The Birmingham Museum of Art has a collection of more than 26,000 objects within six collecting areas: European Art, Asian art, American art, Africa and the Americas, European Decorative arts, and Modern and Contemporary Art. Our Hanson Library holds more than 35,000 titles and is among the most comprehensive art research libraries in the Southeastern United States. The BMA provides inspirational cultural and educational art experiences to diverse communities while constantly evolving and enhancing our visitors’ interactions with our Museum and interests in the visual arts.
SPECIFIC DUTIES INCLUDE
- Researching works in the painting, sculpture, video, and works on paper collections (in European art, from ca. 1905 on; in American art, from ca. 1945 on) and disseminating findings through publications, lectures, gallery talks, labels, web-based media, and other forms of communication.
- Working in partnership with other departments, conceives and implements the installation and interpretation of the Modern and Contemporary art permanent collection.
- Developing and implementing ambitious and intellectually rigorous in-house and traveling exhibitions from the permanent collection; and bringing in significant exhibitions of Modern and Contemporary art from elsewhere. Works with the Development department to secure funding; with the Design department to determine gallery configuration and installation; and with the Education department to craft public programs and interpretive materials.
- Developing and implementing long-term goals and objectives for the Modern and Contemporary art collection through acquisitions that include gifts, bequests, and purchases.
- Working with fellow staff to ensure the highest quality of care and maintenance of the permanent collection.
- The incumbent actively participates in the intellectual life of the Museum by engaging in collection- and exhibition-related programming for public audiences, carrying out original research and publishing on the collection; expanding physical and electronic access to collection; supporting all fundraising activities to build the collection and develop the exhibition program; supporting all public relations efforts; working with partner organizations, and the community in furtherance of the BMA’s strategic goals.
- Working closely with collectors and prospective donors both locally and farther afield. Birmingham has a strong and growing number of active collectors of contemporary art. Effective Curator and collector relationships are fundamental.
- The Curator of Modern and Contemporary art is responsible for cultivating and providing direction to two active collection support groups: the Collectors Circle, with 90+ members, and the Photography Guild, which comprises ca. 50 members. These groups are devoted to the continued growth and development of the Museum’s collection, and to educating its members about Contemporary art in general, and the Museum’s collection specifically.
- Participating in professional organizations and other opportunities that arise for professional development and to raise the profile of the Birmingham Museum of Art.
- M.A. required; Ph.D. preferred in art history
- Minimum of five years museum experience, and extensive knowledge of museum practices required.
- Strong record of research, scholarship, and public speaking, with proven experience organizing loan exhibitions and producing publications of high quality.
- Demonstrated skill at strategically building a collection through gifts and purchases.
- Must be a creative team player with strong collaborative, communication, and organizational skills.
- Effective leadership and interpersonal skills.
- Ability to build positive and effective relationships with Museum trustees, members, donors, and the broader community.
- Must be articulate, with excellent presentation and writing skills, effective communication and managerial skills, and organizational and time management skills. Must be resourceful, with creative problem solving skills and proven leadership skills; an objective decision maker; and have the ability to work under pressure and operate efficiently.
- Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience and includes an excellent benefits package.
Candidates should submit via email a letter of interest; curriculum vitae; names, addresses, and phone numbers of three references; and a writing sample to:
Jeannine O’Grody, Ph.D.
Deputy Director & Chief Curator
Review of applications will be ongoing until the position is filled.
The Birmingham Museum of Art is an equal opportunity employer.