Job Opening – Curator of Contemporary Art Collection (08/2012)

2012 August 13

Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation
Portland, Oregon

Full Time

Primary Responsibilities

Since 1995, Jordan Schnitzer and the Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation have organized over 80 exhibitions of prints and multiples by the leading contemporary artists in the United States, which has travelled to over 50 museums. The Collection, which consists of over 7,000 objects is primarily made up of contemporary prints and multiples, but also includes significant holdings of Contemporary Pacific Northwest Art and a significant collection of contemporary glass by the leading national and international glass artists. The print collection is comprised of work by over 250 artists including substantial holdings of Warhol, Lichtenstein, Johns, Nauman, Ruscha, Walker, Dine, Frankenthaler, Motherwell, Arnoldi, Close, Kelly, Stella, etc…

In addition to organizing traveling exhibits, which are loaned to universities, regional and major art museums at no charge, the Foundation also funds educational art programs, printmakers-in-residence programs, funding for school children to visit museums, and other educational and cultural programs that enhance the travelling exhibitions. The Foundation has also published books on Lichtenstein, John Buck, Baldessari, and most recently produced the updated catalogue raisonné of Ellsworth Kelly and the companion book, Letters to Ellsworth.

This position will primarily focus on working with curators of other museums and arranging and organizing future exhibitions, as well as related publications including gallery guides, future books and catalogue raisonnés. The curator will also be responsible for administrating contracts, schedules, and budgets for the exhibition program in collaboration with the Collection Manager.

The applicant should also enjoy giving talks to students and other audiences about these exhibitions.

Job Expectations

• To work in conjunction with the Foundation President and Collections Manager to initiate and develop the exhibitions program and related projects, including the publication of exhibition catalogs.
• To research artists and current issues within contemporary visual arts and to cultivate collaboration and networking with other curators, galleries, museums, and arts organizations regionally, nationally, and internationally.
• To work within agreed budgets and ensure the maintenance of accurate and up to date financial reports.
• To demonstrate strong written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills within prescribed deadlines and in a variety of settings.
• To develop interpretation materials, information panels, press releases, brochures, text and media links.
• To keep up-to-date with the latest developments in exhibit concepts, techniques, technology, innovations, and all things new that pertain to the museum exhibitions.
• To assist with and attend exhibition previews

Long-Term Objective

• To further build the reputation of the Collection nationally.
• To help work with the Collection Manager and President to expand the Collection.
• To help support the long-term educational mission of The Collection.

Work Requirements

• Minimum Bachelor’s degree in museum studies, art history or related fields. A Master’s degree is highly desired. A minimum of five years’ working in a similar position for a museum or with a private collection or work experience at Sotheby’s, Christie’s, Bonham’s, etc…
• Must be computer-literate to conduct research, manage projects and communicate with peers.
• Ability to work in a team environment with multiple deadlines.

To be considered for the position, please submit your work experience and resume to Jordan Schnitzer, President of the Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation at jordans@harsch.com.

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