. We require at least one day a week for one semester, though we prefer a two-semester commitment with 12 hours per week. Interns receive $25/day for transportation and lunch. Hours and days are negotiable.


• Knowledge of contemporary art and its concepts
• Skilled in compiling research, creating bibliographies, and drafting short texts
• Strong oral, written, organizational, and inter-personal communications skills
• Ability to manage time efficiently
• Computer proficiency is a must, particularly experience with Microsoft Office, Excel, Adobe Photoshop
• Some museum or gallery experience a plus
• Candidates from art history, curatorial studies, urban planning, studio arts and architectural are welcome to apply.

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume marked “CUR INTERN” as soon as possible (position open until filled) to: No phone calls please.

Public Art Fund is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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