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Job: Curator, Art Gallery of Peterborough

Posted by Michelle Kasprzak • Sunday, June 6. 2010 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities
The City of Peterborough is currently seeking: Art Gallery Curator
Community Services Department/Art Gallery of Peterborough

The Art Gallery of Peterborough seeks a Curator with experience in exhibition development, collection management, publication history and a strong commitment to community. Reporting to the Director, the Curator is responsible for the research, planning, administration and interpretation of the exhibition program and the permanent collection within the context of the gallery mandate. The successful candidate possesses a thorough knowledge of contemporary art practice, as well as familiarity with curatorial, education, and museum practices. They will supervise education program staff, volunteers and interns to ensure the Art Gallery services are provided effectively and efficiently. The successful candidate will also coordinate the City's Public Art Program in partnership with the City's Arts, Culture and Heritage Division. The City of Peterborough is a diversified and active community with a population of approximately 75,000 people, offers excellent opportunities for growth, as well as higher learning at Trent University and Fleming College.


- A Masters degree in Visual Art or Art History or equivalent
- A minimum two (2) years curatorial experience. Previous supervisory experience an asset.
- Must be current with the broader trends, issues and concerns within the arts community and engaged in the development of related programs and special events.
- Experienced in managing acquisitions, a Permanent Collection and familiarity with collection software is essential.
- Experienced with Public Art policy and practices.
- Excellent leadership and team building skills; the ability to effectively coach, motivate, and coordinate the work of others
- The ability to support and facilitate positive work relationships; good public and employee relation skills with a focus on customer service and continuous improvement.
- Strong interpersonal and communication skills
- Excellent written and oral communication skills.
- A respect for the diversity of opinions, perspective and ideas; and be comfortable with changing priorities and demands.

This is permanent full-time position (35 hours/week) with a salary range of $64,594 - $70,593

Qualified applicants are invited to submit a résumé and cover letter, quoting file number no later than 4:30 p.m. on Monday, June 7, 2010, to: City of Peterborough, Human Resources Division, City Hall, 500 George Street North, Peterborough, Ontario K9H 3R9 Canada. Fax: (705) 742-7021.

The Art Gallery of Peterborough, incorporated in 1974, is a non-profit public gallery dedicated to exhibiting and collecting visual works of art. Information about artists and exhibitions is offered through educational programmes and publications. Funds generated from memberships, private and corporate sources, government grants and volunteer hours sustain all art gallery activities.
Our goal is to present contemporary visual art by artists from the immediate area, region and nation. Some historical and international work is also shown. The exhibitions are augmented with programmes of films, lectures, workshops, art history studies, extended labels and publications. We make curatorial choices in selecting the work for each particular exhibition whether it is featured in the main gallery or in the smaller exhibition areas. For more information, please visit,

The personal information submitted for employment is collected under the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act and will be used to determine eligibility for employment. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted. An Equal Opportunity Employer.

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