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Paul Mellon Curator of European Art and Head of the European Art Department (Faculty, Exempt)

The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts invites applications for the Paul Mellon Curator and Head of the European Art Department.

This is an endowed senior-level position at one of the world’s finest museums. We seek an accomplished curator with an international reputation in the field of European art to advance the curatorial vision for a department that includes the Mellon Collections of French Impressionism, British Sporting Art, and American painting, as well as European art from the Middle Ages to the end of the 19th century. The European art holdings encompass paintings, sculpture, works on paper, and decorative arts, including the Gans Collection of British Silver.

Hiring Range: $100,000 - $110,000 USD Annually

About the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts:
The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond, Virginia, is one of the largest comprehensive art museums in the United States. VMFA, which opened in 1936, is a state agency and privately endowed educational institution. Its purpose is to collect, preserve, exhibit and interpret art, and to encourage the study of the arts. Through the Office of Statewide Partnerships program, the museum offers curated exhibitions, arts-related audiovisual programs, symposia, lectures, conferences and workshops by visual and performing artists. In addition to presenting a wide array of special exhibitions, the museum provides visitors with the opportunity to experience a global collection of art that spans more than 6,000 years. VMFA’s permanent holdings encompass nearly 40,000 artworks, including the largest public collection of Fabergé outside of Russia, the finest collection of Art Nouveau outside of Paris, and one of the nation’s finest collections of American art. VMFA is also home to important collections of Chinese art, English silver, and French Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, British sporting and modern and contemporary art, as well as renowned South Asian, Himalayan and African art. In May 2010, VMFA opened its doors to the public after a transformative expansion, the largest in its history.

The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts is the only art museum in the United States open 365 days a year with free general admission.

Minimum Qualifications:
Applicants should have a proven record of successfully developing and implementing major exhibitions and permanent collection installations, as well as a history of publishing accompanying catalogues and new scholarship. Applicants should also have an international network of relationships in the art and museum world. Excellent communication and organizational skills are required and the ability to work in a highly collaborative, team-based environment is essential. Exceptional leadership skills are critical, demonstrating the ability to guide staff and drive success. 

Preferred Qualifications:
Applicants should have completed a Ph.D. in the history of art or a related discipline, or have equivalent applicable experience or training. 

Special Requirements:
Selected candidates must pass a criminal history background check.

Special Instructions for Applicants:
Online applications will be accepted until 11:59 PM on Monday, April 1, 2019.

Please contact the HR office at (804) 340-1485 if you need assistance. Virginia Museum of Fine Arts is an EEO/AA, Virginia Values Veterans (V3) Certified Employer.

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Salary Range: 
$100,000 - $110,000

About This Job

  • Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
  • Richmond, VA
  • Category: Professional
  • Salary Range: $100,000 - $110,000
  • Posted: February 2, 2019