Description

A small but mighty museum, the Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas (ASC), seeks a dynamic, art-loving, hard-working Assistant Curator. The ideal candidate will advance to Curator at this American Alliance of Museums accredited institution. ASC holds a jewel of an art collection within the scope of Arkansas artists, Art of the Delta, and African American artists.

The ideal candidate will hold a Bachelor’s Degree in art history, have 2 years of museum experience at an AAM accredited institution, and a desire to flourish in a museum environment. The Assistant Curator will learn, or advance skills in, all aspects of collections and exhibitions including curatorial, collections care, registration, and exhibition preparation.

Salary commensurate with experience, $38,500–$40,500.

CURATOR

  • Through formal education and professional experience, the Curator connects the Permanent Collection of art to the timeline of art history through the lenses of the Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas’ scope of collecting and exhibition: Arkansas artists, Art of the Delta, and art by African American artists. Responsibilities include:

  • Research and development of all aspects of art exhibitions including content, artist contact, and management

  • Research regarding artists, genres, and relevance to Collection

  • Acquisition development according to the Collections Policy

  • Balancing Exhibitions according to the Exhibition Policy

  • Establishing exhibition calendars

  • Schedule all aspects to meet exhibition calendaring

  • Preparation of Letters of Agreement and contracts

  • Preparation of budgets

  • Writing catalogs, wall text, object labels, and other written content

  • Complying with Rights and Reproduction and Intellectual Property laws

  • Utilizing digital skills for catalog design including layout, image sizing, and file compatibility

  • Public speaking and other front-line communication

  • Complying with committee and meeting protocol including setting agendas, keeping meeting minutes, and permanent files

  • Hiring and evaluating interns and part time staff

  • Flexibility regarding work schedule which will include some evenings and weekends

  • Availability for travel

  • Other duties as assigned

COLLECTIONS CARE

  • Through formal education and professional experience, the Curator cares for the Permanent Collection in accordance with American Alliance of Museums’ best practices, including:

  • Art handling

  • Art storage

  • Collections policy and procedure

  • General conservation and environmental control guidelines

  • Environmental controls including temperature, RH, and UV

  • Integrated Pest Management

  • Accession and Deaccession procedures

  • Inventory

  • Availability for travel

  • Flexibility regarding work schedule which will include some evenings and weekends

  • Other duties as assigned

REGISTRAR

  • The contractual agreements, object files, history of exhibitions, and research associated with the Permanent Collection and annual exhibition schedule include:

  • Advanced knowledge of Incoming Loan documents, Outgoing Loan documents, and Temporary Loan documents

  • Inventory policies, procedures, and file retention

  • Digital Collections Management systems

  • Hard copy file system

  • Object files

  • Knowledge of object-to-file and file-to-object reciprocity procedures

  • Exhibition files

  • Artist files

  • Flexibility regarding work schedule which will include some evenings and weekends

  • Availability for travel

  • Other duties as assigned

EXHIBITION PREPARATION

  • In-house preparation of community exhibition artwork and works from the ASC Permanent Collection require experience with the following:

  • Object care during exhibition preparation and while on exhibition

  • Framing, including in-house frames and custom framing

  • Mat cutting

  • Mounting

  • Budget preparation for framing

  • Purchasing supplies

  • Storage of incoming loans, temporary loans, and shipping materials

  • Exhibition mounting including layout, measurement and hanging

  • Signage including vinyl, text panels, and labels

  • Gallery wall repair and prep and painting of pedestals

  • Maintain frames, plexi glass vitrines, mats, and plexi glass

  • Art to frame reciprocity system

  • Frugal use of resources while maintaining archival standards

  • Lifting, standing, and climbing ladders

  • Flexibility regarding work schedule which will include some evenings and weekends

  • Availability for travel

  • Other duties as assigned

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor’s degree required (art history, museum studies, or related field), advanced degree preferred.

  • Minimum 2 years experience in professional art setting, preferably an AAM accredited museum

  • Proof of excellent organizational skills

  • Proof of exceptional writing and communication skills

  • Excellent Word and Excel skills

  • Knowledge of museum software, Past Perfect preferred

  • Knowledge of graphic design software

  • Proven ability to work independently and as part of a team

  • Stamina to stand, climb ladders, and lift up to 35 lbs.

  • Valid driver’s license, good driving record and access to transportation

  • Flexibility regarding work schedule which will include some evenings and weekends


Application packages for full time, part time, or internships include three components:

1. A cover letter which must include:

a. Your area of interest, academic training, and job experience in one or more of the following: arts or science education and interpretation, non-profit management, curatorial, finance, development, operations, special events, theater, or other area (specify). The letter must be specific to how your skills fit the ASC position.

b. Save file with your last name and word “Letter” (i.e. SmithLetter)

2. ASC job application

a. Print, fully complete, sign, and scan application

b. Save file with your last name and word “Application” (i.e. SmithApplication)

3. Updated resume. 

a. Save file with your last name and word “Resume” (i.e. SmithResume)

Submission process:

1. Email three files to: cgaddy@asc701.org

2. Subject line should read: Your last name and the word “Job Application” (i.e. Joe Smith Job Application)