Jobs and Internships

Cultural Heritage Analyst for US Dept. of State
The Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural affairs (ECA) administers and manages many different exchanges programs, under the general authority of the Fulbright-Hays Act, along with other Congressional and Executive mandates, in order to promote mutual understanding and linkages between citizens and institutions in the United States, and those overseas. The Cultural Heritage Center (ECA/P/C) requires the services of a full-time contractor Analyst to conduct research and analysis on cultural heritage sites and properties at risk in crisis situations, enter that information into the new heritage sites inventory system maintained by the Department of State, and coordinate ECA’s inter-agency activities with regard to cultural heritage in crisis situations. Read more…

University of Chicago – Position Announcement
The Department of Art History at the University of Chicago seeks (an) art or architectural historian(s) of the Black Atlantic, specializing in any pertinent historical period and in any territory of Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean, North America, Iberia, and/or the more ramified Atlantic world. We are also interested in art or architectural historians working more broadly on race, (post)colonialism, and visual culture in the Atlantic world. The ability to work across fields and subfields is highly desirable, as we expect the successful candidate to collaborate with faculty within and beyond our department. Read more…

Open-Ranked, Tenure Stream Faculty Position in Expressive and Creative Arts and Cultures in Africa and Its Diaspora – The University of Illinois at Chicago’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

The University of Illinois at Chicago’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, in conjunction with the Diaspora Studies Cluster Initiative, is pleased to announce an open-ranked, tenure stream faculty position in Expressive and Creative Arts and Cultures in Africa and Its Diaspora. Read more…


Department of Art History at Skidmore College – Position Announcement

The Department of Art History at Skidmore College invites applications for a full time, one-year position in the history and theory of African, African diaspora, African-American, or Latin American visual/material culture.  Position is for the 2017-18 academic year.  The teaching load is six courses or not less than 20 credits.  PhD and independent teaching experience are required; teaching range should include introductory, intermediate, and advanced courses.

Skidmore College values a strong commitment to teaching excellence in a liberal arts environment, along with an ongoing and rich research program.  Those from diverse racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds are especially encouraged to apply, as well as individuals who have experience teaching and mentoring diverse student populations.Review of applications will begin on June 26, 2017, and continue until position is filled.

Link to application instructions:

https://careers.skidmore.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=58186

(If the link takes you to a welcome page, click ‘Search Postings’ in menu on left, then search for ‘Art History’ in the ‘Department’ category.)


Institut für Kunstgeschichte, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München – Position Announcement

Job: Post-doctoral position (13 TV-L, 100%) at Institut für Kunstgeschichte, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Zentnerstr. 31, D-80798 München
Assignment data: As soon as possible
Deadline for application: March 31, 2017
Salary: 13 TV-L (100%, full time)
Duration: 2 years with the option of one additional year
LMU is recognized as one of Europe’s premier academic and research institutions. The University is situated in the heart of Munich.

Job description
Application is sought for a post-doctoral position (Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiter/in) in the DFG-Project „Fashion and Styles in African Cities. Case Studies from Douala and Lagos” at the LMU Institute for Art History. The project will study the interrelationships between fashion and urbanity using the example of Douala and Lagos. Four case studies, led by Prof. Dr. Kerstin Pinther (LMU), Prof. Dr. Frank Ugiomoh (University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria) und Dr. Basile Ndjio (University of Douala, Kamerun) focus on aesthetics and symbolic aspects of fashion and style and its contextualization as well as medial presentation. In keeping with a spatial turn we inquire into the places of fashion.

The postdoc position is sought for the research project on Douala. It deals with the history, aesthetic and fashion practices in Douala.

Prerequisites
We offer one post-doctoral position of two years starting as soon as possible. After a positive evaluation, the contract can be extended with one more year (a total of three years maximum). The starting salary is in accordance with the requirement of the LMU and depends on the relevant research experience.

You will have an excellent PhD in History of Art, Art Anthropology, African Studies, Textile and Fashion Studies, preferably with research experience in Africa. You are fluent in English and French; you have German language skills (B 1).

Working space, working tools and a travel budget will be provided. Applications by researchers with handicap will be considered with priority under equal conditions. We welcome applications from female candidates. This is a full-time position. The possibility of part-time and flexible working hours will be considered.

