Assistant Curator of Exhibitions and Academic Outreach – Wellin Museum of Art, Hamilton College


The Assistant Curator of Exhibitions and Academic Outreach curates original exhibitions, acts as coordinating curator for all exhibitions hosted at the museum, and serves as the primary point person for Hamilton College faculty engaging with exhibitions. This position oversees all phases of the planning and implementation of exhibitions and expands academic engagement through building and sustaining relationships and organizing programming to support this effort.

Curatorial Responsibilities:

Curates approximately two original exhibitions every three years and acts as coordinating curator for all exhibitions (original and traveling) hosted at the Wellin. Liaises with artists, guest curators, galleries, and lenders throughout the research, planning, and implementation of all exhibitions. Drafts exhibition labels, publication texts, public relations materials, and other texts for brochures and the museum website, including providing administrative support for editorial efforts and publications, as needed. Draws up, seeks advice from lawyer(s), and executes all contracts related to guest curators, catalogue authors, traveling venues, artist commissions, and others as needed. Issues and tracks all loan forms and works with Collections Curator and Registrar to ensure that arrangements are coordinated for the shipping and insuring of artworks. Duties include, but are not limited to, generating and maintaining checklists, exhibition summaries, work plans, organizing materials for exhibitions, and maintaining traveling prospectuses. Ensures lenders receive materials and publications related to exhibitions. Researches and solicits potential traveling venues for Wellin-generated exhibitions in concert with the Johnson-Pote Director. Works with borrowing institutions on interpretation and provides general support for traveling exhibitions organized by the Wellin. Identifies potential traveling exhibitions for consideration by the Wellin Museum. Schedules and oversees exhibition, installation, and event photography for archival and public relations purposes, responds to exhibition image requests as needed. Works with museum staff to develop public events and programming, coordinates events, and conducts museum tours. Coordinates programming schedules in tandem with exhibition and College schedules. Compiles information and liaises with graphic designers about exhibition related materials. Acts as liaison for visiting alumni and provides support for Hamilton’s major alumni weekends (Reunions and Fallcoming). Assists Johnson-Pote Director with planning alumni events off campus and Advisory Committee meetings. Liaises with Hamilton’s Advancement Office and Wellin Museum staff on the generation and completion of internal and external grant applications. Performs other tasks as assigned.

Academic Outreach Responsibilities:

Serves as primary point of contact for Hamilton College faculty engaging with exhibitions in their coursework and is responsible for maintaining, growing, and providing leadership for an active and successful program of faculty engagement with museum exhibitions. Duties include, but are not limited to, researching potential contact points in course listings, contacting and meeting with potentially interested faculty members, marketing the museum as a resource to faculty, scheduling and supervising docent-led tours and class sessions in the exhibition, and working closely with faculty to integrate museum exhibitions, events, and visiting artists and scholars into curricula in all departments. Administers and oversees Wellin Museum Grants for Innovative Teaching program by initiating and managing the call for proposals, providing support to faculty interested in pursuing this funding for their curricular engagement, reviewing and judging submissions, recommending funding awards to the Johnson-Pote Director, and processing feedback on teaching experiences. Organizes, manages, and executes exhibition-specific events such as roundtables and panel discussions intended to provide faculty with background and teaching tools that support integrating exhibitions into their coursework. Collaborates with Museum Educator and Docent Program Supervisor to generate resources for docent training and tour preparation. Serves as a general resource for pedagogical expertise, presenting new approaches to and understanding of exhibition objects in compelling and impactful ways. Collaborates with museum staff to organize efficient and well-supported teaching opportunities and educational events for faculty. Attends and participates in Hamilton College lectures and events to act as an emissary for the Wellin engaged within the academic community.


M.A. in art history, museum or curatorial studies. 5 years curatorial experience in a museum setting, preferably academic, with both research and writing responsibilities.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Experience curating original exhibitions and coordinating exhibitions curated by others.
  • Dedicated individual with a pleasant demeanor and positive attitude.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Strong organizational, planning, and research skills.
  • Detail-oriented, meticulous, and conscientious in following through on assigned tasks.
  • Proficiency with computers in standardized word processing, spreadsheet programs, and basic knowledge of graphic and web design programs.
  • Proficiency with technical equipment, such as A/V systems.
  • Ability to work independently, exercise initiative and good judgment to successfully organize and complete assignments.
  • Ability to collaborate and work as part of a small team.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with faculty, staff, visitors, and community members.
  • Strong knowledge of contemporary art, the artworld, art market, and trends in the field.
  • Prior courier experience preferred.
  • Willingness to learn and grow in the field.
  • Ability to travel, work evenings and/or weekends as necessary in the performance of assigned responsibilities.

Application Instructions

Please submit cover letter, resume and contact information for three professional references.  Consideration of candidates will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. This institution is using Interfolio’s Faculty Search to conduct this search. Applicants to this position receive a free Dossier account and can send all application materials, including confidential letters of recommendation, free of charge.

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