Curator of Prints and Drawings – Princeton University Art Museum

Position Description

The Princeton University Art Museum welcomes applications for an Assistant, Associate, or full Curator of Prints and Drawings. Working closely with the Heather and Paul G. Haaga Jr., Class of 1970, Curator of Prints and Drawings, the Curator will help shape the care, presentation, interpretation, and growth of the Museum’s distinguished collections of prints and drawings. As the Museum prepares for a dramatically reconceived new building designed by David Adjaye, scheduled to open in late 2024, the Curator will contribute significantly to collections galleries, exhibitions, collections research, and acquisitions.

With origins in the 18th century, the Museum has impressive holdings of more than 15,000 prints and drawings, comprising European, British, Latin American, and North American prints and drawings from the 15th century to the present. The successful candidate will have a broad familiarity with the history of prints and drawings, with a preference for expertise after 1830, together with a curiosity to forge connections with other periods and media and to think expansively about global narratives.

The Curator will have significant opportunity to shape collections displays and originate exhibitions, independently and in collaboration with others. The candidate will demonstrate a commitment to the original work of art and its history—including knowledge of materials and techniques, and proficiency in researching and verifying attributions and provenance. With substantial purchase endowments, curating at Princeton affords opportunities rare among academic museums; the successful candidate will have experience with acquisitions, or equivalent knowledge. The Curator will contribute to university teaching in galleries and study rooms, in addition to broader collaborations with faculty, students, and other communities through public programs. Working within a team environment, the Curator may supervise researchers and interns; and will steward relationships with collectors, benefactors, dealers, artists, and studios.

A PhD in art history or a related field is preferred, and meaningful experience organizing exhibitions and a record of scholarly publications are required. Experience and knowledge of best practices in collections care, provenance research, and collections cataloguing are expected; an understanding of conservation practices and loan requests is required. The candidate should have excellent communication and writing skills, together with a track record of working collaboratively. Art Museum curatorial salary ranges are assistant curator: $70,000-$90,000; associate curator: $80,000-$100,000; full curator: $100,000-$130,000.

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