Director of Curatorial Affairs (DCA), Kennesaw State University
Director of Curatorial Affairs (DCA) Assistant, Associate Professor, or Professor of Art School of Art and Design
Kennesaw State University is now accepting applications for a twelve-month, tenure track Director of Curatorial Affairs (DCA) and Assistant, Associate Professor, or Professor of Art faculty position in the School of Art and Design that begins July 2020.
The Director will provide curatorial leadership for the Zuckerman Museum of Art [ZMA]; including oversight of publications, strategic planning, fundraising, and outreach.
Serve as liaison between the ZMA and its various constituencies both on and off campus. An understanding of and commitment to the university’s educational mission is expected, as is ongoing research/creative activity and service, which may be expressed through the curatorial and outreach duties of the position.
In consultation with the Director of the School of Art and Design, the Director of Curatorial Affairs conceives, researches, plans and executes the 12-month exhibition program at the museum, consisting of approximately three primary exhibitions per year spanning all visual arts disciplines and featuring artists at all phases of their careers. The Director of Curatorial Affairs will bring expertise in contemporary art with an inclusive and global perspective and a strong interest in contextualizing and educating a large and diverse audience. The Director of Curatorial Affairs will assist the Operations Manager in the stewardship, research, programming and development of the museum’s important holdings. The Director of Curatorial Affairs must possess a familiarity with the art of the 20th and 21st centuries, with a demonstrated knowledge of American Art and works on paper. The Director of Curatorial Affairs is expected to possess knowledge in standard museum practices, have excellent organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills, a commitment to inclusive and scholarly exhibitions, and a willingness to serve a diverse public audience.
Responsibilities include research, interpretation and presentation of the ZMA collection; the development and coordination of special exhibitions and programs; research and production of publications on the collection and special exhibitions; assisting with acquisitions; educational programming; and donor relations. Working collaboratively with the Director, Curator, Registrar team, Outreach/Education team, the DCA will:
Research potential artists, lenders, and collections
Produce uniquely curated exhibitions based on original research
Teach one class a year in the School of Art and Design
Develop, produce and implement exhibition label copy
Develop catalog/brochure content
Research, present and publish catalogs and academic papers
Assist with rights and reproductions, copyrights and associated permissions
Assist in exhibition planning and calendar management
Assist and originate exhibition related grants and funding
Assist the Operations Manager with the development of exhibition budgets
Assist with outreach opportunities & community service, including curatorial tours, class visits, and teaching
Develop content for press releases and edit/review promotional copy
Collaborate with Operations Manager and the Director of the School of Art and Design on collection research and conservation Assist the development of exhibition-related programming and special events
Work with the Director of the School of Art and Design on the development of the ZMA’s permanent collection
Supervise interns and research assistants, coordinate guest curators, supervise visiting artists
Serve as a spokesperson for the ZMA, working with the Director of the School of Art and Design to develop audiences and patrons. Work with Director to develop Advisory Board.
Terminal degree in Art or Art-related field required, or a Foreign equivalent, or an equivalent combination of education and experience with a working knowledge of 20th and 21st century art.
3-5 years of experience in organizing exhibitions that demonstrate rigorous and original thinking, exploring emerging artists, historical practices, and contemporary methodologies.
Excellent writing skills.
For more than 50 years, Kennesaw State University has been known for its entrepreneurial spirit and sense of community. Offering campuses in Marietta and Kennesaw, the university is located just north of Atlanta and combines a suburban setting with access to one of the country’s most dynamic cities. As Georgia’s third-largest university, Kennesaw State offers more than 100 undergraduate and graduate degrees, including a growing number of doctoral programs. Designated by the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia as a comprehensive university, Kennesaw State is committed to becoming a world-class academic institution positioned to broaden its academic and research missions and expand its scope on a local, regional and national level.
Kennesaw State University, a member of the University System of Georgia, is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, disability, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, and/or veteran status.