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In collaboration with the Executive Director and other members of the curatorial department, the Curator is responsible for curatorial activity including assisting in the management and development of the museum’s collection; organizing exhibition projects; pursuing acquisitions; and producing scholarly and written materials for a wide range of audiences. Work will focus on interdisciplinary and collaborative projects with museum staff, community organizations, and peer museums, and promoting research and scholarship on American art, with a focus on the artists of Bucks County and the greater Delaware Valley Region.
Essential Duties & Responsibilities:
- In conjunction with the Executive Director develop/identify temporary exhibitions and permanent collection displays that will engage existing and target audiences.
- Act as coordinating curator for package exhibitions.
- Integrate collection research and educational mission into gallery didactics, lectures, and public programs for internal and external audiences.
- Research, write, and present, in written and oral form, information on permanent and temporary exhibitions for local, regional, and national audiences.
- Play lead role in development and achievement of curatorial budget and multi-year exhibition calendar.
- Lead curatorial staff in the preparation and management of the exhibition schedule, permanent collection displays, and publications.
- Manage curatorial department staff including registration, library and archives, and art preparation.
- Liaise with the Collections Committee of the Board of Trustees to maintain the mission of the collection.
- Represent the Museum through media/public interviews.
- Participate in the development of grants and fundraising for exhibitions and the collection.
- Research acquisitions for the permanent collection.
- Specialization in American Art; excellent working relationships with colleagues in the field, including artists, collectors, gallerists, critics, and scholars.
- Ability to write and conduct research at an advanced level and maintain precise and careful records.
- Knowledge of the methods, techniques, and procedures involved in the interpretation and exhibition of art for a diverse audience.
- Excellent leadership, problem solving, budget management, planning, and organization skills, with the ability to manage multiple projects and responsibilities.
- Strong written and oral communication skills and public speaking abilities, as well as teaching and presentation skills.
- Ability to establish, maintain, and foster positive and harmonious working relationships with staff, visitors, volunteers, artists, collectors, donors, lenders, and professional colleagues, and other members of the museum community.
- Must have excellent work habits, including a willingness to work the hours necessary to get the job done, especially when important deadlines cause greater than normal departmental pressures.
- Willingness to work flexible hours including mornings, evenings, and weekends.
- Work collaboratively with other departments to ensure Museum goals and objectives are met.
Education and Experience:
- Advanced degree (PhD preferred) in art history, with a principal focus on American art but interests that reach across countries and chronologies.
- Minimum of seven (7) years of experience in a museum or academic institution.
- Experience in exhibition development, publication development, and collection care with knowledge of and commitment to professional museum standards.
- Strong record of publications in the field required.
- Strong interpersonal skills, particularly when working with donors and the public.
This position description is designed to accurately reflect job duties; however, it may not be all-inclusive and other job related duties may be required.
To apply, please send cover letter, resume, references, and salary requirements to Rebecca Rosen, at email@example.com or mail to James A. Michener Art Museum, Attn: Rebecca Rosen, 138 South Pine Street, Doylestown, PA 18901. No phone calls, please.
The James A. Michener Art Museum, a private non-profit organization with a $3 million operating budget, seeks art educators to become adjunct faculty members, working with youth age 3 through grade 12, as well as adults.
Adjunct faculty members at the Michener Art Museum work in the education department to grow the institution’s arts education program attendance and visibility within the wider community with a commitment to museum based education for all youth, family, and adult audiences. Adjunct faculty will have both general fine arts skills combined with specific talents, interests, and motivational skills that would inspire diverse audiences of all ages. Adjunct faculty will be excellent teachers.
Responsibilities for each adjunct faculty member differ, pending the class, workshop, or camps s/he is teaching. Responsibilities may include but are not limited to the following:
- Serve as a lead instructor for select weekend and weekday art classes and workshops in the fall, winter, and spring, and summer camps in the summer; develop museum-inspired lesson plans, samples,and interactives for fall, winter, and spring art classes and workshops; provide supply lists for classes.
- Provide general art instruction for the school visit Art Door Program, teacher in-service workshops, and offsite school programs; develop themed lesson plans as required
- Provide general art instruction for the Art Serve program for underserved youth and families; develop themed lesson plans as required
- Provide instruction for adult studio arts community outreach programs, including Art for All Alzheimer’s program and Parkinson’s Disease studio class; develop themed lesson plans as required
- Assist Director of Arts Education, Arts Education Coordinator, Director of Interpretation and Innovation, and/or Community Programs and Group Visits Manager with content development for select classes and workshops
- Substitute teach as needed
*This position description is designed to accurately reflect job duties. However, it may not be all-inclusive and other job related duties may be required.
