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Associate Curator of Prints and Drawings

The Milwaukee Art Museum seeks an expert in prints and drawings to oversee a works on paper collection that includes artworks dating from the Renaissance to the 21st century. Central to these holdings is a broad and diverse collection of European works on paper, with unique areas of strength that reflect the character and history of the institution and the community. Particularly noteworthy are the Hockerman collection of French prints (17th-19th century, with great depth in Jacques Callot), the Marcia and Granvil Specks Collection of German Expressionist prints, along with significant drawings by modernists including Degas, Redon and Nolde. The Museum also has significant contemporary works-on-paper holdings, including the Landfall Press Archive. Additionally, the Museum is home to a comprehensive collection of posters by the founder of the French poster movement, Jules Chéret. The collection of over 600 works is a promised gift and the successful candidate will catalogue and organize the collection into a major traveling exhibition of Cheret’s work as a primary incoming project.

Qualifications ---
- M.A. in Art History, Ph.D. preferred
- 2 to 5 years Museum experience in a department of works on paper
- Have a proven record of exhibition organization
- Excellent writing and speaking skills
- Possess the ability to work with the Museum’s other departments to coordinate related programs
- Experience in cultivating donors and collectors
- Working knowledge of at least one foreign language, preferably French or German
- Familiarity with the history of printmaking and printmaking techniques

Duties & Responsibilities ----
Caring for the museum's comprehensive collection of over 12,000 prints and drawings; curating exhibitions in works on paper spaces throughout the galleries and in the museum's main special exhibition spaces; overseeing rotations of works on paper; acquisitions and donor relations; staff liaison to Print Forum, a volunteer institutional support group; managing the museum's new print room and study center. Salary and benefits are competitive.

Exhibitions: Curate three to four exhibitions/rotations per year, including regular Jules Chéret rotations. S/he will also be required to curate exhibitions in one of the museum’s main special exhibition spaces. Exhibitions are primarily collection based, but also include loan exhibitions.

Collection care and development: Work with the Collection Manager of Works on Paper to manage the collection’s storage and presentation. Coordinate with conservators, registrars and the Collection Manager of Works on Paper to assess condition and framing needs. Work with collectors and dealers and the Chief Curator and Director to acquire works of art through donation and/or purchase.

Print Forum: Lead Print Forum, a volunteer institutional support group, to develop 4-6 programs (lectures, trips, symposia, and special events) per year and secure acquisitions.

Work Environment: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Physical Requirements:
- Lift 10-20 pounds
- Reach above shoulders
- Lift above shoulders 10 pounds
- Stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl upon occasion
- Move about museum on demand
- Color vision
- Ability to adjust focus


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