Since its establishment in 1941, the Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art at Indiana University (IU) has grown from a small university teaching collection into one of the foremost university art museums in the country. A preeminent teaching museum, the museum’s internationally acclaimed collection includes more than 45,000 objects representing nearly every art-producing culture throughout history.
The Eskenazi Museum of Art just completed a $30 million renovation of its acclaimed I. M. Pei–designed building, which now features seven new galleries, four new centers (Education, Conservation, Curatorial Studies, and Prints, Drawings, and Photographs), and three art study rooms. The newly renovated museum will be an enhanced teaching resource for IU and southern Indiana. Positioning the institution as a premier teaching museum requires breakthrough research and programming that advance its mission in powerful ways. To this end, the museum seeks a creative, dynamic individual to serve as Director of Curatorial Affairs. The Director of Curatorial Affairs is a non-tenured faculty appointment.
The Director of Curatorial Affairs leads the museum’s exhibitions and collections-focused initiatives and activities, and provides leadership and managerial oversight for a team of approximately 19 full-time staff, including curators (8), conservators (2), registrars (2), art handlers (3), and campus art collection (4) staff. The successful candidate must be able to foster a sense of teamwork that enables staff to work across disciplines to develop and implement gallery and exhibition experiences that engage diverse audiences, and help the museum achieve its mission and education goals. This position also administers the Eskenazi Museum’s art collecting activities, working closely with the executive director to establish priorities and plans for collection care, research, documentation, and access.
The Director of Curatorial Affairs also serves as a member of the museum’s senior leadership team, collaborating on the execution of administrative and budgetary matters, the establishment of policies and procedures, and long-range planning for exhibitions and programming. The successful individual must be a team player and must have demonstrated experience building and leading effective teams to reach ambitious, long-range institutional goals.
Although candidates with curatorial backgrounds will be given preference, candidates with strong backgrounds in exhibition planning and development in art museums and art conservation are encouraged to apply. The successful candidate will have a significant record of publications and scholarship that will enable them to participate in the teaching mission of the museum.
Major Job Responsibilities
Skills and Knowledge
MA degree in relevant field such as museum studies, art, art history, cultural studies, art conservation, or equivalent work experience required; PhD preferred. 7–10 years of related experience required. 4+ years leadership experience required.
Interested candidates should submit their application at http://indiana.peopleadmin.com/postings/9270
Applications must be submitted by March 9, 2020.
1. Curriculum Vitae
2. Letter of Application
Contact for Questions
Questions about the position should be directed to Maggie Kroh at 812-855-0608 or email@example.com.
*Indiana University is an equal employment and affirmative action employer and a provider of ADA services. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ethnicity, color, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, national origin, disability status or protected veteran status.