Anne Lunder Leland Curatorial Fellow – Museum Modern and Contemporary Art, Colby College Museum of Art–Curatorial-Fellow_R0000616

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Colby College Museum of Art
Full-Time, Temporary, Non-Exempt, Hourly, Support Staff Appointment

The Anne Lunder Leland curatorial fellow position at the Colby College Museum of Art offers a one-year appointment to the museum, with the possibility of a renewable second year. The curatorial fellow is a key support role in the Colby Museum’s curatorial department and is responsible for providing organizational and production assistance related to the museum’s exhibitions and related programs, collection installations, publications, and acquisitions. The fellow facilitates research queries and cross-departmental communication. Additional duties include select collection research and content generation for exhibition didactic materials. Additional duties include editorial work related to the museum’s online magazine the Lantern and opportunities to mentor student participants in the museum’s internship and research assistantship programs. The fellowship offers an in-depth introduction to the field of museum curating in the context of an academic museum.

The Colby College Museum of Art is a collecting and teaching museum dedicated to the preservation, display, and interpretation of the visual arts. We embrace within our collections works of art from diverse cultures and historical periods, with a focus on American art, and commitment to collecting and exhibiting contemporary art. We manage these resources for the benefit of the Colby College community, the region, and the nation and aspire to display works that embody the highest standards of achievement.

Working to advance equity and inclusion in the field of American art—and, by doing so, in the wider world—is core to our mission. We feel the urgency of national and campus conversations on inequality and are keenly aware of the unique responsibility that we have as an academic art museum—as a place where we can listen, ask questions, and challenge assumptions—to engage in this dialogue, and to act. We affirm the Colby Museum’s commitment to multidisciplinary teaching and learning and our potential for deep engagement with students will be leveraged in this effort toward fighting racialized violence, injustice, and inequality; and we encourage inquiries from candidates who will contribute to the diversity of our college, including its cultural and ethnic diversity.


·       Provide curatorial support for museum’s exhibitions and permanent collection, as well as related programs

·       Assist with all aspects of exhibition planning, especially museum graphics and exhibition labels, but also and not limited to loan requests, checklists, and interpretative materials

·       Support the organization and management of the museum’s exhibitions, publications, and new acquisitions

·       Work collaboratively with all areas of the museum’s curatorial, education, and collection departments

·       Field inquiries regarding the collection

·       In collaboration with the manager of exhibitions and publications and an advisory team, facilitate the museum’s digital publication, the Lantern, including developing content, liaising with contributors, and managing the WordPress interface

·       Act as the curatorial representative to the Student Advisory Board

·       Participate in museum social media content development and execution

·       Conduct ongoing collections and exhibitions research as required with the possibility of contributing to museum publications and didactic content

·       Update new information to the museum object files in conjunction with the museum’s registrars

·       Prepare materials related to proposed acquisitions

·       Perform additional duties as assigned; duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice


·       Bachelor’s degree or the equivalent in education and experience

·       Relevant coursework in art history and demonstrable administrative experience preferred

·       Highly motivated, flexible, and comfortable with diverse audiences

·       Outstanding interpersonal, communication, and organizational skills with a high level of motivation

·       Unwavering commitment to fostering an antiracist, equitable work environment supportive of people from different cultures, backgrounds, and life paths

·       Excellent research skills and attention to detail

·       Experience in a professional environment, able to work collaboratively within a team and a diverse organization

·       Able to work independently as well as in a team, exercise judgment, establish priorities, and manage projects with minimal supervision and to adjust as new projects are assigned

·       Ability to effectively collaborate with staff, students, and faculty

·       Proficiency with Microsoft Office suite; Adobe Creative Suite, especially InDesign; WordPress; and Google applications; familiarity with digital cloud collaboration platforms preferred


This position reports to the chief curator and works closely with the curatorial team and other key members of the museum staff as well as faculty, staff, students, alumni, museum guests, and outside vendors.


General open office and campus environment. Position involves sitting, although frequent movement is necessary. Computer usage involving repetitive hand/wrist motion is also necessary.


Interested candidates should apply electronically by clicking the “Apply” button on the Colby Careers website. Please submit a letter of interest, resume, and the contact information of three professional references. Materials should be addressed to:

Anne Lunder Leland Curatorial Fellow – Search Committee
Office of Human Resources
Colby College
5500 Mayflower Hill
Waterville, ME  04901-8855

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