Jobs and Internships

Raymond and Laura Wielgus Curator of the Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas

Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art at Indiana University

Position Summary

Since its establishment in 1941, the Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art at Indiana University (IU) has grown from a small university teaching collection into one of the foremost university art museums in the country. A preeminent teaching museum, the museum’s internationally acclaimed collection includes more than 45,000 objects representing nearly every art-producing culture throughout history.

A major highlight of the museum’s wide-ranging collection are its collections of approximately 4,400 works of art from Africa, Oceania, and the Americas (North and Central America, the Caribbean, and Latin America). Thanks in large part to the late Chicago-based collectors Raymond and Laura Wielgus, the Eskenazi Museum possesses one of the most significant collections in this area of any American university art museum. IU is also home to Mathers Museum of World Cultures, which houses a collection of related objects; a nationally recognized, leading African Studies Program; and a Foreign Language Studies Program that teaches more languages than any other school in America. These resources complement the museum’s rich collection of arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas.

The Eskenazi Museum of Art is nearing completion of a $30 million renovation of its acclaimed I. M. Pei–designed building. The newly renovated museum will be an enhanced teaching resource for IU and southern Indiana. Positioning the institution as a premier teaching museum requires breakthrough research and programming that advance its mission in powerful ways. To this end, the museum seeks a thoughtful, outgoing, and passionate individual who will serve as the Wielgus Curator of the Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas.

We seek a candidate with an expertise in the arts of Africa, but who is also capable of overseeing our collections of the arts of Oceania and the Americas. The candidate must be a scholar of the highest order who is both capable of conducting their own research on the collection and possesses the ambition and skills to create and manage a robust research program to study, teach, exhibit, and publish the museum’s renowned collections. The individual must work closely with faculty and students in the department of art history and must be skilled at establishing productive relationships with related schools and departments, including the African Studies Program in IU’s Hamilton-Lugar School of Global and International Studies and the Mathers Museum of World Cultures.

As part of the Eskenazi Museum’s curatorial team, the successful candidate will work collaboratively with colleagues throughout the institution, but especially in the areas of curatorial and education, to activate the museum’s outstanding collections. Of particular importance will be a strong working relationship with the museum’s curator of contemporary art.

The successful candidate must possess an M.A. in art history, but a Ph.D. is preferred. The candidate should also have some demonstrable museum experience as well as a record of accomplishment in successfully producing significant exhibitions, public programs, and publications. The position is a non-tenured faculty appointment.

Major Job Responsibilities Perform research on the museum’s collection of arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas.

1. Perform research on the museum’s collection of arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas.

2. Work closely with the executive director to develop an exciting vision and strategy for the development of an ambitious research, exhibition, and publication program for the arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas at the Eskenazi Museum of Art and at Indiana University.

3. Work collaboratively with the education department to develop and implement compelling public programs in the arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas.

4. Play a critical role in launching the museum’s new Center for Curatorial Studies, collaborating with IU faculty members and the museum’s educational and curatorial staff to develop courses that support degree offerings in the field.

5. Develop significant exhibitions for 2021–22 and beyond.

6. Work with curatorial colleagues to develop and implement a plan to grow the museum’s permanent collection in the arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas, with a special focus in the field of contemporary art, which will be defined as art created after 1985, in consultation with the curator of contemporary art and the executive director.

7. Act as ambassador and liaison to academic departments and to the broader IU and Bloomington communities. 

8. Inspire support for the museum by working closely with the executive director and the museum’s development department to identify and cultivate relationships with patrons and collectors.

Skills and Knowledge

  • Strong record of research, scholarship, and public speaking, with proven experience organizing loan exhibitions and producing publications of the highest quality.
  • Understanding of curatorial practices and methodology.
  • Knowledge and understanding of museum ethics and principles, especially with regard to issues of provenance.
  • Must be articulate, with excellent presentation and writing skills, and effective communication, organizational, and time-management skills. 
  • Ability to work as a member of a team-based environment with strong collaborative skills.
  • Willingness to build positive and effective relationships with museum colleagues, donors, and the broader IU and Bloomington communities.
  • Demonstrated skill at strategically building a collection through gifts and purchases.
  • Possess a broad and deep knowledge of the arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas and their relationship with broader art history, and demonstrate a keen eye for art of quality and significance across all media.

