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Curator of Western Art - Archive
Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art

Posting: 13451
Location: Eugene
Closes: 2014-02-11

Revised:  Application Review Date

Fixed Term, full-time
$70,000-80,000 starting salary
12 month renewable appointment

General Description of the Position:

The Curator of Western Art supports the chief curator and the executive director by managing the art and programs related to the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art's (JSMA) extensive collections of Western art, including American, Latin American, and European art, as well as loans of Western art.  At present, the 5600 works comprising this collection (from a total collection of 13,000 objects) include prints, drawings, photographs, paintings, mixed media and new media, sculpture and decorative arts, representing a range of cultures, nations, and time periods.  The JSMA is a teaching museum, and its collections, exhibitions and programs are developed to strengthen learning opportunities for K-12, UO students, and lifelong learners and multi-cultural, cross-cultural, and interdisciplinary initiatives that build diverse audiences.      

Reporting to and working closely with the Chief Curator, this position helps to draft and implement strategic plans and program goals for the Western collections, exhibitions, publications, and programs; works closely in a team environment with staff, faculty, and students as well as outside scholars in course preparation and guest teaching, research, and museum studies activities; and cultivates donors and raises funds for all aspects of his/her responsibilities.  This position also supervises the David McCosh and Anne Kutka McCosh Associate Curator, who advances work on the McCosh collection and other curatorial projects, as well as occasional assistant curators, curatorial fellows, and undergraduate and graduate students, working in the museum for academic credit and as volunteers.

Description of Duties:

Major Duties

Collections: 50%

-Work closely with curators and collections staff to assure that the highest professional standards in collections management are followed;

-Develop acquisitions goals with curators, executive director, and Collections Committee and work to realize them;

-Research collections in areas of responsibilities and share research through exhibitions and public and academic programs, including teaching, publications and on-line access;

-Develop educational and marketing programs to support the above;

-Identify prospects and cultivate collectors and donors and assist development staff as needed.

Exhibitions: 30%

-Work with executive director, curators, and other senior staff to develop exhibitions program, featuring works from collection and on loan that advance the JSMA mission and long-range plan, serving both academic needs and public interest;

- Curate special exhibitions, from collection and works on loan, that advance the understanding of Western art, both for exhibition at JSMA and touring to other museums;

-Develop and implement publications, educational programs, and fundraising and marketing strategies to support the above.

Other: 20%

-Supervise McCosh curatorial position and possible extern/assistant curator in Western art (both Officers of Administration) and other assistant curators/curatorial fellows, when on staff;

-Supervise and mentor undergraduate and graduate students for course credit and as volunteers/work-students;

-Advise, teach and further museum studies program;

-Write grants and other proposals to advance Western art priorities;

-Complete other projects as assigned by chief curator or executive director.

Minimum Qualifications:

1.         Ph.D. in relevant art history field is required.

2.         Minimum of three years curatorial expertise in Western art at an accredited museum.

3.         Minimum of three years experience organizing major exhibitions from permanent collections and on loan from institutions and private collectors.

4.         Experience teaching art history and/or museum studies courses.

5.         Produced publications, including articles for scholarly and museum journals, and exhibition catalogues.

6.         Knowledgeable of museum best practices and participation in national professional organizations.

7.         Pursuing research interests/projects.

8.         Have a strong network of professional contacts at museums, galleries, auction houses, and among art historians, scholars, and collectors.

9.         Have experience cultivating donors for support of acquisitions and programs.


10.       Curatorial experience in an academic museum

11.       Demonstrated ability to support the university's academic program through curriculum-related exhibitions and public programs and other opportunities for faculty and student research.

12.       Supervisory experience

13.       Fluency in Spanish and/or other languages

14.       Experience with supporting cultural priorities of a community and/or region.


The successful candidate will have the ability to work effectively with faculty, staff and students from a variety of diverse backgrounds.

Background Check:

Final candidate must successfully complete a criminal background check.


Starting salary is $70,000-$80,000, plus a competitive benefits package.

Application Procedure:

We strongly encourage applicants to submit materials electronically.  Each applicant must submit: cover letter that addresses their interest in the position, a current resume with employment dates, the name and contact information for three professional references.  To ensure full consideration, all applications should be received by 5:00 pm on November 24, 2013.  The position will remain open until filled.

The University of Oregon is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Application materials should be sent to:

Chris White (cew@uoregon.edu)

(Please put “Curator of Western Art” in the subject line if submitting electronically)

Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art

1223 University of Oregon

Eugene, OR  97403 - 1223