Mandeville Gallery - Curator of Art Collections & Exhibitions
Union College - Schenectady, NY

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Union College invites applications and nominations for the position of Curator of Art Collections and Exhibitions. The successful candidate will formulate and advance a vision for the College’s and Schaffer Library’s art collection and gallery spaces that supports the College’s educational mission: to provide students with the analytic and reflective abilities needed to become engaged, innovative, and ethical contributors to an increasingly diverse, global, and technologically complex society. The Curator is a key member of the Schaffer Library’s leadership team, reporting to the College Librarian. The Curator serves on campus liaison committees related to the gallery, acquisition of art, and the library. Primary responsibilities involve planning and executing a program to integrate visual arts resources into the curriculum using the permanent art collection and exhibitions, developing exhibitions in the Mandeville Gallery, Wikoff Student Gallery, Schaffer Library and other campus locations, making the permanent art collection accessible to the college community and to the general public, overseeing a process to develop, inventory, preserve, and catalog the permanent art collection, providing leadership to the college community about proper display, storage and handling of art and historic and cultural objects, identifying artists and artwork reflecting diversity of styles and cultures, partnering with campus stakeholders to integrate the art collection into communication and development programs, admissions, student life and the academic curriculum, overseeing the Nott Memorial as a Gallery space and consulting with colleagues regarding the use of other campus locations for exhibitions of art and cultural resources, coordinating activities and advising library staff on exhibits of library collections and managing 1 FTE and an operating budget.

Qualifications MA in museum studies, art history or studio art, 3-5 years professional experience in a museum or gallery, demonstrated commitment to integrating art into the curriculum and making art accessible to a broad public by way of new and innovative strategies, ability to identify artists and artwork reflecting diversity of styles and cultures, ability and preferably experience in working effectively with collectors and donor prospects to cultivate collections and financial resources, excellent written communication and public speaking skills and experience in effectively leading a department and managing budgets, assignments and staff. Review of applications will begin February 15, 2013 and will continue until the position is filled.

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