Curator, Syracuse University Art Museum

Location
New York, United States
Salary
Salary Not Specified
Posted
May 24, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time
Posting Details



Job # 037024 Department Code 20009-7605 Department University Art Collections Job Title Curator, Syracuse University Art Museum Location Syracuse, NY Pay Range Commensurate with Experience Staff Level S5 FLSA Status Exempt Hours

Standard University business hours

8:30am – 5:00pm (academic year)
8:00am – 4:30pm (summer)

Hours may vary based on operational needs.

Job Type Full-time Campus Syracuse, NY Unionized Position Code Not Applicable Job Description

The ideal candidate will be a scholar, with a successful track record of developing exhibitions, publications, collaborative projects, public speaking, and fundraising. They will have expertise in historic collections, with a mind toward global and transhistoric discourse and experience in developing inclusive narratives and addressing issues of racial injustice. Reporting to the Director & Chief Curator of the Syracuse University Art Museum, the curator will be a key member of the Museum’s leadership team. They will draw on their broad and extensive knowledge of art history to engage with the permanent collection to curate exhibitions and provide curricular engagement for class visits and public tours. The Curator will work closely with the Director & Chief Curator to implement the artistic identity and vision for the museum as well as strategic initiatives for exhibitions, public programs and collections with a strong commitment to inclusion, diversity, equity, and access and the Museum’s mission. They will also serve as a leading fundraiser for the Museum, helping engage Syracuse University alumni and donors and authoring grants for the museum’s projects.

The Syracuse University Art Museum is committed to building a diverse and inclusive workforce. We strongly encourage members of traditionally underrepresented communities in higher education and museums to apply. Qualifications

• Master’s degree in art history; Ph.D. preferred
• 5+ years of progressively responsible experience in researching, exhibiting and publishing on works of art
• Experience fundraising, cultivating donors, and writing grant proposals
• Experience developing collection and loan exhibitions
• Experience teaching classes, leading class discussions, and/or tours
• Proficiency with The Museum System ( TMS ) collections management database preferred

Job Specific Qualifications

• An expansive knowledge of global art history and ability to develop interdisciplinary connections
• Knowledge of the art market and trends in the field
• Excellent research skills and ability to undertake primary research on original artworks in the collection
• Ability to engage with a wide range of course curriculum and identify and develop opportunities for curricular engagement with the art collection
• Strong public speaking skills to lead group discussions, classes, and tours in a wide range of cross-disciplinary topics
• Ability to cultivate donors and author grant proposals
• Ability to strategically plan and implement long-term goals
• Strong interpersonal and diplomatic skills
• Excellent problem-solving, organizational, and time management skills
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills
• Ability to take initiative, work independently and collaboratively
• Commitment to working with a diverse and inclusive community
• Experience with Microsoft Office or equivalent
• Understands and adheres to the standards prescribed by the American Alliance of Museums
• Ability to travel, work evenings and/or weekends as necessary in the performance of assigned responsibilities.

Responsibilities

• Exhibitions:
The Curator will conceive innovative, scholarly, and multidisciplinary exhibitions with the global art collection that engage with university curriculum and promote diversity and inclusion. They will devise exhibition checklists, create didactics, and plan and lead a variety of programming. They will work with the museum designer and preparator on exhibition installation and marketing materials. They will also curate exhibitions from the extensive permanent collection for the Museum’s longstanding Traveling Exhibition program, which rents exhibitions to museums and galleries throughout the country. Working closely with the Director & Chief Curator, the curator will assist with managing the museum’s active exhibition schedule through management of the exhibition calendar for the main campus museum and the NYC venue, as well as reviewing exhibition proposals and assisting with running regular exhibition committee meetings. The curator will act as museum liaison for managing guest curated exhibitions. When appropriate, the curator will author published materials such as books, articles, exhibition catalogues, and digital content.

• Collections:
Working closely with the Director & Chief Curator, the curator will build, refine, and strengthen the permanent collection by researching and proposing new acquisitions, especially artworks that build on the diversity of the collection. The curator will perform scholarly research on works of art in the permanent collection, adding appropriate information and scholarship to related object files and labels. With the director, the curator will take a leading role in the regular collections committee meetings, review loan requests and make recommendations on collection conservation needs. Working with faculty and outside scholars, the curator will support outside research of the collection, coordinate retrieval of works for visitors, and provide information on the objects. They will represent the museum within the academic community, as well as in the arts and culture community in Central New York, by attending and participating in events, university-sponsored lectures, and by presenting gallery talks and public lectures at local, regional, and national conferences and professional meetings.

