Cummer Museum Hiring, Apply Now!
Dr. Johnnetta Betsch Cole Assistant/Associate/Curator Position
Compensation: $44,000 – $81,000
The Museum’s mission is to engage and inspire through the arts, gardens, and education. The Museum offers 2.5 acres of historically significant gardens, listed in the National Register of Historic Places and maintains one of the most significant collections of European and American art in the Southeast, consisting of approximately 5,000 objects with dates of origin ranging from 2000 B.C. to the present. The strength of the collection is European (1300-1920) and American (1800-1940) paintings, but representative examples of ancient Mediterranean art, Japanese art, and 20th century American art are included in the collection. The Museum also features one of the three finest collections of early manufacture (1710-1750) Meissen porcelain in the world.
Reporting to the J. Wayne & Delores Barr Weaver Chief Curator, the Dr. Cole Curator will help drive the reinterpretation of the Museum’s permanent collection via a range of in-person and digital channels. With visitor experience in mind, this will involve acquiring strategic loans and curating thematic gallery installations that delve into significant and relevant subjects. They will collaborate with various departments and be involved in creating innovative programming and brand awareness. Additionally, the Dr. Cole Curator will contribute to our goal to ignite community, regional, and national engagement.
This position may be hired at the Assistant Curator | Associate Curator | Curator level, depending on the qualifications and experience of selected candidate. Compensation will be in line with the level of the position.
- Master’s degree in art history (Ph.D. preferred) or a related field, with a principal focus on 19th/20th century American art but interests that reach across countries and chronologies.
- For Curator role: Five plus years of professional work experience in a museum developing projects with community relevance and appeal in addition to art historical merit.
- For Associate Curator role: Three to five years of professional work experience in a museum.
- For Assistant Curator role: At least two years of professional work experience in a museum.
- Must possess advanced research skills, including, but not limited to, primary and secondary research on artworks and artists, historical exhibitions and events, and key figures.
- Knowledge of the methods, techniques, and procedures involved in the interpretation and exhibition of art for diverse audiences.
- Strong written/oral communication skills and public speaking abilities.
- Ability to communicate effectively with a wide variety of people.
- Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff, visitors, volunteers, donors, collectors, professional colleagues, and other members of the museum community.
- Demonstrated ability to conduct original research that results in published scholarly materials.
- Strong organizational, planning, and research skills.
- Must have excellent work habits, including a willingness to work the hours necessary to get the job done especially when important deadlines cause greater than normal departmental pressures.
- Willingness to work flexible hours including mornings, evenings, and weekends.
- Valid Florida driver’s license.
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