The Phillips Collection : Curatorial Assistant


Curatorial Assistant will perform administrative and research activities to assist with the planning and implementation of The Phillips Collection’s major 2021 Centennial exhibition, The Phillips Collects for a New Century. The position will also support production of the exhibition’s related print publication(s) and digital component. The position reports to the Project Manager and will be an active member of an interdepartmental team and provide critical support in the activities of regular meetings of an external advisory group, comprised of scholars, practitioners, as well as community stakeholders.  

This is a temporary position (from August 2019 to December 2021) funded by the Henry Luce Foundation.  


· Assist in planning and implementation for The Phillips Collects for a New Century project, to include exhibition, publication, and digital component.  

· Contribute to development of interpretive and community engagement strategies.  

· Maintain, update and prepare reports of the exhibition checklist in Filemaker Pro.  

· Support activities related to exhibition design and layout of the exhibition.  

· Facilitate activities with interdepartmental and advisory group, including preparation of materials, drafting correspondence, and notetaking at meetings.  

· Assist in communications and coordination of outside contributors to the publication.  

· Assist in research, assembly, and organization of written and visual materials for print publication.  

· Coordinate logistics, background material, and recording of artist interviews and their adaptation for digital component.  

· Conduct artist, conceptual and object-based research and organize into physical and digital files.  

· Assist in preparation, writing, and proofreading of wall text.  

· Other administrative or research duties to support Centennial project activities, as assigned.  


· Bachelor’s degree in Art History, American Studies, Museum Studies, or Equivalent;   

· Prior experience in the cultural or education sector, at least one year preferred.  

· Excellent detail, organizational, communication, and interpersonal skills.  

· Knowledge of modern and contemporary art, and interest in opening up more diverse, inclusive narratives that expand the understanding of the history of art.  

· Ability to conduct, analyze, and organize primary and secondary research.  

· Prior experience in community engagement desirable.  

· Works well independently and collaborates inclusively as part of a team.  

· Skilled in online, archival, and library research.  

· Proficiency in Excel, Word, and Filemaker Pro.  

· An enthusiasm for new forms of engagement in curatorial practice.  

· An ability to multi-task, prioritize work, and meet deadlines.  

· An ability to perform work in keeping with industry-wide best practices of diversity, equity, inclusion and access.  


The Phillips Collection is an equal opportunity employer and we value diversity. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, genetic disposition or carrier status, marital status, veteran status, personal appearance, gender identity or expression, family responsibilities, matriculation, political affiliation, or any other category protected under applicable federal, state, or local law.  


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