- BS/BFA/BA; MS/MFA in art/art education; art teacher certification preferred
- Minimum 2 years of experience teaching art to children and/or adults in public setting; additional experience with Special Populations and diverse audiences preferred
- Demonstrated commitment to arts and museum education; understanding of current trends in arts education; demonstrated understanding of the importance of diversity and inclusion in the arts education community
- In depth knowledge of arts education methodology, arts processes and materials, classroom management, curriculum development, and commitment to authentic art production
- High level of self-motivation; creative thinker; ability to prioritize; ability to work independently and as a team member; ability to work collaboratively with internal and external partners and vendors
- Excellent written and oral communication skills; superior organizational skills; adept at multitasking, flexibility, and attention to detail
- Demonstrate collegial style that promotes teamwork, creativity, and open communication
- Proficient in the use of technology, including the Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Publisher); research and retrieval skills using standard internet processes
- Graphic program/design experience/photo editing/photography skills are a plus
- Conversational Spanish helpful but not necessary
- Flexible schedule
- Background clearances as required by law
To apply, please send cover letter, resume, and references, to Andrea Thompson at firstname.lastname@example.org or mail to James A. Michener Art Museum, Attn: Andrea Thompson, 138 South Pine Street, Doylestown, PA 18901. No phone calls, please.
The James A. Michener Art Museum, a private non-profit organization with in Doylestown, PA seeks a per diem Preparator.
The Preparator will assist the Chief and Assistant Preparators in the preparation and installation of art objects and other related materials for museum exhibitions. Primary duties and responsibilities involve all physical aspects of the museums’ inventory and loaned objects; physical installation, maintenance, shipping, and storage.
Characteristic Duties and Responsibilities:
- Assist Registrar and other curatorial staff in collections inventories and maintenance of galleries and other related spaces
- Assist in the installation and de-installation of exhibition areas.
- Packing, crating, and uncrating art objects for display, storage, or transit- must be able to lift 50 pounds
- Preparation of gallery spaces- assembly of modular wall system, light patching, painting, and cleanup
- Experience and knowledge of shop tools and machinery for construction of exhibition mounts and displays
- Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned
Skills and Abilities:
- Ability to stay flexible, organized, and work closely with others to communicate as a small team- this includes a necessary professional demeanor in a museum setting or an occasional lender/client interaction.
- Knowledge of art handling procedures and practices and the ability to stay organized and safe in pressure deadline situations
- A knowledge of materials with the ability to construct appropriate and safe packages for shipping and delivery of art objects
- Must have a valid driver’s license, and able to drive a 16ft box truck for transport of art objects
Working Conditions and Physical Effort:
- Moderate physical activity. Requires handling of objects that can weigh up to 50 pounds (or greater mass that require mechanical assistance). Standing or walking may occur up to 50% of the time or more
To apply, please send resume, references, and salary requirements to Rebecca Rosen, at email@example.com or mail to James A. Michener Art Museum, Attn: Rebecca Rosen, 138 South Pine Street, Doylestown, PA 18901. No phone calls, please. EOE.
Volunteers are critical to the fulfillment of the Michener Art Museum’s mission. Support staff is utilized in various areas of the museum. The administrative offices need volunteers with basic office skills, including data entry; the galleries demand responsible, community oriented people; our charming shop needs to be stocked and maintained; our children’s art workshops, both on-site and offsite, need volunteers who enjoy nurturing the creative process; our education department seeks individuals who like to share their enthusiasm for art with others; and our expanding program offerings need special events hosts to ensure that our visitor’s experience at Museum events is a positive one.
The Michener Art Museum offers credit and non-credit college internships for the summer. Projects have included work in one of the following departments: education, collections, visitor services, library and Bucks County Artist Database research project, and marketing and public relations.
Internships require a minimum of 15 hours per week for two months and occur between the months of May and August, contingent on the intern’s college requirements and project availability. Credit and non-credit internships are non-paying.
For more information, please e-mail or send a letter of interest and resume to:
Zoriana E. Siokalo
Senior Director of Programs
James A. Michener Art Museum
138 S. Pine Street
Doylestown, PA 18901
215.340.9800, ext. 122 | E-mail