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Job - Curator of Contemporary and Modern Art, Blanton Museum of Art

Posted by April Steele • Monday, April 11. 2011 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities
The Blanton Museum of Art at the University of Texas at Austin is seeking to fill a key curatorial position. The Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art will join the museum's talented team of curators, educators, grad interns, and other staff in the creation of programmatic offerings for the museums varied audiences.

The Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art will work in concert with The Blanton curators in Latin American and European art to research, develop, present, manage and evaluate exhibition projects of varying scales using works in the permanent collection as well as loaned objects and new commissions. The Curator will oversee an outstanding permanent collection of approximately 7,000 works of art, including prints and drawings, paintings, sculpture, installation, photo- and media-based works. He or she will research and interpret works in the collection and make recommendations for acquisitions to further develop museum holdings in this area. The Curator will recruit and manage loan exhibitions of modern and contemporary art and will work with colleagues in the field to develop co-produced exhibition projects and/or exhibition tours. The Curator will work collaboratively with curators, educators, and designers in the creation of program content. She or he will work with the museum's development and marketing staff, the Director, and Deputy Director's office to expand audiences and support for the collection and for all museum programs. Other related functions as assigned.

Required qualifications: In-depth knowledge of American and international modern and contemporary art. Passionate advocacy of artists, excellent working relationships with colleagues in the field, including collectors, gallerists, critics, and scholars. MA in the History of Art. 7 years museum experience as Associate Curator or above, with an impressive record of publications, public presentations, and service to the field, and active and visible participation in the national or international art community. A proven history of impeccable scholarship as well as superb writing, communication, digital, interpersonal, and management skills. The ability to manage budgets, identify and cultivate donors, and advance the institution and its mission. The successful candidate will be collaborative, collegial, creative, and resourceful; demonstrates integrity in all professional matters; enjoys learning from objects and working with students, docents and volunteers. She or he will be committed to the vital academic and cultural life of the University and the surrounding Austin and central Texas community, which is known for its vibrancy and enthusiastic cultural participation. Equivalent combination of relevant education and experience may be substituted as appropriate.

Preferred qualifications: PhD in History of Art or related area of study preferred. Ten years or more experience in major art museums preferred.

Working conditions: May work around standard office conditions. Repetitive use of a keyboard at a workstation.
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