The Harvard Art Museums' collection of approximately 12,000 drawings (from before the year 1900) is by far the finest drawings collection kept in any American university museum. The collection includes major masterpieces from the American and principal European schools, with strengths in Italian Renaissance, German and Netherlandish masters, 19th-century British and American, and 17th- and early 19th-century French (including the most extensive collection of drawings by Ingres, Géricault, and David outside of France). As a whole, the collection of European and American drawings at the Harvard Art Museums is one of the most comprehensive in the United States.
Duties & Responsibilities:
The Harvard Art Museums seeks a senior leader in the field of European and American drawings pre-1900. Responsible for the care, documentation, research, and presentation of Harvard's exceptional collection, the curator of drawings is expected to be an intellectual authority in drawings with an established track record of exhibitions and publications. The curator will work closely with colleagues and supporters to strengthen the collection, and collaborate with colleagues in the Division of Modern and Contemporary art on drawings acquisitions in their area.
The curator crafts an ambitious exhibition, research and publication program for drawings, and works closely with students and faculty to foster significant and sustained curricular use of the collection for both undergraduate and graduate teaching. The curator works within a team environment and promotes dialogue, engagement, and collaboration with colleagues within the division of European and American Art and with other curatorial divisions that have overlapping collection holdings and expertise. The curator acts as a mentor to curatorial fellows, interns and students of the university, and may supervise their work. The curator recommends purchases, works closely with collectors and museum supporters, and actively solicits gifts for the collection and funds for museum purposes from individuals, foundations, federal agencies and other sources.
Please apply by November 16, 2018, after which applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis as necessary. Please see Requisition #47154BR. We will fill only one of these positions. Please read both descriptions carefully and submit an application for the position most appropriate to your qualifications through Harvard's Recruitment Management System, Harvard Careers. Additional materials may be required.
Salary Grade: 060
Union: 00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary
Ph.D. in art history or related field required; minimum of 8 years of progressively responsible curatorial and/or field-related experience.
Demonstrated record of scholarship and achievement in the field of drawings pre-1900, and a commitment to working and playing an active role in a university setting.
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER: We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
Internal Number: 47150BR
About Harvard University Art Museums
Harvard University is devoted to excellence in teaching, learning, and research, and to developing leaders in many disciplines who make a difference globally. The University, which is based in Cambridge and Boston, Massachusetts, has an enrollment of over 20,000 degree candidates, including undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. Harvard has more than 360,000 alumni around the world. The University has twelve degree-granting Schools in addition to the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, offering a truly global education. Established in 1636, Harvard is the oldest institution of higher education in the United States.