Glenstone Museum: Assistant Curator
Senior Director of Collections
Founded with the mission to seamlessly integrate art, architecture, and landscape, Glenstone is an art museum located on nearly 300 acres of rolling hills and unspoiled woodland in Potomac, Maryland. The museum, opened in 2006 and expanded in 2018, offers nearly 60,000 square feet of exhibition space to showcase its collection of more than 1300 works by 200 contemporary artists. With its expansion, Glenstone now has the ability to welcome 100,000 visitors each year, and admission is always free.
Reporting to the Senior Director of Collections, this position is responsible for the management of publication and catalogue production, including budgetary and editorial oversight, vendor coordination, and distribution strategy. This position will also help coordinate exhibitions and public programs, liaise directly with artists, and conduct research related to the collection.
Desired Attributes & Characteristics
The ideal candidate will possess strong art historical knowledge with a focus on post-war and contemporary art and artists, extreme organizational skills, a heightened sense of discretion, the ability to work quickly under tight deadlines, strong writing skills, and a keen eye for detail. Exceptional written and oral communication skills are required, including the ability to address academic audiences and the general public with equal skill and enthusiasm. The candidate must have the ability to multitask, balance competing deadlines, and exhibit patience and flexibility in the face of evolving goals and deliverables. A passion for contemporary art and an embrace of the spirit of teamwork will be critical.
- Manage the production of museum publications, including meticulous monitoring and maintenance of schedules, checklists, budgets, and distribution.
- Liaise with essayists and artists to review editorial changes, proofread interim and final versions of projects, and ensure edits are accurately incorporated and relayed to design.
- Coordinate with and process payments for vendors including photographers, printers, designers, editors, copyeditors, publishers, and distributors.
- Provide exhibition support from the research and development stage of a project through realization.
- Communicate directly with artists and their representatives to plan and execute installations; prepare associated checklists, budgets, and instructions.
- Act as liaison for internal and external stakeholders during installation planning and related activities.
- Research, write, and edit content related to assigned exhibitions, including curatorial statements, web-text, training modules for staff and other explanatory texts.
- Provide editorial oversight for Glenstone collateral and written content.
- With the larger Collections and Public Engagement teams, assist with the develop of public programming.
- Coordinate regular departmental meetings related to assigned projects.
- Perform administrative tasks related to past and upcoming publications and exhibitions as needed.
- Other duties as assigned.
- B.A. in Art History or related field.
- Minimum of five years of experience coordinating and producing art publications, with a focus on editorial work.
- Minimum of three years of curatorial experience at a modern or contemporary art museum, with increasing responsibility.
- Experience with project management, particularly working on the delivery of several projects concurrently.
- Exemplary writing and public presentation skills.
- Strong cultural competence, interpersonal communication, planning, and organizational skills.
- Strong interest in contemporary art.
- M.A. in Art History or related field.
- Minimum of five years of experience working in the museum field, with experience specifically in curatorial roles.
- Experience working with living artists and artists’ estates.
- Familiarity with the Chicago Manual of Style.
- Knowledge of Adobe Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, and related programs.
We are an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.