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Londonderry, NH 03053


Date Posted:
January 17, 2018

Eastern Massachusetts



Collections Curator


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.”



· Propose, 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 didactics.

· 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 collection.

· 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 works.

· Oversee 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.

· Share 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 nationally.


Education, Training and Experience

· MA 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 installed.

· 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 engaging ways.

· Self-directed, able to work independently and effectively, but also evidences the capacity to work collaboratively with curators, staff, volunteers, trustees, and community stakeholders.

· 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 of humor.

· Must be adaptable, patient and flexible; enjoys team-based approaches to decision-making.

· Interested in attracting both broad audiences and specialists.

· 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.

How To Apply:

Nominations and inquiries welcome. To apply: email cover letter and résumé (Word documents preferred), salary request or range, and names of 3 references with contact information by February 22, 2018 to: Connie Rosemont, Senior Search Consultant, and Marilyn Hoffman, Principal, to: References will not be contacted without prior permission of the applicant, and all applications and nominations are kept confidential. EOE.

Apply by:
February 22, 2018
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