How to apply: Please send the usual application materials (short cover letter, CV, including list of publications, a writing sample) as a single PDF-document to kerstin.pinther@lmu.de

Applications received by March 31, 2017 will receive full consideration.

Prof. Dr. Kerstin Pinther
Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
Institut für Kunstgeschichte
Zentnerstr. 31
80798 München

Telefon: +49 (0) 89 / 2180-2340, Fax: +49 (089) / 2180-13507

E-Mail: kerstin.pinther@lmu.de


Kansas City Art Institute  –  Position Announcement

Position:  Art History Faculty (Full-Time)
Status:  Tenure Track
Rank:  Assistant Professor
Start Date:  Aug. 15, 2017

Description: The Kansas City Art Institute (KCAI), a national leader in visual arts education, seeks an art historian of Global/Non-Western art (not including Asian) focusing on areas such as African, South American/Pre-Columbian, Native American or a combination and on periods prior to the contemporary era to join KCAI’s Department of Liberal Arts faculty, a faculty committed to a creative and wide-ranging approach to these areas. The ideal candidate should have an understanding of the materials, methods, and processes in art-making, and will be joining a robust art history program that mentors 50 dedicated art history majors and double-majors, as well as students campus-wide.  This is a tenure-track position, and begins August 2017.  Salary is competitive with peer institutions.

Responsibilities:  The successful candidate will be an active participant in the education of studio artists and designers, and will teach foundation art history courses as well as upper-division art history electives.  Departmental duties include:  directing individual studies, supervising internships, conducting program assessment each semester, representing the art history program via presentations at various KCAI recruitment and orientation events.  The teaching load is 3/3.

Qualifications:  A Ph.D. in art history or Ph.D. in art history in hand by the time of appointment is required.  Significant publications, as well as evidence of future scholarly productivity and evidence of excellence in teaching at the college level, are required.

 About KCAI:  Kansas City Art Institute is a four-year, independent and accredited college of art and design founded in 1885, and located in the cultural heart of metropolitan Kansas City, Missouri.  The college enrolls over 600 undergraduate students drawn regionally, nationally and internationally.  www.kcai.edu.

Application Deadlines and Procedures:  Although the position is open until filled, fullest attention will be given to those applications received by February 1, 2017.  Applications received during the on-campus finalist stage of the search are not guaranteed consideration.

Please apply via email to hr@kcai.edu by sending: (1) a letter of application stating your interest and qualifications, (2) curriculum vitae, (3) a statement of teaching philosophy, (4) a full set of student course evaluations, (5) a short, representative writing sample, (6) syllabi of courses you have taught, (7) a description of an elective class you would particularly like to teach, and (8) a list of three references we may contact (please include phone numbers, as well as e-mail addresses).

Questions may be directed to:

KCAI Director of Human Resources

HR@kcai.edu

816-802-3434

Kansas City Art Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer


 

University of Virginia McIntire Department of Art: Carl H. and Martha Linder Center for Art History
Tenure-Track Assistant Professor or Tenured Associate Professor in African or African Diaspora Arts

Closing Date: January 6, 2017

Job Posting Number: 0619538

The McIntire Department of Art at the University of Virginia invites applicants for a tenure-track Assistant Professor or tenured Associate Professor position in African or African Diaspora arts.

The successful candidate will pursue an active research and publication agenda, and also demonstrate a strong commitment to teaching, in keeping with the University of Virginia’s long-standing reputation for excellence in undergraduate and graduate education. The course load is two courses per semester at the graduate and undergraduate levels.

The successful candidate will have the opportunity to join a community of scholars in the Carter G. Woodson Institute for African-American and African Studies, Anthropology, Religious Studies, Politics, and History. Complementing this position are a number of important recent initiatives at the University of Virginia, including the Mellon Global South Initiative through the Institute of the Humanities and Global Cultures, and the Mellon funded research center for the study of the Indigenous Arts of Australia and the Americas.

Review of applications will begin December 5, 2016. The application deadline is midnight (EST) on January 6, 2017. The appointment begins with the fall term of 2017, with an anticipated start date of July 25, 2017. Applicants for the Assistant Professor position must be on track to receive a PhD in Art History or a related field by May 2017 and must hold a PhD at the time of appointment. Teaching experience and publications are preferred. Applicants for the Associate Professor position must hold a PhD in Art History or a related field and must possess a strong record of publication, research, and participation in their field of specialization, as well as a record of excellence in teaching.