• Curriculum:
The curator will collaborate with faculty, students, and staff to support curricular engagement and opportunities to teach with the collection by coordinating class visits and providing teaching support as needed. They will actively engage faculty through outreach to support teaching goals and achieve core competencies, creating custom checklists that align with course materials. The curator will organize faculty and graduate student workshops on methods, techniques, and strategies in teaching and research with works of art and cultural heritage to encourage faculty throughout all areas of campus to use the collection. To that end, they will develop new relationships on campus with a wide constituent of schools and departments to continue to grow curricular engagement and improve the student experience.

• Supervisor:
Trains and supervises undergraduate and graduate student interns on a variety of curatorial and research-based projects.

• Fundraising:
Takes an active role in fundraising by assisting in the cultivation of museum donors and engagement with Syracuse University alumni. Works with the Director & Chief Curator to author grant proposals for the Museum.

Physical Requirements Tools/Equipment Application Instructions

In addition to completing an online application, please attach a resume and cover letter.

About Syracuse University

Museum Overview:

The Syracuse University Art Museum fulfills the University’s educational mission by promoting original research, creative thinking, and increased mindfulness within the University community and beyond. As a teaching museum, it acquires and preserves works of art and uses its extensive collection to serve as a museum-laboratory for research, exploration and discussion. It aims to foster diverse and inclusive perspectives by convening students and the local and global communities.

Started in 1873 under the direction of George Fisk Comfort, who famously founded the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the museum’s permanent collection encompasses the global history of art. Numbering 45,000 objects, which are searchable on the Museum’s website (museum.syr.edu), the collection is among the top ten largest academic art museum holdings in the United States. It surveys the international history of printmaking and has extensive holdings in photography and social cartooning, as well as strong collections in 18th, 19th and 20th century American and European painting and sculpture. The collection has many other areas of strength including Korean, Japanese, pre-Columbian and modern Peruvian ceramics, Indian, West African and Oceanic art. In addition to its flagship location on the Syracuse University campus, the Museum runs the satellite Louise and Bernard Palitz Gallery, located at Syracuse University’s Lubin House in New York City.

Syracuse University:

Syracuse University is a private, international research university with distinctive academics, diversely unique offerings and an undeniable spirit. Located in the geographic heart of New York State, with a global footprint, and nearly 150 years of history, Syracuse University offers a quintessential college experience.

The scope of Syracuse University is a testament to its strengths: a pioneering history dating back to 1870; a choice of more than 200 majors and 100 minors offered through 13 schools and colleges; nearly 15,000 undergraduates and 5,000 graduate students; more than a quarter of a million alumni in 160 countries; and a student population from all 50 U.S. states and 123 countries. For more information, please visit www.syracuse.edu.

About the Syracuse area

Syracuse is a medium-sized city situated in the geographic center of New York State approximately 250 miles northwest of New York City. The metro-area population totals approximately 500,000. The area offers a low cost of living and provides many social, cultural, and recreational options, including parks, museums, festivals, professional regional theater, and premier shopping venues. Syracuse and Central New York present a wide range of seasonal recreation and attractions ranging from water skiing and snow skiing, hiking in the Adirondacks, touring the historic sites, visiting wineries along the Finger Lakes, and biking on trails along the Erie Canal.

EEOC

Syracuse University is an equal-opportunity, affirmative-action institution. The University prohibits discrimination and harassment based on race, color, creed, religion, sex, gender, national origin, citizenship, ethnicity, marital status, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable law to the extent prohibited by law. This nondiscrimination policy covers admissions, employment, and access to and treatment in University programs, services, and activities.

Commitment to Supporting and Hiring Veterans

Syracuse University has a long history of engaging veterans and the military-connected community through its educational programs, community outreach, and employment programs. After World War II, Syracuse University welcomed more than 10,000 returning veterans to our campus, and those veterans literally transformed Syracuse University into the national research institution it is today. The University’s contemporary commitment to veterans builds on this historical legacy, and extends to both class-leading initiatives focused on making an SU degree accessible and affordable to the post-9/11 generation of veterans, and also programs designed to position Syracuse University as the employer of choice for military veterans, members of the Guard and Reserve, and military family members.

Commitment to a Diverse and Inclusive Campus Community

Syracuse University maintains an inclusive learning environment in which students, faculty, administrators, staff, curriculum, social activities, governance, and all other aspects of campus life reflect a diverse, multi-cultural, and international worldview. The University community recognizes and values the many similarities and differences among individuals and groups. At Syracuse, we are committed to preparing students to understand, live among, appreciate, and work in an inherently diverse country and world made up of people with different ethnic and racial backgrounds, military backgrounds, religious beliefs, socio-economic status, cultural traditions, abilities, sexual orientations and gender identities. To do so, we commit ourselves to promoting a community that celebrates and models the principles of diversity and inclusivity.

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