Curator, Davison Art Collection at Wesleyan (Middletown, CT)

Reporting to the University Librarian, the Curator has primary oversight of Wesleyan’s Davison Art Collection, which houses over 25,000 objects, including a world-class collection of prints well as photographs, drawings, and other items.

The Curator is responsible for integrating this collection into the intellectual life of the University by encouraging and facilitating its use in classes and in student projects and by working in collaboration with faculty, staff, students, and the Associate Director of Visual Arts, who manages the University’s exhibition program, to display publicly objects from the collection. In addition, the Curator is the principal steward of the Collection and oversees acquisitions, cataloguing and publications, and maintaining financial and loan records.

Primary responsibilities include:

Develop and organize, in collaboration with the Associate Director of Visual Art, exhibitions that will draw principally on the holdings of the Davison Art Center’s collection, thereby providing dynamic public programming.

Collaborate with a variety of academic departments and constituencies across campus and, in particular, the Department of Art and Art History, the Art Library, Special Collections and Archives, and the Center for the Arts.

Promote student engagement with the collection. This could include supervising tutorials and teaching one or more courses per year that utilize the collection, alone or in collaboration with faculty in Art and Art History, as well as across the University.

Manage the Davison Art Collection, including access and security, while upholding museum ethics, standards, and best practices.

Supervise the Registrar of Collections, and work with the Registrar to manage acquisitions, cataloguing, and recordkeeping for the collection.

Share supervision of the Gallery Supervisor with the Associate Director of Visual Arts. Work with the Gallery Supervisor regarding preparing art for viewing in classes and exhibitions.

Collaborate with scholars and museum professionals from other institutions.

Liaise with donors and University Relations to solicit and manage gifts to the collection.

Facilitate Middletown and Wesleyan community engagement with the collection, in particular by working with the Friends Association, library staff, and Center for the Arts.

Click here for additional details and application instructions.  (Application deadline January 29.)

Post expires at 5:00pm on Monday January 29th, 2018