The Art Complex Museum (ACM) in Duxbury, Massachusetts seeks
a full-time Collections Curator to join the staff of this family-founded museum
on the cusp of its 50th anniversary in 2021. The Collections Curator will have the
opportunity to develop significant collections-based exhibitions, some of which
could travel; to work with staff to conserve, research and catalogue the
collections; to develop new programs and interpretations; work with trustees
and staff to refine the collections policy; liaise with other museums,
scholars, and art professionals to enhance the stature of the collection; and
work as a hands-on member of the staff in the daily activities of this small
museum. The Collections Curator reports to
the Director and works closely with the Collections Manager and the Curator of
Contemporary Art. The ACM collection comprises
more than 8,000 objects collected by the Weyerhaeuser family plus subsequent
acquisitions over the past 50 years and features 4 main categories: American paintings
(both historic and contemporary), master prints, Shaker furniture/crafts, and
Asian art, including a remarkable assemblage of modern Japanese ceramics. The museum actively acquires new work, and
selections from the collection are on permanent, rotating view and are complemented
by a robust, active program of temporary exhibitions, usually featuring living
artists, both regional and national.
Programming features concerts, lectures, tea ceremonies, art classes, workshops,
and school visits. The ACM has an
operating budget of about $1 million and a staff of 12. The 13-acre wooded
campus with outdoor sculpture provides a unique encounter with nature and art.
The ACM’s mission encompasses both sharing the collection
with a broad public and being an active arts center for regional community
engagement, learning and inspiration. The Mission is:
“The intention of
the Art Complex is to be a resource to the community it serves, not only as a
fine building built entirely of wood, but also as a forum for education to
school children, as well as adults, who may visit it, through its library, its
art collection and its exhibits. It
provides musical and other cultural programs in its facilities, which include a
unique, authentic Japanese teahouse where visitors are introduced to the ways
of another culture.” In the words of the
cofounder, Carl A. Weyerhaeuser, “The purpose for the Art Complex Museum is to
collect, house, protect, and display beautiful things for the enjoyment of the
public. From this inspiration it is
hoped school children, artists, weekend painters, everyone who studies, sees,
hears, feels, will leave the Art Complex to do their work better.”
develop and execute a significant exhibition saluting the 50th Anniversary of the ACM in 2021, along
with related activities and an anniversary publication.
Organize collections-based exhibitions every 2-3
years, including research, possible loans, traveling opportunities and related
· Provide input to the Collections
Manager/Registrar and the curatorial staff for creating rotations of the
collection in the Rotations Gallery, the entryway gallery and in cases in the
library and the hallway.
· In collaboration with the Collections
Manager/Registrar, advise the Director of the suitability of loans in and out
of the museum.
· In partnership with the Education
Coordinator, develop program initiatives as they relate to the permanent
Participate with the Director and other senior
staff members to establish institutional vision, strategic plans, priorities,
policies, and procedures.
Oversee collection research and cataloguing,
utilizing the PastPerfect software.
Work with the Collections Committee and the
Director to develop a more detailed Collections Plan, including identifying priorities for conservation and
storage improvements; for evaluating and proposing acquisitions and
gifts, with conditions for their acceptance or rejection, and for
deaccessioning; and for research and cataloguing. Implement
deaccessions as approved.
Identify and oversee monitoring of best
available standards of care and protection for the collection and borrowed
research and production of publications on the collection and temporary
exhibitions and contribute articles to scholarly and popular journals
when appropriate and as time permits.
Give gallery talks and lectures about the Museum,
the collections, and current exhibitions related to the collection to a variety
of constituents, from volunteers and businesspeople to scholars; and as
requested, serve as a face of the museum in the community.
· Submit information for press releases
and, with the Communications Coordinator, suggest publicity materials and
approaches for exhibitions.
Handle departmental administrative duties, including
project-planning and priority-setting, overseeing exhibit-installation teams,
preparing and monitoring budgets, and preparing regular and annual reports.
the responsibility of museum security and operations with other staff members;
be hands-on and available for staffing museum events, including working rotating
weekends and occasional evenings.
Ensure the Museum has a productive professional
relationship with peer professionals and institutions locally, regionally and
or equivalent required in art history or curatorial studies, preferably in an area
of strength of the collections, for example Asian ceramics, Shaker arts,
prints, or American paintings. PhD desirable.
Minimum of 5 years applied curatorial experience,
including knowledge of how loan exhibitions are created, produced and
Knowledge of professional museum principles,
practices and procedures.
Knowledge of research tools and methodology, as
well as catalogue publishing.
Other experience that demonstrates ability to
plan, collaborate and achieve initiatives.
Alignment with the founding family’s legacy and
the current Mission of the Museum. A track
record demonstrating that one’s exhibitions and activities advanced an
institution’s mission and goals.
Skills and Abilities
Ability to quickly learn about the broad range
of works in the collection. Capability to
interpret them and communicate knowledge to the general public in relevant and
able to work independently and effectively, but also evidences the capacity to
work collaboratively with curators, staff, volunteers, trustees, and community
Experience with and capability for departmental administrative
responsibilities, including project-planning and priority-setting, overseeing
exhibit-installation teams, preparing and monitoring budgets, preparing reports,
and meeting deadlines.
Outgoing, enthusiastic personality
preferred. Communicative, with a sense
Must be adaptable, patient and flexible; enjoys
team-based approaches to decision-making.
Interested in attracting both broad audiences
Excellent written, verbal, and listening
communication skills and ability to communicate clearly and professionally; ability and willingness to serve as a
public face for the Museum.
Understands and maintains high ethical standards
related to organizational responsibilities and public accountability.
Computer skills beyond the office suite preferred,
including collection database software and social media.