Curator, Academic Programs & Latin American & Caribbean Art – Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art (JSMA), University of Oregon

Department Summary:  The University of Oregon’s art museum opened its doors to the public in 1933. Designed by Ellis F. Lawrence, UO Dean of Architecture & Allied Arts at the time, the museum was built to house the Murray Warner Collection of Oriental Art—more than 3,700 works of art given to the University of Oregon by Gertrude Bass Warner.

The only academic art museum in Oregon accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, the University of Oregon’s Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art (JSMA) features engaging exhibitions, significant collections of historic and contemporary art, and exciting educational programs that support the university’s academic mission and the diverse interests of its off-campus communities. The JSMA’s collections galleries present selections from its extensive holdings of Chinese, Japanese, Korean and American art. Special exhibitions galleries display works from the collection and on loan, representing many cultures of the world, past and present. The JSMA continues a long tradition of bridging international cultures and offers a welcoming destination for discovery and education centered on artistic expression that deepens the appreciation and understanding of the human condition.

Position Summary:The Curator of Academic Programs and Latin American & Caribbean Art is responsible for overseeing, developing, researching, and presenting the Latin American & Caribbean collections and assisting as necessary with the Museum’s collection of European art. These duties include implementing exhibitions (in the range of $10,000 – $200,000), negotiating international loans, inventorying and managing the collections, recommending acquisitions as well as conservation and other care, and researching and writing publications in areas of responsibility. The Curator works closely with on- and off-campus communities to build Latinx engagement and organizes major annual events (including Día de los Muertos). This position is also responsible for strengthening the JSMA as a nationally recognized teaching museum, directing the museum’s Academic Support Program through curricula across campus. The Curator of Academic Programs and Latin American & Caribbean Art reports to the Chief Curator and supervises one or more full-time post-graduate externs, fellows, and interns, and undergraduate and graduate students working in the museum for academic credit and as volunteers.

Minimum Qualifications:                                             

• MA in art history, with a focus on modern or contemporary Latin American & Caribbean art.

  • Three years’ museum experience working on curatorial or education projects.
  • Bilingual (Spanish/English): essential for communicating with museums, galleries, artists, and collectors in Mexico, the Caribbean, and Spain to support JSMA collections research, development, exhibitions, programs, and fundraising and to further the museum’s Latin American strategic plan.

Professional Competencies:                                       

• Demonstrated ability to multi-task and work collaboratively with staff, guest curators, faculty, students, artists, collectors, donors and volunteers.

  • Experience researching and presenting Latin American & Caribbean art for museum acquisition.
  • Strong track record of conceptualizing and organizing Latin American & Caribbean exhibitions.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with community organizations, especially those serving Latinx audiences.
  • Experience creating and conducting workshops.
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills.
  • Excellent research and word processing/data management skills.
  • Supervisory experience.

Preferred Qualifications:                                            

• PhD in art history, with a focus on modern or contemporary Latin American art.

  • Experience working with community organizations, especially those serving Latino audiences.
  • Three years’ experience writing grants with a record of increased responsibilities and budget management.
  • Three years’ experience supervising student workers and/or volunteers.
  • Three years’ experience working with faculty and students on curricular museum projects.
  • Teaching experience in areas of art history and museum practice.

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