Assistant Curator of Exhibits & Education: DePauw University

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DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana is a private liberal arts college with an enrollment of approximately 2,400 students. The school has a Methodist heritage and was originally known as Indiana Asbury University.


Under the supervision of the Director/Curator, the Assistant Curator of Exhibitions and Education will provide comprehensive support in all aspects of curatorial work and education outreach. The successful candidate must have broad-based knowledge of Western, Asian, and ethnographic art, as well as excellent verbal, written, research, and organizational skills. In addition, the candidate shall be committed to working collaboratively with students, interns, faculty, and staff, and must be able to demonstrate the ability to work simultaneously, and effectively, on multiple projects.

Reasonable Accommodations Statement

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Reasonable Accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Essential Functions Statement(s)
• Assisting with the conceptualization and implementation of interdisciplinary exhibitions, including budget management and tracking.
• Researching and interpreting collections and acquisitions in preparation for exhibition and classroom teaching/use. This includes writing object labels and creating other didactics.
• Managing the development, implementation, and evaluation of educational programming and tours for both university students/faculty and local K-12. Find creative ways to integrate the visual arts across the liberal arts curriculum.
• Train and work with student volunteers on a variety of exhibition and collection-related tasks.
• Training and supervising undergraduate work-study students, volunteers, and interns.
• Aiding the director with the preparation of private and federal grant submissions.
• Other duties will also include: sharing in general departmental administration tasks, including the maintenance of curatorial files, budgets, and correspondence; assisting with and, when requested, supervising the layout, installation, and de-installation of exhibitions and campus art (required use of power tools, power lift, ladders, etc.); assisting with the promotion of exhibitions and special programs; and other duties as assigned.

Competency Statement(s)
• Accountability – Ability to accept responsibility and account for his/her actions.
• Analytical Skills – Ability to use thinking and reasoning to solve a problem.
• Conceptual Thinking – Ability to think in terms of abstract ideas.
• Delegating Responsibility – Ability to allocate authority and/or task responsibility to appropriate people.
• Detail Oriented – Ability to pay attention to the minute details of a project or task.
• Diversity Oriented – Ability to work effectively with people regardless of their age, gender, race, ethnicity, religion, or job type.
• Judgment – The ability to formulate a sound decision using the available information.
• Organized – Possessing the trait of being organized or following a systematic method of performing a task.
• Project Management – Ability to organize and direct a project to completion.
• Resource Management (People & Equipment) – Ability to obtain and appropriate the proper usage of equipment, facilities, materials, as well as personnel.
• Safety Awareness – Ability to identify and correct conditions that affect employee safety.
• Technical Aptitude – Ability to comprehend complex technical topics and specialized information.

Education: Master’s Degree in museum studies, art history, history, arts administration, or related field required.

Experience: A minimum of two (2) years of experience.

Computer Skills: PC and Mac familiarity is preferred; competency with museum collection databases (PastPerfect or related), Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, and Adobe Acrobat and Photoshop are required.

Other Requirements: Ability and willingness to attend ongoing continuing education in the field of museum studies, collections management, and/or arts administration as it relates to the candidate’s core job responsibilities.

Other Physical Requirements
• Vision (Near, Color, Depth)
• Sense of Touch
• Sense of Balance

Normal office, museum and university campus setting.



Designed by the internationally-acclaimed architect, Carlos Jiménez, professor at Rice University’s School of Architecture, the Richard E. Peeler Art Center opened its doors in August, 2002 and was later dedicated during a ceremony on October 11, 2002.

The Peeler Art Center features three spacious galleries and hosts approximately 10 exhibitions annually. Included among the building’s 80,000 square feet are three large exhibition spaces; a 90-seat auditorium with state-of-the-art acoustics, designed for public events, films and recitals; classroom and studio space for pottery, sculpture, painting and photography; and offices for the art department faculty. The building is the first in DePauw’s history to be dedicated to the teaching, creation, and display of art.

The building is named for Richard E. Peeler, a 1949 graduate of DePauw. Peeler returned to his alma mater in 1958 to teach ceramics, sculpture, and photography. Following his retirement from DePauw in 1972, he and his wife Marj became full-time potters at their home and studio in Putnam County until his death in 1998.


The University’s permanent art collection contains over 3,500 objects, with strong holdings in 20th-century works on paper, regional art from the 19th and 20th centuries, Japanese art, and anthropological artifacts from Africa and South America. The collection serves students and faculty by providing access to original artwork and objects for student curated exhibitions, object-based research projects, and classroom discussion.

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