Denver Art Museum
FREDERICK AND JAN MAYER CURATOR OF PRE-COLUMBIAN ART search
Application Deadline: June 30, 2016
Opportunity for a dynamic, ambitious, experienced Pre-Columbian Art curator at a major AAMD art museum in the West
The Denver Art Museum (DAM) seeks an energetic, entrepreneurial individual with the experience and expertise to develop exhibitions and oversee and reinstall the DAM’s distinguished pre-Columbian collection, considered one of the best such collections in the United States. A specialty in Mesoamerica and the Intermediate Region is preferred, but broad expertise is essential to curate a collection covering vast regions and historical eras. The Curator should enjoy working with donors and collectors and welcome reaching broad audiences, including families with children. The Search Committee is open to considering a range of candidates from an Assistant Curator level to a Full Curator.
Christoph Heinrich, the Frederick and Jan Mayer Director of the DAM since 2010, has put in place a vision of dynamic programming for visitors and families, including destination exhibitions. Rotating permanent-collection installations keep the Museum fresh. The DAM vision includes a commitment to pulling back the curtain on the creative process of artists, not only by featuring frequent on-site contemporary-art installations but also by incorporating interactive educational spaces in the galleries and special exhibitions. The DAM is committed to implementing ambitious, large-scale exhibitions and exploring new and dynamic ways of engaging audiences.
Today, with 200 full-time staff and an operating budget of $26M, the DAM is one of the 15 largest museums in the AAMD. In 2006 the Hamilton Building, designed by architect Daniel Libeskind joined the 1971 North Building, designed by architect Gio Ponti.
The Curator will have the opportunity to organize occasional world-class exhibitions with significant budgets along with smaller shows and projects. As part of the DAM Strategic “2021” Plan, the Curator will reinstall the pre-Columbian collection for the first time since 1993 in its 11,000 square feet of gallery space in the 1971 North Building, designed by architect Gio Ponti.
Denver is now the 21st largest city in the US and the region’s population soared an estimated 10% from 2010 to 2015. Denver is known for fabulous skiing in the Rocky Mountains and for the young, creative, entrepreneurial populations it attracts from both Coasts. The new Clyfford Still Museum next door, the Museum of Contemporary Art, and performing arts organizations and professional sports teams round out the high-quality lifestyle in the Denver/Boulder region.
The DAM offers an outstanding opportunity to a dynamic, creative curator who is passionate about pre-Columbian art and who will lead the museum’s distinguished pre-Columbian art collection — considered one of the top 10 collections in American museums — into an even higher level of regional, national, and international prominence.
With the DAM team, the Curator of Pre-Columbian Art can:
- Reinstall the pre-Columbian collection of 3,000 objects in the over 11,000 square feet of modern gallery space in the North building, creating an updated installation and interpretation, incorporating new technologies.
- Select masterpieces for cross-departmental thematic exhibitions for 2017-20.
- Organize ambitious, world-class “Banner” exhibitions every several years in one of 3 spacious special exhibition galleries, which are 10,000, 7,000, and 3,000 square feet.
- The DAM is committed to implementing ambitious, large-scale exhibitions of pre-Columbian art and exploring new and dynamic ways of engaging audiences.
- The DAM is open to innovative or dramatic installations.
- Create changing focus exhibitions highlighting aspects of the collection.
- Acquire works for the permanent collection through purchases and through gifts from DAM’s active patrons and collectors.
- Collaborate on public programs such as lectures and the biennial endowed symposium.
- Publish symposia proceedings, exhibit catalogs and collection guides.
- Bring exposure to the pre-Columbian collection to an audience of over a half-million visitors per year, including schoolchildren and underserved audiences who have few such opportunities within 500 miles
- Denver hosts a vital Latino community and cultural organizations, with which the department can continue to engage.
- Enjoy Denver and the lifestyle of the Rocky Mountain West.
Required Job Qualifications
- Five or more years’ experience as a museum curator, or equivalent professional experience
- Substantive record of exhibitions and publications
- Experience with a substantial collection, including collection installations and acquisitions
- Thorough knowledge of pre-Columbian art, both historical knowledge and actively staying abreast of new developments in this specialized field
- MA degree in related art field (PhD preferred)
- Thorough knowledge of pre-Columbian art, with a focus on Mesoamerica and the Intermediate Region preferred and eagerness to learn areas of the collection outside one’s specialty field
- Proficient in Spanish, fluency preferred
- Demonstrated research skills
- Team player, collaborative
- Ambitious for the institution and to serve broad audiences, not just the cognoscenti
- Ability to work with donors and collectors who actively support the department
- Fundraising and public-speaking abilities
- Ability to lead and manage, or collaborate with, curatorial assistants and/or interns
- International network of professional colleagues, collectors, and dealers
- Willing to travel
Detailed Job Duties/Responsibilities
- Work collaboratively with educators, designers and possibly artists in the development, creation, interpretation, and installation of permanent galleries and special exhibitions organized or booked by the museum.
- Collaborate with curatorial colleagues, collectors, patrons, and cultural organizations to generate important exhibitions, publications, and public programs.
- Take responsibility for the pre-Columbian art collections, including study, rotation and display, care and record-keeping, provenance research, digitizing and publication, in addition to the major re-installation.
- Build and refine the collection.
- Actively cultivate funding for acquisitions, exhibitions, research grants, and fellowships through association with professional organizations, foundations, and patrons on local, national, and international levels. Work actively with the department’s support group, the Alianza de las Artes Americanas.
- Prepare and give lectures, tours, and workshops to the public, professional colleagues, and other groups.
