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Curator, Davison Art Collection

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Please see Special Instructions for more details.

Review of applications will begin on January 29, 2018 and will continue until the position is filled.

Position Information

Position Information

Job Posting Number S00549
Position Title Curator, Davison Art Collection
Department Davison Art Center-1052
Job Category Staff Posting
Position Type Full-Time
Position Details

Reporting to the University Librarian, the Curator has primary oversight of Wesleyan’s Davison Art Collection, which houses over 25,000 objects, including a world-class collection of prints well as photographs, drawings, and other items.

The Curator is responsible for integrating this collection into the intellectual life of the University by encouraging and facilitating its use in classes and in student projects and by working in collaboration with faculty, staff, students, and the Associate Director of Visual Arts, who manages the University’s exhibition program, to display publicly objects from the collection. In addition, the Curator is the principal steward of the Collection and oversees acquisitions, cataloguing and publications, and maintaining financial and loan records.

Primary responsibilities include:

Develop and organize, in collaboration with the Associate Director of Visual Art, exhibitions that will draw principally on the holdings of the Davison Art Center’s collection, thereby providing dynamic public programming.

Collaborate with a variety of academic departments and constituencies across campus and, in particular, the Department of Art and Art History, the Art Library, Special Collections and Archives, and the Center for the Arts.

Promote student engagement with the collection. This could include supervising tutorials and teaching one or more courses per year that utilize the collection, alone or in collaboration with faculty in Art and Art History, as well as across the University.

Manage the Davison Art Collection, including access and security, while upholding museum ethics, standards, and best practices

Supervise the Registrar of Collections, and work with the Registrar to manage acquisitions, cataloguing, and recordkeeping for the collection.

Share supervision of the Gallery Supervisor with the Associate Director of Visual Arts. Work with the Gallery Supervisor regarding preparing art for viewing in classes and exhibitions

Collaborate with scholars and museum professionals from other institutions.

Liaise with donors and University Relations to solicit and manage gifts to the collection

Facilitate Middletown and Wesleyan community engagement with the collection, in particular by working with the Friends Association, library staff, and Center for the Arts.

Perform other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

Master’s degree in Art History or related field and 3 years of experience in the visual arts, or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience

Demonstrated experience and expertise with works on paper, including historical and contemporary prints and photographs

Knowledge of and passion for art and art history, with a strong track record of work with art collections in in a museum, gallery, library, archive, or related institution

Demonstrated commitment to ethics, standards, and best practices as promulgated by the American Alliance of Museums

Commitment to teaching with objects

Demonstrated experience in art handling

Interest in working with students to advance their learning

Proven collaborative leadership skills

Superior communication skills, analytical and problem-solving abilities

Proven knowledge of budget planning

Excellent written and verbal communication skills

Excellent Microsoft Office skills including Word and Excel

Excellent skills with collections management software

Ability to work independently and prioritize multiple projects with competing deadlines

Demonstrated commitment to work within a diverse environment and interact openly with individuals of different backgrounds

Must be able to work on occasion, at evening, weekend, and holiday events as needed

Must be willing to travel occasionally

Preferred Qualifications

Doctorate in Art History or related field

Demonstrated effectiveness in working with students and faculty

Commitment to scholarly endeavor within a given curatorial field and/or art history

Experience in integrating visual arts across disciplines

Prior supervisory experience

Proficiency in a foreign language represented in print scholarship, cataloging and the collection (e.g. German, Dutch, French, Italian)

Familiarity with EmbARK Collections Manager software

Management Competencies Build effective teams, Innovation management, Managerial courage, Meeting management, Project management, Staff development
Competencies Business acumen, Composure, Creativity and innovation, Dealing with ambiguity, Decision quality/ judgment, Functional/technical skills, Intellectual horsepower, Organizational skills, Peer relationships, Planning/priority setting, Presentation skills, Project management, Respects diversity, Strategic agility, Commitment to sustainability
Special Instructions to Applicants

Review of applications will begin on January 29, 2018 and will continue until the position is filled.

Additional Information

Any and all offers to external applicants are contingent on the candidate’s completion of a pre-employment background check screening to the satisfaction of Wesleyan University

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * We are interested in your curatorial vision and interests. The Davison Art Collection is detailed here: http://wesleyan.edu/dac/collection/index.html Please tell us the two areas of the collection that are of greatest interest to you and why. (Please spend no more than 10 min on this question.)

    (Open Ended Question)

  2. * Please describe how you, as curator at a small liberal arts college, could expand the pedagogical “utility” of a university collection for different student constituencies (e.g., students of science, of social science, dancers, athletes, etc.)

    (Open Ended Question)

  3. * Please describe your strategies for balancing the creative and intellectual components of your curatorial practice with the managerial demands of running a collection?

    (Open Ended Question)

  4. * Please tell us how you specifically heard about this position? ( e.g CareerBuilder, LinkedIn, Higher Ed, InsideHigher Ed, CT.Jobs etc.)

    (Open Ended Question)

Optional & Required Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
Optional Documents