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Job: Assistant Curator, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

Posted by Mikhel Proulx • Friday, January 18. 2013 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities

Title: Assistant Curator
Department: Curatorial
Reports To: Curator of the Collection
Type of Position: Full-time, exempt/salaried

Position Summary

The Assistant Curator is responsible for research and presentation of the permanent collection and special exhibitions. The Assistant Curator will contribute to and shape public programming. He/She will work closely with the Curator, Public Programming, and the Education department, drawing on research and knowledge of the collection. The position requires strong art historical and writing skills.


Research on the collection and for special exhibitions
Participate in curatorial decisions in oversight of the collection and programs
Contribute to the conceptualization and planning of exhibitions, public programs, and lectures
Write texts for presentation of the collection and exhibitions (labels and guides, public relations texts, grant applications, and other publications)
Present lectures and public talks
Coordinate collection database together with Registrar; cataloguing of the library
Act as a liaison with the Public Programming, Education and Public Relations departments
Participate in conservation research and treatment
Provide art historical and historical guidance for professional researchers and Artists- and Scholars-in-Residence concerning the collection and the history of the Museum
Provide research advice and editing for the Director's Office and other departments as needed
Other duties as required


- Ph.D. in art history
- Experience in curatorial work in a museum
- A record of publication in art history or a related field
- Strong independent research skills
- Excellent writing and editing skills
- Working knowledge of at least two foreign languages
- Ability to work collaboratively

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