Position Title: Assistant Curator
Reporting to: Associate Curator
Location: Bentonville, AR
About Art Bridges
Art Bridges is the vision of philanthropist and arts patron Alice Walton. The mission of Art Bridges is to expand access to American art in all regions across the United States. Since 2017, Art Bridges has been creating and supporting programs that bring outstanding works of American art out of storage and into communities. Art Bridges partners with a growing network of over 200 museums of all sizes and locations to provide financial and strategic support for exhibition development, loans from the Art Bridges collection, and programs designed to educate, inspire, and deepen engagement with local audiences.
What you will do
You’ll join a top-notch department focused on serving Art Bridges’ partner institutions across the country. You’ll serve as a member of the Art Bridges curatorial team, providing research and content development for a growing collection of American Art. Exceptional oral and written communications skills are a must for this role.
Unlike traditional museums, Art Bridges is a collecting foundation that lends works of art to museums across the nation for long-term periods. Our collection – currently around 120 objects from the 19th century to today and of various media and a diversity of artists – is meant to be activated by our partners to respond to the needs of their organization and communities. The curatorial staff actively solicits and confirms loans with new and existing partner museums while also adding works to the collection. Our department also acts as ongoing curatorial support for all loan projects through the Learning & Engagement funding process.
- Assist with collection development and research
- Identify and propose acquisitions
- Long-term loan placement solicitation, activation, and support
- Create collection-based presentations for internal and external distribution
- Provide content to social media team for creation of online materials
- Courier trips as needed
Traveling Exhibitions/Collection Loan Partnership
Art Bridges works with museum partners to travel collection-based exhibitions. The curatorial team provides curatorial oversight for all external exhibitions as well as creating and offering internally produced exhibitions. We also provide curatorial support for the Collection Loan Partnership which focuses on collection-sharing between museums.
- Propose and develop, with guidance, collection-based exhibitions of various scale and content
- Support external traveling exhibition development
- Assist curatorial, collections, and traveling exhibition departments with exhibition work including content creation and usage
- Act as curatorial liaison for Collection Loan Partnership
- Partner outreach and stewardship
- Supervise the summer intern
Who we are looking for
The position requires an outgoing, innovative, collaborative, and diplomatic professional who has a strong interest in and experience with historical and/or contemporary art that is required to support an inclusive collection of American art. You are a strong and empathetic listener and can respond to the needs of museum professionals at every level, from small to large institutions. You have a network of peers in the industry that you can leverage as a resource.
Qualifications required for your success
- M.A. in Art History or related discipline preferred, knowledge of American Art required
- 3 years’ work experience in a professional environment
- Excellent working relationship with collectors, artists, the art market, and scholars
- Demonstrated research skills
- Demonstrated skill in organization and rigorous attention to detail
- Ability to manage multiple deadlines simultaneously
- Working knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
- Comfortable working with minimal direct supervision and manage multiple projects in a high-volume and fast-paced environment to complete assignments on regular deadline
- Superior written and verbal communication skills; excellent analytical, critical thinking, and organizational skills with precise attention to detail
- Ability to anticipate and solve problems proactively; willingness to learn from mistakes
- Demonstrated capacity to work as part of a team, as well as independently
- Ability to travel regionally and/or nationally from time-to-time
- Ability to understand and maintain the highest levels of confidentiality
Personal attributes that support your success
- A great sense of humor, and a passion for the power of the arts
- Enthusiasm about joining an organization that’s new, evolving, and poised to have major impact on the art museum field
- Excellent interpersonal skills
- Ability to “self-start” and exhibit a high degree of initiative
- Ability to multi-task and think critically in a busy work environment
- Flexibility, adaptability, and curiosity
- Tech Savvy and early adaptor of technology
- Able to creatively and effectively problem solve
Physical Demands and Work Environment
Occasionally, while performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to travel independently nationally and in communities served. The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
In the work environments described below, position requires utilizing a computer and telephone for prolonged periods of time, good eye/hand coordination, verbal and written conversation with others, lifting/carrying (up to 10 lbs.) Vision abilities required by the job include close vision.
Work will be performed in an office environment, museum spaces, and in communities served. Occasional evening and weekend hours may be required. The noise level in the work environment is usually low to moderate. Some overnight travel may be necessary.
In accordance with our duty to provide and maintain a workplace that is free of known hazards, and to do our part in safeguarding the health of our co-workers and their families as well as the community at large from this infectious disease that will be reduced by vaccination, we are requiring all Art Bridges staff and interns to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by their start date as a condition of employment. According to the CDC, “fully vaccinated” means it has been two weeks since a person received the second dose of Pfizer or Moderna or the single dose of Johnson & Johnson. As of March 1, 2022, all employees must have received a booster to be considered “fully vaccinated” by Art Bridges. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a person is considered “boosted” and up to date on the same day as receiving their booster dose.
According to the CDC, “fully vaccinated” means it has been two weeks since a person received the second dose of Pfizer or Moderna or the single dose of Johnson & Johnson. In accordance with all federal, state, and local rules and regulations, Art Bridges recognizes that there may be certain circumstances exempting an employee from receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. Employees in need of an exemption from this policy due to a disability, advice of a medical provider, or religious beliefs inconsistent with vaccination, must contact the HR group at ASC to initiate the interactive review process within the deadlines expressed in this policy.
We strongly hope this policy decision will help to change the current landscape of infection rates in our community by creating a sense of urgency and proactivity. Our desire is to continue to fulfill our vision of transforming lives through Art Bridges mission. To do this, our first priority is to create a safe workplace.
Art Bridges is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to building and maintaining a culturally diverse workplace that is free of discrimination and harassment of any kind. We encourage women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans to apply. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, veteran status, or any other status protected by the laws or regulations in the locations where we operate.
Art Bridges Commitment to DEAI
At Art Bridges, diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion are central to all work and decisions within our organization. We support our colleagues and our partners in learning and growing together to make this important work part of our daily lives.