Harn Museum Curator II
The Harn Museum of Art at the University of Florida seeks a Curator
of Contemporary Art to strengthen the development, research,
presentation, interpretation, renown, and growth of the Museum’s
collection of global contemporary art representing all media. In
addition to specializing in contemporary art, theory or practice,
the ideal candidate will possess at least one year of curatorial or
research experience in the history of art by African,
African-American, Black and/or African-diasporic artists. The
candidate may be an emerging or already established curator.
The Harn’s Curator of Contemporary Art leads the development and
interpretation of the Museum’s contemporary art collection
encompassing more than 2,000 objects of international art in all
media. The contemporary collection is presented in thematic
exhibitions in an expansive 6,500 square-foot gallery within the
Mary Ann Harn Cofrin Pavilion and the adjacent Bob and Nancy Magoon
Garden. Major examples of outdoor contemporary sculpture are
installed on the Harn grounds and the adjacent Cultural Plaza.
Working in partnership with the entire curatorial team, the Curator
of Contemporary Art takes the lead on the outdoor sculpture program
at the Harn.
Global in perspective, the collection focuses on relevant issues
and ideas in contemporary art practice. Thematic currents in the
collection include an emphasis on social and political conditions,
a concentration on materials and process, and conceptual modes of
practice. Art by contemporary artists span the Harn’s collecting
areas with works by El Anatsui, Radcliffe Bailey, Sammy Baloji,
William Kentridge, Zanele Muholi, Kara Walker and Kehinde Wiley.
Dynamic connections and synergies also exist with the Harn’s Asian,
photography and modern collections providing many opportunities for
collaboration across curatorial departments in terms of
acquisitions, exhibitions, and programs.
The contemporary collection represents the work of diverse
individuals including women, LGBTQIA+ artists, African-Americans,
Black and Latinx artists, Hispanic-Americans, Asian-Americans, and
international artists. The Harn seeks a candidate who is familiar
with critical theories and histories of decolonization, race,
ethnicity, class, ability, gender and sexuality in the production,
reception and institutionalization of art and possesses a
demonstrated investment in creating and fostering diversity and
inclusion through their record of museum curatorial practice.
The University of Florida provides many rich opportunities for
scholarly interaction with fellow Harn curators and professional
colleagues. This candidate will possess the ability to and interest
in collaborating on interdisciplinary exhibitions and related
projects with other units across campus including the School of Art
+ Art History, the University Gallery; the African American Studies
Program; the Center for African Studies; the Center for Latin
American Studies; and Multicultural and Diversity Affairs.
The preferred candidate for the Curator of Contemporary Art is an
accomplished professional in contemporary art with a record of
scholarship, publications, acquisitions, exhibitions, and
collaborative programming. The curator manages and develops the
contemporary art collection in consultation with the Chief Curator
and Museum Director. The position requires an ability to work
collegially with all museum departments and with a diverse group of
colleagues, faculty and students across the university. In
developing exhibitions and related programs and publications, the
curator collaborates with Harn colleagues as well as University of
Florida faculty and students, the Gainesville community, and other
museum colleagues nationally and internationally.
- Curating exhibitions within the Museum and for travel to other
- Interpretation of the permanent collection of contemporary art
through exhibitions and publications in a variety of formats such
as catalogue essays, wall texts, articles for the Museum’s
magazine, and website.
- Original research for publication and presentation for academic
audiences and the general public.
- Refining the collection and making recommendations for
acquisitions and deaccessions.
- Contributing to the development of the Museum’s overall
strategic planning initiatives.
- Cultivation and stewardship of donor relationships.
- Conception and development of grants projects in collaboration
with the Museum Director, Director of Development, and other museum
- Participation in national and international conferences and
- Collaboration with Museum educators on development of public
- Providing lectures and tours to staff, docents, UF classes and
- Attending Museum events and collection visits outside of
regular business hours, as necessary.
- Mentoring Museum interns.
