Senior Curator of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs


The Senior Curator oversees the Museum’s collections of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs and the work of the department’s curatorial staff, including, but not limited to, collections planning and development, research, installations, exhibitions, publications, acquisitions, deaccessioning, loans, etc.  As a member of the Museum’s curatorial staff, the Senior Curator is expected to participate in all aspects of the work of the Museum to enable it to fulfill its mission and to maintain the highest standards of scholarship, connoisseurship, and professional practices in the field.

Specifically, you will…

Cooperate with the other members of the Museum’s curatorial, education, and administrative staff, to achieve the mission of the institution and its strategic objectives. Work closely with the Museum’s conservation, collections management, information and interpretive technology, and design and installation staffs to ensure that the works of art in the department’s care are properly documented, conserved when treatment is needed, stored in a safe and accessible manner, published and interpreted online, and effectively displayed in the Museum’s galleries for the enjoyment and education of the public, and made available to students and scholars for research in the department’s study room. With the relevant members of the department’s curatorial staff, review and provide recommendations on loan requests received by the Museum. In consultation with the department’s curators develop plans and direct research on the collection or on related topics.  This research may be utilized for a variety of purposes, such as the development of exhibitions and public programming, the enrichment of the Museum’s collections database and interpretive materials in the galleries and for presentation in collections catalogues, scholarly articles, public lectures, and symposia, etc. Work collaboratively with the department’s curators and Education division on the development and production of interpretive materials related to the collection, such as object labels, introductory text panels, gallery and audio guides, and educational computing tools—and on the content and presentational strategies developed for public programs and distance learning programs. Organize and/or supervise the planning and presentation of special exhibitions by the Prints, Drawings, and Photographs department, either individually or in collaboration with colleagues from the PMA or peer institutions. This work should be understood as encompassing every aspect of the development and implementation of special exhibitions, from initial project planning and research to participation in budgeting and resource development, the production of the catalogue, the creation of the installation design and a marketing plan to promote the exhibition, and the development and presentation of interpretive programs that will accompany it. Identify and recommend works of art in his/her area of responsibility to be acquired for the collection and provide supporting documentation (e.g., the historical and aesthetic significance of the objects, the history of their ownership, and their state of conservation) to justify their acquisition by gift or purchase. Assess and approve gifts and purchases made by other curators in her/his department. Consult with the Museum’s library staff on acquisitions and the development of bibliographic resources in her/his area of responsibility. Periodically assesses the area of the collection for which s/he is responsible and make recommendations for the disposition of works of art that should not be retained. Prepare and implement a professional development plan that will enable her/him and departmental staff to keep up-to-date on scholarship and curatorial developments in the field and address any agreed-upon professional needs (e.g., managerial training, communications skills, etc.).

Your diverse background includes…

Ph.D. preferred but not required, with a minimum of ten years of relevant experience in the field, including some administrative and managerial experience. Broad familiarity with the graphic arts and, more specifically, a detailed knowledge of the history of prints, or drawings, or photographs. A proven record of research and curatorial achievement (e.g., the development and coordination of exhibitions, the acquisition of works of art, and collections research) in her/his specific field of interest. Demonstrated ability to work successfully with others—museum staff, volunteers, and diverse public constituencies—to achieve institutional objectives. Broad knowledge of museum practices in the related fields of education and public programs, conservation, collections management, budget management, marketing, and development and external affairs. Excellent written and oral communication skills. Ability to work with databases, word processing, and other computing tools that the staff is expected to use on a regular basis.

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