Essential Functions: JOB PURPOSEDevelop and support the mission of the University Art Collection (UAC). Provide database management, record keeping, cataloging, preservation, storage, collection processing, exhibit coordination and fundraising support. Work activities require specialized knowledge of art history, cataloging and gallery or museum curatorial experience.ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONSOversee the day to day activities required to manage the University Art Collection including a large collection of public sculptures. Maintain catalog and inventory of the Collection. Provide database management and risk management of Collection, establish and maintain accurate records and monitor allocated budget.Advise the Dean & University Art Collection Committee on acquisitions, exhibitions and development of the Collection.Provide preservation, conservation and storage of collection artwork; oversee the processing of new acquisitions. Research Collection to provide information of historical and cultural interest; develop catalog as well as internal and external publications. Maintain and oversee Collection website. Conduct lectures and presentations for the general public, students, faculty and selective audiences.Identify and solicit external funding sources to secure and arrange donations of artwork and financial support to the University Art Collection.Coordinate and arrange commissions, installations and exhibitions to showcase Collection. Research, plan, develop and implement exhibitions; arrange internal and external loans, maintain accurate documentation of objects in Collection. Handle all aspects of accession and deaccession of works of art.Serve as Chair Delegate of the University Art Collection Committee. Interface with internal staff on art installations and external clients coordinating exhibitions and loans. Serve as a resource to campus community on the Collection.Supervise staff and student assistants. Direct and train in appropriate methods and procedures and provide specialized technical and cultural knowledge of the Collection.Perform related work as assigned.
Qualifications: EDUCATIONBachelor's degree from an accredited college or university. Master of Arts in Art History, Museum Studies or Fine Arts is preferred.EXPERIENCESpecialized knowledge of art history, collections management and curatorial experience is required.KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIESKnowledge and experience in art history, cataloging procedures and database management techniques. Familiarity with TMS arts management software preferred.Organizational, interpersonal, innovation and problem solving skills required.Excellent oral and written English skills required.Computer skills with knowledge of digital photography and web management design preferredFundraising and donor relations preferredKnowledge of Detroit and Michigan artists preferred.Ability to safely lift and transport heavy artifacts and objects (up to 50 lbs)Typically, incumbent may have had art experience as an Assistant or Associate Curator/Director at a museum, gallery or University.
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