The Davis Museum seeks a resourceful, enthusiastic, and steadfast Kemper Assistant/Associate Curator of Academic Affairs and Exhibitions to serve as a liaison between the Museum and the academic community at Wellesley College. The successful candidate will have a deep commitment to object-based learning, interdisciplinary collaboration, and innovative approaches to the presentation and interpretation of original works of art.
Supervised by the Sonja Novak Koerner ’51 Senior Curator/Assistant Director of Curatorial Affairs, the position will focus mainly on engaging faculty and students from the arts, humanities, and sciences with the permanent collections at the Davis—through inventive cross-disciplinary projects, programs, and exhibitions. The Kemper Assistant/Associate Curator will spearhead and steward collaborative, collections-based projects and exhibitions based on faculty research and teaching interests.
The Kemper Assistant/Associate Curator will facilitate creative use of the Davis collections by faculty and students across disciplines, increasing access to and engagement with original works of art; conceptualize, plan, and organize collaborative projects and exhibitions; schedule class visits; research and write about the Davis’s collections and participate in the acquisitions process; produce gallery didactics; offer gallery talks and class sessions; participate in events and outreach efforts; supervise interns and student workers.
An integral member of the curatorial team, the Kemper Assistant/Associate Curator will work closely with staff in all areas of the Davis Museum’s operations, with faculty and students across disciplines, and with campus administrative staff. The successful candidate will align closely with the Davis Museum’s values of inclusion, excellence, innovation, and access, and will bring strong commitment to the academic mission of the institution.
Ph.D. in art history is required, with two years of relevant museum experience. The ideal candidate will have scholarly specialization in an area germane to the Davis Museum’s collections, a generalist’s enthusiasm and range of interests, and demonstrable knowledge of professional museum practices. To be successful, the candidate should possess a strong commitment to the unique orientation of the academic museum and to the educational mission of the Davis.
The position requires excellent oral and written communication skills, the ability to collaborate effectively and collegially, as well as to manage multiple projects and deadlines independently. Proficiency in a digital environment required. Availability on some evenings and weekends and some travel required; other duties as assigned.
ABOUT THE DAVIS MUSEUM
One of the oldest and most acclaimed academic art museums in the United States, the Davis is at the core of Wellesley’s mission to educate young women for the world. A dynamic force in the intellectual, pedagogical and social life of the campus, the Davis also engages an expanded regional, national, and international community through innovative special exhibitions and enriching public programs.
The Davis collections of some 14,000 objects span global history from antiquity to the present and include masterpieces from almost every continent. Open to all, the holdings are housed in an extraordinary museum building, designed by Rafael Moneo, winner of the Pritzker Architecture Prize. In addition to dynamic presentations of the permanent collections, and installations that support specific coursework and research interests, the Davis hosts a rotating series of engaging temporary exhibitions and programs—all guided by values of inclusion, excellence, innovation, and access.
ABOUT WELLESLEY COLLEGE AND THE ARTS
The Wellesley College arts curriculum and the highly acclaimed Davis Museum are integral components of the College’s liberal arts education. Departments and programs from across the campus enliven the community with world-class programming– classical and popular music, visual arts, theatre, dance, author readings, symposia, and lectures by some of today’s leading artists and creative thinkers–most of which are free and open to the public.
Since 1875, Wellesley College has been a leader in providing an excellent liberal arts education for women who will make a difference in the world. Its 500-acre campus near Boston is home to some 2,400 undergraduate students from 49 states and 58 countries.
Wellesley College is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer, and we are committed to increasing the diversity of the college community and the curriculum. Candidates who believe they can contribute to that goal are encouraged to apply.
Wellesley is known for the excellence of its education, the beauty of its setting, its gifted faculty, and the uniqueness of its campus culture. But most of all, Wellesley is known for the thousands of accomplished, thoughtful women it has sent out into the world for over 100 years women who are committed to making a difference. Every year, some 2,400 of the world's top undergraduate women are challenged to exceed their own highest personal and intellectual expectations. The mastery Wellesley graduates demonstrate across the professional and vocational spectrum, and the influence they wield, whether in their own communities or on the world stage is testament to a singularly empowering undergraduate experience. Wellesley's lively academic community places a high value on rigorous, probing inquiry, and creative, cross-discipline thinking. Its collaborative approach to scholarship encourages students to question, debate, and refine their points of view, not only with each other, but with our world-class faculty, often by working directly with them on groundbreaking projects. A Wellesley education fosters the highest standard of readiness for the real world in its graduates, in terms... of ability to think, act, and contribute meaningfully and effectively in their chosen areas of interest.