Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art: Curatorial Assistant

Position Overview:

This position serves as the administrative and curatorial assistant to the Director of Curatorial Affairs and Strategic Art Initiatives. The Assistant is an integral member of the curatorial affairs team and will contribute to the division vision. A strong interest in arts administration and experience in American or Contemporary art is required. The successful candidate will have a passion for art and be very detailed oriented and organized.

Principle Responsibilities

  • Ensure the office of the Director of Curatorial Affairs and Strategy runs smoothly, including, but not limited to providing organization and tracking of projects and ongoing work; manage task pipeline; collaborate and coordinate across the museum and with external partners; scheduling meetings and travel; calendar management; responding to internal and external queries, maintain files, and preparing presentations.
  • Assist with all art-related activities of Art Bridges, a collection-sharing initiative with the mission to share great works of American art across the country, especially with those who have had barriers of access.
  • Assist with the office’s role as Museum Liaison to the University of Arkansas, contributing to collaborative partnerships and facilitating and maintaining internal and cross-institutional coordination between Crystal Bridges and the University.
  • Assist with object and exhibition research and varied curatorial functions
  • Prepare information and materials for varied constituencies
  • Represent the office of Director of Curatorial Affairs and Strategic Art Initiatives and serves as liaison for the office as needed.
  • Assist with preparation, production, maintenance and monitoring of budgets and reporting activities.
  • Coordinate department’s interns and volunteers.
  • Perform additional duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

Education, Experience, and Skills:

  • B.A. in Art History or related discipline required,
  • Strong interest in American or Contemporary art
  • 3 years’ work experience in museums, galleries, or other relevant art settings
  • Demonstrated skill in organization and rigorous attention to detail
  • Manage multiple projects and deadlines simultaneously
  • Ability to work independently and as a team member
  • Ability to take initiative and exercise a high level of discretion
  • Excellent oral, written and computer skills
  • Exemplary research skills
  • Understanding and experience in budget maintenance
  • Excellent customer relations skills (in person and on the telephone)
  • Positive attitude and collaborative spirit
  • Ability to maintain highest levels of confidentiality and discretion

Equivalent combination of relevant education and/or experience will satisfy the minimum requirements.

Licenses and Certifications:

  • Valid Driver’s License

Physical Requirements and Work Environment:

The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individual with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Physical demands:  In the work environment described below, position requires verbal and written conversation with others, sitting, standing, walking, bending, climbing, reaching, lifting/moving objects up to 10 pounds, and use of hands to finger, handle or feel objects, tools, or controls. Vision abilities required by the job include close vision.
  • Work environment:  Work will be performed in an office environment, museum spaces, and in communities served. The noise level in the work environment is usually low to moderate. Position may require some independent overnight travel. Occasionally the work schedule may include evenings and weekends.


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