Curatorial Assistant

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art - Bentonville, AR (30+ days ago)3.3


Job Location
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art - Bentonville, AR
Position Type
Full Time
Position Summary

Position Overview:
The Curatorial Assistant works under the immediate supervision of the Curator of American Art and is responsible for providing curatorial and administrative support to the Curator and Assistant Curator. The Curatorial Assistant is an integral member of the curatorial team and will contribute to the curatorial vision. A strong interest in and experience with American art before 1960 is required.

Principle Responsibilities

Assist Curator and Assistant Curator with research and content development for the ongoing exhibitions program that includes focus shows and large temporary exhibitions.
Research permanent collection to build files and inform presentation and interpretation.
Assist Curator and Assistant Curator with publications by locating images, securing copyright permissions, compiling research as directed, fact checking texts and backmatter, mailing catalogues to photo and object lenders.
Assist Curator and Assistant Curator with writing, including object label copy, wall texts, content guides for use internally, and catalogue entries.
Research potential acquisitions and prepare acquisition proposals.
Lead tours and deliver occasional gallery programs.
Provide organizational support for curatorial projects, including calendar management and checklists.
Manage incoming telephone calls, e-mail and written correspondence for supervisor and others as directed.
Assist with production, maintenance and monitoring of Curatorial Department budgets and reporting activities.
Respond to art offers and assist with written and e-mail correspondence.
Coordinate department’s interns and volunteers.
Perform additional duties as assigned.
Minimum Qualifications

Education, Experience, and Skills:
B.A. in Art History or related discipline required,
Background in art history, with a strong interest in American art, pre-1960
2 years work experience in museums, galleries, or other relevant art settings
Demonstrated skill in organization and rigorous attention to detail
Manage multiple deadlines simultaneously
Ability to work independently and as a team member
Excellent oral and written communication skills
Exemplary research and writing ability
Demonstrated research skills
Familiarity with cataloguing techniques
Understanding and experience in budget maintenance
Excellent customer relations skills (in person and on the telephone)
Positive attitude and collaborative spirit
Ability to maintain highest levels of confidentiality and discretion
Ability to speak, read, and write in Spanish a plus
Equivalent combination of relevant education and/or experience will satisfy the minimum requirements.

Licenses and Certifications:
Valid Driver’s License

Physical Requirements and Work Environment:
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 individual with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Physical demands: In the work environment described below, position requires verbal and written conversation with others, sitting, standing, walking, bending, climbing, reaching, lifting/moving objects up to 10 pounds, and use of hands to finger, handle or feel objects, tools, or controls. Vision abilities required by the job include close vision.
Work environment: Work will be performed in an office environment, museum spaces, and in communities served. The noise level in the work environment is usually low to moderate. Position may require some independent overnight travel. Occasionally the work schedule may include evenings and weekends.
Application and Additional Information

To be considered for this position, please apply through this posting. Applications must be complete and include a resume and cover letter.

No phone calls please.

The successful candidate will be required to pass a routine background and consumer credit check and drug screen.


Crystal Bridges is committed to creating an institution that reflects the diversity of our region and nation. We are especially mindful of those in our community impacted by inequity due to ability, language, class, age, gender, religion, sexuality, race and ethnicity, and are working diligently to address perceived and real barriers that keep anyone from fully experiencing the museum as a guest, volunteer, or employee. To achieve true reform, we must have a diverse, highly qualified team. Crystal Bridges is proud to be an equal opportunity employer, and is committed to creating a diverse environment. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.

We actively encourage minority candidates to apply for this position.

Museum Overview:
Crystal Bridges is a museum of American Art located in Bentonville, Arkansas. We explore the unfolding story of America by actively collecting, exhibiting, interpreting and preserving outstanding works that illuminate the American heritage and artistic possibilities.

We are passionate about transforming lives through experiences that encourage the discovery of new ideas, expanded dreams and inspired actions.

As an employee at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, you will be empowered to think creatively, ask questions, and make suggestions to help move the institution forward.