Luce Curator – Purdue University Galleries, West Lafayette, IN

Luce Curator

Job Summary

The Luce Curator will be responsible for researching and reporting on the University’s permanent collection of artwork. In partnership with the Director and the Collections Manager, the Curator will plan and execute a major research project of all the artworks, artists, and associated records of Purdue Galleries’ permanent collections.  The Curator will oversee an undergraduate curatorial intern and will work with faculty and students in the Rueff School of Design, Art, and Performance to document the artwork in the collection.  The Curator will create and update records, recommend artworks for photography and further in-depth research, write interpretive texts, and curate exhibitions and catalogs.  In conjunction with Director, this position oversees the development and installation of exhibitions. This position may also be requested to give tours (virtual and in-person), create didactic material, and give public presentations.  The final product of this grant-funded position will be a comprehensive online database of all the accessioned works in Purdue Galleries’ permanent collection, as well as an exhibition and a published catalog. This is a full-time limited duration position for 12 to 18 months.

The College of Liberal Arts is an emerging leader in innovative Liberal Arts education and scholarship. It is home to the nationally-recognized Cornerstone Integrated Liberal Arts program, Degree+, and launched the campus Degree in 3 initiative. Purdue University and the College of Liberal Arts are committed to free and open inquiry in all matters. All staff are expected to contribute to a climate that values free inquiry.


  • Master’s degree in art history, history, museum studies, fine arts, or related field.
  • Minimum of one (1) year of experience in curating art, archiving art, collections management, art research, or related. 
  • Must be highly organized and able to manage extensive projects with a demonstrable attention to detail.  
  • Must have a working knowledge of current curatorial practices 
  • Excellent oral and written communication, organizational, problem-solving, and customer service skills
  • Ability to present and engage in public speaking activities
  • Skills in project management, archiving, and curation of collections
  • Must be proficient in database software, Adobe photo & design software, and MS Office. 
  • Knowledge and experience handling artwork required. 
  • Valid Driver’s License. 


  • PhD in art history, history, or museum studies with a concentration in American Art.  
  • PhD candidates will be considered with previous experience in project-based research of museum collections.

Additional Information:  

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  • Purdue will not sponsor employment authorization for this position 
  • A background check will be required for employment in this position 
  • FLSA: Exempt (Not Eligible For Overtime) 
  • Retirement Eligibility:  Defined Contribution Waiting Period 
  • Purdue University is an EOE/AA employer. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply 

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