To apply candidates must submit a Candidate Profile through Jobs@UVa (https://jobs.virginia.edu), search on posting number 0619538 and electronically attach the following: a cover letter of interest describing your research agenda and teaching experience, curriculum vitae, an article or chapter-length example of your scholarship (attach to Writing Sample 1), a sample syllabus (attach to Other 1), and contact information for three references.

The search committee plans to conduct interviews at the College Art Association meeting in New York, February 15-18, 2017.

Questions regarding the position may be directed to the search chair, Larry Goedde, at log@virginia.edu. Questions regarding the application process in Jobs@UVa should be directed to Laura Mellusi, email: lk9a@virginia.edu, phone: 434-924-6122.

The University of Virginia is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

The University of Virginia assists UVA faculty spouses and partners seeking employment in the Charlottesville area. To learn more about these services, please see http://provost.virginia.edu/dual-career.

For information on the Charlottesville area, please see http://uvacharge.virginia.edu/guide.html.

The University is required to perform background checks on all new faculty hires prior to making a final offer of employment.


 

Johns Hopkins University: Zanvyl Krieger School of Arts and Sciences: Department of The History of Art
EARLY MODERN ART HISTORY, 1500-1800
Location: Baltimore, MD, USA
Closes: Sep 30, 2016 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time
(GMT-4 hours)

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The Department of the History of Art at The Johns Hopkins University invites applications for a full-time professor at any rank in the field of Early Modern art and/or architectural history to begin July 1, 2017. We encourage applications from scholars specializing in the arts of Europe, the Mediterranean, the transatlantic New World, and other territories of the European trading countries (e.g. Portuguese, Spanish, or early Dutch empires) from about 1500 to 1800. Ph.D. in the History of Art required at time of appointment. Candidates must demonstrate a strong publication record and a commitment to teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. Candidates should submit a letter of application, a current CV, and one article- or chapter-length sample of scholarly writing (published or in-press). Candidates at the assistant professor level should arrange to have three letters of reference sent on their behalf (applicants at the tenured level should instead send the names and contact information for three references). All materials will be submitted online through Interfolio. Review of applications will begin on September 30, 2016. For further information, contact Stephen Campbell, Department Chair, (stephen.campbell@jhu.edu).

For more information about the department, visit http://arthist.jhu.edu.  Johns Hopkins University is committed to active recruitment of a diverse faculty and student body. The University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer of women, minorities, protected veterans and individuals with disabilities and encourages applications from these and other protected group members. Consistent with the University’s goals of achieving excellence in all areas, we will assess the comprehensive qualifications of each applicant.

QUALIFICATIONS
Ph.D. in the History of Art required at time of appointment.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS
Candidates should submit a letter of application, a current CV, and one article- or chapter-length sample of scholarly writing (published or in-press). Candidates at the assistant professor level should arrange to have three letters of reference sent on their behalf (applicants at the tenured level should instead send the names and contact information for three references). All materials will be submitted online through Interfolio.  Email and paper applications will not be accepted.


 

Research Appointment on Vernacular Photography in Nigeria
UCL Department of Anthropology is looking to recruit either a PhD student or postdoc to conduct fieldwork, possibly in Ila-Orangun, as part of the European Research Council funded project “Citizens of Photography: The Camera and the Political Imagination” directed by Christopher Pinney.  Other posts involve fieldwork in Nicaragua, Sri Lanka and Cambodia. The timeline is short: the deadline for the PhDs is 15th August and for the postdocs 29th August and the start date is as soon as possible. 

Ad for the PhDs

Ad for the postdocs

Further information is available from Chris Pinney at c.pinney@ucl.ac.uk


Visiting Assistant Professor, Skidmore College
Skidmore College invites applications for a Visiting Assistant Professor, 1-year leave replacement, starting Fall 2016. We encourage applications from historically under-represented groups as well as individuals who have experience working with diverse student populations. PhD necessary, salary commensurate w/experience. The candidate will teach 20 credits over two semesters, in the history and theory of African, African American, or Asian visual/material culture. Teaching range should include introductory, intermediate, and upper-level courses. Ability to teach museum studies desirable. The college is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through their research, teaching, and/or service.

