Reporting to the Director of University Museums, the Senior Curator of Collections is responsible for, but not limited to, the study, care, use, interpretation, scholarship, publication, and management of the Picker Art Gallery's collection in its current facility, in anticipation of an envisioned Center for Art and Culture (CAC), designed by architect David Adjaye and to be located in downtown Hamilton, New York.
The Picker Art Gallery is located on Colgate University's beautiful campus in Hamilton, New York. Its collection features approximately 11,000 objects across time to the present, including about 400 sculptures, 835 paintings, 1400 photographs, nearly 8,000 works on paper, and video art.
An exciting time in Colgate's history, the newly conceived Center for Art and Culture will become home to both university museums: the Picker Art Gallery and the Longyear Museum of Anthropology. These distinguished university museums play a significant role in the teaching mission and the reputation of one of the country's leading liberal arts universities, with a student population of about 2,850 and a faculty of 300. The idea to create this center emerged from an extended discussion of how to maximize the resources of the university museums as potentially transformative agents for the university and the village of Hamilton. When completed the Center will affirm the centrality of art and culture to Colgate's mission and contribute to the future vitality of the region.
- In collaboration with the Director of University Museums and staff members, implement best practice in the areas of curatorship, collection development, exhibitions, and research. Direct and support the museum's daily curatorial programs, maintain contacts with scholars, museum professionals, and collecting institutions.
- Develop and manage an active exhibition and educational program, help develop a vision for the collection, evaluate current standards of collection care, assess preventive conservation goals for the museum, maintain collection records, and be responsible for proposing acquisitions and deaccessions.
- Represent the museum at professional organizations, assist and work with the director, building committee, Colgate faculty and Hamilton constituencies in regard to the envisioned CAC. Responsibilities also include the development and implementation of strategic goals, policies, and objectives related to collection and exhibition management which adhere to the highest museum standards and best practices. Engage Colgate's students and faculty while working closely with the Picker's educator and Colgate University's senior curator at the Longyear Museum of Anthropology.
- In coordination with the Director of University Museums, supervise the Picker Art Gallery's collection management (registrar), installation (preparator), students (work-study, and interns), and interact with museum staff, students, faculty, collectors, donors, volunteers, and the public.
- Master's degree in art history or related field with expertise in at least one of the Picker's collecting areas, a minimum of 7 years museum and curatorial experience, preferably in a university setting, a track record of collection building, exhibitions, and publications as well as knowledge in collections management software.
- This position requires proven knowledge of curatorial and museum practices, administrative experience, excellent organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills, the ability to work effectively in a leadership position within a collaborative environment, and proven experience in grant writing.
- Must be capable of working collegially with a diverse group of faculty, staff and students on a daily basis. - PhD or equivalent preferred. Experience in a university museum setting preferred.