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Charles Allis and Villa Terrace Art Museums
Museum Curator Position
Job Purpose: Under the general supervision of the Executive Director, the Museum Curator is responsible for directing the activities of the Charles Allis and Villa Terrace Art Museums’ curatorial department. With the help of a full-time assistant curator, the curator manages the museums’ art collections, changing exhibitions and outreach to the larger arts community.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities: The list of responsibilities is not all-inclusive and may be expanded by the Executive Director as necessary.
- Cares for the museums’ collections and archives utilizing curatorial best practices
- Interprets objects, collections, and archives through displays, exhibitions, publications, events, and presentations
- Organizes six exhibitions annually (three at each museum)
- Recommends annual budget reflecting curatorial priorities and need
- Directs the maintenance of the historical fabric and architectural elements of both museums
- Works with marketing, event, rental, and visitor services staff to accomplish curatorial objectives including collections care
- Engages the community on behalf of the museums by attending events, collaborating with other organizations, and marketing
- Maintains collection archives and records
- Perform annual collection inventory
- Works with the Executive Director on fundraising and grant writing.
Qualifications: A bachelor’s degree in fine art, art history, museum studies or equivalent is required, along with three years of curatorial experience in a gallery, museum or university setting. A post-graduate degree is preferred.
Knowledge of conservation and preservation best practices, the ability to perform scholarly research and install exhibitions is essential. Strong problem-solving skills and the ability to multi-task in a fast-paced environment is required. Excellent organization, written and oral communication, computer literacy, and knowledge of computer programs including Microsoft Office, and Past Perfect are critical for success in this position. Candidates must be self-starters who can work independently and collaborate with others. An established professional network in the Milwaukee area preferred.
While performing the job, the Curator is regularly required to talk or hear, sit, stand, and walk. The employee is required to use hands to finger, handle or touch objects, tools or controls. The employee is occasionally required to stoop, kneel, and crouch and be able to reach above and below shoulder height.
Work environment: Work conditions are normal for an office environment. Work requires evening and weekend hours for events and meetings as necessary.
$35,000 plus health and dental benefits
To apply send resume and cover letter to: