The Snite Museum of Art at the University of Notre Dame invites applications and nominations for the position of Associate Curator of Africa and the Americas. Generally recognized as among the nation’s finest university art museums, the Snite holds one of the largest academic art collections. Its collections of works from Africa and the Americas (Native, Mesoamerica) are highly regarded. This is a particularly exciting moment for the museum as plans are underway for a new museum to open in autumn 2023; the new curator will play a significant and immediate role in the planning and installation of all collections in their portfolio. The new curator should be a recognized specialist in one of the areas within their portfolio with strong working knowledge in the others. An interest in contemporary work in their field in addition to historical traditions would be of interest but is not required.
Role and Responsibilities
The Associate Curator will report to the museum director. This individual will be a vital member of the curatorial team working with the Curator of European and American Art before 1900, the Curator of Photography, the Director (who also serves as the Curator of Sculpture and oversees Modern and Contemporary Art), and the Registrar. In addition, the Associate Curator will work closely with the Education Department (Academic and Public Programs) and the exhibitions and installations teams. In the context of a robust university system, the Associate Curator will be an important resource to faculty, students, and staff. This position is an academic appointment; presentation and teaching opportunities may avail themselves in consultation with the Director.
This position requires strong written and verbal communication skills, precise attention to detail, and the ability to communicate and work with both scholarly audiences and the general public. A demonstrated team player, the Associate Curator must be able to work independently and collaboratively with a small staff and vigorous work schedule under the guidance and approvals of the Director.