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Collections Curator

The Art Complex Museum in Duxbury, Massachusetts seeks a full-time Collections Curator to join the staff of this family-founded museum on the cusp of its 50th anniversary in 2021. The Collections Curator will have the opportunity to develop significant collections-based exhibitions, some of which could travel; to work with staff to conserve, research and catalogue the collections; to develop new programs and interpretations; work with trustees and staff to refine the collections policy; liaise with other museums, scholars, and art professionals to enhance the stature of the collection; and work as a hands-on member of the staff in the daily activities of this small museum. The Collections Curator reports to the Director and works closely with the Collections Manager and the Curator of Contemporary Art. The ACM collection comprises more than 8,000 objects collected by the Weyerhaeuser family plus subsequent acquisitions over the past 50 years and features 4 main categories: American paintings (both historic and contemporary), master prints, Shaker furniture/crafts, and Asian art, including a remarkable assemblage of modern Japanese ceramics. The museum actively acquires new work, and selections from the collection are on permanent, rotating view and are complemented by a robust, active program of temporary exhibitions, usually featuring living artists, both regional and national. Programming features concerts, lectures, tea ceremonies, art classes, workshops, and school visits. The ACM has an operating budget of about $1 million and a staff of 12. The 13-acre wooded campus with outdoor sculpture provides a unique encounter with nature and art.

· MA or equivalent required in art history or curatorial studies, preferably in an area of strength of the collections, for example Asian ceramics, Shaker arts, prints, or American paintings. PhD desirable.
· Minimum of 5 years applied curatorial experience, including knowledge of how loan exhibitions are created, produced and installed.
· Knowledge of professional museum principles, practices and procedures.
· Knowledge of research tools and methodology, as well as catalogue publishing.
· Other experience that demonstrates ability to plan, collaborate and achieve initiatives.
· Alignment with the founding family’s legacy and the current Mission of the Museum. A track record demonstrating that one’s exhibitions and activities advanced an institution’s mission and goals.

· Ability to quickly learn about the broad range of works in the collection. Capability to interpret them and communicate knowledge to the general public in relevant and engaging ways.
· Self-directed, able to work independently and effectively, but also evidences the capacity to work collaboratively with curators, staff, volunteers, trustees, and community stakeholders.
· Experience with and capability for departmental administrative responsibilities, including project-planning and priority-setting, overseeing exhibit-installation teams, preparing and monitoring budgets, preparing reports, and meeting deadlines.
· Outgoing, enthusiastic personality preferred. Communicative, with a sense of humor.
· Must be adaptable, patient and flexible; enjoys team-based approaches to decision-making.
· Interested in attracting both broad audiences and specialists.
· Excellent written, verbal, and listening communication skills and ability to communicate clearly and professionally; ability and willingness to serve as a public face for the Museum.
· Understands and maintains high ethical standards related to organizational responsibilities and public accountability.
· Computer skills beyond the office suite preferred, including collection database software and social media.

To apply email cover letter and résumé (Word documents preferred), salary request or range, and names of 3 references with contact information to:

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