Assistant Curator, Telfair Museums

  • 22 Nov 2019 11:42 AM
    Message # 8134939
    John Witek (Administrator)

    Position: Assistant Curator

    Date Written:    11/7/2019

    Classification:     Full-time, Non-exempt

    Department:      Curatorial

    Reports to:          Chief Curator/Deputy Director for Curatorial Affairs

    Job Summary and Key Objectives:

    The Assistant Curator will work closely with the Chief Curator/Deputy Director for Curatorial Affairs and curatorial colleagues to support Telfair’s ambitious schedule of exhibitions, research, collection advancement, and other projects related to the Curatorial Department’s activities.  The Assistant Curator is an active and integral member of the Curatorial Department, serving as the department’s chief liaison to colleagues in other departments by disseminating information relating to upcoming exhibitions and collection installations. In addition to supporting the activities of the Department, the Assistant Curator will have the opportunity to generate original exhibitions, and will have a specialization in late-19th-century, modern, or contemporary art.

    Key Responsibilities and Tasks:

    • ·         Support curators in all phases of exhibition development, including conducting research, assembling checklists and presentations, and writing labels and didactic materials.
    • ·         Provide administrative support to the curators as needed, including correspondence, loan requests, and mailings.
    • ·         Facilitate interdepartmental communication (including monthly curatorial update email) related to exhibition planning, exhibition opening events, and final reporting on exhibitions, working closely with curators, registrar/collections manager, education, marketing, and development staff.
    • ·         Help to ensure accuracy of curatorial information in publications, in print and online.
    • ·         Attend and take minutes of all general exhibition planning meetings and individual exhibition-specific planning meetings.
    • ·         Support the care and growth of the permanent collection by conducting research on works in the collection and potential acquisitions and by working with registrars to facilitate meetings of the Board of Trustees’ Collections Committee, including taking meeting minutes.
    • ·         Assist the Associate Curator of Modern/Contemporary Art with the administration of Telfair’s #art912 initiative.
    • ·         Assist Chief Curator/Deputy Director for Curatorial Affairs with the administration of the Gari Melchers Collectors’ Society, a Telfair member engagement group.
    • ·         Provide tours, gallery talks, and lectures related to exhibitions for donors and the general public.
    • ·         Perform studio visits and collection visits.
    • ·         Conceive, propose, and organize original exhibitions within area of specialization.
    • ·         Other duties as assigned.

    Required Skills and Education:

    ·         Master’s degree in art history or a related field, with a specialization in late-19th-century, modern, or contemporary art.

    ·         Highly developed writing and copy editing skills.

    ·         Strong communication skills and confidence in public speaking.

    ·         Attention to detail, high level of accuracy, and strong problem-solving skills.

    ·         Ability to work effectively with staff, artists, arts professionals, museum supporters, and the public.

    ·         Strong sense of accountability for achieving stated objectives.

    ·         Preference given to applicants with curatorial experience.

    • Ability to work some evenings and weekends.

    Physical Requirements:

    • Standing for extended periods of time; sitting, walking. 
    • Climbing stairs.

    How to Apply:

    Applications must be received by e-mail as instructed below. We will not accept applications via postal mail, fax, or in person. Provide the following documents as Microsoft Word or PDF files:

    • Current résumé or curriculum vitae
    • Cover letter explaining your interest in the position
    • Two recent writing samples: one piece of scholarly writing and one example of text written for a non-specialist audience
    • Contact information for three references (references will not be contacted without notifying the candidate)

    Submit the above documents as attachments to a single email to Human Resources at Applications will be accepted through January 3, 2020. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

    Telfair Museums is an equal opportunity employer committed to building a culturally diverse staff and strongly encourages applications from candidates under-represented in the museum curatorial field.

    About Telfair Museums:

    Telfair Museums, the oldest public art museum in the South, has been an integral part of Savannah’s cultural and social landscape for over a century. With a history of innovation as well as tradition, Telfair comprises two National Historic Landmark buildings—the Telfair Academy and the Owens-Thomas House & Slave Quarters—and the stunning contemporary Jepson Center.

    The Jepson Center is devoted to contemporary art and world-class traveling exhibitions, linking Telfair’s past with its future and unifying the museum’s three distinct sites. Designed by internationally acclaimed architect Moshe Safdie, the Jepson Center presents highlights from the museum’s modern and contemporary collection and also treats visitors to an ever-changing array of exceptional artwork—from classical European masters to daring emerging artists. The Jepson Center features a hands-on children’s museum space, drop-in studio activities for all ages, special events, and unique shopping.

    The Telfair Academy is the oldest public art museum in the South and the first art museum in America founded by a woman. Formerly the Telfair family mansion, the museum opened its doors to the public in 1886 through the bequest of Mary Telfair, creating the foundation for art and cultural education. The Telfair Academy presents a celebrated collection of fine art, decorative art, and period rooms, displayed within the stunning architectural setting designed by European architects William Jay and Detlef Lienau. Highlights include masterworks of American Impressionism and the Ashcan school by artists such as Childe Hassam, George Bellows, and Robert Henri, in addition to special exhibitions. Currently Telfair Academy is home to the Bird Girl statue made famous by the book Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.

    Visitors to the Owens-Thomas House & Slave Quarters are guided through one of the finest examples of Regency architecture in America as well as the original slave quarters designed to house the enslaved men, women, and children who maintained it. The tour includes an exploration of the lives and complicated relationships of the most and least powerful people in 19th-century Savannah. Each tour is a guided exploration of the home’s remarkable features, including one of the earliest systems of indoor plumbing, an indoor bridge, parterre gardens, and insight about how each room was used in that time and by whom.

    Visit for more information about Telfair Museums.