- Organize the biennial symposia and edit subsequent publications for the Mayer Center for Pre-Columbian and Spanish Colonial Art at the Denver Art Museum.
- Work collaboratively with the curator of Spanish Colonial Art in the development, creation, interpretation, and installation of permanent galleries and special exhibitions to be organized collectively as the New World Department.
- Participate in institutional planning.
- Maintain professional affiliations in scholarly organizations, professional societies, and relevant committees.
- Given that the DAM is an institutional member, abide by, follow, and comply with the guidelines of the American Alliance of Museums (AAM), the Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD), and the International Council of Museums (ICOM), including the AAMD Report on the Acquisition of Archaeological Materials and Ancient Art and the 1970 UNESCO Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export, and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property; and conduct appropriate provenance research on pertinent objects in the department’s collections.
International Candidates will be considered. Fluency in English is essential.
Inquiries and nominations are welcome at SearchandRef@museum-search.com.
HOW TO APPLY
Apply in confidence:
Email cover letter, résumé or CV (Word document preferred), salary requirement, and names of 3 references with contact information by June 17, 2016 (end of day) to retained search firm: Connie Rosemont, Museum Search & Reference, SearchandRef@museum-search.com. References will not be contacted without prior permission of the applicant. Screening of applications will continue until the completion of the search process. Position open until filled.
DAM policy is to prohibit discrimination against any person or organization based on age, race, sex, color, creed, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, transgender status, gender identity, gender expression, ancestry, marital status, gender, veteran status, political service, affiliation, or disability.
About the DAM’s Encyclopedic Collections
Since its founding in 1893, the DAM has amassed more than 78,000 works of art, one of the largest and most comprehensive collections of world art between Chicago and the West Coast. Internationally known for its holdings of American Indian art, the Museum has also assembled an extensive group of pre-Columbian and Spanish Colonial art objects now considered one of the finest collections anywhere. Other areas of concentration are European and American painting and sculpture, architecture, design and graphics, modern and contemporary, Asian, African, Oceanic, western American and textile art.
About the Pre-Columbian Art Collection
The Denver Art Museum is indeed fortunate in being able to count among its greatest resources a pre-Columbian collection rich in art from all over Latin America. Pre-Columbian material at the Denver Art Museum initially constituted one component of the American Indian collection. The first pre-Columbian pieces to enter the collection between 1926 and 1948 were all ceramics from Chihuahua, in northern Mexico. Several ancient Peruvian textile fragments and ceramics were donated to the museum in the early 1950s. In 1952, the museum made its first purchase of pre-Columbian art and in 1968, the New World Department was established, bringing Pre-Columbian and Spanish Colonial objects from Latin America together. Today the combined collection of the New World Department covers a time span from about 1200 BC to the present. It is the best collection of its type in the United States and, in many areas it is the most comprehensive collection outside of country of origin.
Many hundreds of objects from South, Central and Mesoamerica entered the collection in the 1970s and 1980s. The most important patrons by far were Frederick and Jan Mayer, who helped fund acquisitions from many different cultures for the department, while also building a comprehensive personal collection of Costa Rican antiquities that came to number about 2,000 objects. In the 1990s the Mayers donated the bulk of their Costa Rican collection to the DAM, roughly doubling the size of the museum’s pre-Columbian collection.
In 1993, the New World Department collections were reorganized and reinstalled in their present galleries (22,000 square feet), which at the time made Denver the only major museum in the country to have permanent galleries dedicated to both Pre-Columbian and Spanish Colonial art. More than five thousand objects from these collections are now displayed in the Jan and Frederick Mayer Galleries of Pre-Columbian and Spanish Colonial art. Included are paintings, sculpture, furniture, silver and decorative arts from the Spanish Colonial period, as well as pre-Columbian masterworks in ceramic, stone, gold, and jade. These two collections are remarkable for both aesthetic quality and cultural significance. Internationally, the Denver Art Museum is unparalleled in its comprehensive representation of the major stylistic movements from all the geographic areas and cultures of Latin America.
One component of the installation is an innovative study-storage gallery of pre-Columbian art made possible by the Lila Wallace Readers Digest Fund. The large glass-shelved display cases allow DAM to place nearly all of its pre-Columbian collection on permanent display, permitting visitors to view the full spectrum of pre-Columbian forms and media, and compare multiple examples of items such as figurines, cache vessels, stone sculptures, and jade ornaments.
The growth of the New World collections and programs received a major boost with the enlightened endowment gift of Frederick and Jan Mayer in 2003. This gift made it possible to establish separate curatorial positions in Pre-Columbian and Spanish Colonial art. As a result, the Denver Art Museum has the only curator dedicated exclusively to Spanish Colonial art in the United States. The Mayers also founded the Frederick and Jan Mayer Center for Pre-Columbian and Spanish Colonial Art at the Denver Art Museum, committed to increasing awareness and promoting scholarship in these fields by sponsoring scholarly activities including annual symposia, fellowships, study trips, and publications (http://mayercenter.denverartmuseum.org).
The pre-Columbian art collection has occupied the galleries on the fourth floor of the North Building since it opened in 1971. The Galleries encompass 11,000 square feet of space and display changing selections from the DAM’s collection and loans. Galleries are devoted to the arts of Mesoamerica, the Intermediate Region and Andean South America.
For more information on the pre-Columbian collection see
For digitized collections, visit: http://denverartmuseum.org/collection?f=field_co_collection_term%253A951&f=field_co_collection_term%3A1254
Denver offers major-city sophistication in a location inspiring for natural beauty. A hub for those seeking the Rocky Mountain ski slopes, Denver is also home to major museums, four major sports teams, and a wide variety of neighborhoods.
