The Duane Wilder, Class of 1951, Curator of European Art – Princeton University Art Museum

The Princeton University Art Museum welcomes applications for the Duane Wilder, Class of 1951, Curator of European Art. Reporting to the Chief Curator, and working in close coordination with the Director and Associate Director, the Curator will shape the Museum’s program in European art from the medieval period to 1945 in ways that expand the contours of European art for new audiences, joining us at a dynamic time as we prepare for a new building designed by Sir David Adjaye.

With origins in the 18th century, the Museum has impressive holdings of European painting and sculpture. Highlights include Italian panel painting, the Baroque and Rococo periods, the Neoclassical, and Impressionism and Post Impressionism.

The successful candidate will have one or more areas of scholarly expertise in European painting and sculpture, together with the breadth of curatorial experience to create dialogues with other media and the curiosity to forge connections with other collections areas. They will have organized exhibitions and a record of scholarly research. Appointment level will be based upon experience. Art Museum curatorial salary ranges are assistant curator: $70,000-$90,000; associate curator: $80,000-$100,000; full curator: $100,000-$130,000.

The Curator will shape collections displays, originate exhibitions, conduct research, care for the objects, cultivate collectors and supporters, and initiate scholarly and public programs. With substantial purchase endowments that allow for the collections to be shaped intentionally, curating at Princeton affords opportunities rare among academic museums. Regularly teaching undergraduates and participating in guest teaching is expected, in addition to broader efforts to foster engagement with the collections among faculty, students, and other communities, including supervising research assistants and interns.

In support of the new building’s installation, the Curator will propose ways of presenting European art in global contexts that are innovative and relevant. The ideal candidate will be sensitive to the changing role of museums, will embrace the possibilities of a campus-based museum, and will communicate effectively with scholarly and broader audiences.

A PhD in European painting or sculpture is preferred, with advanced knowledge of research methodologies and a minimum of 3 years’ meaningful experience organizing exhibitions and building collections. Knowledge of cultural property law and ethics and work cataloguing objects are expected. A growing network of relationships in the communities of museums, galleries, and collectors is required.

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

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