Curator of Contemporary Art

This professional works in association with, and under the supervision of, the Executive Director/Chief Curator to coordinate and implement the curatorial functions of the museum. The duties will include, but not be limited to: collections, exhibition development, research, installation, and public programming.  The Curator will interface with artists, patrons, collectors, museum staff, volunteers, and the visiting public. This is a full-time position that includes benefits.

 Essential Duties

Duties of this position will include but not be limited to the following:

  • Develops exhibitions including the planning, research, and organization of an exhibition program to meet the museum’s vision and goals.
  • Presents written papers, catalogs, and labels prepared with scholarly research
  • Oversees the Collections Department and care of Collections
  • Develops and implements the design and installation of exhibits both independently and in concert with museum staff
  • Develops exhibition budget and monitors the finances to ensure projects are completed within budget
  • Coordinates with appropriate museum staff for the development of educational programs, press releases, public communications, grant narratives, and special events
  • Corresponds and negotiates with peers at other institutions regarding traveling exhibitions and other potential collaborative projects
  • Presents public programs and gallery talks and participates in press activities related to exhibitions
  • Participates in special activities for upper level donors
  • Assists in the cultivation of relationships with donors and collectors
  • Participates in the identification of funding sources, grant writing, and fundraising
  • Directly supervises the Registrar and any assigned interns, volunteers, and/or any part-time assistants for specific exhibitions.

 Qualifications

  • Education: Masters degree in art history, modern and contemporary focus would be a plus
  • Experience:  Minimum of five (5) years experience as a Curator of Contemporary Art at a museum or alternative space
  • Strong knowledge of modern and contemporary art
  • Scholarly research producing publications
  • Skills required:  computer literacy, project management, research, interpersonal, oral and written communications
  • Must be able to physically lift, push, hold, and carry 20 to 30 pounds
  • Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Other Characteristics of the Position

Flexible hours are required due to public programming and event engagements.

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations Required

Valid Driver’s License

To Apply

Send cover letter and resume by email to: Alan Waufle, Assistant Director, [email protected]

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Museum Registrar

MOCA seeks an experienced professional to handle the duties of Registrar & Exhibits Coordinator.  The Registrar reports to the Curator and Executive Director/Chief Curator and is an integral member of the professional team.

The Registrar & Exhibits Coordinator is responsible for the care of MOCA’s permanent collection as well as temporary loans,  on-site storage, handling and packing, all incoming and outgoing art transportation, oversight of exhibition installation and rotations, condition-checking, art conservation, photography and framing, collection inventories, collections database.  Artwork transportation often involves international shipments, working with customs and foreign shippers

Essential Duties

Duties of this position will include but not be limited to the following:

  • Supervises all aspects of Collections Management and Temporary Exhibitions
  • Responsible for the objects database of collections and exhibitions
  • Oversees full physical inventory of permanent collection
  • Maintains archives (paper and electronic)
  • Manages photography archive
  • Manages storage facilities, including purchase of handling equipment for manipulation and movement of art works
  • Monitors all storage conditions and gallery environments
  • Supervises all aspects of incoming and outgoing loans from institutions and individuals including: loan processing, documentation preparation and maintenance, condition reporting, contracts, courier arrangements, crating, shipping, insurance, and customs
  • Coordinates movement of all objects (packing, handling, location changes, etc)
  •  Assures proper internal and external controls are in place for monitoring art shipments and movement
  • Packs objects selected for forthcoming exhibitions and work with exhibit teams in exhibit planning and implementation
  • Oversees copyright and reproduction requests as it relates to the permanent collection and temporary exhibitions
  • Produces label copy and oversee format and editing
  • Supervises and arranges for documentation photography
  • Manages the art conservation and framing processes
  • Contracts with appropriate freelance conservators as required, and maintains all collection conservation records, surveys and reports on treatment programs 
  • Coordinates contract security staff
  • Implements security and emergency procedures
  • Contracts for outside staff and services as needed to meet scheduling and work demands.
  • Develops, manages, and monitors budgets for Collections and Exhibitions
  • Provides accounting support for collection purchases and payment requests

 Qualifications

  • BA, MA preferred, in Museum Studies, Art, or Art History
  • 3 to 5 years of experience working in a museum setting, including Collections Management
  • Expertise in Contemporary Art and Non-traditional media preferred
  • Current knowledge of Collections management theory and practice obtained through membership in professional organizations, practical training, reading professional literature, and attendance at meetings, workshops and seminars
  • Knowledge of fine arts insurance, transportation processes and procedures, fine art handling, installation and packing processes and procedures, domestic and international transfer of fine art required
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office products, Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint a must
  • Previous database program experience such as Past Perfect or Gallery Systems (TMS) strongly preferred
  • Ability to handle numerous projects and deadlines simultaneously with discretion, in a fast-paced environment and a flexibility and ability to work with a diverse staff, staff from other institutions, private lenders and as a team player required
  • Valid Florida Driver’s License (to be obtained if needed)

Salary 

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To Apply

Send cover letter and resume by email to: Alan Waufle, Assistant Director, [email protected]

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INTERNSHIPS

Internship opportunities are available in several museum departments.
To apply, please submit a resume and cover letter, indicating your area of interest to the contact below. No phone calls, please.

Adrienne von Lates, Ph.D.
Assistant Director for Education
and International Programs
[email protected]