The Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, one of the largest museums in Michigan, seeks an innovative and collaborative curatorial leader to assume a critical role in shaping and implementing the Institute’s curatorial program. KIA is a collecting institution with a 5,000 + object collection with emphasis on American art and the art of Japan, China and Korea, and a Pre-Columbian collection. It offers 13 exhibitions a year and wide-ranging ambitious educational programs. KIA is 70,000 square feet and includes both the Museum and the Art School which provides classes for 3,000 students in state-of-the-art classrooms. KIA is a thriving institution with regional and national cultural impact, embracing diversity and inclusion. Its budget is $3.5 million+ with 31 FT+PT staff, exclusive of faculty. The Chief Curator reports to the Executive Director and has 4-5 direct reports. The Chief Curator will ensure that the permanent collection is properly installed and interpreted; as KIA’s primary scholar, will stay abreast of current scholarship and professional best practices; will foster cross-departmental collaboration and manage, inspire and mentor staff; and will have excellent verbal and written communication skills. M.A. in art history is required (Ph.D. preferred); solid knowledge of contemporary art is a plus; 4 years of management experience and 5 years of applied curatorial experience are essential.
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