Job Opening – Prince Trust Curator, Prints and Drawings (09/2012)

2012 September 2

The Art Institute of Chicago
Chicago, Illinois


The Art Institute of Chicago is currently seeking an experienced curator who will take primary responsibility for assessing collection and recommending acquisitions in areas of specialty. Recommends and helps implement deaccessions. Recommends exhibitions for the museum’s exhibition program; develops and implements departmental and major traveling exhibitions. Takes primary responsibility for rotating installations in Allerton galleries in areas of specialty. Performs art historical research and writing on the collection and in areas of specialty. In absence of Department Chair, conducts weekly staff meetings to review departmental priorities. With Department Chair, supervises Collection Manager in the cataloging of the collection and loan-related matters (especially couriers and insurance values). Takes primary responsibility for coordinating certain internal department functions, including the implementation of communication, information, and scheduling systems. Oversees departmental equipment expenditures.  Serves as department liaison to Protection Services, Museum Shop, and Rights and Reproductions. Supervises all matters pertaining to the operation and policy of the Print Study Room. Provides training and mentoring to junior staff, as needed. Takes primary responsibility for intern and volunteer programs, staff training, and photography of permanent collection. Curates and administers the medieval manuscript collection, and the artist’s book collection in Ryerson Library.  Gives public and scholarly lectures. Organizes museum events such as symposia and trips.  Works with donors and collectors; raises funds for departmental acquisitions and activities. Writes grants for exhibitions, internships, and other museum projects (sometimes in conjunction with other departments). Represents the museum in media interviews, at professional conferences, on government panels, and in professional organizations. In the absence of the Department Chair, represents the department at Senior Managers meetings.


Ph.D. in Art History (or comparable experience and history of scholarly publications).  Minimum of 8-10 years of museum (or related) experience.  A strong record of scholarly publications in the field of American or European works on paper.  Experience handling prints and drawings and in-depth knowledge of printmaking and drawing techniques.

Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Must be well-versed in the intellectual discourse and history of prints and drawings. Must be also able to propose, manage, and produce captivating exhibitions that will inspire and educate the public. Must be able to develop related informative and critical writing and oral presentations that are scholarly yet accessible to a broad public, and expand the ways the public experiences art.

Up-to-date knowledge and active participation in academic discourse in area of specialty and participation in appropriate professional organizations (e.g. CAA, AAMC).

Active familiarity with the international art market and notable track record in terms of acquisitions. Interest in and ability to work with Development in the cultivation of donors.

Demonstrated administrative, managerial, and people skills. Experience supervising and mentoring student interns and overseeing a study center.

Willingness and record of working collaboratively with departments museum-wide and with partner organizations.  Experience with and interest in collaborating with conservators and conservation scientists. A team player; demonstrating a natural ability to contribute to a cooperative departmental culture.

Proficiency in French and at least one other European language.

Please submit letter of interest, writing sample, curriculum vitae, and 3 references.

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The Art Institute of Chicago is an equal opportunity, equal access employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce.

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