Curator, James E. Lewis Museum of Art, Morgan State University, Baltimore, Maryland

Morgan State University, a historically black university (HBCU) in Baltimore, Maryland is seeking a curator for the James E. Lewis Museum of Art ( The James E. Lewis Museum of Art (JELMA) is Morgan State’s premier art gallery with permanent collections extending from the seventeenth century to the present. Established in 1950, it houses over 5,000 works of art ranging from African, Oceanic, Asian, European and American art.

As it prepares for its sesquicentennial, the University is seeking a visionary and dynamic leader, who is inspired by the richness and diversity of the collection, and its role in furthering Morgan’s mission to serve the greater community, and region as an intellectual and cultural resource by educating and empowering a diverse student population. Under the supervision of museum director, the curator supports Morgan in its goal of promoting academic excellence through engagement with education and scholarship in the visual arts. The curator is responsible for stewarding JELMA’s extensive collection by providing leadership, vision, and guidance to the museum’s employees (full-time and part-time), as well as promoting the collection by organizing a year-round series of exhibitions that are mindful of the transformational changes currently taking place in the interpretation of artifacts and educational outreach.

In addition to managing JELMA’s collection, the curator is expected to foster and build upon existing relationships within the university, local, regional, national, and international communities. The curator will have qualifications consistent with having an adjunct appointment in one of the University’s academic programs, specifically the museum studies and visual arts programs, and will be expected to teach academic courses in his/her area of specialization on a regular basis.

Master’s degree in art history, humanities or a related discipline; Ph.D. preferred. Minimum of three (3) years progressive, professional experience in a museum, including at least two years in a management capacity.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
• Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills.
• Demonstrated evidence of clear, scholarly writing, and public-speaking skills.
• Demonstrated commitment to research, educational collaborations, and scholarly content.
• Demonstrated evidence of creative teaching capability, and enthusiasm for working with students in and outside the classroom.
• Demonstrated success in grant-writing, donor relations, and other skills and experience related to fundraising.
• Demonstrated commitment to diversity, community outreach, and public engagement.
• Ability to interface effectively and diplomatically with internal and external constituents.
• Ability to move projects forward, working both independently and collaboratively.
• Regularly attend evening and weekend meetings and engagements.

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To Apply: Email, indicating Job # FY16 2016-346 in the subject line and attach the following items; cover letter, curatorial statement, a curriculum vitae, and a completed Morgan State University Employment Application, (which should include salary requirements and references). Alternatively, you may mail the required items to: Morgan State University, Office of Human Resources, and 1700 East Cold Spring Lane, Baltimore, Maryland 21251. Application packets can also be faxed to: 443-885-8209 (Incomplete submissions of any kind will not be given consideration).

Once you have successfully submitted an electronic application, you will receive a confirmation message.

MORGAN STATE UNIVERSITY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY AFFIRMATIVE/ACTION EMPLOYER As required by the 1986 Immigration Act, applicants should be prepared to present acceptable documentation showing their identities, U.S. citizenship or alien status and their authorization to work in the United States.

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