Associate/Assistant Curator

  • Michigan State University
  • Michigan State University Broad Art Museum
Full Time Arts

Job Description

Position Descriptions:

The associate/assistant curator will propose and organize original exhibitions of contemporary art across a variety of mediums. They will assist with the research, development, planning, production, and interpretation of the permanent collection and special exhibitions, both organized by the MSU Broad and hosted, as assigned by the director. Additionally, the asc/ast curator organizes and contributes to publications for the Museum exhibition program. They will lead a team of co-workers drawn from a variety of museum areas. S/he is charged with the hiring and supervision of non-salaried curatorial interns to assist in exhibition and publication research and planning.   The asc/ast curator will participate in the Museum acquisitions process by proposing new acquisitions and leading research on the collection. They will be asked to represent the museum by presenting public lectures and participating in other educational initiatives, and to provide  exhibition related interpretative information to the Education team to aid in docent instruction and training for each exhibition.  As an active member of the curatorial team, the asc/ast curator will serve as a spokesperson for the Museum, working to , maintain advantageous relations with the art community, local as well as national and international, including artists, collectors, and prospective donors.

Essential Responsibilities: 

Associate/Assistant Curator:

  • Propose and organize permanent collection and special exhibitions within the Museum exhibition program.
  • Prepares publications and scholarly articles in relation to the Museum exhibition program.
  • Propose acquisitions, and assist in the research, development, interpretation and exhibition of the Museum’s permanent collection.
  • Oversee and coordinate permanent collection, special, and traveling exhibitions as assigned by the Museum director.
  • Facilitate inter-departmental communication and communications with freelance workers regarding exhibitions, working closely with departments of exhibitions, registration, preparations, PR and marketing and external affairs.
  • Lead external communication with artists, collectors, lenders, galleries, and corresponding staff from other museums.
  • Drafting and produce correspondence, loan forms, manuscripts, exhibition didactic text, memoranda, and other materials related to permanent collection and special exhibitions.
  • Assist with acquisition, permanent collection, and exhibition research.
  • Supervise the work assignments and activities of interns, contract workers and volunteers in the curatorial department.
  • Represent the curatorial department and the Museum as needed. Deliver lectures, participated in other educational initiatives, host exhibition tours to visitors, docents, or other special groups, and promote the Museum to further its mission.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

Education Requirements

Master's Degree


Salary Commensurate with Experience