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Minimum Qualifications: PhD; courses taught independently (without supervision) 

Submit cover letter that emphasizes teaching credentials, cv, names of three references, sample syllabi, teaching evaluations and teaching philosophy.

Must apply onlinehttps://careers.skidmore.edu/applicants/jsp/shared/position/JobDetails_css.jsp


 

2016 Summer Diversity Internship Program
Now Accepting Applications!
Deadline April 8th

Student applications are now open for ArtTable’s 2016 Summer Diversity Internship Program. This summer, ArtTable is sponsoring interns across the country, including placements at the Columbia Museum of Art in South CarolinaThe Heard Museum in Phoenixthe Houston Museum of Fine Artsand the Philadelphia Museum of Art. These positions are made possible thanks to funding from the Kress Foundation and from ArtTable Members Lila Harnett and Catherine Hannah Behrend.

To be eligible, applicants must be:

  • Female students who are enrolled in a graduate program
  • From a racial/cultural/ethnic background underrepresented in the field
  • Seeking career opportunities in the visual arts professions
  • Either a U.S. citizen or have permanent resident status

Please forward this information to interns, students, and other young women you know who are entering the field. You can direct them them to the program webpage here.  The deadline for students to submit applications is April 8, 2016.  
INTERNSHIP HIGHLIGHTS: $3,000 stipend | Professional and career development | Work with established leaders | One-on-one mentoring | Access to ArtTable’s dynamic network of arts professionals | Variety of internship placements

“The most rewarding aspect of this internship was working hands on and the one-on-one attention I received from my mentor. This internship provided a clear framework that challenged me but also prepared me in a role of a curator.” -Ashley Dehoyos, 2015 Intern at the Philadelphia Museum of Art 

ABOUT THE PROGRAM 
Since 2000, ArtTable has conducted its Summer Diversity Internship Program, a program that addresses the marked lack of diversity in arts employment.  Through internship placements across the country, graduate students from backgrounds generally underrepresented in the field are aided in their transition from academic to professional careers. Through one-on-one mentoring relationships with ArtTable members and museum staff, interns have the opportunity to work with an established leader in the field and gain exposure to a range of professional activities. They form connections and relationships that can give them a head start into career advancement and success.

Questions? Please contact ArtTable at programs@arttable.org or give us a call at 212-343-1735

 

 


 

 

Job Title:  Museum Curator (ART)

Agency:  Smithsonian Institution

Job Announcement Number:  16A-RA-301491-DEU-NMAFA

SALARY RANGE: $77,490.00 to $100,736.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD: Friday, March 4, 2016 to Friday, April 15, 2016

SERIES & GRADE: GS-1015-12

POSITION INFORMATION: Full-Time, Permanent – Federal

PROMOTION POTENTIAL: 13

DUTY LOCATIONS:
FEW vacancies in the following location:

Washington DC, DC
WHO MAY APPLY:

This position is open to all U.S. Citizens or U.S. Nationals. Note: Federal employees with permanent status or individuals eligible for special appointing authorities may also apply to Job Announcement #

SECURITY CLEARANCE: Public Trust – Background Investigation

SUPERVISORY STATUS: No

JOB SUMMARY:

About the Agency

This position is located in the National Museum of African Art (NMAfA). Through compelling, audience-centered exhibitions, scholarly publications and dynamic learning experiences, the Museum fosters public understanding and appreciation of the diverse cultures and artistic achievements of Africa from ancient to contemporary times.

The incumbent serves as a Museum Curator (Art) performing professional work involving scholarly research in preparation of material for exhibition and publication, acquisition and collection development, care and preservation, cataloguing and exhibition of African works of art and public service/education for the NMAfa. Additionally, the incumbent provides authoritative information on traditional and contemporary objects, particularly in own area of specialization.

TRAVEL REQUIRED

  • Not Required

RELOCATION AUTHORIZED

  • No

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • Pass Pre-employment Background Investigation
  • May need to complete a Probationary Period
  • Maintain a Bank Account for Direct Deposit/Electronic Transfer
  • Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered with Selective Service.

