Art Museum Curator â Christian Petersen Art Museum
Iowa State University
Location: Ames, Iowa
Internal Number: R12866
Art Museum Curator â Christian Petersen Art Museum
Professional & Scientific
Required Minimum Qualifications:
Masterâs degree and 5 years of related experience
Special Required Qualifications
Background in American art, with specialization in post-1930 through contemporary art. Masterâs degree in art history, art education, museums studies, or related field. Published scholarship on American art of the 20th and/or 21st century. Experience in presenting at conferences, teaching, conducting lectures, or similar experience. Fundraising experience. Experience leading/supervising teams.
University Museums is currently seeking a highly motivated Curator III to lead the curatorial and educational advancement to enhance a dynamic Christian Petersen Art Museum (CPAM). In partnership with the Director and Chief Curator, and other University Museumsâ Curators, you will shape and implement the University Museumsâ curatorial and educational objectives that help advance the museumsâ and universityâs visions and missions.Â As the Curator III you will provide senior-level leadership for exhibitions, project management, collections development and management, public programming, education, and exhibition installations for the CPAM.
As the Curator III of the CPAM and Christian Petersen Art Collection you will serve as the exhibitions and permanent collections curator, including scholarship, installation, care and conservation, and education duties of the Christian Petersen Art Collection. You will work to create, conceptualize, implement, and evaluate curatorial and educational projects that fulfill the mission of University Museums. The position will use active listening and respond to the needs of the campus audience, resulting in relevant, experimental, and innovative acquisitions, exhibitions, and educational programs.
Position duties include:
Acts as lead curator for CPAM and provides functional supervision of the museum spaces
Designs/prepares exhibitions and plans/presents educational programs
Authors and prepares content for publications, brochures, and other educational materials for broad audiences
Conducts research related to collections and shares findings through publications, exhibitions, lectures, etc.
Collects and maintains artifacts and artworks including acquisition, documentation, storage, care, and preventative conservation
Advises on preparation, classification, and cataloging of collections
Develops and manages grants and other funding proposals to support programs
In partnership with the Curator III (Art on Campus/Anderson Sculpture Garden), you will oversee the CPAM Museum Security and Education Program Assistant (Program Specialist I), student intern employees, and engage with docents and volunteers.Â
To be successful in this position you will bring:
A background in American art, with specialization in post-1930 through contemporary art
Experience curating art exhibitions
Excellent interpersonal skills to effectively work with colleagues, artists, collectors, gallerists,Â donors, as well as campus partners and faculty
Strong organization skills, attention-to-detail, and have excellent strategic and logistical planning/implementation skills with the proven ability to handle a variety of administrative, exhibition installation, educational, and curatorial responsibilities
A vision to lead the curatorial and educational advancement of University Museums
Frequent local and occasional regional travel will be required in this position. Evening and weekend hours will also be required in this position. The Curator III reports to the Director and Chief Curator of University Museums.
This is an exempt, Professional & Scientific position.
Level Guidelines â¢ Senior-level position possessing high-level professional and/or technical skills working independently under minimal supervision to support ISUâs mission and department or work unit goals â¢ Applies senior-level professional knowledge and expertise to work requiring greater latitude â¢ Solves moderately complex problems and regularly exercises judgment to determine appropriate action â¢ Regularly exercises judgment to resolve problems and determine appropriate action on a broad set of issue and problems. May provide recommendations regarding problems/issues outside the bounds of defined procedures and practices â¢ Responds to complicated inquiries, provides training, and provides direction to lower-level staff â¢ May provide supervision for one to two other staff (i.e., leads a small work team) â¢ May lead projects for which well-defined practices and procedures may not exist â¢ Provides guidance to students
University Museums at Iowa State University is a distinctive organization that encompasses two art museums, a National Historic Landmark site and home museum, a sculpture garden, and one of the largest campus public art collections in the nation. University Museums brings world-class exhibitions with educational programming to Iowa State University, actively acquires works of art to add to the more than 30,000 permanent collection objects, conserves and preserves collections, conducts and publishes curatorial scholarship, and fosters inspired student engagement. The University Museums is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums.
Located on the beautiful central campus, the Christian Petersen Art Museum (CPAM) opened in historic Morrill Hall in 2007. The museum is named after the nationâs first permanent campus artist-in-residence, Christian Petersen, who sculpted and taught at Iowa State University from 1934 through 1955 and is considered the founder of the Art on Campus Collection (AOC). University Museums strives to preserve his aesthetic legacy and continue his tradition of art on the Iowa State University campus through exhibitions and educational programs. The Christian Petersen Art Museum is the home of the Christian Petersen Art Collection, the Art on Campus Collection and Program, the University Museumsâ Visual Literacy and Learning Program, and public art and contemporary changing art exhibitions.
The University Museums exist to foster understanding and delight in the visual arts with a focus on the creative interactions in arts, sciences and technology. The University Museums nurture knowledge of and appreciation for the University's cultural heritage and its present cultural context. The University Museums serve the Iowa State University community and the public as an educational and cultural resource.
Number of Months Employed Per Year:
12 Month Work Period
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