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William Hutton Curator of European Art

The Toledo Museum of Art is seeking an experienced Curator of European Art to advance an iconic area of the Museum’s collection. The Museum is strongly committed to a curatorial program that blends scholarship and connoisseurship with equity and inclusion in paradigm-shifting ways.

The endowed position of William Hutton Curator of European Art will cover a period from the early Renaissance through Post-Impressionism. Additionally, this position will be expected to work collaboratively within and across departments to support ambitious exhibitions and innovative gallery presentations, including encounters between historic material and modern and contemporary works.

TMA’s collection of masterworks in this field span paintings from Piero di Cosimo to El Greco, Gossart to Rubens, and Fragonard to Gainsborough (among many others); significant holdings in works on paper including examples by Dürer, Rembrandt and Goya; and distinguished sculpture and decorative arts collections. The ideal candidate should have an expertise in painting and sculpture as well as a willingness to engage with European art across media. Future staffing plans for the department include the possibility of an additional assistant or associate curator of European Art.

The Curator of European Art will also be expected to share the story of European history in new and inventive ways as TMA gears up for a complete reinstallation of the collection as the culmination of the current five-year plan. This position will be expected to make significant acquisitions and organize substantial exhibitions, especially those that elevate historically overlooked voices.

The role is best-suited to a candidate with strong research skills, an understanding of the European art market, and both generalist and specialist knowledge in European art across media. The ideal candidate will have the ability and desire to thoughtfully integrate ideas about European works into the framework of the larger TMA collection and possess a genuine desire to engage a broad range of audiences.

The candidate should seek to include a diverse array of narratives and perspectives; actively pursue engagement internally with colleagues and externally with visitors, Museum support groups and donors; be energized by involvement with the community of Toledo; be eager to take on a public-facing role; be comfortable taking risks; communicate well with others; and be deadline driven.

Works to support the Museum’s ambitious program of European art acquisitions, exhibitions and innovative gallery displays and presentations.
Conducts quality art historical research primarily focused on the collection, acquisitions for the collection and exhibitions.
Provides project management support for European curatorial projects and assists in the creation, tracking and execution of interpretive plans related to European art curatorial initiatives, large and small.
Coordinates and oversees arrangements related to visiting scholars/artists/curators, including, but not limited to, Museum-hosted symposiums and curatorial-driven events.
Liaises with other Museum departments to communicate updates and key information about curatorial projects in a timely manner.
Provides tours of the European art collection and speaks with visitors, donors and Museum support groups about curatorial initiatives and activities as needed.
Engages regularly with local and national press.
Performs other duties as assigned or required.

M.A. in art history with a specialization in European art or related field.
Consideration is given for a Ph.D. or related experience.
Experience working in a museum and a proven track record of realizing complex projects.

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