The Denver Metropolitan Statistical Area is over 2.8 million people, the 21st largest in the US. The region had the second fastest growth rate of the top 21 Areas in the US, second only to Houston. The Mile High City is now larger than Washington, Boston, or Atlanta. Despite its size, Denver is a livable, friendly city where many DAM staff walk or bike to work. Its temperate climate boasts 300 days of sunshine per year.
Arts, culture and creativity are fully integrated into daily life, work and play in Denver. The city is known for its public art, downtown theatre district, indie music scene, art districts, creative sector businesses and microbreweries and distilleries, to name a few features that make Denver special. The city hosts a vital contemporary art scene enlivened by a rich variety of cultural organizations, galleries, and collectors. The city has 5 distinct arts districts for galleries and artists’ studios, featuring over 50 art galleries, many studio buildings, and boutiques with local crafts and artisanal products, from jewelry to wine. See: http://www.denver.org/things-to-do/denver-arts-culture/ for more information about the arts districts.
In addition to the Museum of Contemporary Art and Clyfford Still Museum, Denver’s many other museums include the Colorado Historical Society (now History Colorado), Denver Museum of Nature & Science, Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art (of 1875 – 1990), Children’s Museum of Denver, Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum, Denver Zoo, and Denver Botanic Gardens. Enjoy symphony, ballet, opera and Broadway shows at cultural organizations including The Denver Center for the Performing Arts, and Denver Center Theatre Company. Architectural monuments include the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Denver Public Library, and Colorado State Capitol. Enjoy Colorado Rockies baseball at Coors Field or take in a football game at Mile High Sports Authority Stadium, home of the Denver Broncos. Denver is also home to the NBA’s Denver Nuggets and Colorado Avalanche professional hockey team.
Enjoy skiing, snowboarding, hiking, or biking at nearby resorts such as Loveland (only 50 minutes away), Breckenridge, Arapahoe Basin, and Copper Mountain, or travel to Aspen or Vail. Draw inspiration from the area’s unrivaled natural beauty at Mt. Evans, Denver Mountain Parks or Rocky Mountain National Park near Boulder.
Colorado’s relaxed, high-quality lifestyle is attracting cosmopolitan, creative people who seek work/life balance, farm-to-table food, a green mentality, and incomparable outdoor beauty. Visit: http://www.colorado.com/ to learn more about all the state has to offer.
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR search
Application Deadline: March 25, 2016
The Executive Director of the Menokin Foundation, a 1769 National Historic Landmark site in Virginia, will have the opportunity to fulfill the dream of completing what is being called “the most engaging preservation project in America.”
The groundbreaking Menokin Glass Project is leading the charge for new ways to think about historic preservation and interpretation.
Menokin, located in the Northern Neck of Virginia, is a 500-acre property that includes both pristine conservation land and the remains of the ancestral home of Francis Lightfoot Lee, an early Virginia statesman and signer of the Declaration of Independence, and his wife Rebecca Tayloe Lee.
The Menokin Foundation seeks a creative thinker with strong historic preservation interests and an entrepreneurial spirit to continue to foster this pioneering project, to complete the capital campaign, and to shepherd an ambitious programmatic vision for the cultural and environmental resources that comprise Menokin.
HISTORY AND PLANS FOR THE MENOKIN GLASS PROJECT
Already in a collapsed state when it received a National Historic Landmark designation in 1971, the Menokin house continued to be neglected until 1995, when the Menokin Foundation was created. The Menokin Foundation acquired the house, 500 of its original thousand acres, and more than 80 percent of the house’s original fabric, which remains on-site in storage. Over the past 20 years, the Foundation has worked to stabilize the house and protect it from further environmental damage. Now, with world-renowned architectural firm Machado Silvetti – the talent behind the new additions at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art and the Getty Villa Expansion – the Menokin Foundation is poised to construct a ground-breaking, 21st-century glass structure that will preserve, protect and interpret the original house without nostalgically reconstructing it as another tour-bound, furnished historic-house museum.
The project has already attracted national attention, including a profusely illustrated article, Eight of the Most Anticipated Projects Announced in 2014 in the Journal of the American Institute of Architects: http://tinyurl.com/hazl3b5. A description of this model project has also appeared in the Richmond Times Dispatch. Programs and field schools are being offered during all phases of the cutting-edge preservation project so that all can learn from this complex initiative.
THE MENOKIN PROPERTY COMBINES A HISTORICAL SITE AND A WILDLIFE REFUGE
Menokin is situated in the history-rich Northern Neck of Virginia, birthplace of three U.S. presidents: Washington, Madison and Monroe. This beautiful property sits on Cat Point Creek, a tributary of the Rappahannock River, and one of the most unspoiled water systems in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.
Three hundred and twenty-five acres of the 500-acre plantation are protected by a conservation easement as part of the Rappahannock River Valley National Wildlife Refuge (http://www.fws.gov/refuge/Rappahannock_River_Valley/about.html). The property offers birdwatching opportunities, hiking trails, and waterways for recreational boating. Newly improved water access on the site allows kayakers and canoers to easily get onto Cat Point Creek. Programming possibilities beckon in the burgeoning field of environmental history as well as in current nature and conservation issues.
Open year-round to the public, Menokin welcomes 4,000 visitors annually and upwards of 1,400 schoolchildren, students and summer-campers.
The annual operating budget approaches $500,000 and is projected to grow significantly as the Menokin Glass Project continues to gain momentum. Current staffing provides for an Executive Director, three full-time staff and one part-time executive assistant.