Basic Qualifications

M.A. required; Ph.D. preferred. Rank will be based on credentials. Two to three years art museum or major art gallery experience with a record of creating, organizing, installing, and writing didactics for exhibitions.

Department Contact for Questions

Questions regarding the position or application process can be directed to Maggie Kroh, Assistant to the Director, Eskenazi Museum of Art, 1133 E 7th Street, Bloomington, IN 47405 or

For best consideration, all applications must be received by November 1, 2019. 

Interested applicants can submit materials electronically at

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR at National Gallery of Zimbabwe

Applications are invited from suitably qualified and experienced persons to lead the National Gallery of Zimbabwe “NGZ” (one of the biggest Arts Institutions in Zimbabwe), for a position based in Harare. This is an executive leadership position reporting to the Board of Trustees and the relevant Ministry. The Executive Director is responsible for the overall guidance of the Galleries’ branches in Zimbabwe (currently in Harare, Bulawayo and Mutare).

The Job
•    Providing leadership and strategic direction to the Gallery and ensuring the efficient execution of mandate and achievement of major goals.
•    Strengthening NGZ‘s professional and administrative capabilities.
•    Ensuring that NGZ develops accessible and engaging exhibitions and educational programmes that provide reflection and dialogue about Zimbabwean visual arts.
•    Hiring, training and evaluation of all other staff and service volunteers according to established policies.
•    Liaising between the Gallery’s Board, external stakeholders and staff.  The Director must communicate goals, policies and strategies of the Board in addition to protecting the interests of the Gallery’s collections, overseeing programming and staff.  The Director shall act as the bridge between the Board and staff members; as a result staff members channel their concerns to the Board through the Director.
•    Assist the Board to discharge its responsibilities as set out under the Act and in any other relevant instructions and guidance that may be issued from time to time by the Ministry and the Board. 
•    Responsible for the development and implementation of NGZ’s Strategic and Business Plans, coordinates, and directs the operation of the NGZ which includes carrying out the policies and programmes as determined by the Board of Trustees; oversees Gallery operations including the collection, exhibits, asset maintenance and educational outreach, consults and advises on objects of art brought to the Gallery for analysis; and researches possible Gallery purchases.
•    Undertake business development, fundraising, stakeholder engagement and relationship management.
The candidate must be in possession of a minimum of the following:
•    A Degree in Fine Art; Archaeology and Cultural Heritage and Museum Studies; Creative Art and Design and any such relevant qualification.
•    An Advanced degree in an Art or Heritage Studies or a MBA qualification would be an added advantage
•    Minimum of 10 years’ experience at senior management level in an Art or Museum institution 
•    A team player, highly skilled communicator with proven and outstanding negotiating skills.
•    A highly target driven self- starter and have proven leadership capacity and experience.

Interested candidates must submit their applications, certified copies of degree certificates and a detailed Curriculum Vitae, clearly marked:

Executive Vacancy (Executive Director) to:

The Executive Assistant
National Gallery Zimbabwe
20 Julius Nyerere Way, HARARE

Or email to:

Closing date for applications is 31 October 2019.

Santa Monica College
FT/Tenure Track Instructor – Art History

Salary: $62,407 – $130,032
Deadline: Tuesday, December 3, 2019
Please click on the link below to review the detailed job bulletin: 

