Curatorial Associate, Photography and Modern and Contemporary Art: Princeton University Art Museum

Two-year term position with possibility of extension

The Princeton University Art Museum, one of the nation’s preeminent cultural institutions in an academic setting, seeks applications for the position of Curatorial Associate to join the Museum. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to work within the context of an art museum that is intimate in scale yet expansive in scope, supporting one of the most dynamic exhibition programs on any college campus and a program of educational activities and events that continues to grow in energy and impact each year.

Duties and Responsibilities:

The Princeton University Art Museum seeks an exceptional Curatorial Associate for a two-year term position with possibility of extension. The Curatorial Associate will report to the Curator of Photography and will work five days per week to assist with a range of responsibilities associated with the documentation and display of its rich holdings of photography, as well as to support activities related to post-1945 art and of related loaned works of art. The Curatorial Associate will assist with planning installations, exhibitions, publications, and public programs, as well as other ongoing collections activities. In particular, s/he will respond to internal and outside queries, maintain object files, and contribute new research and other information to the collections database. The Curatorial Associate will prepare materials for print and digital publication, shepherd incoming and outgoing loan requests, and support project-based research as requested.


The candidate must have strong research skills and experiences, well-honed interpersonal skills, superb written communication and administrative skills, and be willing to work independently or collaboratively as needed. Knowledge of modern and contemporary art is essential. Attention to detail is vital, as is the ability to meet scheduled deadlines. The post also requires the ability to deal with confidential and sensitive information. A minimum of three years of museum experience and an M.A. in art history or a related field are required.

This position is subject to the University’s background check policy.

About the Museum:

With a collecting history that extends back to 1755, the Princeton University Art Museum is one of the leading university art museums in the country, with collections that have grown to include more than 100,000 works ranging from ancient to contemporary art and spanning the globe. Its collections of Chinese painting, the art of the ancient Americas, and photography are widely regarded as being among the world’s finest.

A private institution serving the public good, the Museum is committed to serving the University, local and regional communities, and beyond through a dynamic program of temporary exhibitions, new scholarship, and innovative programming. By collaborating with experts across many disciplines, fostering sustained study of original works of art, and uniting scholarship with broad accessibility, the Museum contributes to the development of critical thinking and visual literacy at Princeton University and enhances the civic fabric of our nation.

The Museum also serves as a gateway to the University for more than 200,000 visitors from around the world each year. Intimate in scale yet expansive in scope, it offers a respite from the rush of daily life, a revitalizing experience of extraordinary works of art and an opportunity to delve deeply into the study of art and culture. The Museum is located at the heart of the Princeton campus, a short walk from the shops and restaurants of Nassau Street, and is free and open to the public.

To learn more about the Princeton University Art Museum, visit

Apply to requisition 2018-8793:  Curatorial Associate .

Princeton University is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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