Job Opening – Curatorial Assistant, Asian Art (07/2012)

2012 July 4

Stanford University
Stanford, California

Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center For Visual Arts
At Stanford University

Curatorial Assistant, Asian Art, 75% to FTE

The curatorial assistant reports to the Patrick J.J. Maveety Curator of Asian Art, and is responsible for assisting the curator in all aspects of the Asian collection, particularly its management, research, exhibitions, education, and development. The curatorial assistant will provide support for the organization of original and loan exhibitions; the maintenance of the permanent collection, including record keeping and new acquisitions; and the management of departmental activities including research, programs, education, public affairs, and development.
This position is fixed term for 1 year.

The curatorial assistant’s responsibilities include:

1. Exhibition Planning
a. Works with Asian art curator in locating and selecting objects
b. Communicates with lenders and participants in loan shows
c. Collaborates with the CAC’s public relations and education staff
d. Participating in the gallery renovation at the CAC

2. Collection Management
a. Answers public and scholarly inquiries
b. Arranges student and visitor access to collection
c. Works with registrars to maintain accurate records in database
d. Catalogues permanent collection and new acquisitions
e. Assists in planning rotations in galleries

3. Publications
a. Prepares press releases, educational materials
b. Carries out scholarly research on collection and exhibitions
c. Secures photographs and transparencies for the Center collection and exhibition projects
d. Collaborates with rights and reproductions manager and other CAC staff to obtain proper permissions for

4. Education
a. Prepares labels for permanent collection galleries and loan exhibitions
b. Supports all educational efforts including writing of brochures, presentation of lectures, symposia, and films
c. Assists in the training of docents

5. General Curatorial And Clerical Support
a. Answers routine correspondence, fax, telephone, email
b. Conducts library research as directed
c. Other duties as requested


Background in art history and archaeology. M.A., Ph.D in process, or equivalent museum experience. Expertise in the arts of Asia with a strong interest in Chinese and/or Japanese arts a must. Established fieldwork, research, publications, and curatorial experience in Asian art related areas, with a knowledge in both traditional and contemporary Asian arts desirable. Fluency in Macintosh computer, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Power Point, Adobe Photoshop, and FileMaker Pro. Command of English and very good writing skills, with excellent grammar, punctuation, and proofreading. Able to read, word-process, and conduct research in Chinese and/or Japanese. Curatorial assistant must be self-motivated, flexible, have a desire to learn, and be willing to manage multiple tasks in an active and evolving department. Candidate should be reliable, punctual, and possess good interpersonal skills.

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