The Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) seeks a Curator of modern and contemporary craft and design to develop and project manage exhibitions incorporating the Museum’s permanent collection. There is also the opportunity to develop original exhibitions with a focus on craft and design. This position reports to the Deputy Director of Curatorial Affairs and works collaboratively with colleagues across the Museum.

The Museum of Arts and Design has a mission to explore how craftsmanship, art, and design intersect in the visual arts today. Through its exhibitions, programming, and collection, MAD promotes a view of the world unobstructed by traditional definitions of fine art.


This is a full-time, exempt position with compensation of $73,000 per annum.

This position requires on-site presence, with the opportunity for flexible WFH option 2 days/week beginning after 90 days from date of hire.


  • Lead the curation and project management of MAD’s ongoing permanent collection exhibition
  • Research, create, and present original exhibitions of contemporary art, craft, and design that engage diverse perspectives, current scholarship, topical debates relevant to the field
  • Establish relationships with artists, scholars, curators, and gallerists in the development of exhibitions, programming, committee work, fundraising, etc.
  • Develop expertise of MAD’s unique permanent collection, advise on new acquisitions, write grants supporting the exhibition of the collection, and respond to collection queries from curators, scholars, artists, and press
  • Organize the quarterly Collections Committee meeting and oversee the accessioning of new acquisitions with the Department of Registration
  • Write interpretative didactics for exhibitions and the Museum’s collection databases
  • Contribute to the development of educational programming
  • Contribute to the writing of marketing content and content for the museum’s website and digital app
  • Create a publication program highlighting the MAD’s permanent collection.
  • Participate in the activities of the Curatorial Department, including preparing exhibition checklists, loan requests, budgets, exhibition design, and other exhibition-related project management
  • Assist visiting researchers, scholars, and curators with access to the collection
  • Participate in various fundraising and public relations initiatives of the Museum


  • Expertise in the history of modern and contemporary art, craft, and design
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with a full range of museum staff and stakeholder communities in executing projects such as exhibitions and educational programs
  • Demonstrated research, writing, and publication skills
  • Excellent speaking, interpersonal, and communication skills
  • Familiarity with collections care and handling
  • Experience in cultivating donors and collectors


  • 2+ years of curatorial or related experience in museum, gallery, or academic setting
  • MA or PhD in the History of Art, Design History, Material Culture, American Studies, or other relevant discipline is required; MFA or equivalent education is also considered or equivalent combination of experience sufficient to successfully perform essential functions of the job
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite and related software


  • Subsidized medical, dental, vision, life insurance and disability coverage
  • 403(b) retirement plan with match
  • 12 Paid Holidays per year, plus 1 Floating Holiday
  • Paid time off, including vacation, personal and sick leave.
  • Flexible spending accounts (pre-tax income for eligible health and dependent care expenses)
  • Commuter benefits (pre-tax income for parking or mass transit expenses)
  • Access to a variety of cultural institutions, discounts to museum stores, and a stimulating and collegial work environment.

Research shows that women and people from underrepresented groups often apply to jobs only if they meet 100% of the qualifications.  We recognize that it is highly unlikely that someone meets 100% of the qualifications for a role. If much of this job posting describes you, then please apply for this role. 

COVID Guidelines: The health and safety of our Museum community is the highest priority. As such, MAD requires all newly hired staff members and freelancers to be fully vaccinated with an FDA-authorized and/or approved COVID-19 vaccine, including a booster if eligible. Requests for reasonable accommodations for medical, religious, or other reasons will be considered in accordance with applicable law.

MAD provides equal opportunity to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, age, mental or physical disability, pregnancy, alienage or citizenship status, marital status or domestic partner status, genetic information, genetic predisposition or carrier status, gender identity, HIV status, military status and any other category protected by law in all employment decisions, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, compensation, training and apprenticeship, promotion, upgrading, demotion, downgrading, transfer, lay-off and termination, and all other terms and conditions of employment. 

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