Picker Art Gallery, Colgate University’s art museum, is seeking a
curatorial assistant dedicated to creating opportunities for
critical inquiry, interdisciplinary dialogue, and creative thinking
that foster understanding of how art intersects with people and
Picker Art Gallery ( PAG ) forms one-half of the University Museums
at Colgate, along with the Longyear Museum of Anthropology ( LMA ).
While this position reports to the co-director and curator of PAG,
he/she/they will work alongside colleagues whose roles span the two
museums and their collections. PAG is at an exciting point in its
history. As a key component of Colgate’s ambitious Middle Campus
Plan for Arts, Creativity, and Innovation, our team is currently
reenvisioning and redefining how an academic art museum fits into
the contemporary liberal arts experience and into the cultural
fabric of the regional communities into which the campus is
embedded. Our strategic plan prioritizes implementing decolonizing
practices across museum operations, creating a more inclusive and
accessible program, increasing student and faculty engagement,
enhancing collaborations on and off campus, and developing
collections that represent a wider range of identities and
We’d love to hear from you – even if you do not meet 100% of the
preferred/desired qualifications. The starting salary will be in
the high $40k’s.
The Picker Art Gallery curatorial assistant provides key support in
advancing the museum’s exhibition program, collections-based
research agenda, student and faculty engagement, and other
strategic initiatives. The person filling the position will
accountable for the following:
Providing oversight for and coordination of the museum’s exhibition
program and maintaining steady progress on multiple exhibition
projects, managing production schedules, writing exhibition texts
and promotional material, managing budgets, assisting with
installation, and giving curatorial tours.
Enhancing knowledge about and access to the museum’s collections,
including conducting rigorous, independent, object-based, and
archival research, working to establish provenance, liaising with
specialists, fielding queries, maintaining accurate data, and
assisting with movement, packing, and documentation.
Coordinating and preparing for class visits, liaising with student
and community groups on special projects, and supervising student
employees and interns.
Conceptualizing, coordinating, implementing, and evaluating
academic and community programs in collaboration with museum staff
and other stakeholders.
Providing editorial and administrative oversight for
print and digital museum publications, including writing and
editing content, managing publication timelines, coordinating team
members and other contributors, and ensuring accessibility
standards are met.
Developing and implementing effective communications strategies to
various target audiences, including social media management, and
communications to students, faculty, staff, and the general
Establishing or strengthening DEAI and decolonizing practices
across museum operations, especially in exhibitions,
interpretation, and collections.
Providing key support with grant writing, reporting, and
administration as well as donor and alumni relations.
Performing other duties as assigned.
Professional Experience/ Qualifications
- Minimum one (1) year experience in a museum or other arts or
cultural institution, or demonstrable equivalent experience.
- Familiarity working with databases and/or demonstration of
understanding of database concepts.
- Strong writing and editing skills.
- Experience conducting object-based research.
- Ability to work collegially with a diverse group of faculty,
staff, and students on a daily basis.
- Flexibility and the ability to think creatively.
- Knowledge of relevant computer programs (Word, Excel,
Powerpoint, Google applications).
- Additional experience (more than 1 year) in a curatorial role
in a museum or other arts or cultural institution, or demonstrable
equivalent experience preferred.
- Knowledge of contemporary museological and curatorial
- Previous experience working with museum collections, including
knowledge of safe handling and movement practices.
- Previous experience working on exhibitions.
- Previous experience coordinating publications.
- Sound knowledge of contemporary art and artists, especially
BIPOC, LGBTQ+, women, and other underrepresented artists.
- Solid understanding of and commitment to decolonizing, equity,
and inclusion practices, preferably in a museum context.
- Previous supervisory experience, such as overseeing
undergraduate student employees or interns.
- Experience engaging audiences through marketing and/or social
- Experience working on digital and multimedia projects such as
online exhibitions, websites, or videos.
- Working knowledge of The Museum System ( TMS ) or TMS
- Bachelor’s degree in art history, museum studies, or related
field, or demonstrable equivalent experience is required.
- Master’s degree in art history, museum studies, or related
field, or demonstrable equivalent experience preferred.
Job Open Date
Job Close Date
Open Until Filled
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population representing a variety of races, gender identities,
social economic status, sexual orientations, languages, national
origins, etc. Our
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Plan
presents a framework for
continuing the creation of an inclusive campus and engaging the
Colgate community in this effort in the years ahead.
Please describe how you would connect and work with a diverse
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