The Worcester Art Museum seeks an exceptional Curator of American Art to lead a distinctive program centered upon the Museum's significant American collections, especially in the areas of Colonial and Federal portraiture, Colonial and Federal silver, including work designed by Paul Revere, mid-to-late nineteenth-century sculpture, Gilded Age painting, with a particular focus on American Impressionism, early twentieth-century photography and prints, including deep holdings by Abstract Expressionist artists. This position is supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Guided by the Museum's global perspective, vision statement, and strategic plan, the Curator of American Art will shape the reinstallation of the American collections and develop a dynamic range of exhibitions, publications, and programs, meant to increase WAM's audiences for American art, contribute original scholarship to the field, and enhance patronage for both the curatorial program and the entire museum. The Curator of American Art will work collaboratively with colleagues to create meaningful connections by integrating collections across departments and media. Activities will include shaping the American collection by recommending acquisitions, proposing strategic deaccessioning, soliciting gifts, and cultivating patronage.
The Curator of American Art will lead exhibition project teams, collaborating with other curators as well as Education, Design, Conservation, Registration, and Marketing staff to ensure that projects meet the highest professional standards while fostering the museum's values of innovation, relevance, and audience engagement. The Curator will also work closely with Development to acquire resources necessary to sustain and enhance exhibitions, publications, and acquisitions, as well as support the museum's broader cultivation efforts and campaigns. In addition, the Curator of American Art will create opportunities for interdisciplinary collaborations with the area's many cultural and educational institutions, including the American Antiquarian Society and the many colleges and universities in and around Worcester. The Curator will also have the opportunity to hire a curatorial assistant designated for American art, supported by the Luce Foundation.
The candidate must be experienced in project planning, management, and implementation, possess strong interpersonal skills, be an excellent communicator, and be willing to work flexibly as a part of a larger, senior-level curatorial team. A PhD is strongly preferred, as are a broad knowledge of art history, five or more years of curatorial experience, and expertise in American art from the seventeenth to the twentieth century.
Centrally located in New England, Worcester is an hour from Boston, Providence, and Hartford, an hour and a half from the Berkshires, three hours from New York City, and is convenient to Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine.
Qualified applicants please send CV and cover letter to the Director of Human Resources, Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury Street, Worcester MA, 01609, or email documents to firstname.lastname@example.org by June 2, 2014. Early applications are encouraged. We pledge to conduct a confidential search.
The Worcester Art Museum is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity.