The Marie and Hugh Halff Curator of American Art and Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Chief Curator

The San Antonio Museum of Art (SAMA) seeks an experienced curatorial leader for its newly created position of Curator of American Art and Chief Curator.

The Curator will be responsible for the San Antonio Museum of Art’s collection of American art, including but not limited to, collection research, acquisitions, interpretation, installation and exhibitions.As Mellon Chief Curator, the Curator will serve as a member of the museum’s senior management team (Director, Chief Curator, Director of Development, Director of Marketing and Communications, Director of Education, Chief Financial Officer) to execute, update and monitor the museum’s strategic plan.

Essential responsibilities:

Supervise curatorial staff, manage curatorial budget, and work with other departments to advance the museum’s strategic goals
Conduct ongoing research and propose/organize exhibitions of American art for national and/or international tour that advance the museum’s mission, vision, and strategic direction. Collaborate with other curators to identify and manage exhibitions from other departments and institutions
Develop and manage Visiting Committee of American Art and provide programs and stewardship for museum support groups and selected major donors
Work with the Director and senior staff to cultivate trustees, collectors, donors, and artists for gifts to the collection, acquisition funds, program support, and capital support. Participate in fundraising events, organize travel opportunities for selected donors and trustees
Oversee the museum’s scholarly publications and increase scholarly production of curatorial staff
Regularly network with peers nationally and internationally to develop collection exchanges, co-organize exhibitions, and tour SAMA-originated projects
Perform other duties as assigned within the scope of responsibility and requirements of the position

Formal Education and Job Requirements:

Minimum M.A in art history or other related area; Ph.D. preferred
Ten years or more of professional curatorial experience
Established record in organizing major traveling art exhibitions
Excellent administrative, written and verbal communication skills
Ability to develop constructive and cooperative working relationships with others

The position involves a significant amount of contact with museum staff, board, volunteers, and the public that may be of a sensitive or confidential nature. Discretion and sound judgment is required. Staff must be able to relate well to individuals with a variety of backgrounds and positively represent the museum. The position is a full-time salaried position and eligible for the museum’s benefit package. Compensation is commensurate with experience.

Applications should include the following: a cover letter that includes the applicant’s interest in the position; a statement, not to exceed two pages, about the applicant’s research and interest in curating SAMA’s collection; examples of writing and publications; curriculum vitae; and names of three references.

Applications should be submitted to:

Elda Martinez
Human Resources Manager
San Antonio Museum of Art
200 West Jones Avenue
San Antonio, Texas 78215

or via email:
San Antonio Museum of Art is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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