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This position is full-time and works approximately 37.5 hours per week.
Department Name/Job Location:
This position is in the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum. This position is for the Danforth Campus in the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts.
The Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum in the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis seeks an Associate Curator with a specialty in 19th- and early 20th-century art to join the curatorial team of this dynamic university art museum. Founded in 1881, the Kemper Art Museum is nationally accredited with an internationally renowned collection of predominantly modern and contemporary European and American art. Primary responsibilities of the position include the research, exhibition, interpretation, publication, and development of the Museum’s permanent collection and temporary exhibitions. The successful candidate will bring established expertise in the field of modern and early modern art, proven experience with curatorial practices, and a demonstrated interest in advancing art historical scholarship and the educational mission of university museums. This candidate will also possess the ability to collaborate on interdisciplinary exhibitions and related projects with faculty across campus, especially in the Sam Fox School and the University’s Department of Art History & Archaeology in Arts & Sciences. The Associate Curator recommends acquisitions; plays an active role in fundraising; develops relations with collectors, donors, and the public; and helps prioritize and achieve short- and long-range institutional goals. This position represents the Museum, the School, and the University locally, nationally, and internationally. The Associate Curator is a senior staff position reporting to the Director and Chief Curator.
PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Research, develop, coordinate, and execute special exhibitions based on the permanent collection and loans with an emphasis on 19th- and early 20th-century art; research and write scholarly publications related to special exhibitions and the collection.
Disseminate research through teaching, public lectures, and internal and external publications.
Assist the Director and Chief Curator with the development of the permanent collection, including acquisitions, deaccessions, and collection management.
Participate in short- and long-term strategic planning and prioritizing and advancing institutional goals.
Participate in interdisciplinary initiatives of the Sam Fox School; develop relations and programming with academic units across the University, including serving as curatorial liaison with faculty, curators, and outside contributors.
Oversee special exhibition and related project budgets; research and write exhibition grants.
Ph.D. in art history with expertise in 19th- and early 20th-century art.
Three years of museum experience with progressively responsible curatorial experience.
Demonstrated excellence in acquisitions, exhibitions, and scholarly museum publications.
Proficiency in one or more foreign languages appropriate to the field of scholarship with fluency.
Familiarity with international contemporary art.
Commitment to work within a university setting.
Ability to collaborate with university faculty, museum staff, professional colleagues, and museum supporters to achieve institutional goals.
Excellent written and oral communication skills.
Proven success in advancing art historical scholarship through original and creative research and writing.
The hiring range for this position is $52,943 - $68,816 annually.
All external candidates receiving an offer for employment will be required to submit to pre-employment screening for this position. Current employees applying for a new position within the university may be subject to this requirement. The screenings will include a criminal background check and, as applicable for the position, other background checks, drug screen, employment and education or licensure/certification verification, physical examination, certain vaccinations and/or governmental registry checks. All offers are contingent upon successful completion of required screening.
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