The Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art at The State University of New York at New Paltz (SUNY New Paltz) seeks a Curator of Exhibitions and Programs to conceive, develop, interpret and implement a dynamic range of temporary exhibitions and to develop and implement related interpretative programs. The Curator is primarily responsible for one or more exhibitions of contemporary art featuring artists with national and international reputations, a summer regional exhibition designed to serve emerging, mid-career, and under-recognized artists from the area, and the college’s annual student thesis exhibitions. The Curator curates half of the six to eight exhibitions that the museum produces annually, not including the student thesis exhibitions. In addition, the Curator works closely with guest Curators to develop, produce, and install both collection-based exhibitions as well as exhibitions of contemporary or historic art that support the academic curriculum of the college and articulate the mission of the museum. The Curator also oversees the production of exhibition catalogues that accompany most of the museum’s exhibitions.
The Curator reports to the Director and works closely with the Director and museum and campus staff to develop exhibition programming and budgets, to identify and apply for outside funds, to promote and publicize museum exhibitions and programs, and to represent the museum at community and professional events. The Curator takes an active part in campus life, participates in museum programs including donor and fundraising activities, and supervises volunteers, interns, and students. The Curator also works with the Museum’s Manager of Education and Visitor Experience and Program Manager to develop exhibition-related, interpretive programs. In addition, the Curator works collaboratively with regional institutions that partner with The Dorsky in the development of exhibitions and programs.
• Bachelor of Arts Degree with a minimum of 5 years of curatorial experience in an art museum
• Knowledge of contemporary art and art history, with expertise in one of the strengths of The Dorsky's current collection: American Art, Photography, Printmaking, or Metals (decorative arts)
• Documented record of exhibitions and related scholarly publications
• The ability to communicate effectively to a wide range of audiences, as well as excellent interpersonal and organizational skills that will enable him/her to form liaisons with artists, curators, gallery directors, and media personnel
• A team player who can manage and implement multiple projects successfully
• Advanced degree in Art History or Museum Studies
• Curatorial experience in an art museum in an academic environment
• Knowledge of museum exhibition, collection management and program development principles and methods
• Proficiency with computer software for document and spreadsheet production, communication, database management, and digital imaging
Contact Information: Electronic submissions required. Candidate will be asked to provide a cover letter, CV, and contact information for three professional references. Please apply by visiting
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Deadline: Applications accepted until position is filled.
Other important information about this vacancy: Located at the geographic center of the campus, The Dorsky is one of the largest museums in the SUNY system with more than 9,000 square feet of contemporary exhibition space distributed over six galleries. The Dorsky’s permanent collection comprises approximately 6,000 works of art, with a focus on American Art, especially of the Hudson Valley and Catskill Region, 19th, 20th and 21st century photography, and metals. A small but excellent “world collection” of art and artifacts dating back to ancient times and representing diverse cultures enhances the museum’s exhibitions and educational programs. Through its collections, exhibitions, and public events, The Dorsky (1) supports and enriches academic life at the college, (2) presents a broad range of world art for study and enjoyment, and (3) serves as a center for Hudson Valley arts and culture.
The museum—celebrating its fifteenth anniversary in 2016— has gained wide recognition as the premier public showplace for exhibition, education, and cultural scholarship about the Hudson Valley region’s art and artists from yesterday, today, and the future. The museum’s exhibitions have been regularly reviewed in such publications as The New York Times, ArtNews, Art in America, and Hyperallergic, and on National Public Radio.
The Dorsky has an active publication program and produces scholarly catalogues for most of its exhibitions. These catalogues are distributed through SUNY Press (www.sunypress.edu). In addition, The Dorsky is the lead partner in the Hudson Valley Art Collections Consortium, which consists of five Ulster County-based arts organizations that have come together to develop a digital database of the works in their permanent collections and to work together on other projects of mutual interest.
The State University of New York at New Paltz is a highly selective, public college that is recognized regionally for the strength of its academic programs. It is located in the beautiful Hudson River Valley with easy access to New York City and other nearby recreational and cultural amenities.
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, gender, gender identity or protected veteran status. We especially encourage applications from individuals who can bring diverse cultural and ethnic perspectives and experiences to the campus.
The State University of New York at New Paltz is an AA/EOE/ADA employer.
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