Curatorial Assistant / Public Humanist


The Museum of Arts and Design seeks a full-time, temporary (2 year) Curatorial Assistant/Public Humanist to assist in the implementation the Museum’s permanent collection exhibition Craft Front & Center with particular emphasis on the creation of interpretive strategies connecting the exhibition with broad audiences.

The Curatorial Assistant/Public Humanist will also be assigned as needed to the implementation of additional curatorial projects and programming. This position is grant-funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities for a period of two years. Compensation is $50,000 annually, and is a full-time, non-exempt position limited to the duration of the grant. Reporting to the Deputy Director of Curatorial Affairs, this position works collaboratively with the Collections Curator and other colleagues across the museum. Hours are weekdays 9:30 am-5:30 pm with the option of a hybrid schedule after the first six months of employment.

Curatorial Assistant/Public Humanist Direct Responsibilities

  • Meet with Collections Curator and team implementing Craft Front & Center on a weekly basis to review and facilitate the project, including review of deadlines, requests and queries, new and ongoing initiatives, exhibition writing, publications, scheduling of meetings, etc.
  • Project management of Craft Front & Center and other exhibitions, includes
    • research and fact-checking
    • generating and maintaining checklists in MS Excel and TMS
    • preparing and tracking loan agreements
    • coordinating editing and production of label and gallery texts
    • establishing and maintaining contact with lenders, including artists, galleries, collectors, and institutions
    • requesting and coordinating photography
    • providing information and images to MAD staff, including Departments of Education, External Affairs, and Development
    • selecting images and providing content for exhibition pages of MAD website
    • selecting images and providing content for Bloomberg Connect app
    • creating and managing the production of any printed text materials for gallery use
  • Public programming-related duties include
    • conceptualization of public-facing programs on exhibition themes
    • conceptualization of one, two-day summer festival connected to exhibition themes
    • maintenance of online audience engagement platform, “Show Us Your Craft”
    • collaborate with Education Department staff and other colleagues across the Museum to manage and implement public programming

Skills and Qualifications

A successful candidate will meet many of these requirements and have the desire and capacity to learn the rest on the job.

  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing
  • Possess excellent organizational and time management skills
  • Ability to work without close supervision and ensure that work tasks are completed on time and with high quality
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and G Suite
  • Possess a flexibility in moving from one task to another without loss of efficiency or composure
  • Desire to work collaboratively and interface with many departments in a team environment

Additional Preferences

  • Knowledge of TMS

Education & Experience

  • MA in History of Art, American Studies, Decorative Arts, Design Studies, or related relevant Humanities discipline is required. MFA or equivalent academic background to perform essential functions of the job.
  • Curatorial and/or Education/Public Programming experience related to craft, design, and/or contemporary art in museum, gallery, or academic setting.


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