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Assistant Curator Prints & Drawings

The Yale Center for British Art seeks an Assistant Curator of Prints and Drawings to join its Curatorial Division. The Center’s Department of Prints and Drawings encompasses more than 20,000 drawings and watercolors, over 35,000 prints, as well as a growing collection of photographs. International in scope and spanning the sixteenth century to the present, the collection ranges from Tudor drawings and portrait miniatures to outstanding eighteenth- and nineteenth-century watercolors, architectural drawings, topographical prints, and works relating to the former British Empire, the subcontinent, the Caribbean, and the African diaspora. The Center’s holdings of William Blake, George Stubbs and J.M.W. Turner are among the most important in the world.

The Curator of Prints and Drawings joins the Center’s curatorial staff at a pivotal moment for the museum. Reporting to the Curator of Prints and Drawings, the Assistant Curator is a key member of the curatorial team and actively contributes to the presentation, documentation, research, and cataloguing of the collection. The Assistant Curator conceives and implements original collection displays, loan exhibitions, and online presentations, and provides support to the Curator of Prints and Drawings in developing curatorial projects. In collaboration with Paper Conservation, the Assistant Curator helps oversee the care and housing of the collection. The Assistant Curator facilitates the use of the collections by students, scholars, and the general public, through access in the Study Room, liaising with faculty, answering enquiries, and contributing to teaching. To promote knowledge and discovery of the collection, the Assistant Curator writes catalogue entries, gallery texts, labels, essays, and other content both in printed form and online, and collaborates with the Education Department to develop interpretative materials for a variety of audiences. Other duties include actively contributing to the day to day operations of the department; pro-actively identifying, researching and recommending gifts and acquisitions; and contributing to discussions concerning acquisitions, exhibitions, loans, and care of the collections.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

- Actively contributes to the activities, goals, and day to day operations of the Prints and Drawings Department.
- Shares curatorial responsibility for the presentation of the prints and drawing collection, including gallery displays, exhibitions, and collections rotations.
- Proposes, develops and implements collection displays, loan exhibitions, traveling exhibitions, and supports the development of curatorial projects in the department.
- Works with Conservation and the Curator of Prints and Drawings to ensure the care of care and housing of the collection.
- Plans, undertakes, and contributes to provenance research, cataloguing and digitization of the collections.
- Engages in research and publication about the prints and drawings collections; writes for catalogues, labels, brochures, digital content, and other publications about the collections and exhibitions.
- Collaborates with Education on developing interpretative materials.
- Attends curatorial meetings and represents the department at acquisitions and loans meetings as needed.
- Undertakes relevant research to help inform decisions about loans and acquisitions.
- Promotes use of the collection in teaching and classes. Assists faculty in sourcing objects relevant for teaching. Teaches about the YCBA collections and occasionally supervises students and interns in the Department.
- Works with Education to facilitate access to the collections and promote their use among different audiences.
- Contributes to creating a productive and congenial working environment across the Division and with colleagues within and outside the Center.
- Represents YCBA at external functions and scholarly meetings as needed; participates in relevant symposia and conferences.


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