Job Opening – Associate Curator/ Curator (05/2012)

2012 May 28

Cincinnati Art Museum
Cincinnati, Ohio

The Cincinnati Art Museum is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Associate Curator/ Curator of European Paintings and Sculptures.  Curatorial rank will be commensurate upon experience and education.

Responsibilities: The Curator or Associate Curator of European Painting & Sculpture will have overall responsibility for the stewardship and development of the museums extensive holdings of European paintings, sculpture, and all works on paper except prints and photographs.  The person in this position will research, interpret, acquire, conserve, and educate by performing the following duties:

– Demonstrates curatorial responsibility for all art objects within the aegis of the curatorial department, and works in cooperation with other curators where departmental responsibilities for art objects overlap, for example with prints, photographs, or contemporary art or where an artist is ascribed dual nationalities.

– Cares for, researches, documents, exhibits, preserves (in consultation with the Conservation Department), and publishes works of art in the permanent collection, including those in storage or display.

– Responsible for the generation of temporary exhibitions, whether from concept or by assignment, organized by the Cincinnati Art Museum or by another institution.  Exhibitions involve organizing, researching, writing, supervising and/or coordinating details such as lectures, catalogues, brochures, labels, installation, photography, gallery tours, publicity, fund raising, presentations on the exhibition topic, selection and negotiation of loans, hosting lenders and artists, and preparation of and adherence to budgets.  Museum procedures have to be followed, and all activities have to be coordinated with all relevant existing divisions such as: Museum Services, Development, Marketing and Communications, and Learning and Interpretation.

– Lectures and writes on works of art in the Cincinnati Art Museums permanent collection (s) for scholarly meetings and/or publications, or general and particularized programs within the Cincinnati Art Museum, for books, newspapers, and general publications, all within the limits of curatorial specialties and based on or related to the permanent collections of the Cincinnati Art Museum.  Where necessary, all writing (e.g., grant writing, journal writing, brochure texts) must be coordinated with the proper division, such as Learning and Interpretation, Institutional Advancement, or Marketing and Communications.

– Seeks and recommends new acquisitions of gifts or purchases within the curatorial specialties or the permanent collections, including scholarly research and background material to justify consideration of a given art object or objects and prepares acquisition worksheets.  Gifts and purchases are recommended by the curator to the Deputy Director, Curatorial Affairs, who recommends them to the Director and ultimately the Collections and Acquisitions Committee of the Board.  No works of art may be purchased or accepted as gifts without the Directors and the Boards approval.

– Furnishes consultation and advice on art matters to other museums, public and private collectors, at no time suggesting financial appraisals.

– Installs and labels works of art in the permanent collections in concert with the divisions of Learning and Interpretation and Museum Services.

– Responsible for division, maintaining and adhering to all relative budgets, including those related to permanent installations, temporary exhibitions, the department and special projects.

– Where applicable, supervises departmental staff, including volunteers.

– Responsible for docent training, public lectures, gallery talks, and press education for selected projects in coordination with the divisions of institutional Advancement, Learning and Interpretation and Marketing and Communications.

– Supports the fund-raising and public relations efforts of the Cincinnati Art Museum, in coordination with the divisions of Institutional Advancement and Marketing and Communications

– Serves as liaison between the Cincinnati Art Museum and departmental visiting committees and other groups with special interest in or support of the department.

– Represents museum at social and civic events.

– Serves on various committees or panels, and attends meetings demanded by the position.

– Acts as courier in U.S. and abroad in coordination with the division of Museum Services.

– Attends conferences and lectures, and visits museums and dealers in U.S. and abroad.

– Performs other miscellaneous duties as assigned by the Chief Curator.

Requirements: M.A. in Art History (Ph.D. preferred) with a minimum of five years relevant professional experience in the field.

The Associate/ Curator of European Painting and Sculpture must demonstrate a proven ability to work collaboratively with others to achieve institutional objectives.  Must possess a broad familiarity with European Art, from the late middle ages to the early twentieth century, with a specialty focus within these parameters; a demonstrated knowledge of museum practices; excellent written and oral communication skills; good working knowledge of database, word processing, and other relevant computer programs; and a commitment to both scholarship and working with diverse public constituencies; ability to present information effectively and respond to questions from museum staff, donors, members of the museum, and the general public.  The Curator of European Painting & Sculpture must also be able to create and manage program budgets.

Interested applicants should send cover letter, resume, and salary requirements to: Cincinnati Art Museum, Attention: Human Resources Department, 953 Eden Park Drive, Cincinnati, OH 45202, Email resumes to: or Fax resumes: 513.639.2932

Position will be open until filled.

The Cincinnati Art Museum is an equal opportunity employer and is strongly committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment where a variety of backgrounds, cultures, orientations, ideas, and talents can flourish.

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