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Assistant Curator of Exhibitions

Application Deadline: November 15, 2021

Sheldon Museum of Art seeks a creative and versatile assistant curator of exhibitions to work collaboratively as part of the museum’s curatorial department in developing and implementing a robust schedule of exhibitions and interpretive publications.

The ideal candidate will be an organized team player with strong verbal and written communication skills who is prepared to both assist with, and take ownership of, a range of curatorial activities and projects. Primarily responsible for providing research support and assistance in all aspects of exhibitions and publications, the assistant curator of exhibitions also coordinates and occasionally organizes museum-generated exhibitions.

Additional responsibilities include, but are not limited to: producing interpretive publications as well as exhibition didactics and wall labels; assisting with the daily tasks of managing a curatorial department, such as maintaining master exhibition schedules, processing acquisition proposals, and coordinating curatorial team meetings and annual departmental budgets; working closely with the collections and exhibitions units of the department to research permanent collection objects and to obtain image copyright permissions; and providing exhibitions and institutional administrative support through preparing and disseminating exhibition information for other museum departments, processing and responding to exhibition-related correspondence, and compiling informational packets for traveling exhibitions.

At times the assistant curator of exhibitions also represents the museum to the public in tours and public programs. Reporting to Sheldon’s director and chief curator, this position advocates for and advances the museum’s mission of inspiring inquiry and discovery through our collections, exhibitions, and programs, serving the University of Nebraska, the state, and beyond.

Required Qualifications: Master’s degree in art history, fine arts, curatorial or museum studies with two (2) years in a curatorial assistant position and/or related research position at the college level required. Must possess knowledge of American art and culture with an emphasis on twentieth-century and contemporary art. Strong organization and computer skills, including knowledge of word processing and database software, are essential. Strong verbal and written communication skills are necessary. Ability to work in, and at times lead, a team environment is crucial.

Preferred Qualifications: Knowledge of collections management and museum policies preferred. Demonstrated record of publication(s) related to the candidate’s field of study.

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