Curator of Greek and Roman Art / Michael C. Carlos Museum / Emory University

The Michael C. Carlos Museum at Emory University seeks an experienced professional and accomplished scholar to serve as curator for its preeminent collections of Greek and Roman art. The ideal candidate will hold a Ph.D. in Art History or a related field, have at least two years of curatorial experience in an accredited museum, and a record of successful exhibition projects and publications.

The Michael C. Carlos Museum at Emory University is home to the one of the most important collections of classical art in the southeastern United States and is the only institution in Georgia dedicated to the research and display of ancient Greek and Roman art and culture.

Founded in 1919, the Michael C. Carlos Museum has grown over the last century to become one of the most revered institutions in Georgia, serving generations of students, scholars, schoolchildren, history buffs, art lovers, and tourists. Today the Carlos Museum is internationally known as a destination for world-class collections, innovative public educational programs, state-of-the-art conservation initiatives, and critically acclaimed exhibitions that reflect the sweeping reach of the Emory academic community.

The Curator of Greek and Roman Art reports to the Director, serves on a team of highly skilled collections, education, and administrative staff, and provides leadership for cross-departmental collaboration. The Curator develops and presents exhibitions, makes acquisitions, provides stewardship for donors, researches and documents the collections, develops didactic materials and programming, works with students and interns, and establishes and maintains strong community and institutional relationships.

*** APPLICATION DEADLINE: 9/30/2018 ***





Research and assess collection in order to understand strengths and address weaknesses, plan permanent gallery rotations, and determine potential acquisitions as well as loans. Develop exhibition ideas on a regular schedule, and organize/present exhibitions as part of a team. Conduct original research on the collection and publish in scholarly journals, catalogues, and books. Initiate and maintain strong relationships with museum colleagues both nationally and internationally. Collaborate with Conservators to regularly assess the conservation needs of the collection. Collaborate with Collections Management staff on exhibitions, gallery rotations, photography, loans, and other relevant items. Compile information and documentation on works of art and maintain appropriate object records/content in the collection database. Work to ensure all established project deadlines are met. Maintain current knowledge of the art market. Work effectively with various museum departments to ensure content related to collection is accurately represented in all museum print publications and other media.


Collaborate with Development Office to identify and steward donors, identify/pursue potential funding sources for acquisitions and exhibitions, and assist with grant applications and fund raising events where relevant. Initiate and maintain relationships with dealers and collectors. Manage curatorial department expense budget and relevant exhibition project budgets.


Conduct research to develop the academic content of exhibitions and collections. Maintain solid working relationships with university departments to enhance the academic role of the museum. Collaborate with university faculty, students, and outside experts in development of projects. Supervise interns. Collaborate with Education Department to organize/present public lectures, seminars, workshops, docent training, and tours as part of educational programming. May teach limited university classes/courses with the approval of the Director.


Under the general supervision of the Director, has overall responsibility for designated areas of the museum’s permanent collections.

  • Develops and presents exhibitions relating to designated areas of the collections.
  • Documents, builds, and maintains collections. Establishes and maintains community and institutional relationships.
  • Identifies relevant objects in other public and private collections.
  • Initiates and maintains relationships to facilitate the loan of such objects.
  • Collaborates with the Registrar to organize loans. Develops and maintains relationships with dealers and potential donors.
  • Manages the scholarly documentation of designated areas of the collection.
  • Develops exhibits as part of a team.
  • Collaborates with the Director of Development to identify and pursue funding for exhibitions and acquisitions. Identifies potential exhibition subjects and selects relevant objects.
  • May teach university courses in the art history department.
  • Maintains a relationship with other university departments to enhance the academic role of the museum.
  • Collaborates with university faculty and outside experts in the development of projects.
  • Develops and implements curatorial policies and procedures consistent with those of the museum.
  • Maintains professional development by participating in educational programs and professional organizations and by networking with other curatorial professionals.
  • Organizes and presents public lectures, seminars, and tours as part of educational programming.
  • Conducts research to develop the academic content of exhibitions and collections.
  • Seeks to develop institutional relationships to promote research.
  • May supervise students, interns, staff, and volunteers.
  • Demonstrated ability to write text of book-length publications and label text for exhibitions and permanent installations.
  • Writes label text for exhibitions and permanent installations.
  • Serves as editor for anthologies.
  • Performs related responsibilities as required.


A Ph.D. in art history or field relevant to area of specialization. Two years of museum curatorial, collections management, or related experience.

Emory University is dedicated to providing equal opportunities to all individuals regardless of race, color, religion, ethnic or national origin, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, veteran’s status, or any other factor that is a prohibited consideration under applicable law.

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