Chief Preparator/Exhibition Designer | Full Time, Permanent

The Tampa Museum of Art invites applications for an experienced Chief Preparator/ Exhibition Designer. This is a full-time permanent position, available immediately. Successful applicants will have supervisory and museum experience, as outlined below.

The Chief Preparator/Exhibition Designer will report directly to the Chief Curator. S/he will be a vital member of the small but dynamic curatorial team, working closely with the Chief Curator as well as the Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, the Richard E. Perry Curator of Greek and Roman Art, the Exhibitions and Collections Manager, and the Curatorial Department Assistant. The Chief Preparator/Exhibition Designer will also supervise two Preparators/MOAs (Museum Operations Assistants) in exhibition- and collection-related work.

This role requires significant art handling and museum preparator experience, as well as precise attention to detail, strong communication and analytical skills, and the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously. The ideal candidate will work well both independently and as a collaborative and diplomatic team member.

Qualified applicants should send CV/resume and cover letter including reasons for interest in the position and summary of relevant experience to the email posted below. Only those applicants who meet our requirements for this position will be contacted. Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. Please download and read the complete job description below.  

Suzanne.Williamson@TampaMuseum.org

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Curator | Richard E. Perry Curator of Greek and Roman Art | Full-Time, Permanent

The Tampa Museum of Art invites applications and nominations for the Richard E. Perry Curator of Greek and Roman Art. Home to one of the finest collections of classical antiquities in the southeastern United States, the Tampa Museum of Art has developed a reputation for the strength of its exhibitions, publications, and related programming. With this appointment, the Museum intends to build upon this tradition. 

ROLE and RESPONSIBILITIES

The Richard E. Perry Curator of Greek and Roman Art will report to the Executive Director. S/he will be a vital member of curatorial team, working closely with the Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art as well as the Exhibitions and Collections Manager, the Exhibition Designer/Chief Preparator, the Curatorial Department Assistant, and two Museum Operations Assistants.

This role requires strong written and verbal communication skills, precise attention to detail, and the ability to communicate scholarly information to diverse audiences. The ideal candidate will work well both independently and as a collaborative and diplomatic team member. S/he should be highly motivated with a positive attitude, entrepreneurial bent and an active member of the Tampa Bay art community. Primary responsibilities will relate to both the permanent collection and special exhibitions, including (but not limited to) the following:

Permanent Collection

  • Oversee care, display, interpretation, and promotion of classical artworks and artifacts;
  • Develop a strategy for the rotation of antiquities exhibitions
  • Pursue and disseminate collections- and exhibition-related research, through gallery talks, public lectures, and a range of publications (general and scholarly, internal and external);
  • Assist with the development of the permanent collection through gifts and purchases;
  • Work with curators at other museums as well as private collectors to augment permanent collection exhibitions with loans;
  • Together with the Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, oversee care, display, interpretation, and promotion of classically inspired modern and contemporary works, particularly Prints and Early Photographs, and C. Paul Jennewein Collection.

Special Exhibitions

  • Identify traveling exhibitions from other institutions for presentation at the museum;
  • Serve as the coordinating curator for selected traveling exhibitions;
  • Develop, coordinate, and execute special exhibitions—both at the museum and to travel to other institutions—inspired by and inclusive of the permanent collection;
  • Together with the Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, continue the recently established Conversations with the Collection exhibition series, working with contemporary artists to explore synergy between ancient and contemporary art.

Other

  • Collaborate with Executive Director and Curatorial and Development colleagues on cultivation for donations to and solicitation of funds for permanent collection acquisitions and exhibition programming;
  • Collaborate with Education department colleagues to plan and develop effective educational programming and materials related to exhibitions and collections, including among other programs multiple Antiquities Circle lectures each year;
  • Develop collaborative relationships with other museum curators in order to share collections and exhibitions, as well as expertise and best practices.

REQUIREMENTS

  • Minimum four years fulltime experience in an art museum, preferably in curatorial role
  • PhD in art history with a focus on ancient art preferred, with some knowledge of related modern and contemporary fields;
  • Research interest and publication history in at least one sub-field of classical art
  • Demonstrated experience in cultivation of individual donors and support/affinity groups
  • Proficiency in MS Office and collection database applications required

CONTACT

Qualified applicants should send CV/resume and cover letter including reasons for interest in the position and summary of relevant experience to EA@tampamuseum.org. Indicate the job title “Perry Curator” in the subject line. Only those applicants who meet our requirements for this position will be contacted. Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.

COLLECTION OVERVIEW

The Tampa Museum of Art collection totals more than 7000 artworks, in three broad categories:

  • Classical Antiquities (nearly 700 works);
  • Prints and Photographs related to classical antiquity (approximately 1,300, mostly 19th- and 20th-century views of archaeological sites and classical antiquities in museums);
  • Modern and Contemporary Art (more than 5,000 artworks), including
    • The C. Paul Jennewein Archive (approximately 2,600 artworks);
    • nearly 1000 20th-century photographs;
    • nearly 1000 works on paper (prints, watercolors, and drawings);
    • some 350 paintings, mostly produced after 1950;
    • some 350 works of decorative arts and sculpture; and
    • seven (7) “new media” artworks.

The first artwork purchased by the Tampa Museum was an ancient Greek vase—an Attic black-figure column krater bought in 1981—and this has remained an important area of collecting for the Museum ever since. The Museum’s most notable acquisition of antiquities came five years later, in the form of the Joseph Veach Noble Collection, a significant private collection of more than 150 objects amassed primarily in the 1950s and ‘60s. A collector and scholar interested in the techniques of ancient painted pottery, Mr. Noble had assembled a collection especially strong in the black- and red-figure pottery of Greece (particularly Athens and Attica) and South Italy, including numerous vases of interest for technical reasons as well as for their beauty and interesting iconography. Mr. Noble also collected in other media, including notable marble statues of Aphrodite and Poseidon/Neptune. Other non-ceramic highlights of the Tampa collection include two marble Cycladic figurines, a Greek Geometric bronze horse, several Etruscan bronzes, a Roman marble grave altar, and a recently acquired Greek Archaic limestone sculpture of a lion couchant. In all, the Museum collection of classical antiquities comprises more than 680 works produced across many centuries, from nearly 3000 BC to around AD 500. In addition to vases and sculptures in terracotta, stone, and precious metal, the collection includes ancient coins, jewelry, and glass vessels.  The Museum continues to add to its collection, by gift as well as purchase. In 2011, the Museum adopted a new Collections Management Policy with special considerations for archaeological material and ancient art, recognizing the importance of AAM and AAMD guidelines and of the 1970 UNESCO Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property; in 2013, again in line with AAM and AAMD, the policy was further revised.

EA@tampamuseum.org

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