Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Curator for African Art--Baltimore Museum of Art

Curator for African Art

Department for Arts of Africa,
the Americas, Asia, and the Pacific Islands

The BMA is seeking a dynamic and innovative Curator and Department Head for African Art to join an 11-member curatorial team in an institution with an impressive collection and a strong record of African art exhibitions. Directing the Department for Arts of Africa, the Americas, Asia and the Pacific Islands, the curator will oversee the BMA’s extensive collection of over 2,000 African objects including textiles. The curator reports to the Deputy Director of Curatorial Affairs.  The Department is supported by a Curatorial Assistant, a part-time Associate Curator for the Arts of Asia, plus work study students and interns.  The Museumretains consulting scholars on an as-needed basis to offer Museum staff expertise in overseeing the diverse collections that make up this department.

The curator’s first assignment is to participate in the reinstallation of the African collection in expanded galleries.  This will include public engagement throughtours, interviews with the media, and other events associated with the re-opening.  This project is collaborative, including colleagues in education as well as digital experience and communication and exhibition design and installation.At the same time, the curator will be expected to work on an exhibition for the new 750-square foot rotating gallery to open in November 2015.  This space rotates every six months.  

S/he will work with a dedicated group of collectors, including the support group, The Friends of the Arts of Africa, The Pacific, and the Americas.  Through exhibitions and public programs, this curator will enhance a long tradition of commitment to the appreciation and study of African Art. S/he will build new and more diverse audiences and help connect the BMA to other arts and academic institutions in Baltimore.

This position requires an advanced degree with a specialty in African Art, and a record of scholarship. Depending on experience, the position offered will be offered at the level of Associate Curator with a minimum of 3 years experience, and at the level of Curator, with a minimum of 5 years experience.  The Curatorwill work collaboratively both inside and outside the institution and willdemonstrate leadership.  S/he will have excellent interpersonal and communication skills, including writing and public speaking skills.  The candidate will be creative, innovative, and influential.  S/he will be skilled in diplomacy, negotiation, planning, and organization.


The BMA is an equal opportunity employer and a drug free workplace. We offer a competitive salary and a generous benefits package. For this exempt position we offer medical, dental, vision, prescription, 403b retirement plan, long term disability, flexible spending account, flexible and condensed scheduling, museum and restaurant discount, and reduced fee gym membership. We also offeraccrued vacation, holidays, personal days, a floating holiday, and sick days. 


Curatorial title and salary will be commensurate with background and level of museum experience.  Please send cover letter, resume, record of scholarship,and salary requirements via email to with “Curator of African Art-AAAPI  Last Name and First Name in the subject line.  

No phone calls please.

Incomplete application packages will not be considered.

The application review process will begin on October 20, 2014.

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