DUTIES:

  • The incumbent conceives, recommends, and develops scholarly research projects in the field of African art history and African studies, that results in publications and/or exhibitions that are considered by the scholarly community to be a major contribution to the discipline of African art studies; independently investigates and documents recommended and approved research topics, consistent with Museum objectives and goals.
  • The incumbent recommends museum acquisitions via purchase or gift that will enhance, strengthen and maintain a well-balanced collection of African art, and is responsible for proper documentation, and identification of works in the museum’s collection; recommends and develops special temporary exhibitions – locating objects and documents, research, preparing manuscripts, and working with designers and editors in the production of an exhibition and publications.
  • The incumbent is expected to serve as an expert adviser on educational matters to other government agencies, colleagues, educational and research institutions, and the general public.
  • Reading knowledge of French/German is highly desirable.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

Experience:

You qualify for this position if you possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-11 level in the Federal Service or comparable pay band system. For this position Specialized Experience is defined as experience is defined as experience creating exhibitions, building collections, and developing scholarly publications focused on the traditional and/or contemporary arts of Africa.

  • Reading knowledge of French/German is highly desirable.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

Part-time and/or unpaid experience related to this position will be considered to determine the total number of years and months of experience. Be sure to note the number of paid or unpaid hours worked each week.

For a full explanation of this option please see the Qualification Standards. Special Instructions for Foreign Education: If you are qualifying by education and/or you have education completed in a foreign college/university described above, it is your responsibility to provide transcripts and proof of U.S. accreditation for foreign study. For instructions on where to fax these documents, see the “Required Documents” section of this announcement.
Basic Educational Requirements:

Museum Curator – 1015 Series:

  • Degree: museum work; or in an applicable subject-matter field.

OR

  • Combination of education and experience — courses equivalent to a major, as shown above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

OR

  • Four years of experience that provided knowledge comparable to that normally acquired through the successful completion of the 4-year course of study as shown above.

Qualification requirements must be met within 30 days of the job announcement closing date.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Your resume will be used to evaluate your experience, education, and/or training that address the competencies below:

  1. Knowledge of African art history and culture, with an emphasis on both contemporary and traditional African art; and expertise in handling a wide variety of topics and themes.
  2. Ability to write clearly and to address topics of significance within the field; must be able to conduct and present research on subjects or topics in the field of African art for both scholarly and general audiences in a format that permits public understanding. Grammar, spelling, punctuation, and sentence structure should require little or no editing.
  3. Knowledge of curatorial methods, practices and techniques to perform professional work related to research, museum collection management, exhibition development, public service and educational activities in public museums.
  4. Knowledge of the interrelationships among all parties involved in the exhibition process; and the ability to read floor plans and propose layout of exhibitions.
  5. Ability to produce and provide educational information on all aspects and programs related to issues in African art and culture.

Applicants who meet or exceed minimum qualifications will be assigned to one of three category groups based on job-related criteria: Best Category – Meets the minimum qualification requirements and excels in most of the job related competencies above. Better Category – Meets the minimum qualification requirements and satisfies most of the job related competencies above. Good Category – Meets the minimum qualification requirements, but does not satisfy most of the job related competencies above to a substantive degree. This category rating process does not add veterans’ preference points or apply the “rule of three”, but protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each category. A selecting official may make selections from the highest quality category (Best Category) provided no preference eligible in that category is passed over to select a non-preference eligible in that category unless the requirements of 5 U.S.C. 3317(b) or 3318(b) are satisfied. Preference eligibles who meet minimum qualification requirements and who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent must be listed in the highest quality category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-9 grade level or higher. Applicants who have not submitted a resume in the USAjobs system and/or have not answered all of the vacancy questions will not be considered for this position.

Important Note: The review of your resume will determine your final rating and should provide sufficient information regarding how your education and experience relate to this position, including the major duties and qualifications criteria listed.

To preview questions please click here.

