The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston : Curatorial Assistant, American Painting and Sculpture

Title: Curatorial Assistant, American Painting and Sculpture

Reports To: Assistant Curator, American Painting and Sculpture

Pay Type: Full-Time, Regular, Exempt, 35 hrs/week

Salary: Commensurate with Experience and Education

Benefits: Group Medical and Dental Insurance, Life and Long Term Disability Insurance, Retirement Plan, Flexible Spending Plans, Paid Time Off, Reserve Time Off, Holiday Pay, Museum Membership and Discounts

Work Schedule: Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm

Work Location: Law Building, a non-smoking facility


The Curatorial Assistant position reflects the departmental activities, exhibitions, publications, and special projects of the Associate Curator, American Painting and Sculpture.

  • Conducts original research on collection and maintains departmental research and artist files
  • Researches possible acquisitions including provenance, exhibition history, and market prices
  • Assists with exhibition preparation including researching exhibition objects, creating and maintaining checklists and research files, catalogue organization and writing, writing label copy, and installation
  • Serves as content manager for the departments’ presence on the MFAH website
  • Works with registrar’s office on collection documentation, photography, and shipping
  • Works with Curators and Education Department on interpretation and education programs
  • Works with conservators on collection
  • Assists with departmental meetings with trustees and advisory committees, helps prepare minutes, and helps set up special presentations.
  • Assists with activities of departmental support groups, including attending events and promoting membership in the group
  • Conducts tours of exhibitions and collection
  • Supervises interns
  • Performs other duties as necessary

Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:

  • Candidate should have strong research, computer (Word, Access, Excel), editorial, and organizational skills
  • Attention to detail and the ability to work both independently and in a team desirable
  • Strong interpersonal skills required

How to Apply:

Send resume.

Education and Experience:

  • A. in Art History with a focus on American Art (pre-1945).
  • One-year museum curatorial experience preferred
  • Foreign language skills desirable
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