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Job - Curator of Prints, Portland Art Museum

Posted by April Steele • Thursday, September 1. 2011 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities

The application date for this opportunity has passed.

The Portland Art Museum invites applications for the Curator of Prints. Reporting to the Chief Curator, the Curator of Prints is responsible for the care, research, exhibition, growth and custody of all objects in the prints collection belonging to or on loan to the Portland Art Museum.

Since 1892 the mission of the Portland Art Museum is to engage the public with art and film of enduring quality, to facilitate dialogue with diverse audiences, and to collect, preserve and educate for the enrichment of present and future generations. The Portland Art Museum is among the oldest art museums in the United States and the oldest in the Pacific Northwest. The Museum's collection of 42,000 objects reflects the history of art from ancient times to today. The Portland Art Museum's Vivian and Gordon Gilkey Center for Graphic Arts was established in 1993 and is dedicated to the collection, exhibition, preservation, and study of works of art on paper. The print collection of more than 20,000 works ranges from the 12th century to the present. The graphic arts department presents 3 - 4 exhibitions highlighting graphic art from the collection annually. The Haber Study Room of the Graphic Arts Center is available by appointment to scholars and the public for the study of specific artworks.

Essential Functions:

- Responsible for research and cataloguing of collection; developing temporary exhibitions and related programs; writing and speaking about prints; represents Museum on matters related to subject. Serves as advisor to Graphic Arts Council. Supervises presentation of traveling exhibitions of prints scheduled by the Portland Art Museum.
- Conducts ongoing research on the Museum's prints collections, and prints in general. Works collegially with curators in overlapping disciplines on matters of mutual interest.
- Makes recommendations for acquisitions and deaccessioning to the Director, Chief Curator, and the Collections Committee.
- Develops exhibitions and installations from the Museum's permanent collection.
- Originates and organizes exhibitions of prints and works on paper. Conducts research, selects objects, and works with registrars on coordination of loan agreements, packing and shipping, and other exhibition details.
- Writes catalogues, brochures, and other publications; writes exhibition wall labels and extended object labels.
- Serves as curator-in-charge of traveling exhibitions, when appropriate and assigned.
- Works with Education Department to develop programs and activities that relate to or enhance exhibitions and installations.
- Presents gallery talks, docent lectures, and public lectures on relevant exhibitions and aspects of the permanent collection. Participates in online programs.
- Cultivates collectors for possible donations of art objects.
- Serves as advisor to the Graphic Arts Council; provides guidance and advice for programming and other council activities; participates in events.
- Works with the Development Office to develop support for programs and activities.
- Works with Library in developing research and reference materials related to curatorial area.
- Participates in the professional and intellectual discourse related to prints, as well as the museum profession; provides services to the disciplines through participation as an active member of professional organizations.
- Is conversant with the prints art market, maintains contact with dealers, galleries, collectors, fellow professionals, and other constituencies as appropriate as a basis for collection growth and exhibition development.
- Fields inquiries from members and the public.
- Supervises the staff and interns working in Gilkey Study Center.

Job Requirements:

- PhD in Art History with 5 years museum experience in Print Department or equivalent combination of education and experience.
- Demonstrated breadth of expertise in European and American prints from medieval to contemporary.
- Reading knowledge of one European language required, two or more preferred.
- Wide knowledge of the history of prints.
- Familiarity with graphic arts techniques, the care of works on paper, cataloguing standards, and collection storage.
- Keen interest in original objects.
- Evidence of increasing responsibility throughout career.
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills, with the ability to prepare and deliver concise, understandable, and effective presentations to a wide audience.
- Ability to work with colleagues, volunteers, and the Museum public.
- Attention to detail and accuracy.
- Proficiency in MS Office Suite, including Word, Excel, Outlook and web-based research tools.

To apply, please visit

The position is open until filled.
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