BENEFITS:

You can review our benefits at: https://jobs.mgsapps.monster.com/hment/vacancy/preview!benefits.hms?orgId=1&jnum=44123
OTHER INFORMATION:

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HOW TO APPLY:

Click on the “Apply Online” button on the upper right side of the page. Please Note:

  • You must apply for this position online through the ‘Apply Online’ button and submit required supplemental documents (if they are relevant to you).
  • You may submit required documents by uploading them online during the application process; OR You may manually fax required documents. Faxes are received by an automated system, not a physical fax machine. Documents that are faxed as part of the application process must be sent with the system generated cover sheet by the closing date. Documents faxed without the system generated coversheet are not retrievable and cannot be considered as part of the application package.
  • The complete application package, including any required documents, is due in the Smithsonian Office of Human Resources on the closing date of the announcement by 11:59 PM Eastern Time.
  • If you are unable to apply online, paper applications may be accepted with prior approval of the Contact Person listed below.

 

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

Your application package should include the following documents:

  • Detailed resume created in the USAJOBS Resume Builder.
  • Proof of Veteran’s Preference – DD214 (Member 4 Copy), if you are a veteran. Additionally, applicants claiming 10-point preference must complete Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, as well as additional documentation required by the SF-15, such as a VA letter.
  • Unofficial school transcripts, if the position has an education requirement or if you are using education to qualify. If selected for the position, you must provide an official transcript before appointment.
  • Proof of U.S. accreditation for foreign study, if applicable.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Regina Anderson
Phone: 202-633-6329
Fax: 571-258-4052
TDD: 202-633-6409
Email: andersonregina@si.edu

Agency Information:
SMITHSONIAN
Office of Human Resources
POB 37012 MRC 517
600 Maryland Ave
Washington, DC
20013-7012
US
Fax: 571-258-4052

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

At the end of the application process you will be able to create and save a PDF file that contains your responses to the assessment questions. You may save this file as initial receipt of your application. After the job announcement closes, you will receive an email from the Smithsonian with confirmation of receipt. The Smithsonian receives many applications for each job. Each application is reviewed carefully which may take a few weeks. We will send you an e-mail to update you as we go through phases of the application review process. You may also check your application status by logging into www.usajobs.gov and selecting the tab “My USAJOBS;” e-mailing vacancy.info@si.edu; or by contacting the Office of Human Resources Representative listed.

Additional Information:

  • Tips on applying for Smithsonian jobs are available at www.sihr.si.edu/jobs.cfm.
  • The Smithsonian does not pay relocation expenses.

The Smithsonian embraces diversity and equal employment opportunity (www.si.edu/oeema).

 

 


 

 

The Art Institute of Chicago (AIC) invites applications for the Anne Vogt Fuller & Marion Titus Searle Chair & Curator of Prints & Drawings.

From our famous facade to the more than 250,000 works of art in the permanent collection, the Art Institute of Chicago showcases the best of what Chicago has to offer with close proximity to the lakefront and a collection that is as diverse as it is accessible. The collection, housed in eight buildings with eleven curatorial departments and nearly one million square feet has many iconic works by leading artists, and mounts approximately 30 exhibitions a year.

The Department of Prints and Drawings houses a distinguished collection of works on paper ranging in date from the 15th century to the present. With holdings of approximately 12,000 drawings and 55,000 prints, the collection includes particular strengths in French 19th-century prints and drawings; British, French, and Italian drawings; Old Master prints; extensive 20th-century holdings; and a constantly growing collection of contemporary works on paper.

Reporting to the President and Director of the museum, the Chair is responsible for the exhibition, preservation and research of the permanent collections of Prints and Drawings and for the acquisition of works on paper for the collection. The Chair is also responsible for departmental and major loan exhibitions and for the publication of the permanent collection and management of the department, including the Paper Conservation lab. The Chair directs various department administrative functions, including allocation of restricted and endowed funds for acquisitions, selection of salaries and administration of loans. Conducts weekly staff meetings to review departmental priorities. Supervises Collection Manager in the cataloging of the collection and loan-related matters. Works with Senior Conservator of Prints and Drawings to review and approve treatments and set scheduling priorities for Paper Conservation. Gives public and scholarly lectures, organizes and participates in scholarly symposia and trips for various museum groups. Works with donors and collectors; raises funds for departmental acquisitions and activities. Acts as primary liaison to major donors. Writes grants for exhibitions, internships, and other museum projects. Represents the museum in media interviews, at professional conferences, and on government panels. Supervises and manages a staff of nine professionals.

