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Curatorial Fellow, Grippe Collection, Allentown Art Museum

Job Summary
The Grippe Curatorial Fellow is responsible for the Peter Grippe Collection, comprised of about twelve thousand works of art, including sculpture, paintings, prints, drawings, collages, printing plates, and sketchbooks by Peter Grippe, with additional works by his wife, Florence Grippe, and a small selection of prints and drawings by other artists. This Fellow will be a full-time, one-year appointment who will report to the Vice President of Curatorial Affairs. Start date is July 1, 2017.

Known primarily as a sculptor and printmaker, Peter Grippe took on the directorship of Atelier 17, the renowned and influential print workshop, in the early 1950s in New York.

• Make recommendations regarding accessioning and dispersal for works of art in the Grippe Collection. Provide specific recommendations for institutions to which to donate and a selection of works to offer to each. Make recommendations for dealers and auction houses to approach for possible sale of works. Contact institutions, dealers, and auction houses to complete the dispersal of the collection.
• Evaluate condition of artworks to determine whether conservation is necessary.
• Write a narrative explaining the criteria and reasoning for the selection of works from the Grippe Collection recommended for accessioning into the Allentown Art Museum’s permanent collection. This will be based upon an evaluation of the Grippe collection as a whole, with consideration of how this collection fits into the Allentown Art Museum’s print collection, American art collection, and overall collections.
• Conduct research as necessary to complete this work.
• Catalogue accessioned works from the Grippe Collection and enter information into database.
• Develop exhibition and project proposals based on the Grippe Collection.

• Master’s degree in Art History or a related field
• 1-3 years museum experience preferred
• Knowledge of prints preferred
• Art handling experience preferred
• Excellent research and writing skills
• High level of organizational skills, aptitude for detail, and ability to work well independently
• Strong time management and interpersonal skills

Please submit your resume and cover letter by email to:

The Allentown Art Museum is committed to providing equal employment opportunities without regard to race, creed, color, national origin, sex, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, and disability.
Relevant research areas: North America, 20th Century

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