Curator of Art – Barry Art Museum, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA


Job Title:                     Curator of Art

Department:               BARRY ART MUSEUM

Position Number:        GP178A

Location:                     Norfolk, VA

Position Type:             Full Time

Type of Recruitment:  General Public

JOB SUMMARY          

The Museum is seeking an experienced Curator to build on the founders’ vision and to oversee and implement creative concepts, strategic vision, and branding for our rotating exhibitions, permanent collection, and related publications. This is a collaborative post, regularly interfacing with all members of the museum team, ODU faculty, students, community members, and outside donors.

  • Other responsibilities include upholding best museum practices, researching and recommending new acquisitions, membership/donor stewardship, representing the Museum at professional meetings on campus and beyond and executing other administrative duties as assigned by the executive director.


This position requires a Master’s Degree in Art History (or related field) and considerable museum or art world experience.

  • Working with our team requires a strong orientation toward collaborative work in a fast-paced, team-oriented environment, and the ability to work both autonomously and collectively as needed.
  • The candidate should be familiar with museum best practices and have working experience with project management and exhibition development/implementation.
  • Superb research, writing and communication skills.
  • Qualified candidates will have a high degree of professionalism, close attention to detail, collegiality, and ability to meet deadlines.
  • The ability to present and engage in public speaking activities is a must.
  • Ability to work effectively with artists, the university community, donors and museum constituents.
  • Candidates must be proficient in Adobe Suite, and Google Suite/MS Office.
  • Considerable knowledge, experience and ability to handle artwork are required.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop projects that engage the collection and the Museum’s mission, and to foster a workplace culture of collaboration, diversity, and inclusion is required.


  • PhD in Art History, History, or Museum Studies with a concentration in American art.
  • PhD candidates with working experience in project-based research of museum collections will be considered.
  • Considerable experience with advocacy and implementation of museum standards and best practices for the care, handling, and display of works of art and historical objects.
  • Preferred second language skills (French, Spanish, German, or Japanese). A strong aesthetic ability with the capacity for 3D modeling/exhibition design.


Completion of Statement of Personal Economic Interests is required upon hire.

Job Open Date :                       09/13/2023

Open Until Filled:                    Yes

Application Review Date         10/16/2023


Criminal Background Check

  • The final candidate is required to complete a criminal history check.


It is the policy of Old Dominion University to provide equal employment, educational and social opportunities for all persons, without regard to race (or traits historically associated with race including hair texture, hair type, and protective hairstyles such as braids, locks, and twists), color, religion, sex or gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), national origin, gender identity or expression, age, veteran status, disability, political affiliation, sexual orientation or genetic information. Individuals from minoritized communities, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.


If you are an individual with a disability and require reasonable accommodation, please contact the Office of Institutional Equity & Diversity at (757) 683-3141.


The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or © consistent with contractor’s legal duty to furnish information.


Old Dominion University, located in Norfolk, is Virginia’s forward-focused public doctoral research university with more than 23,000 students, a top R1 research ranking, rigorous academics, an energetic residential community, and initiatives that contribute $2.6 billion annually to Virginia’s economy.


Required Documents

  1. Resume
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Cover Letter/Letter of Application
  4. Writing Sample 1
  5. Statement of Research Interests

Optional Documents

  1. Recommendation/Reference Letter 1
  2. Recommendation/Reference Letter 2
  3. Recommendation/Reference Letter 3

Supplemental Questions

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