QUALIFICATIONS:

The successful candidate will be a seasoned Curator holding a doctoral degree or its equivalent in art history, with a track record of scholarship, exhibitions, and publications in the field of works on paper. Specialization in the area of old master drawings preferred. Minimum of 8-10 years of experience working in museums and/or with objects; strong connoisseurship skills and keen understanding of materiality and authenticity issues. Minimum of 5 years of budget responsibility and managerial experience. Record of success in donor cultivation and fundraising. Record of success in public engagement and outreach, including but not limited to in-gallery experience, publications, digital formats, community programming, and academic teaching. Up-to-date knowledge of the market for prints and drawings, with a personal network of contacts (e.g. dealers, auction house specialists, collectors, scholars, conservators) in the field. Knowledge of French, German, and Italian as appropriate to areas of specialty. Familiarity with provenance issues, particularly as they pertain to acquisitions. Familiarity with the field of paper conservation; ability to discuss condition and treatment proposals. Open-minded and collaborative approach to working with colleagues across the museum,

including other curators, conservators, museum educators, interpretation staff, and digital experience staff. Excellent verbal and written communications skills.

The Art Institute of Chicago is an equal opportunity, equal access employer fully committed to achieving a diverse and inclusive workplace.

 

 


 

 

The Art Institute of Chicago (AIC) invites applications for Chair of the Department of African Art and Indian Art of the Americas and Curator of African Art.

Inquires and application to: https://hrweb.artic.edu/recruit/applyjob.html Open until filled.

The Art Institute of Chicago is a renowned, encyclopedic art museum housing one of the world’s most important permanent collections, including many iconic works of leading artists, and mounting approximately 30 exhibitions a year.  The Art Institute’s African collection includes over 400 works that highlight the diversity of tradition-based arts on the continent, with emphasis on the sculptural traditions of West and Central Africa. Included are masks and figural sculpture, beadwork, furniture, regalia, and textiles from countries including Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Ethiopia, Mali, Morocco, Nigeria, and South Africa. The museum’s collection of over 80 African ceramics is the largest in an American art museum.  Additionally, the museum’s holdings of Indian art of the Americas span more than 4,000 years and include outstanding works from across the United States as well as ancient Mesoamerica and the Andean countries of South America. Ceramics, basketry, textiles, stone sculpture, metalwork, painting, and beadwork present a remarkable picture of the indigenous artistic heritage and deep-seated patterns of thought and ritual performance throughout the region.

Reporting to the President and Director of the museum, the Chair will oversee the collections of African art and Indian Art of the Americas, including the maintenance and display of the permanent collection and the assessment and recommendation of acquisitions.  The Chair will also organize, select, design, administer, and implement in-house exhibitions and periodically, national or international loan exhibitions. Additionally, the Chair will work in liaison with the Departments of Education, Digital Experience, and Interpretation to develop compelling narratives and programs for broad community engagement.  Overseeing a staff of 4 four employees as well as potential interns and fellows, the Chair will also be charged with hiring an assistant/associate curator for Indian art of the Americas.

The successful candidate will be a seasoned Curator holding a terminal degree or its equivalent in African Art, with a track record of scholarship, exhibitions, and publications in the field.  Minimum of 8 years of experience working in museums and/or with objects; strong connoisseurship skills and keen understanding of materiality and authenticity issues.   Minimum of 5 years of budget responsibility and managerial experience.  Excellent verbal and written communications skills. Record of success in donor cultivation and fundraising.  Record of success in public engagement and outreach, including but not limited to in-gallery experience, publications, digital formats, and community programming. Up-to-date knowledge of the market for African Art, with a personal network of contacts (e.g. dealers, auction house specialists, collectors, scholars, conservators) in the field.  Knowledge of French and/or appropriate languages in area of specialty.   Working knowledge of Pre-Columbian art and related cultural property laws.  Open-minded and collaborative approach to working with colleagues across the museum, including other curators, conservators, museum educators, interpretation staff, and digital experience staff.  Working knowledge of contemporary art practices and trends in area of specialty.

Applications should be submitted electronically at: https://hrweb.artic.edu/recruit/applyjob.html

The Art Institute of Chicago is an equal opportunity, equal access employer fully committed to achieving a diverse and inclusive workplace.