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Associate Curator (#785)

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The Associate Curator is responsible for working with the Museum’s permanent collection and its development, managing and curating exhibitions and installations, and supporting the Museum’s teaching mission. The Associate Curator reports to the Museum’s Director and works closely and collaboratively with the Associate Curator of Visual and Material Culture, the Curator of Education and Academic Programs, the Associate Curator of Education, and Collections management staff.

The Museum’s curatorial team represents a unique model in which collection curators and education curators work together in the planning of installations and exhibitions. Exhibitions and collection displays are conceived and considered by this team and the Director, in relation to the Museum’s Teaching with Art program, with ideal projects being those that support the institution’s commitment to experiential and interdisciplinary learning.

Primary duties

  • manage the Museum’s exhibition program and budgets by planning and executing special exhibitions and installations and overseeing the production of exhibition-related materials

-lead exhibition meetings and develop related agendas

-maintain long-term exhibition schedule and establish installation schedules with Collections staff

-curate special exhibitions and permanent collection installations

-occasionally manage and facilitate special exhibitions for outside curators (faculty, guest curators, etc.)

-manage exhibition budgets in coordination with Director and Financial Coordinator

-contribute to grant applications for special exhibitions and track related funding

-manage exhibition publication projects (including catalogues, brochures, etc.)

-handle logistics for Museum signage, exhibition vinyls, banners and other displays in the galleries, lobby, and building exterior

-write exhibition press releases

-establish communications and marketing plans for special exhibitions, including media, outreach strategies and advertising (in collaboration with Director)

-respond to outside inquiries proposing exhibitions at MHCAM

-research and follow trends in exhibition display and curatorial practice

  • assist with the development and oversight of the Museum's collection of over 24,000 objects, including acquisitions, scholarly research and writing, cataloging, display, and care

-research permanent collection and assist with ongoing improvements to Mimsy collections database and object file cataloging

-propose new acquisitions in support of teaching mission and collection development

-respond to collection-related inquiries from researchers and visitors (with assistance from Art Museum Advisory Board Fellow and curatorial interns)

-collaborate with Collections Manager to facilitate outgoing loan requests

-visit donors/potential donors to assess possible gifts

-work with other curators, Collections Manager, and Senior Museum Preparator to identify works of art needing conservation treatment, frames, mounts and housings

-serve as staff co-liaison to the Collections Committee of the Art Museum Advisory Board by working with committee leadership to develop agendas, create reports, maintain records, and

-provide information and support as needed

Other duties

  • oversee the Museum’s communications and marketing activities, ensuring the general consistency and quality of messaging, signage, and promotional materials
  • prepare for and participate in staff and Art Museum Advisory Board meetings and special events
  • occasionally present gallery talks and lead tours for alumnae and community groups
  • write exhibition and permanent collection labels
  • supervise and mentor curatorial interns
  • attend and participate in scholarly conferences and evolve as a curator and scholar of art history
  • attend Museums10 Curators meetings
  • occasional evening and weekend hours are expected


Advanced degree in art history and a minimum of 5 years of museum curatorial experience (or related exhibitions planning/coordination experience), with a preference for candidates with some academic museum experience; a broad knowledge of art history and a keen eye for design and museum display methods; excellent project management skills; strong writing, editing, and communications skills; a proclivity for collaborative work in a fast-paced, team-based environment; and the ability to work both autonomously and collectively on multiple projects as needed; training in art handling; advanced familiarity with Excel, Google Drive, Adobe Creative Suite, as well as collections database programs (i.e., Mimsy) and virtual exhibition programs (i.e., Google Sketch-up); some experience using website management platforms.

Review of applications will begin on January 14, 2019. 

About Mount Holyoke College Art Museum

The Mount Holyoke College Art Museum (MHCAM) is defined by its innovative program of teaching with art and material culture. The number of faculty and students deeply engaging with original works of art continues to grow each year. Last year 122 different courses held 200 class sessions at MHCAM, comprising a total of 3,206 student visits. As a part of that unprecedented activity, 84 faculty members from 34 different disciplines taught not only with the art on view in the galleries but also with 1,400 objects pulled from storage.

The permanent collection at the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum comprises objects from five continents and across thousands of years of history. Particular strengths within the Museum’s 24,000 holdings are ancient Mediterranean art and artifacts, paintings, sculpture, and decorative art from Europe and the United States, and modern and global contemporary art. Categories of significant depth include photography, glass, ceramics, prints and drawings, and numismatics.

Since its founding in 1876, the Museum has been the recipient of sizeable and specialized collections. The earliest such collection comprises a group of objects that came from various donors—the so-called Missionary Collection. This group was formed during the late 19th and early 20th century through a series of gifts from alumnae of Mount Holyoke College working as missionaries in foreign countries. Other more recent gifts by single individuals, such as the Richter Collection of Netsuke, and the Fellows Collection of Silver and Snuff Bottles, have allowed the Museum to attain depth in unique areas that might not otherwise be represented in its collections. The most significant “collection within the collection” is the Joseph Allen Skinner Museum, boasting 7,000 objects acquired over the lifetime of one visionary local collector.

For more information about Mount Holyoke College Art Museum, please visit: https://artmuseum.mtholyoke.edu/

For more information about Mount Holyoke College, please visit: https://www.mtholyoke.edu/


Mount Holyoke College is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Mount Holyoke College is committed to enriching the educational experience it offers through the diversity of its faculty, administration, and staff members. Mount Holyoke seeks to recruit and support a broadly diverse team who will contribute to the college's excellence, diversity of viewpoints and experiences, and relevance in a global society. In furtherance of institutional excellence, the College encourages applications from individuals from underrepresented groups, including faculty, staff, and administration of color, diverse gender identities, first generation college students and individuals who have followed non-traditional pathways to college, and individuals with a demonstrated leadership commitment to including diverse backgrounds and perspectives.