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Job - Associate Curator/Curator, Aspen Art Museum

Posted by April Steele • Thursday, May 26. 2011 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities

Associate Curator / Curator

About the Aspen Art Museum
The Aspen Art Museum is an accredited, globally preeminent, non-collecting institution that organizes and presents the newest, most important evolutions in international contemporary art through a dynamic exhibition program of ten to twelve shows per year. With an annual operating budget of over $3.1 million and staff of 28 professionals, the AAM is situated in a picturesque environment with an exceptionally active community of contemporary art collectors. Please visit our website for more information: The Aspen Art Museum is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Job Description
The Associate Curator / Curator provides curatorial expertise to the Director and Chief Curator and curatorial leadership within the institution. S/he participates in and manages all aspects of an ambitious schedule of contemporary exhibitions and publications—including research, preparation, and implementation. S/he provides curatorial support for all exhibitions and curates occasional exhibitions in the main galleries in addition to developing small-scale and off-site exhibitions. Reporting to the Director and Chief Curator, the Associate Curator / Curator is an integral part of the museum’s senior management team, with broad responsibilities across the institution.

• Curates occasional monographic and group exhibitions, performances, and film and video series, as well as other small-scale and off-site projects
• Works with the Director and Chief Curator on conceptualizing all aspects of the exhibition program, including long term visioning and planning
• Works closely with all artists and outside curators involved in the museum’s exhibition program, including the museum progressive artist-in-residence program
• Coordinates the production of major commissions, including film, theatrical and musical performance, large-scale public sculpture, and immersive installation
• Helps secure public, private, and corporate partnerships for the creation and presentation of new work
• Coordinates collaborations with national and international institutional and publishing partners
• Writes and helps and edit exhibition descriptions and didactic materials including gallery guides, wall text, labels, website content, and catalog texts.
• Works with Education, Development, and Communications staff to prepare and edit materials to promote, publicize, and interpret exhibitions and related public programs
• Develops and presents original interpretative gallery talks to classes, visiting groups,
and donors
• In consultation with the Director and Chief Curator, works with development staff to raise maximum funds in support of exhibitions.
• Works with Registrar and Manager of Exhibitions to develop and monitor curatorial
department budget, including revenue and expenses
• Provides logistical and administrative coordination of exhibitions, including traveling exhibition
• Supervises full time curatorial assistant and curatorial interns

Requirements and Qualifications
• MA in Art History, Curatorial Studies, or a related discipline with an emphasis on contemporary art
• 3–5 years experience as a curator or curatorial assistant in an art museum
• Recognized curatorial experience, preferably in a museum context
• Strong knowledge of the international contemporary art world with an extensive network of artists and colleagues
• In-depth knowledge and enthusiasm for contemporary visual art, artists, museums
and exhibitions
• Ability to work with close attention to detail and to maintain confidentiality
• Ability to take initiative and prioritize tasks; excellent time-management, problemprevention and problem-solving skills
• Ability to follow through and meet deadlines while coordinating many current and longrange projects simultaneously
• Outstanding writing, editing, organizational, management, and communication skills
• Ability to represent the museum with a high level of integrity and professionalism, adhere to museum policies and support management decisions in a positive, professional manner
• Strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to work with colleagues, artists, the public, Board of Trustees, donors, and volunteers
• Comfortable working in a fast paced, team oriented environment.

To apply, please send a letter of interest and a cv via email to:
hr (at)

or mail to:
Aspen Art Museum
ATTN: Karen Johnsen
590 North Mill Street
Aspen, CO 81611
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