The College of Fine Arts is seeking a highly motivated and passionate curator to help shape the exhibition offerings and permanent collection plan for the University of Kentucky Art Museum, part of the College of Fine Arts. The Museum is a resource for the campus community and a cultural destination for the citizens of the Commonwealth and beyond. Our Free Admission policy removes any financial obstacle that might stand in the way of opportunities for contemplation and connection. We are proud to be accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, meeting standards for excellence and professional practices.
Curating In dialogue with the director, the curator develops a schedule of temporary exhibitions to engage faculty, staff, and students on the UK campus and art lovers in the Lexington community and beyond. Our goal is to present a diverse selection of aesthetic and conceptual offerings, and we are deeply committed to making connections between the past and present. In dialogue with the registrar, coordinates loans from artists, galleries, collectors, and other institutions. Plan and oversee exhibition installation with the preparator and registrar. Plan installations of works from our permanent collection of over 5000 works from various cultures and historical periods. These include exhibitions of singular and groups of artists, and selections by medium and theme. Identifies speakers for the Robert C. May Photography Lecture Series, coordinate visits, and plan related exhibitions when appropriate. Cultivate audiences for the lectures with planned outreach and promotion. Writes texts for wall labels, exhibition overviews, brochures, catalogs, and the Museum website. Crafts a collection strategy that builds on strengths and addresses weaknesses in the Museum's holdings. Continue efforts to expand our representation of works by women, artists of color, LGBTQ artists, and other underrepresented individuals or groups. Make recommendations on the purchase of photography with endowment funds. Keeps abreast of various artists and issues in the field through studio visits, attending exhibitions and lectures, communicating with peers, and reading printed and on-line arts content.
Development With the guidance of the director and working with the Philanthropy staff of the College of Fine Arts, assists in cultivating potential Museum donors. Assesses various private collections and develop dialogue with potential donors to help build the Museum's permanent collection. Assists in preparing grant applications for exhibitions and public programs. |
Education Works with the director and Curator of Education to create public programs in conjunction with exhibitions, seeking out campus colleagues for maximum engagement. Leads tours of exhibitions and collection-related installations. Contributes relevant information to the Museum's artists files and collection management system when possible. Shares information about exhibitions with Museum staff, including talking points and security or content concerns. Maintains curatorial interns when possible and assist in student staff training as needed.
The salary range that we anticipate to offer is $50,000/year to $68,000/year. Salary is determined on factors which include experience, education, and other comparators on campus.
Strong oral and written communication skills
Position Time Status: Full-Time
Required Related Experience:
Required License/Registration/Certification :
Advanced knowledge of modern and contemporary art
Minimum of three years of curatorial experience in an art museum or art center
Experience in curating exhibitions, building collections, and developing public programs
University Community of Inclusion:
The University of Kentucky is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce by ensuring all our students, faculty, and staff work in an environment of openness and acceptance. We strive to foster a community where people of all backgrounds, identities, and perspectives can feel secure and welcome. We also value the well-being of each of our employees and are dedicated to creating a healthy place to work, learn and live. In the interest of maintaining a safe and healthy environment for our students, employees, patients and visitors the University of Kentucky is a Tobacco & Drug Free campus.
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Any candidate offered a position may be required to pass pre-employment screenings as mandated by University of Kentucky Human Resources. These screenings may include a national background check and/or drug screen.
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