A Visitors Center on site includes a large conference/multipurpose room, staff offices, and a storage room housing the original woodwork from the house. An adjacent Conservation Barn houses the excavated structural elements from the house and also serves as space for conservation workshops.
Explore the Menokin Foundation website, and the blog, www.menokinrubblewithacause.com as well as social media outlets such as Facebook and Twitter. A virtual tour of the property and buildings are available on Google 360 http://tinyurl.com/jluh4yp and an in-depth You Tube channel.
STRATEGIC PLANS AND GOALS
In 2015, the Menokin Foundation launched a 3-year, $7-million capital campaign, of which the first $2 million has already been raised. The project comprises stabilization of the house and will provide for the full exterior rehabilitation of the existing fabric. The Menokin Glass Project will provide opportunities to re-hang original millwork within the house in a traditional manner; additionally, a scrim-covering on the glass will allow video projection and high-tech exhibition opportunities.
The Foundation has created broad plans for two later phases of the project. The goal of Phase II (2019-2022) is to finish interior conversion into a museum space, to build two outbuildings (based on original structures) and to reconstruct the terraced gardens around the original house. Phase III (2022-2025) as currently envisioned will increase the endowment and expand the Visitors Center.
The Menokin Foundation offers its next Executive Director an exciting opportunity to grow an ambitious, innovative and multi-faceted historic preservation project into a nationally recognized site for historic preservation field research, local conservation programming and creative storytelling. The Foundation envisions the long-term creation of a scholarly and cultural center for interpreting the many layers of history and presenting its environmental-conservation resources in engaging and innovative programs. The incoming ED will complete the capital campaign, implement the construction project, and spearhead the development of broader programming initiatives on the 500-acre estate. Programming will bring to life the technology and tools of archaeology and architecture and will create historical narratives about the region’s inhabitants, including the indigenous Rappahannock, colonial Virginians, and the enslaved. As opportunities allow, this programming will align with issues in play today to ensure Menokin’s continued relevance and wide public interest. The Foundation also sees its long-term programming as an economic catalyst for the region.
Ideal candidates will:
- Align with the Menokin Foundation’s forward-thinking Board and be keenly interested in this innovative, non-traditional historic-preservation project.
- Have the leadership skills and fundraising experience necessary to successfully manage and complete an ambitious, $7 million capital campaign; specifically to:
- Lead Menokin’s fundraising efforts, working closely with the development coordinator and the Board, to cultivate and solicit major individual donors, corporations and foundations.
- Complete the current capital campaign and significantly grow the geographic reach, diversity and sustainability of funding sources for today and for the longer-term future.
- Have the experience or familiarity to oversee a sizable construction, renovation, or historic-preservation project, including managing multiple players such as project engineers, architects, archaeologists, subcontractors and vendors.
- Demonstrate a deep commitment to the local community and its manifold histories and work with the education and marketing staff to further engage the Northern Neck’s diverse population in Menokin programs through strategic outreach efforts.
- Work closely with the Board and staff on Menokin’s efforts to develop a strong regional presence through program development, fundraising, marketing, and historic preservation and conservation advocacy.
- Represent and raise the profile and visibility of Menokin to donors, partners, government officials and the public.
- Strategically guide staff and volunteers to produce a financially sustainable portfolio of activities around history, architecture, preservation, conservation and more.
- Oversee the day-to-day operations of the site, the construction project, staff, and programs including setting financial, construction and programmatic goals and analyzing the results; and creatively meeting goals, in close collaboration with the Board and Advisory Councils.
- Be committed to stewarding the Menokin Glass Project’s Phase I through to completion in time for Menokin’s 250th anniversary in 2019.
REQUIRED SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE
- Bachelor’s degree – advanced degree preferred – preferably in historic preservation, non-profit management, land-conservation or a related field.
- 7-10 years of progressive professional experience, to include a minimum two years (at least 5 years preferred) at a senior-management level with staff management and budget responsibilities.
- Strong leadership skills, with an entrepreneurial spirit and management capability; proven ability to inspire and motivate staff, volunteers, donors and potential partners.
- Knowledge of historic preservation best practices and how to partner with nonprofits and key agencies and organizations at the national, state, and local level.
- Demonstrated experience overseeing complex projects through to success, including meeting financial goals, project deadlines, and coordinating the work of key staff, partners and players, preferably including project engineers, architects, subcontractors and vendors.
- Previous success in fundraising, in particular, broad experience with major donors, foundations, corporations, and government funders.
- Excellent and persuasive communication skills, both written and verbal, including public speaking experience; social media presence a plus.
- Outstanding interpersonal skills, judgment, and a demonstrated ability to collaborate and build coalitions with a wide range of individuals and organizations at the local, regional and national levels.
Compensation is competitive and dependent on experience.
ABOUT THE NORTHERN NECK OF VIRGINIA
The Menokin Foundation is located in the beautiful tidewater region of Virginia’s Northern Neck, an unspoiled, four-county peninsula between the Rappahannock and Potomac Rivers, only two hours from Washington, D.C. and one hour from Richmond (and Richmond International Airport). Known for its Colonial and Civil War history, the region is also home to 3 state parks, the Rappahannock River Valley National Wildlife Refuge and numerous historical sites, including several other colonial-era plantations, both public and private. The 4-county region boasts nine wineries and a growing number of microbreweries, and it offers great access to recreational waterways. Menokin is a designated site on the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historical Trail, which traces explorer John Smith’s journeys up the Rappahannock and Potomac Rivers in 1608. Watermen still ply the coastal waterways for Virginia oysters, and birding enthusiasts will experience wild turkeys, waterfowl, songbirds and one of the largest concentrations of bald eagles on the Eastern seaboard.
Menokin is located near Warsaw, VA, the county seat of Richmond County and the home of Rappahannock Community College. Across the Rappahannock River, in the Middle Peninsula, is the historic town of Tappahannock. Not far away are many historical destinations, including Williamsburg, Jamestown and Yorktown, and a bit further west are the beautiful Blue Ridge mountains and the Shenandoah Valley.
HOW TO APPLY
Nominations welcome. Apply in confidence: Email cover letter, résumé (Word document preferred), salary requirement, and names of 3 references with contact information by March 25, 2016 to Connie Rosemont, retained search consultant, Museum Search & Reference, Marilyn Hoffman, Principal; SearchandRef@museum-search.com. EOE. References will not be contacted without prior permission of the applicant.
Amon Carter Museum of American Art
Fort Worth, TX
DIRECTOR OF CURATORIAL AFFAIRS search
Application Deadline: April 25, 2016
The Amon Carter Museum of American Art seeks a Director of Curatorial Affairs (DCA), a senior-leadership position. The DCA will have the opportunity to help oversee, expand and preserve one of the world’s finest collections of American art, including many masterpieces (http://www.cartermuseum.org/collection/paintings).
The DCA will serve on the museum’s Leadership Team and supervise a department of 8 professionals, including 5 curators and 2 conservators. S/he will liaise with the Board of Trustees and designated staff for acquisitions and collection development; engage with collectors and patrons; and in collaboration with the Executive Director, fellow curators and the Board, and set the direction and range of exhibitions and acquisitions at a time when the institutional vision for the collection is dynamically expanding.
The successful candidate will be a collaborative team-player who encourages and facilitates the success of his/her colleagues and the institution as a whole. The Amon Carter is instilling a flatter, less hierarchical organizational structure, guided by a collegial Leadership Team of seven: the DCA, Executive Director, Chief Operating Officer/Chief Financial Officer, Deputy Director, Director of External Affairs, Director of Public Engagement, and Director of Human Resources. Executive Director Andrew J. Walker and COO/CFO Scott Wilcox share authority, with the former setting the artistic direction, working with donors and providing the public face of the museum; and the latter handling administrative and HR matters, finances and day-to-day operations. The successful DCA will embrace this organizational structure, thrive in the museum’s collaborative work environment, and eschew micromanagement in favor of encouragement and mentoring.
PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE DIRECTOR OF CURATORIAL AFFAIRS
The DCA will provide the leadership and vision for the museum’s curatorial excellence. The DCA will serve on the museum’s Leadership Team and oversee staff in both the curatorial and conservation departments. S/he will oversee acquisitions and present recommendations to the museum’s internal Exhibitions Committee. S/he will maintain a working relationship with the Board of Trustees and serve as staff liaison with the Board Collections Committee. S/he will be an ambassador to community groups and patrons and will represent the museum at national and international professional meetings. The DCA will take an active role in fundraising initiatives and will prepare and manage the curatorial and conservation budgets.
Responsibilities and duties include:
1. Serve on the Leadership Team, working as a team and individually with its members to consider significant decisions and strategic directions for the institution, as well as to jointly implement museum policies and activities.
2. Provide strategic oversight for the development of exhibitions with broad community appeal.
a. Participate in the Exhibitions Committee.
b. After fielding and considering input from multiple sources, recommend exhibition directions and particular exhibitions to the Executive Director and the Exhibitions Committee.
c. Continue to enhance and update the exhibition program’s direction, rationale and scope.
d. Oversee, encourage and support the curatorial staff in originating exhibitions.
e. Cultivate national and global contacts for sources of important traveling exhibitions.
3. With the Executive Director, provide counsel on refining the strategic vision for the permanent collection, including new directions in collecting and changes in the Collections Policy.
4. Seek out and recommend acquisitions. Chair the staff Acquisitions Committee and liaise with the Board Collections Committee.
a. Cultivate private collectors and gallerists for loans and gifts to the museum.
b. For possible acquisitions, travel both solo and with colleagues and regional collectors to art fairs, dealers and exhibitions; and ensure that the curators remain apprised of auction-house sales and dealers’ inventories.
5. Lead the Curatorial Division, including the curatorial and conservation departments.
a. Select and mentor division employees, continue to attract and retain talented and committed staff, and provide annual performance appraisals.
b. Advocate for the Curatorial Division; ensure that the curatorial staff has the support, both financially and professionally, to maintain the museum’s high curatorial standards.
c. Prepare, inform, and monitor the approved Division budget.
6. Work with the Pubic Engagement Department to interpret the permanent collection and temporary exhibitions.
7. Collaborate with the Executive Director and Director of External Affairs to secure public and private contributions to fund special exhibitions.
8. Work with the Deputy Director in matters pertaining to the museum facility, exhibition installation, and registration.
9. Prepare and present lectures and presentations on special exhibitions and collection works for the museum’s programs.
a. Represent the museum, either by attendance or as a speaker, at forums ranging from docent gatherings and public events to member programs and civic groups.
b. Welcome and entertain visiting guest speakers, lecturers and scholars.
10. Oversee and recommend loan requests; and work closely with conservators, curators and registrars to ensure the care, condition and safety of all loans.
11. Provide editorial oversight for exhibition and collection publications and, as time permits, research and write catalogue essays and other scholarly pieces; and assist outside researchers.
12. Recommend new initiatives that fulfill the museum’s mission and, once approved, see them through to completion. Oversee other initiatives as assigned.
QUALIFICATIONS — KNOWLEDGE, EXPERIENCE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
1. Minimum of 5 years of museum curatorial and management experience in a senior position at an art museum with a significant collection and strong curatorial program.
2. Demonstrated leadership, mentoring, and organizational skills.
a. Desire to advance into museum senior-administration and to mentor and professionally develop the Division’s curators and professionals.
b. Demonstrated ability to think strategically and creatively; acumen with long-range planning for the exhibition and publishing schedules.
c. The ability to manage multiple projects, work under pressure and meet deadlines.
d. Problem solving skills, both as an individual and as part of a group, and proven negotiation skills.
e. Possessing professional presence, with a talent for inspiring and building confidence both within the museum and outside the institution among a broad range of constituencies.
f. A passion for art and the curatorial process.
g. Diplomatic; comfortable in dynamic or challenging situations.
h. Confidence to consider and accept others’ views.
3. Collaborative skills. Experience with or passion for a team-oriented culture with shared responsibilities; and comfortable with a flatter, less hierarchical institutional structure.
4. Commitment to the interrelatedness of art and education.
5. M.A. in art history required; Ph.D. preferred. Degree in the field of American Art or Culture preferred.
6. Curatorial experience in the field of American art preferred, but primary experience in fields such as 19th-century European art or in prints and drawings will be openly considered, when combined with management experience and recognition in the field.
7. Experience developing and preparing successful grant applications to federal and state agencies and to foundations.
8. Experience in acquiring art for museum collections.
9. Excellent communication and writing skills.
a. Ability to write and speak about art in a manner comprehensible to a general audience.
b. Strong research and publication record desirable.
10. Knowledge of preservation and conservation issues and techniques; prior experience overseeing the treatment of art objects desirable.
11. Business acumen and sound financial-planning abilities.
12. Positive outlook. High energy, self-motivated, with a strong work ethic.
13. Proficient in community interaction and cross-staff partnership building.
14. Computer proficiency with MS Office products.
ABOUT THE MUSEUM
After six decades of growth, the Amon Carter houses more than 200,000 paintings, photographs, prints and sculptures, among them premier works by Thomas Cole, Frederic Church, Martin Johnson Heade, Thomas Eakins, Winslow Homer, Augustus Saint-Gaudens, Mary Cassatt, William Merritt Chase, Childe Hassam, Georgia O’Keeffe, Alexander Calder, Arthur Dove, Marsden Hartley, and Stuart Davis. The photography collection of 45,000 prints spans the entire history of American photography, and the museum houses the archives of eight American photographers (http://www.cartermuseum.org/collection).
History and founders
Collector Amon G. Carter (1879–1955) amassed one of the largest collections of the works of Frederic Remington and Charles Russell, and his original collection concept envisioned Western Art. On the opening of the museum, his daughter, founder Ruth Carter Stevenson (1923–2013) extended the concept to nationwide American art, and since 1961, the museum has acquired great masterworks of American art in all media. The museum also presents outstanding special exhibitions and a full calendar of public programs.
A Modern and continually expanding building
Architect Philip Johnson created an International Style 1961 building with “a grand entrance to a grand collection of American art” (http://www.cartermuseum.org/about). The building has expanded rapidly to accommodate six decades of collection and program growth. In 1964, only three years after the museum opened, a 14,250-square-foot addition provided space for offices, a bookstore, a research library, and an art-storage vault. Joseph R. Pelich (1894-1968), an associate architect of the original building, carried out the work to assure consistency with the original architectural vision.
The museum opened yet another addition, designed by Johnson and his partner John Burgee, in 1977. It expanded the museum’s area by 36,600 square feet, more than doubling its original size. The three-story section included more office space, a two-story storage vault, a greatly expanded library, and a 105-seat auditorium. In 1998, the Trustees announced plans to expand the museum to provide three times the existing space for the display of art. Philip Johnson would again spearhead the design, making the building as a whole a singular example of his work, a project he called “the building of my career.” While the 1961 building was retained and refurbished, the early additions (1964 and 1977) were removed, and in their place a vastly expanded structure was erected. With its overall size increased by nearly 50,000 square feet, the museum reopened to the public in 2001.
ABOUT THE CULTURAL DISTRICT, FORT WORTH, AND THE METRO REGION
The Fort Worth Cultural District grew up around the museum. Neighbor institutions include the Kimbell Art Museum with its collection of European masterworks (designed by Louis Kahn and with a new 2013 building by Renzo Piano); and the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, focusing on art since 1945 (designed by Tadao Ando). In the district are also the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History and Texas Christian University, a private, coeducational university.
Fort Worth, America’s 16th largest city, with a population of 800,000, also boasts a Zoo, Botanical Garden and Japanese Garden, 3 Aviation Museums, the Cowboy and Cowgirl Halls of Fame, the Will Rogers Memorial, Sid Richardson Museum (a collection of Western Art), Log Cabin Village, a Nature Center, and several venues for performances from concerts to rodeo, including the Bass Performance Hall (https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attractions-g55857-Activities-Fort_Worth_Texas.html).
Fort Worth has been voted one of “America’s Most Livable Communities.” It has become one of the fastest growing cities in the country due to its warm climate, numerous business opportunities, low cost of living and wide array of attractions (http://www.fortworth.com/).
The Dallas-Fort Worth Metropolitan Area is the 4th largest in the U.S., with a rapidly growing population of over 6 million. Dallas, America’s 9th largest city, with a population of 1.3 million, is a sophisticated, cosmopolitan city only a half hour from Fort Worth. Dallas offers among its many amenities the Dallas Museum of Art, Nasher Sculpture Center, Sixth Floor Museum, Symphony Center and the International Airport (http://www.tripadvisor.com/Attractions-g55711-Activities-Dallas_Texas.html). Dallas is a center for telecommunications, computer technology, banking and transportation. Dallas’ prominence comes from its historical importance as a center for the oil and cotton industries, its position along numerous railroad lines, and its powerful industrial and financial leaders.
HOW TO APPLY
Apply in confidence: Email cover letter, résumé (Word document preferred), salary requirement, and names of 3 references with contact information by April 25, 2016 to retained search firm: Marilyn Hoffman, Museum Search & Reference, SearchandRef@museum-search.com. EOE. References will not be contacted without prior permission of the applicant.
Chester County Historical Society
West Chester, PA
Application Deadline: March 14, 2016
The next President of the Chester County Historical Society (CCHS) will lead a well-respected, healthy regional history museum with a renowned collection and focused, exciting plans. CCHS, founded in 1893, tells the story of Chester County, population 500,000, which is 45 minutes southwest of Philadelphia. CCHS holds a superb collection of 80,000 examples of local Pennsylvania furniture, decorative arts and objects from the Pre-Contact and Colonial eras to today, plus a treasure-house library/archives of 20,000 volumes, 500,000 manuscripts and 80,000 photographs (http://www.chestercohistorical.org/collections and Chester County A-Z).
CCHS produces a major temporary exhibit annually (http://www.chestercohistorical.org/exhibits), such as this year’s The Sixties! The Age of Aquarius in Chester County, plus one or two small shows each year. A hands-on activities gallery is popular with families and children. Educational programs such as National History Day and the History Connections program for students, senior centers and scouts reached over 3,500 schoolchildren and teachers in 2015; and lectures, symposia, and the lively History on Tap series held at local breweries round out the offerings. (http://www.chestercohistorical.org/public-programs). Today, 150 special events are held throughout the year, including the April antiques show, which netted $105,000 last year. Weddings and other facility rentals provide additional income (http://www.chestercohistorical.org/calendar). About 250 volunteers — with a dedicated core of over 30 regularly in the museum and library — contributed more than 16,000 hours in FY2015.
The Presidency provides the opportunity to lead a $2-million annual-budget museum with a $10-million endowment, a highly professional approach, a knowledgeable, dedicated staff of 20 and a board of 20. The new President will implement a forward-looking strategic plan that encompasses a completely new permanent exhibit opening in 2017, new programming, and greater community engagement. S/he will also have a strong mandate to fundraise, run CCHS in a businesslike manner and maintain its current fiscal health.
The position is for an experienced leader. The Board seeks candidates with a passion for local history combined with success in fundraising for programs and sustainability. The position is open to candidates who currently direct a museum or who are deputy directors, curators, or education/engagement directors or other department heads, with leadership and administrative experience and a belief in and ability to communicate the value and relevance of history to people of all ages and backgrounds, and to patrons, collectors, and foundations.
The position is open due to the untimely passing of much-admired President Rob Lukens in 2015. Since his illness and passing, momentum has been ably maintained by a triumvirate of senior staff led by the Interim President, who is also Vice President for Development.
Chester County is a very attractive location and provides an opportunity to live in a beautiful, historic and affluent county, ranging from urban to farmland. West Chester is located halfway between Philadelphia and Wilmington, Delaware, the home of Winterthur. Chester County alone offers 100 historical organizations, providing opportunities for collaborations and expert peers. The County is full of history buffs, and its local historical figures – from William Penn in 1682 to abolitionists, women’s rights activists, and a female steel-mill owner — and its many captivating stories – from the Battle of Brandywine in the American Revolution and the first mass-production of penicillin to the arrival of new immigrant groups today — provide wide-ranging themes for interpretation and topics to engage people in the diverse heritages of the region. West Chester University is located only blocks from CCHS and offers concerts, lectures and theatre. Outdoor recreation opportunities range from nearby Longwood Gardens to biking to kayaking. (http://www.brandywinevalley.com/attractions/view-all). West Chester was founded in 1799 and has a diverse and growing economy. Housing options provide a range of life styles from townhouses in a walkable city to farms in the country. Museums and performing arts venues for theatre and ballet are also found throughout the Brandywine Valley, including the Brandywine River Museum and the Hagley Museum. (http://www.thebrandywine.com/fun/).
Philadelphia, the 5th largest city in the U.S., is notable for its rich history, many American Revolutionary sites, and its major museums, universities, as well as performing arts and sports venues (http://www.tripadvisor.com/Attractions-g60795-Activities-Philadelphia_Pennsylvania.html, Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau, www.discoverphl.com/, and Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, www.greaterphilachamber.com/). The cities of New York, Baltimore and Washington are all within a 2-hour drive.
THE CCHS PRESIDENCY
The key factors for the President’s success are two-fold. First, s/he must be able to inspirationally and credibly communicate the mission, vision, and goals of CCHS, along with the value and relevance of the history of Chester County to staff, members, the public, and donors. Second, s/he must enthusiastically lead the charge to garner the resources needed to achieve the goals, not only for the major new installation of the permanent galleries and other projects and programs, but also for continued sustainability and balanced budgets. If these two key factors are in place, CCHS’s major goals will be accomplished.
The museum is on a strong path. Since 2012, CCHS has been fiscally healthy and moving forward with exciting programs and plans. The next leader should maintain the current forward momentum and sound finances. The board and staff are united on the need to continue in a businesslike manner with strong fundraising and balanced budgets, but there is plenty of room to envision, in today’s rapidly changing world, the next decade of transformation at CCHS.
THE PRESIDENCY OFFERS EXCEPTIONAL OPPORTUNITIES, INCLUDING TO:
- Continue the forward momentum of a goal-oriented and successful institution.
- Bring to fruition, open, and capitalize on the momentum of the first major reinstallation and reinterpretation of the permanent collection in over 20 years. The virtually museum-wide exhibit will feature up-to-date, relevant themes and incorporate the latest methods of interpretation. Opening in 2017, it will also include new visible storage. The whole institution has come together to focus on this important $3.7-million project, and already $2.8 million has been raised.
- Lead a respected, 123-year-old institution with professional practices and high museum standards; a top-caliber, deep collection; and a strong reputation for scholarship.
- Be a resource and inspirational leader for a talented staff of professionals.
- Safeguard the continued success of an institution that has become financially stable, has developed diverse revenue streams and maintains a balanced budget.
- Complete the funding campaign for the permanent exhibit, already well along towards its goal, and obtain resources for programming and new initiatives.
- Engage in the regional community – speaking to groups, serving on local boards, learning and meeting community needs and interests, and forming rewarding friendships and partnerships.
- Change and enrich people’s lives through exposure to CCHS and History.
- Bring in new and younger audiences and enhance engagement of diverse community groups. Increase visitation (now 32,000 annually) and membership (now at 1,137 members), and especially, attract younger adults and families.
- Provide enhanced public-programming leadership, since the staff does not include an Education Director at the moment. Maintain successful programming, but also establish more frequent and wider public programming, especially for adult audiences.
- Complete the museum’s transition to the digital age and its plans for greater access to the collections.
- Oversee the research and publications that spring from the collection and temporary exhibitions.
- Amplify your knowledge of, or learn the fascinating, rich history of Chester County and the region.
- Direct a mid-sized museum — small enough to know everyone and to make a difference but large enough to have the staff and resources to accomplish goals.
- Work in West Chester and Chester County, a sophisticated community filled with history buffs, historic places, and a plenitude of cultural and educational offerings. Enjoy a small-city atmosphere and a more affordable cost of living.
- Stay for a significant tenure. Make a mark and leave a legacy.
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, EXPERIENCE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES
Leadership abilities and mission-related enthusiasm
- Minimum of five years of successful leadership experience in the museum and/or historical-society profession, for example, in a director, deputy-director, curator, education-director, department-head or management position
- A background that demonstrates value for historic artifacts/records as well as appreciation of a region’s people and history. Passion for and experience with local history helpful, along with eagerness to learn Chester County’s history
- B.A. in American history, public history, preservation, decorative arts, museum studies or related field, with advanced degree preferred
- Outstanding communication and interpersonal skills
- Inspirational communicator and engaging public speaker who can make history relevant and appealing, especially to contemporary audiences
- Can inspire, teach, and motivate staff, volunteers, members, board members, collectors, civic officials, foundations, donors and a wide public
- Gifted at meeting people, building relationships, and being the public face of the organization
- Skilled in written communications
- Knowledge and experience to sustain a nonprofit organization and ability to grasp all aspects of a multifaceted organization. Well-rounded leader preferred who has the whole package, that is, love of history, vision, fundraising ability and practical business sense
- Big-picture mentality; can advance a whole museum and coordinate all of the facets, projects and departments of the organization
- Successful experience in gaining leadership trust and confidence among the board, staff, and local community
- Experience developing and implementing programs and exhibits, with commitment to welcoming new and more diverse audiences
- Knowledge of museum standards and ethics, best practices, trends and technologies, in order to oversee the mission-related side of CCHS and to ensure substance and professionalism in all endeavors
- Commitment to Chester County, demonstrated either by professional experience in the region or by the desire and proven ability to quickly learn the region’s history, the organization, and area resources
- Professional networks in the field, regionally and nationally
- Experience in a mid-size museum desirable
- Can commit to CCHS for an extended tenure (such as five years or more) to ensure continuity and to evolve the institution over the short and long-term
Management and administrative skills
- Experience in implementing an organizational or departmental strategic plan. Commitment to carrying out CCHS’s plans, particularly the new permanent installation of the galleries
- Project-management experience. Ability to envision a project and grow and shape it and bring people on board, along with the persistence and practical skills to push it along and see it executed
- Business sense to oversee and manage budgets and use financial statements to deliver positive results
- Assumes leadership accountability. Will set priorities and resolve conflicts
- Experience managing staff, especially effective, committed and forthright professionals
- Team-oriented. Can lead all the departments and staff to work together to fulfill the mission and sustain the organization
- Good listener, open to new ideas. Embraces and leads a collaborative culture that encourages all to participate and be heard
- Practical, a problem-solver. Can work hands-on in a smaller organization
- Marketing instincts. A sense of what will “sell” museum projects and increase visitation
- Experience working successfully with a board (or board committee) and with volunteers
Fundraising experience and track record
- Successful fundraising experience in previous roles, preferably including donor cultivation and solicitation, major gifts, and capital or project campaigns
- Proven ability for successful fundraising for exhibits, programs and collections and also for the sustainability of the enterprise
- Ability to engage new members and donors and to steward current relationships
CCHS offers competitive compensation, commensurate with experience, plus benefits.
HOW TO APPLY
Nominations welcome. Apply in confidence: Email cover letter, résumé (Word document preferred), salary requirement, and names of 3 references with contact information by March 14, 2016 to retained search firm: Marilyn Hoffman, Museum Search & Reference, SearchandRef@museum-search.com. References will not be contacted without prior permission of the applicant. EOE. For non-discriminatory policies, see: http://www.chestercohistorical.org/hiring-internships.