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Curator of Contemporary

University of Oregon
Oregon, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Jan 3, 2023

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Arts, Art History
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Curator of Contemporary & Traditional Chinese Art

Job no: 530448

Work type: Officer of Administration

Location: Eugene, OR

Categories: Arts/Theater/Museum, Foreign Languages/Linguistics, Research/Scientific/Grants, History

Department: Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art
Appointment Type and Duration: Regular, Ongoing
Salary: $63,594 - $68,000 per year
Compensation Band: OS-OA08-Fiscal Year 2022-2023
FTE: 1.0

Application Review Begins

November 21, 2022; position open until filled

Special Instructions to Applicants

Complete online application must include a cover letter, resume, and three professional references.

Department Summary

The University of Oregon's art museum opened its doors to the public in 1933. Designed by Ellis F. Lawrence, UO Dean of Architecture & Allied Arts at the time, the museum was built to house the Murray Warner Collection of Oriental Art—more than 3,700 works of art given to the University of Oregon by Gertrude Bass Warner.

The only academic art museum in Oregon accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, the University of Oregon's Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art (JSMA) features engaging exhibitions, significant collections of historic and contemporary art, and exciting educational programs that support the university's academic mission and the diverse interests of its off-campus communities. The JSMA's collections galleries present selections from its extensive holdings of Chinese, Japanese, Korean and American art. Special exhibitions galleries display works from the collection and on loan, representing many cultures of the world, past and present. The JSMA continues a long tradition of bridging international cultures and offers a welcoming destination for discovery and education centered on artistic expression that deepens the appreciation and understanding of the human condition.

Position Summary

The Curator of Contemporary, Modern, and Traditional Chinese Art is responsible for overseeing, developing, researching, and presenting Chinese contemporary, modern, and traditional collections and assisting as necessary with the Museum's collection of (other) Asian art.

These duties include implementing exhibitions (in the range of $10,000 - $100,000), negotiating international loans, inventorying and managing the collections, recommending acquisitions as well as conservation and other case, and researching and writing publications in areas of responsibility.

The Curator works closely with on- and off-campus communities to build museum engagement and organize major annual events, including those planned to help sustain and build the museum's relationships in the diverse regional and state Asian and Asian American communities. This position is also responsible for strengthening the JSMA as a nationally recognized teaching museum, participating in the museum's Academic Support Program through curricula across campus.

The Curator of Contemporary, Modern, and Traditional Chinese Art reports to the Chief Curator and may supervise one or more full-time post-graduate fellows, interns, and undergraduate and graduate students working in the museum for academic credit and as volunteers.

Minimum Requirements

  • MA in art history, with a focus on contemporary or modern Chinese art, and coursework or curatorial experience in traditional arts of China.
  • Minimum 2 years' museum experience working on curatorial and academic projects.
  • A record of published writing for museum and/or academic projects.
  • One years' experience writing grants with record of increased responsibilities and budget management.
  • One years' experience supervising student workers and volunteers.
  • Bilingual (Chinese/English): essential for communicating with museums, galleries, artists, and collectors in China, and other Chinese-reading/speaking countries to support JSMA exhibitions, programs, collections research, development, and fundraising and to further the JSMA's Chinese strategic plan.
  • One years' experience and a record of fruitful and enthusiastic collaboration with university faculty and students on curricular museum projects.
  • Teaching experience in areas of art history and museum practice.

    Professional Competencies

  • Demonstrated ability to work collegially and collaboratively with diverse internal and external constituents.
  • Demonstrated ability to multi-task and work collaboratively with staff, guest curators, faculty, students, artists, collectors, donors, and volunteers.
  • Ability to create and conduct workshops,
  • Effective communication skills including ability to present in public.
  • Excellent research and data management skills.
  • Excellent computer skills, including MS Office and Outlook Exchange.

    Preferred Qualifications

  • PhD in art history, with a focus on contemporary or modern Chinese art, and coursework in the traditional arts of China.
  • 2 or more years' curatorial experience in an academic art museum.
  • Experience researching and presenting Chinese art for museum acquisition and exhibition.
  • Strong track record of conceptualizing and organizing Chinese exhibitions.
  • Interest and experience working with community organizations, especially those serving Asian and Asian American audiences.
  • Experience in mentoring students at the graduate and undergraduate level.
  • Supervisory experience.

    FLSA Exempt: Yes

    All offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of a background inquiry.

    University of Oregon students and employees are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19. For additional information see:

    The University of Oregon is proud to offer a robust benefits package to eligible employees, including health insurance, retirement plans and paid time off. For more information about benefits, visit

    The University of Oregon is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the ADA. The University encourages all qualified individuals to apply, and does not discriminate on the basis of any protected status, including veteran and disability status. The University is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. To request an accommodation in connection with the application process, please contact us at or 541-346-5112.

    UO prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, national or ethnic origin, age, religion, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression in all programs, activities and employment practices as required by Title IX, other applicable laws, and policies. Retaliation is prohibited by UO policy. Questions may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, Office of Civil Rights Compliance, or to the Office for Civil Rights. Contact information, related policies, and complaint procedures are listed on the statement of non-discrimination.

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