The Worcester Art Museum seeks a dynamic Director of Curatorial Affairs with a specialty in European art. Applicants with expertise from the early Renaissance to 1945 are encouraged to apply.
Founded in 1898, the Museum has a highly distinguished art collection of about 38,000 objects. Thanks to gifts and generous acquisition funds, WAM has proudly developed considerable strengths in European, American, and Asian Art, as well as the ancient Mediterranean and the ancient Americas; the Museum is also known for its superlative collection of works on paper. The recent acquisition of 2000 objects from the Higgins Collection of arms and armor, which ranks second in the Americas only to the Metropolitan Museum, has galvanized WAM's ambition to redefine its institutional narrative to better serve its core constituencies in central Massachusetts and the greater Boston area. The Director of Curatorial Affairs will play a key role in shaping that new narrative, overseeing the endeavor to merge the installations of European and American art, and redistribute galleries in connection with an ambitious campus master plan. In that strategic context s/he will also take a leading role in shaping the Museum's collecting efforts, both by soliciting strategic gifts and by developing a systematic approach to acquisitions.
Guided by the Museum's new mission statement - connecting visitors, communities, and cultures via the experience of art - the Director of Curatorial Affairs and James A. Welu Curator of European Art will be part of the leadership team, supervising the Chief Conservator - the Fuller Conservation Lab is among the most important of its kind - as well as a high-performing curatorial team. Supported by a Curatorial Assistant, this position reports directly to the C. Jean and Myles McDonough Director, assists in Board engagement, notably by participating in Board meetings and liaising with the Collections Committee.
Working collaboratively across all Museum departments, the successful candidate will focus on balancing financial imperatives with an impact on audiences, developing appealing projects with scholarly excellence, while enhancing patronage for both the curatorial program and the entire institution. Activities will also include soliciting gifts, working with Advancement to attract resources for the realization of exhibitions and publications, as well as supporting the museum's broader cultivation efforts and campaigns. A strong commitment to interpreting and presenting works of art to a broad and diverse audience is essential, as is the capacity to lead and motivate a team and work seamlessly with all museum support services.
The successful candidate will foster interdisciplinary collaborations with the area's many cultural and educational institutions, notably the American Antiquarian Society and the 13 colleges and universities in and around Worcester. Proficiency in management and project planning and implementation are imperative, as is direct experience with interpreting works of art to a broad audience. Strong interpersonal skills are a must, as is an excellent capacity to communicate, and the willingness to work flexibly as a part of a larger, leadership team. A Ph.D. is strongly preferred, as are a broad knowledge of art history, five or more years of curatorial experience, and expertise in European art, with areas of strength between the early Renaissance and 1945.
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. The city is going through a Renaissance as it becomes a major player in the broader Boston area.
Qualified applicants please submit CV and cover letter to: workforcenow.adp.com by January 26, 2018. Early applications are encouraged. We pledge to conduct a confidential search.
The Worcester Art Museum is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity.