Project Assistant II
The Nelson Gallery Foundation - Kansas City, MO

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Purpose
To assist in the research and development of the catalogue, The Collections of The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art: French Paintings. This publication will provide scholarly, definitive entries on more than 100 French paintings in the collection, and is scheduled to be published online, in sections, beginning in 2014. This is a two-year position that will begin approximately May 1, 2013.

Accountabilities

Permanent Collection
Research provenance, exhibition history and bibliographical references on French paintings in the collection; organize and maintain curatorial files to include an up-to-date record of provenance research, conservation history, exhibition history, bibliographical references, correspondence, related information and images, and label copy; liaise with conservation staff in the documentation of labels and inscriptions on the works of art.

Publications
Assist in all aspects of catalogue production, including ordering photography and reproduction rights for illustrations, and proofreading entries and essays.

Administrative
Assist Associate Curator with primary and secondary research for catalogue essay and entries; coordinate contracts, payments, and correspondence
with contracted catalogue authors and researchers; supervise 2-3 interns assisting with the project at any given time

Scope
100 pieces in Permanent Collection

Organization
Reports to the Associate Curator.

Position Requirements

Must have completed an M.A. in Art History
Advanced reading proficiency in French required
Demonstrated excellent research and writing skills
Must be efficient with using online research databases such as WorldCat, JStor, Gallica, etc.
Advanced proficiency with Excel and other MS Office Applications (Word, Outlook).
Excellent communication skills, both oral and written
Excellent time management, planning, and teamwork skills
Must be organized and detail oriented
Ability to work independently is critical

Physical Demands
While performing the duties of this job, the Project Assistant is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; use hands; reach with hands and arms; climb
stairs; balance; stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl; talk or hear; taste or smell. The Project Assistant must occasionally lift and/or move up to 30 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color visions, peripheral vision, and depth perception. Must also be physically capable of traveling and operating a motor vehicle.

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