Assistant | Associate Curator  

Position Overview 

The Museum of Wisconsin Art (MOWA) seeks an experienced and innovative curator with expertise in Contemporary Art and American Regionalism. Title and salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Reporting to the Executive Director, the curator will play a collaborative role in the presentation and development of the museum’s collections and a significant role in producing relevant exhibitions and publications in the field. As a member of the curatorial staff, the curator will work closely with the curatorial department to support the museum’s mission.

Founded in 1961, MOWA is one of the top museums of regional art in the United States, with 5,000+ works of contemporary and historic art by more than 350 artists. Located in West Bend, Wisconsin, the museum champions regional art and artists throughout the state and provides an innovative forum for the culturally engaged. In 2013, MOWA opened a new 32,000-square-foot facility along the Milwaukee River that provides a stunning contemporary home for its collection and related educational programs. MOWA features more than 18 special exhibitions and 175+ programs a year at its main campus in West Bend and its satellite location in Milwaukee.

Key Responsibilities

  • Collaborate with the Executive Director and the Director of Collections and Exhibitions on the planning, management, and development of the museum’s collections, exhibitions, and programs.
  • Develop and manage exhibition projects for the museum and the museum’s satellite venue in Milwaukee.
  • Conceive, develop, and publish exhibition catalogues, articles, and related writing projects.
  • Participate in collections development by recommending and evaluating acquisitions.
  • Provide curatorial content for publications and print materials generated by the marketing, education, and development departments.
  • Conduct lectures, gallery talks, and public programs on topics related to the collections and the mission of the museum.
  • Coordinate the artist-in-residence program.
  • Assist with grant writing and fundraising tasks and events as needed.
  • Respond to public requests for information on the collections and exhibitions.
  • Work closely and collaboratively with all members of the museum staff to achieve goals of the strategic plan.
  • Foster and maintain good working relationships with contemporary artists as well as board members, patrons, collectors, art dealers, and university faculty. 
  • Conduct training for docents and provide supervision for curatorial interns as needed.
  • Assist the Director of Collections and Exhibitions with budgeting and planning.
  • Participate in museum-related community service, such as serving on review panels and being a presence and advocate in the Wisconsin arts community.
  • Assist with collection, library, and archival cataloging and management.

Education and Experience

  • M.A. in Art History, Museum Studies, or a related field; a concentration in Contemporary Art or American Art of the Twentieth Century preferred
  • A minimum of three years of relevant experience and knowledge of museum practices
  • Excellent writing skills and successful grant writing experience a plus
  • Proficiency with MS Office products, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and other software applications.

Skills and Abilities

  • Exhibit effective communication, organization, and time-management skills.
  • Strong record of research and scholarship, with proven experience in organizing significant projects.
  • Resourceful, flexible, and a demonstrated ability to work both independently and in a highly collaborative environment.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and a positive attitude that supports department and museum goals.

Physical Requirements

  • Maintain a stationary or sitting position for extended periods of time.
  • Able to lift up to 30 pounds.

Schedule | Hours

Full-time, 40 hours weekly during normal business hours and will require occasional evening and weekend hours for exhibition openings, programs, and special events.

All applicants are required to submit a cover letter, resume, writing samples, and the names of three professional references.

Disclaimer: The preceding job description has been designed to describe a general summary along with essential responsibilities of work performed. It does not contain a comprehensive inventory of responsibilities, duties, and skills or qualifications required of an employee to do this job. This job description does not establish an agreement or contract for employment and positon functions are subject to change at the discretion of the employer. The Museum of Wisconsin Art is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.

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