Job Duties The Art History program in the Santa Monica College Art Department seeks to provide outstanding instruction that propels our students to success in whatever they endeavor.  We embrace an equity mindset as essential for both pedagogy and content when teaching art history and visual culture.The successful candidate will teach courses in Art History and maintain office hours; participate in Art Department activities including, but not limited to department meetings, advisory committee meetings, curriculum development, zero text cost (ZTC) initiatives, faculty evaluation, academic and career advisement for students, development and assessment of student learning outcomes, departmental program review, and staff development programs.  The candidate will be actively involved in college, department and faculty organizational activities, including but not limited to institutional learning outcomes and the supporting goals and strategic initiatives of the college, especially closing racial equity gaps within the discipline at SMC.
Minimum Qualifications Master’s in art history, history of art and architecture, or visual culture/visual studies OR bachelor’s in art history and master’s in history OR master’s in art with a recorded emphasis or concentration in art history OR the equivalent * OR possession of an appropriate valid California Community College Credential authorizing service in the specified subject area(s).  Evidence of sensitivity to and understanding of the socio-economic, academic, cultural and ethnic diversity within the college student population including students with physical and/or learning disabilities as these factors relate to differences in learning styles.
Preferred Qualifications Our curriculum is undergraduate lower division transfer and candidates should have experience teaching at this level and demonstrate sensitivity to and understanding of the socio-economic, academic, cultural and ethnic diversity within the community college student population, including students with physical and/or learning disabilities as these factors relate to differences in learning styles. Candidates should have a growth mindset in their pedagogy and demonstrate a love for working with students who might have opportunity gaps.   Candidates with degrees in related disciplines such as Archaeology, Visual Culture, Ethnic Studies, Cultural Studies etc. are encouraged to apply if their teaching and research interests primarily engage with the study of visual objects and monuments that can support a traditional art history curriculum.Candidates should demonstrate  expertise in teaching in two or more of the following areas: Survey Western Art I (Cave paintings to Gothic), Survey of Western Art II (Renaissance to present) African Art, Asian Art, Latin American Art I (Ancient to Western Contact), Latin American Art II (Colonial to present day), Architectural History I (Prehistory to 1840) Architectural History II (1840-present) & Identity Politics (Race, Gender, Class, Ethnicity, Sexuality).Art History is a growing and active discipline within the college. Any additional experience building and managing arts related programs should be outlined along with roles, responsibilities and skill sets.

The Santa Monica Community College District is committed to the principles of equal employment opportunity.  

TT Assistant Professor of African and/or African Diasporic and/or Latinx and/or Latin American History of Art, Visual, and/or Material Culture, post-1750 

The Department of Art History in the Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences at the University of Southern California (Los Angeles, CA) invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in African and/or African Diasporic and/or Latinx and/or Latin American history of art, visual, and/or material culture, post-1750. Applicants may conduct research in one or more of these areas, and various methodological and theoretical approaches are welcome. We have a particular interest in scholarship that contributes to increasing the diversity of the department’s intellectual life and offerings. This position is expected to begin August 2020. The successful candidate will teach courses at the undergraduate and graduate level and participate actively in the intellectual life of the department and the university. Candidates must possess a Ph.D. at the time of appointment and show exceptional scholarly promise. Interested candidates should provide 1) a cover letter that includes a discussion of research and teaching, 2) a curriculum vitae, 3) two writing samples, at least one of which should be a chapter from a dissertation or book manuscript, and 4) the names and contact information of three referees who will be contacted in a system-generated email to provide letters. In order to be considered for this position, applicants are required to submit an electronic USC application; follow this job link or paste in a browser: .  

For full consideration, applicants are encouraged to apply by November 1, 2019.  

USC is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law or USC policy. USC will consider for employment all qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring ordinance.REQ20080298  Posted Date: 09/16/2019

Assistant Professor in Art History (Arts of Africa/African-Diaspora)

Southern Methodist University: Meadows School of the Arts

Art Historian, Arts of Africa/African Diaspora.  Southern Methodist University: Assistant Professor, Full-Time, Tenure Track. Salary commensurate with experience.

The Department of Art History of the Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University invites applications for a tenure-track (Assistant-level) specialist in the arts of Africa and/or the African Diaspora, to begin Fall Semester 2020. 

We seek an applicant whose work examines the development and use of visual media and material culture within and across cultures and societies. The candidate’s research may address Africa, the Caribbean and Latin America, the US, Europe, or any transnational-, global-, or diasporic context, in any historical period.

We are especially interested in a candidate whose work engages the major theoretical shifts that now reshape the study of African and African Diaspora art and architecture. In particular, we welcome applications from scholars concerned with issues of objecthood, spatiality, identity, spirituality, imagination and memory, migration and exile, globalization and post-coloniality.

The successful applicant will teach introductory and upper-level undergraduate courses on the arts of Africa/ African Diaspora, and undergraduate and graduate seminars in their area of specialization; mentor students on all levels; supervise MA theses and PhD dissertations. The standard departmental teaching load is 2/2. Members of the faculty are entitled to research leave as well as support for research and travel.

