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The Henry Art Gallery was founded as Washington State's first art museum in 1926, by Seattle entrepreneur Horace C. Henry, on the principle that art stimulates inquiry, fosters knowledge, and builds healthy communities. Located on the campus of the University of Washington (UW), Seattle, the Henry is internationally recognized for its research and presentation of contemporary art.
The mission of the Henry is to advance contemporary art, artists, and ideas. Our vision is to expand thinking through transformative experiences with contemporary art. To that end, Henry curators originate exhibitions and develop youth and public programs to serve as a resource and catalyst for discovery by audiences of all ages. From its earliest days, the Henry has been known for being first in the region to showcase world-renowned contemporary artists, and first in the field to champion emerging talent. The Henry's facility is 46,200 sq. ft., including 14,500 sq. ft. of exhibition space. We champion a wide variety of artistic practices and are artist-centered and community engaged.
With a permanent collection of over 26,000 objects (including photographs, videos, paintings, works on paper, ceramics, costumes, and textiles), the Reed Collection Study Center, and a location on the University of Washington (UW) campus, the Henry is a key cultural resource and training ground in the visual arts for K20 students, scholars, artists, and general audiences of all ages. Core values include collaboration, diversity and inclusion, risk-taking, transparency, accountability, excellence, and service.
We have an outstanding opportunity for a part-time (90% FTE) Associate Curator of Collections.
The Associate Curator of Collections is responsible for collections care, management, and access. The position has an educational function and works collaboratively with the curatorial staff to develop and implement programs that support the museum's mission. Collections care and management are principal responsibilities of the position, including database management, online content management, copyright requests, and coordinating of works of art for exhibition. The Associate Curator of Collections supports the museum's effort to build its collection, and oversees collections access, including visits to the Reed Collections Study Center, and may originate exhibitions from the collection. The Associate Curator of Collections reports to the Senior Curator and supervises collections interns, volunteers, and work study students.
Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
Conduct safe art handling of collection objects
Develop and implement museum collections policies with the curatorial team
Ensure proper housing and storage of collection objects
Serve as liaison to Mellon Paper and Photographs Conservator
Conduct and supervise collections research and documentation
Maintain and update Collection Management System (MIMSY), and train staff and volunteers as needed
Create, maintain, and distribute documentation photographs of collection works
Supervise fulfillment of loan and reproduction requests, including rights and reproduction
Work with website team to maintain collection presence online (MOBIUS)
Coordinate public and University access to Henry collections in the Eleanor Henry Reed Collections Study Center
Train and supervise a team of work-study students to locate, pull, and display objects in the Reed Collections Study Center
Teach, co-teach, or host class visits
Work with Senior Curator to maintain and update Collections Management Policies
Oversee and maintain the Henry's reference library
Work with the Director and curatorial team to build collections
Facilitate quarterly Collection Committee Meetings; conduct research on proposed gifts to be presented
Catalogue incoming acquisitions
Work with the curatorial team to develop the role of collections within exhibitions, and periodically curates small exhibitions
Oversee review and preparation of works of art for exhibitions, working with curators, registrars, and prep staff
Oversee collections-related budgets
Hire, train, and supervise collection interns, work study students, and volunteers
Other duties as assigned
Bachelor's Degree in Museum Studies, Art History, a related field, or relevant combination of education and experience.
A minimum of three years of museum collections experience or an equivalent combination of education and professional experience.
Demonstrated expertise in an area of focus of Henry collections.
Demonstrated knowledge of professional practices in collection management.
Excellent interpersonal skills and positive attitude that supports department and museum goals. Demonstrated professionalism in all forms of communication; verbal and written, one-on-one and in groups.
Committed to teamwork and service to the organization. Ability to support team and management decisions in a positive, professional manner.
Demonstrated ability to teach, mentor, and oversee work-study students, and interns.
Self-directed with high ability to take initiative and anticipate actions needed; ability to exercise discretion, maintain confidentiality, and be a team player in an active museum environment.
High attention to detail and excellent time-management and problem-solving skills.
Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with key donors, colleagues, peers, and the public.
Working knowledge of collection management databases.
Demonstrated proficiency with MS Office products, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and other software applications.
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.
Working knowledge of Collection Management Database, MIMSY, a plus.
Master's degree in Museum Studies, Art History, a related field, or relevant combination of education and experience.
Conditions of Employment:
Appointment to this position is contingent upon obtaining satisfactory results from a criminal background check.
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