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Chief Curator of Collections and Academic Support, Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, University of Oregon (Eugene, OR)
Historic Preservation Blog from PreservationDirectory.com - Chief Curator of Collections and Academic Support, University of Oregon, Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, Eugene Oregon, museum jobs, employment
Contributed By: Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art
Email The Author: hartz@uoregon.edu
Website: http://www.uoregon.edu

The new position of Chief Curator of Collections and Academic Support will be responsible for creating a vision and implementing a direction for the JSMA’s collections program and academic support, providing strong leadership skills, curatorial strengths, and administrative experience. The position is responsible for: (1) the 13,000+ object collection with particular strengths in Asian art (Chinese, Japanese, and Korean), Northwest art, Russian icons, and European and American modern and contemporary art, and growing strength in Latin American art; (2) strengthening and developing rigorous and innovative collaborations with faculty across the university in support of curricula and research; and (3) developing exhibitions from the collection and in the curator’s area of expertise, and working with senior staff in the design of a comprehensive special exhibitions program.

The Chief Curator of Collections and Academic Support will supervise a staff of one full-time curator (regional and modern art), one part-time curator (Chinese and Korean art), and one registrar, as well as support staff, student interns, and volunteers. As a member of the senior staff of the JSMA, the position works closely with the heads of other JSMA departments (Administration and Exhibitions, Education, Communications, and Development), and the Leadership Council on planning, programming, community relations, budgeting, and fundraising. The JSMA is in the process of reviewing and revising its mission and creating a new long-range plan in preparation for its application for re-accreditation by the AAM in August 2009.

Required qualifications include a minimum of three years experience serving as a chief curator and director of curatorial operations at one or more museums; minimum of five years curatorial expertise in one or more areas of the JSMA’s collection; minimum of three years experience organizing major exhibitions, including traveling shows, from the permanent collection and on loan from institutions and private collectors; minimum of three years working with and managing guest curators; demonstrated ability to support the university’s academic program through curriculum-related exhibitions and public programs and other opportunities for faculty and student research; demonstrated ability to support cultural priorities of the region and local, regional, and national outreach; produced publications, including articles for scholarly and museum journals, and exhibition catalogues, and participated in national professional organizations; be well versed in professional practices of museums, including AAM accreditation; have current research interests/projects; have a strong network of professional contacts at museums, galleries, and auction houses, and among critics, art historians, and collectors; have experience cultivating donors for support of programs and acquisitions; enjoy working in a collaborative environment; hold an MA in art history; and have the ability to demonstrate commitment to cultural diversity.

Preferred qualifications include experience serving as a chief curator and director of curatorial operations at one or more university museums; knowledge of Japanese art and/or contemporary Asian art; and a PhD in art history. The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art (JSMA) is one of the premier Pacific Northwest visual art centers for exhibitions and collections of historic and contemporary art, as well as educational programs. The museum was recently expanded from 32,000 to approximately 70,000 square feet, with exhibition space increasing from 8,000 to 23,000 square feet. The collection numbers more than 13,000, including primary collection areas in Asian art and regional art of the Pacific Northwest. With approximately 17 employees and 85 student employees and volunteers, the museum provides an important teaching, research, and learning environment for University of Oregon (UO) students and faculty, community school-aged students, and the community at large.

Located 110 miles south of Portland, the University of Oregon has an enrollment of just over 20,000 students. The Eugene metro area (pop. 213,000) is in a region noted for its dynamic quality of life and progressive cultural environment. We are about an hour’s drive from the Pacific coast and the Cascade mountains. The university is an AAU research institution and a member of the Pac-10 conference. We seek qualified candidates who share our commitment to diversity.

Review of applications will begin March 2, 2009. For full consideration, applicants should submit a letter of interest, resume with the names and telephone numbers of three references, and a writing sample to: Jill Hartz, Executive Director, Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, 1223 University of Oregon, Eugene, OR 97403-1223. Applications may be submitted electronically to: hartz@uoregon.edu.

UO is an AA/EO/ADA institution committed to cultural diversity.


Keywords: Chief Curator of Collections and Academic Support, University of Oregon, Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, Eugene Oregon, museum jobs, employment

Posted: February 4, 2009
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