Distinguished Curator: European Art Princeton University Art Museum

The Princeton University Art Museum invites nominations and applications for the Allen R. Adler, Class of 1967, Distinguished Curator in European Art.

This is an endowed senior-level position at one of the world’s finest university museums. We seek a highly accomplished scholar-curator with international standing in the field of European art to advance a curatorial vision for a university art museum with a deep and historic commitment to object-based teaching. While the position is open to anyone with scholarly expertise in European art from the medieval period to the present, preference will be placed on scholars working before the nineteenth century.

The Adler Distinguished Curator will work in a highly collaborative, team-based environment in a department with ten fellow curators to organize ambitious and innovative major exhibition projects; undertake significant object-based research and publications; conceive compelling installations from the collections; and teach one or two object-based courses each year to both undergraduate and graduate students. In doing so, s/he will advance Princeton’s national and international reputation as one of the world’s leading research centers for the study of art and art history.  When the Adler Distinguished Curator is teaching, s/he will hold the title of Lecturer in the Department of Art and Archaeology.


The position requires an eminent curator, scholar, and teacher, with a firmly established international reputation in the field of art of the European tradition. Candidates should have a demonstrable track record of active engagement with scholarly research, including a history of developing major exhibitions and a record of scholarly publications; significant curatorial experience; a passion for teaching; and an international network of relationships in the art and museum world. A Master’s degree in the history of art or a related field is required. A Ph.D. in the history of art or a related discipline is strongly preferred.  Compensation will be highly competitive and commensurate with a distinguished level of achievement.

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 some 200,000 visitors 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, please visit http://artmuseum.princeton.edu.

Interested candidates must apply online at https://www.princeton.edu/acad-positions/position/7221 and submit a cover letter, CV, and contact information for at least three references. This position is subject to the University’s background check policy.

Princeton University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. EEO IS THE LAW

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