- Responding to queries from museum colleagues and the general
- Other duties as assigned.
The position requires time working outside the museum.
The position requires a substantial amount of time communicating by
phone, email, video meetings, and in person.
Some travel will be required.
About the Harn Museum of Art
The Harn Museum of Art at the University of Florida is one of the
nation’s leading university art museums employing approximately 50
full and part-time staff. The Museum is a
112,800-square-foot-facility, which includes 40,400 square feet of
exhibition space, 5 garden spaces, a 250-seat auditorium, study
center, museum store, café, and classroom spaces. The Harn Museum
of Art has been accredited by the AAM (American Alliance of
Museums) since 1997. The Harn’s collection totals more than 13,000
objects including African, Asian, modern, and contemporary art, and
photography with significant representations of Ancient American
and oceanic art, as well as a growing collection of works on paper
dated prior to 1850.
The Harn Museum of Art is an integral part of the University of
Florida. Since the museum opened September 22, 1990, it has served
a wide and diverse audience with a broad range of programming, made
easily accessible through free admission. The Museum collaborates
with university and community partners to inspire, educate, and
enrich people’s lives through art. The Museum brings the joy of
experiencing great works of art to diverse university, community,
national and global audiences through relevant and enlightening art
collections, exhibitions and learning opportunities.
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of the state's centers of education, medicine, cultural events, and
athletics. The University of Florida and UF Health Shands Hospital
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residents of surrounding counties. Gainesville is also the largest
city in Alachua County and is the county seat, with approximately
269,000 residents county-wide. It serves as the cultural,
educational, and commercial center for the north central Florida
region. The city provides a full range of municipal services,
including cultural and nature services and necessary administrative
services to support these activities. Additionally, the city owns a
regional transit system, a regional airport, and a 72-par
championship golf course. Known for its preservation of historic
buildings and the beauty of its natural surroundings, Gainesville's
numerous parks, museums and lakes provide entertainment to
thousands of visitors. Because of its beautiful landscape and urban
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The University of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The
University is committed to non-discrimination with respect to race,
creed, color, religion, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation,
gender identify and expression, marital status, national origin,
political opinions or affiliations, genetic information, and
veteran status in also aspects of employment including recruitment,
hiring, promotion, transfers, discipline, terminations, wage and
salary administration, benefits, and training.
We welcome nominations of and applications from anyone who would
bring additional dimensions to the university’s research, teaching,
extension, and clinical mission, including women, members of
underrepresented groups, protected veterans, and individuals with
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application/nomination and reference, be available for public
$55,000-$85,000 commensurate with experience.
Bachelor's degree in art, art history, museum studies, or a related
field and one year of museum curatorial experience; or any
equivalent combination of experience, training or education.
- PhD or Master’s degree in art history or related field, with a
specialization in contemporary art, theory, or practice; three to
five years of museum curatorial experience.
- Accomplished professional in contemporary art or visual culture
with a record of scholarship, publications, acquisitions,
exhibitions, public speaking, and collaborative programming.
- At least one year of specialized curatorial or research
experience in the history of art by African, African-American
and/or African-diasporic artists is highly desirable.
- Commitment to working within a university setting and with
diverse audiences and communities.
- Ability to collaborate with university faculty, students and
interns, museum staff, professional colleagues, and museum
supporters to achieve institutional goals.
- Knowledge of critical theories and histories of decolonization,
race, class, ability, gender and sexuality in the production,
reception, and institutionalization of art.
- Demonstrated investment in creating and fostering diversity and
inclusivity through record of museum curatorial practice.
- Excellent organizational, interpersonal, communication and
- Strong public speaking and written presentation skills.
- Eagerness to work collaboratively and in an innovative
- Experience in donor cultivation and grant development.
Special Instructions to Applicants:
In order to be considered, you must upload:
- Cover Letter
- Three professional references
Application must be submitted by 11:55 p.m. (ET) of the posting end
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