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Kathy and Ted Fernberger Associate Curator or Curator of Prints

The Philadelphia Museum of Art seeks an associate curator or curator with an exceptional record of exhibitions and publications to oversee the museum’s distinguished collection of 120,000 prints. Reporting to the head of the department of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs, the successful applicant will join the curatorial team during a period of exciting transformation within the department and the museum. While consideration will be given to those who specialize in printmaking before 1800 or printmaking in the US and Mexico before 1950, the breadth and depth of the collection calls for a curator with a broad-based knowledge of prints who can expand, diversify, and reinterpret existing canons. Along with shaping the next chapter of the print collection’s history, the Curator of Prints plays a vital role in the department’s fellowship program, which has successfully launched the careers of print specialists for more than four decades.

Specifically, you will:

- With the Department Head and the Curator of Photographs, lead a collections assessment and recommend acquisition strategies including recommending works of art for purchase and assessing offered gifts.
- Work closely with the department’s acquisitions committee and supporters, assisting in all aspects of committee meeting preparations and stewardship of supporters.
- Conduct or direct research on the collection or on related topics in accordance with plans developed in consultation with the Department Head, using this research for the development of exhibitions and public programming, the enrichment of the museum’s collections database and interpretive materials in the galleries, and for presentation in collections catalogues, scholarly articles, public lectures, and symposia.
- Organize and/or coordinate collections rotations and special exhibitions, either individually or in collaboration with colleagues from the museum and other institutions. This work encompasses every aspect of the development and implementation of exhibitions, from initial project planning and research to participation in budgeting and resource development, the production of catalogues, the creation of installation designs and marketing plans to promote the exhibition, and the development and presentation of interpretive programs.
- Working with the department’s curators, supervise and mentor fellows by delegating curatorial tasks, developing collaborative work assignments, providing professional feedback, and helping fellows develop and implement exhibitions.
- In consultation with collections staff, preparators, paper conservators, and design and installation staff, ensure that works of art are properly documented, conserved, stored in a safe and accessible manner, and effectively displayed in the museum’s galleries.
- With the collections staff and the paper conservators, review and provide recommendations on loan requests.
- Collaborate with the Education Division, Digital Resources and Content Strategy Division, and Editorial on the development and production of interpretive materials related to exhibitions and online presentations of prints.
- Develop, in consultation with the Department Head, a professional development plan to enable you to keep up to date on scholarship and curatorial developments in the field and address any agreed-upon professional needs (e.g., managerial training, communications skills, etc.).
- Share responsibility for the management of the department study room and respond to queries about the collection.
- Perform other duties as assigned by the Department Head.

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