Assistant Curator of Exhibitions – Sheldon Museum of Art, University of Nebraska – Lincoln

Sheldon Museum of Art seeks a creative and versatile assistant curator of exhibitions to work collaboratively as part of the museum’s curatorial department in developing and implementing a robust schedule of exhibitions and interpretive publications.

The ideal candidate will be an organized team player with strong verbal and written communication skills who is prepared to both assist with, and take ownership of, a range of curatorial activities and projects. Primarily responsible for providing research support and assistance in all aspects of exhibitions and publications, the assistant curator of exhibitions also coordinates and occasionally organizes museum-generated exhibitions. Additional responsibilities include, but are not limited to: producing interpretive publications as well as exhibition didactics and wall labels; assisting with the daily tasks of managing a curatorial department, such as maintaining master exhibition schedules, processing acquisition proposals, and coordinating curatorial team meetings and annual departmental budgets; working closely with the collections and exhibitions units of the department to research permanent collection objects and to obtain image copyright permissions; and providing exhibitions and institutional administrative support through preparing and disseminating exhibition information for other museum departments, processing and responding to exhibition-related correspondence, and compiling informational packets for traveling exhibitions. At times the assistant curator of exhibitions also represents the museum to the public in tours and public programs. Reporting to Sheldon’s director and chief curator, this position advocates for and advances the museum’s mission of inspiring inquiry and discovery through our collections, exhibitions, and programs, serving the University of Nebraska, the state, and beyond.

Required Qualifications: Master’s degree in art history, fine arts, curatorial or museum studies with two (2) years in a curatorial assistant position and/or related research position at the college level required. Must possess knowledge of American art and culture with an emphasis on twentieth-century and contemporary art. Strong organization and computer skills, including knowledge of word processing and database software, are essential. Strong verbal and written communication skills are necessary. Ability to work in, and at times lead, a team environment is crucial.

Preferred Qualifications: Knowledge of collections management and museum policies preferred. Demonstrated record of publication(s) related to the candidate’s field of study.

Salary: Competitive salary + relocation stipend

The University of Nebraska–Lincoln offers employees an extensive benefits package that includes health, life, disability, and long-term care insurance; retirement accounts; tuition remission for employees and their spouses and dependent children; and reimbursement accounts for health care and dependent day care. Leave policies are designed to help employees deal with personal or family events or crises. More information is available at

About Sheldon Museum of Art, University of Nebraska–Lincoln, and Lincoln, NE: Sheldon Museum of Art is one of the nation’s leading university art museums. Its landmark high modernist building, which opened on the University of Nebraska–Lincoln campus in 1963, welcomes over 60,000 guests annually. With a collection of almost 13,000 works, Sheldon has strengths in American modernism, post–WWII abstraction, photography, and outdoor sculptures and is actively expanding its collection with a robust acquisitions program. The museum’s exhibition calendar of three to six new exhibitions each season aligns with the university academic calendar.

The University of Nebraska–Lincoln is the flagship campus of the University of Nebraska system. As an R1, Big 10 university, Nebraska is a research-intensive institution committed to providing world-class education to a population of 25,000 undergraduate and graduate students in nine academic colleges and over 150 fields of study. Founded in 1869, the land-grant university is committed to being a twenty-first-century institution where research and creativity transform lives and learning, every person and every interaction matters, and engagement builds communities.

The capital of Nebraska, Lincoln, is a vibrant and safe city with a population of almost 300,000. It has a rich culture of visual and performing arts, along with a strong park system that includes an extensive network of bike trails covering 134 miles. Lincoln also has an affordable cost of living, an excellent public school system, a flourishing business community with a growing technology sector, and is close to Omaha and Kansas City. For more information on Lincoln, visit

A criminal background check will be conducted. Applicant review begins November 16, 2021. View posting at for details and to apply. The University of Nebraska–Lincoln is committed to a pluralistic campus community through affirmative action, equal opportunity, work-life balance, and dual careers. 

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