We are a collaborative department built around innovative faculty research and teaching. Our faculty and our undergraduate, MA, and PhD programs are organized around the idea of RASC/a, “Rhetorics of Art, Space, and Culture.” The rubric of RASC/a invites critical reassessment of historical and new media, a broad understanding of visual/cultural/somatic technologies, and a particular interest in race and gender. We seek a colleague that will play an important role in shaping the future of research, curriculum, and pedagogy in department and the university.

Proposed starting date: August 2020. Hiring is contingent on a successful background check.

SMU is a private university of 6,300 undergraduate students set in north-central Dallas.  Established in 1911, SMU offers a secular, non-denominational campus environment dedicated to the University’s founding principles of education in the liberal arts.  Resources on campus include SMU’s Meadows Museum, one of the premier collections of Spanish art in the US.  SMU’s DeGolyer Library houses extensive archives, photographs, and print culture from the US and Latin America.  The wider Dallas/Ft. Worth area is home to many internationally recognized museums, including the Dallas Museum of Art, the Nasher Sculpture Center, the African American Museum of Dallas, the Dallas Latino Cultural Center, the Kimbell Art Museum, and the Amon Carter Museum.  

SMU will not discriminate in any program or activity on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, sexual orientation, or gender identity and expression. The Executive Director for Access and Equity/Title IX Coordinator is designated to handle inquiries regarding nondiscrimination policies and may be reached at the Perkins Administration Building, Room 204, 6425 Boaz Lane, Dallas, TX 75205, 214-768-3601, Women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.


Doctoral degree in art history or related field by start of appointment.

Application Instructions

Application procedure: The Department uses Interfolio By Committee for its application process.

Applicants will provide: 1) a cover letter, 2) curriculum vitae, 3) a writing sample, 4) three letters of recommendation. All materials should be in .pdf format.  Use the following link to upload digital files:

Review of applications will begin on November 15, 2019 and continues until position is filled. The committee will notify applicants of its employment decision at the completion of the search.

Luther Gregg Sullivan Visiting Scholar in Art History, Wesleyan University

The Department of Art and Art History at Wesleyan University seeks a historian of African and/or Afro-Diasporic visual and material culture to serve as Luther Gregg Sullivan Visiting Scholar in Art History. Candidates from the fields of art and architectural history, archaeology, and/or material culture are welcome to apply. In addition to offering courses in their area of expertise, candidates should demonstrate an ability to teach historical material, including material from the pre-modern era. We particularly invite submissions from applicants who combine historical methodologies with an interest in theoretical approaches such as critical museology, postcolonial theory, critical race studies, and Black Studies. The position is a two-year, non-renewable appointment. The Sullivan Scholar will teach one course per semester, while continuing scholarly work and fully participating in the department’s and university’s intellectual life.

Applicants must have earned their Ph.D. or be very close to completion by the start date of the fellowship (July 1, 2020).  Applications received by December 1, 2019 will receive full consideration. If you have questions about the application process, please contact Esther Moran, Department Administrative Assistant, at or 1-860-685-2682.

Salary: $50,000/year, plus $5,000/year research stipend

Wesleyan University, located in Middletown, Connecticut, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, age, gender, gender identity or expression, national origin, marital status, ancestry, present or past history of mental disorder, learning disability, political belief, veteran status, sexual orientation, genetic information or non-position-related criminal record. We welcome applications from women and historically underrepresented minority groups. Inquiries regarding Title IX, Section 504, or any other non-discrimination policies should be directed to: Alison Williams, Vice President for Equity and Inclusion/Title IX Officer, 860 685 3927,

To apply, visit You will be asked to upload electronic versions of the items we require, which are (1) a cover letter of application, (2) a curriculum vitae, (3) a writing sample, (4) a statement of research plans, (5) a statement of teaching interests, (6) sample syllabi, and (7) teaching evaluations (if available). As part of the cover letter, we invite you to describe your cultural competencies and experiences engaging a diverse student body. You will also be asked to provide the email addresses of three referees from whom we may obtain confidential letters of recommendation (please double-check the accuracy of the email addresses of the referees you name to insure that you have the most up-to-date email addresses for each one).