Curatorial Assistant

Job Listing


The Postion

The Curatorial Assistant works full-time in the museum’s curatorial department, assisting the Chief Curator with a variety of curatorial tasks as assigned by her and working closely under her supervision. Curatorial responsibilities include all aspects relating to exhibitions and collections. The Curatorial Assistant also supports curatorial departmental projects, such as the Collection Society and the Docent Program. The position is full-time, exempt, and reports to the Chief Curator.

Position Duties

1) Exhibitions

At the direction of the Chief Curator, the Curatorial Assistant supports all aspects of exhibition production including helping with the writing, editing and researching of exhibition material, catalogue publications, biographic and bibliographic material, object labels, press releases, exhibition fact sheets, invitations to opening, as well as communication with lenders, artists, dealers, and independent exhibition contractors. He/she helps facilitate exhibitions, assists with transportation of art works to and from lenders, the packing, unpacking, installation, de-installation, and the documentation and archiving of exhibitions. The position also undertakes registrar duties, including recording and photographing incoming and outgoing loans, and condition reporting. For publication, the Curatorial Assistant procures the visual images, captions, credit lines and rights for printing and publication purposes. The Curatorial Assistant will be encouraged to conduct research into the Permanent Collection and for exhibitions, and to create text for the Collector Systems database, publications, and other venues.

2) Permanent Collection

The Curatorial Assistant helps to maintain and update the Collection database, keeps accurate collection records, and may be asked to assist with future acquisitions, transport to and from donors, maintain the vault, research on current holdings and oversee the library. The Curatorial Assistant interacts with and helps manage independent contractors such as contract conservators, appraisers, framers, and other specialists hired to work on the Permanent Collection. The position also undertakes research and organizational tasks in the evaluation of the Permanent Collection for de-accessioning based on AAMD criteria.

3) Additional

The Curatorial Assistant may be asked to prepare and write articles for Museum newsletter and website, to help prepare the Museum galleries in general, including for exhibition openings, Museum fundraisers (Spring Gala and Craft Show), community festivals held at the Museum (Plein Air, Waterfowl), to handle departmental correspondence, and on occasion to communicate with and interact with members of the Permanent Collection Committee and Exhibition Committee. Other duties as assigned.

The Candidate

The ideal candidate will hold a graduate degree in curatorial studies, museum studies, art history, or a related field. He/she will have some relevant work experience in a curatorial department, with knowledge of exhibitions and collections management best practices. The candidate will demonstrate a history of teamwork, collegiality, and creativity in a work setting. He/she must also be able to lift 30lbs.

About the Museum

The mission of the Academy Art Museum is to promote the knowledge, practice, and appreciation of the arts and to enhance cultural life on the Eastern Shore by making available to everyone the Museum’s expanding collection, exhibitions, and broad spectrum of arts programs.

Celebrating its 60th Anniversary in 2018, the Academy Art Museum is the premier AAM-accredited art museum on the Eastern Shore. The Museum presents nationally significant exhibitions featuring contemporary artists including James Turrell, an Honorary Trustee of the Museum, Pat Steir, Linn Meyers, Chul Hyun Ahn, Bill Viola and others, and 20th Century masters including Richard Diebenkorn, Robert Rauschenberg, and Mark Rothko. The Permanent Collection of over 1500 works focuses on 20th Century and contemporary works on paper by American and European artists. The Museum was the Maryland recipient of the Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection: 50 Works for 50 States. In the words of Kippen de Alba Chu, Chair of the AAM Board of Directors, “The Academy Art Museum ranks among the most prestigious museums in the United States and its participation in accreditation reflects an enduring commitment to excellence and public trust.”


Please send your cover letter and CV to:

Patrick Murphy, Director of Finance

No calls please.