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Pierre Daura Curator of European Art

Full-time (12 months), academic professional position; Include evidence of scholarly writing along with letter of application, CV and list of references; Salary negotiable depending on experience and qualifications.

The Pierre Daura Curator of European Art oversees a broad collection of European art from the fifteenth to the twenty-first century. This position comes with generous travel funds for conducting research and participating in conferences/symposia. The Pierre Daura Curator of European Art reports to the director of the museum. He/she works closely with other curators, the curator of education, the director of communications, the registrars, the preparators, and occasionally with outside curators on exhibition- and collection-related matters.

Qualifications: The position requires substantial and proven knowledge of European art with a focus on modern art, curatorial experience (preferably five years in a museum setting), scholarly writing, connoisseurship, and knowledge of issues regarding conservation. A doctorate in the history of art or a closely related field is required; publications and a demonstrated interest in academics are expected. Fluency in French or Spanish required. Reading knowledge of both languages required. Catalan may be substituted for Spanish.

Primary duties: The Pierre Daura Curator of European Art has day-to-day and long-range planning responsibilities for the department in regard to budgets, organizing exhibitions, writing for publications, and making acquisitions. He/she is responsible for identifying, securing, and performing as in-house curator for significant exhibitions on loan from other institutions. He/she works with the curator of education to make exhibitions more accessible to the general public, with docents in training for tours, and with the faculty, staff, and students of the university in viewing and/or working with the collection. The Pierre Daura Curator of European Art also trains and oversees student interns.

The curator develops the collection by recommending and soliciting acquisitions, conducting research, writing publications, and maintaining donor relations. Donor relations are an important aspect of the curator’s job, and he/she is expected to assist the director in identifying and cultivating prospects for future gifts of works of art to the museum’s permanent collection, as well as working with the museum’s Board of Advisors. In conjunction with the director and the development officer, the curator will assist with the solicitation of funds for the purchase of art.

A wide range of professional activities is expected, including lecturing, teaching, participation in scholarly symposia, and contributing to scholarly publications. Serving on museum committees is also expected, as is active participation in professional organizations and committees.

The collection: The collection of European art at the Georgia Museum of Art consists of the Samuel H. Kress Study Collection of Italian Renaissance Paintings; a major collection of prints, drawings, and watercolors by artists ranging from the fifteenth to the twentieth century, such as Albrecht Dürer, Hendrick Goltzius, Francesco Parmigianino, Giovanni Battista Piranesi, Pablo Picasso, Wassily Kandinsky, and Max Beckmann and includes Francisco Jose de Goya y Lucientes’s Disasters of War and one of only three complete sets of L’Estampe originale; and a select group of sculpture by such artists as Auguste Rodin, Henry Moore, and Henri Matisse, as well as animalier bronzes. The museum’s galleries display both European and American decorative arts from the permanent collection. Eleven galleries display temporary exhibitions, which may or may not include works from the collection.

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