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Job: Richard Brown Baker Curator of Contemporary Art, Rhode Island School of Design Museum

Posted by Sophia Zhou • Wednesday, October 10. 2012 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities

The application date for this opportunity has passed.

The RISD Museum is initiating a search for the position of Richard Brown Baker Curator of Contemporary Art. A critical position in a unique institution, the Curator will be relied upon for creativity, vision and commitment to the mission and goals of the Museum. The successful applicant will be charged with creating a serious and distinctive exhibition program (with accompanying publications), overseeing the care and gallery installation of the Museum’s permanent collection of contemporary art, strengthening the Museum’s collection of contemporary art through gifts and purchases, and continuing and broadening the museum’s participation in the international dialogue of contemporary art.

Closing Date: Open Until Filled
To apply:

The Curator’s ongoing responsibilities specifically include:

Developing and executing a distinctive program of thematic and monographic exhibitions focusing on art created after 1960.

In collaboration with the Museum’s Education Department, interpreting contemporary art through educational programs AND exhibitions and collections to increase accessibility for RISD faculty and students, the broader academic community, and the general public.

Developing and providing stewardship to the collection, maintaining contact with artists, collectors, colleagues, dealers and cultivating donors and potential donors.

Providing information and knowledge of the collection for research and publication, overseeing works on exhibition or in storage to insure safety and accessibility, determining conservation priorities, recommending and supervising appropriate treatments and recommending loans.

Supporting fundraising and public relations efforts of the Museum and the Development and Marketing departments; identifying, cultivating and educating supporters and potential supporters of the Museum through advice and special activities.

Preparing grants, budgets, and work plans in collaboration with the Director, Deputy Director, Business and Financial Manager, and Development Office. As project director of grant-funded projects, responsible for execution of work plan and budget.

As department head, supervising the curatorial assistant and interns.

Job Requirements

Specialization in international contemporary art after 1960 and broad knowledge of the 20th and 21st centuries.
Masters degree or equivalent education and experience required. At least seven years of curatorial and related experience; record of scholarly publications and exhibitions. Established contacts in the field (artists, curators, dealers, scholars).
Demonstrated positive, productive working relationships with artists, collectors and museum colleagues.
Familiarity with conservation and collection care as they relate to contemporary art practice, including digital media.
Excellent research, writing and speaking skills. Collaborative, teamwork approach; flexibility; strong interpersonal skills; strong organizational skills.
Some domestic and international travel required.

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