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||Baltimore Museum of Art
||Baltimore, MD United States
|| Arts, Entertainment, and Media
Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art|
The BMA is seeking a dynamic and innovative Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art. This position reports to the Curator/Department Head of Contemporary Art. The Department is supported by a Curatorial Assistant, work study students, and interns.
The Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art will be immediately engaged in proposing and implementing exhibitions, projects, and programs featuring contemporary art, media arts, and performance. These projects will be featured in the Out of Actions/Art After Hours series, Black Box series, and BMA Meyerhoff Auditorium, as well as other BMA galleries and venues. A goal of these projects will be to increase the diversity of artistic perspectives shared with the BMA’s public.
• Work with living artists to incorporate a diverse and dynamic array of art, including media and time-based art, into the BMA program.
• Support the overall exhibition, collection and educational program of the contemporary department
• Propose and assist with acquisitions, including media arts and performance related works
• Work with Curator to identify artists for inclusion in large-scale exhibition initiatives
• Work with the Conservation department, Registrar’s Office and artists to develop long-term conservation and storage plans
• Work with Exhibitions Department to make recommendations about equipment and space needs for collection and temporary projects
• TMS record-keeping on all collection objects.
• Assist with outgoing loans and accessions documentation
• Serve as resource on Contemporary Art for the museum, including but not limited to Marketing & Communications and Education departments’ initiatives
• Develop and implement collaborations with area colleges and universities related to contemporary art
• Cultivate donors in area of expertise
• Participate in Friends Group program and “Contemporary Collector’s Group” in areas of expertise.
Qualifications & Requirements
This position requires an advanced degree with a specialty in Contemporary Art, a record of scholarship, and a minimum of 3 to 5 years of curatorial experience. The Curator will work collaboratively both inside and outside the institution and will have excellent interpersonal and communication skills, including writing and public speaking skills. The candidate will be creative, innovative, and influential. S/he will be skilled in diplomacy, negotiation, planning, organization, and motivating teams. S/he will have an already established network of contacts in the contemporary art world.
The BMA is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We are committed to building a culturally diverse staff and strongly encourage all qualified professionals to apply.
We offer a competitive salary and a generous benefits package. For this exempt position we offer medical, dental, vision, prescription, 403b retirement plan, long term disability, flexible spending account, flexible and condensed scheduling, museum and restaurant discounts, and reduced fee gym membership. We also offer accrued vacation, holidays, personal days, floating holidays, and sick days.
Please send cover letter, resume, record of scholarship, and salary requirements via email to HR@artbma.org with “Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art” Last Name and First Name in the subject line.
Incomplete application materials will not be accepted.
No phone calls please.
Baltimore Museum of Art|
Founded in 1914, The Baltimore Museum of Art is a major cultural destination recognized for engaging diverse audiences through dynamic exhibitions and innovative educational and community outreach programs.
The BMA’s internationally renowned collection of 95,000 objects encompasses more than 1,000 works by Henri Matisse anchored by the famed Cone Collection of modern art, as well as one of the nation’s finest holdings of prints, drawings, and photographs. The galleries showcase an exceptional collection of art from Africa; important works by established and emerging contemporary artists; outstanding European and American paintings, sculpture, and decorative arts; ancient Antioch mosaics; and exquisite textiles from around the world.
The 210,000-square-foot museum is distinguished by a grand historic building designed in the 1920s by renowned American architect John Russell Pope and two beautifully landscaped gardens featuring an array of 20th-century sculpture.
The BMA is located in Charles Village, three miles north of the Inner Harbor, and is adjacent to the main campus of Johns Hopkins University.
General admission to the BMA is free so that everyone can enjoy the power of art.
The Baltimore Museum of Art connects art to Baltimore and Baltimore to the world, embodying a commitment to artistic excellence and social equity in every decision from art presentation, interpretation, and collecting, to the composition of our Board of Trustees, staff, and volunteers—creating a museum welcoming to all.
Over 100 years ago, The Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) was founded on the belief that access to art and ideas is integral to a vibrant and healthy civic life. This belief is at the heart of the BMA and remains our core value.
The BMA has long focused on acquiring the art of the present moment, while maintaining and deepening a historic collection made relevant through vigorous development and reinterpretation in all collecting areas. Through the courageous and risk-taking vision of previous Museum leaders, the BMA assembled and presented one of the most important collections of 18th-, 19th-, and 20th-century art in the United States. These visionary actions established the fundamental character of this Museum.
Building on this legacy of excellence, the BMA will form an equally compelling collection for the 21st century. Socially relevant, cutting-edge acquisitions, exhibitions, and programs will lead the way both locally and globally—and historical accuracy, merit, and equity will become the basis for a new canon across our Museum. Through collecting, researching, presenting, and interpreting the Museum’s rich and varied collection, and by listening to the needs of our audience, the BMA will embody its commitment to excellence, fairness, relevance, and social justice. Every Museum policy and practice, strategic decision, as well as the composition of the Board of Trustees, staff, and volunteers will be driven by these responsibilities. Bold, brave, and essential, it is the unwavering vision of The Baltimore Museum of Art to be the most relevant publicly engaged museum in the United States and a dynamic model for all others.