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Director, Museum Exhibitions and Collections
The Museum Exhibitions and Collections Director manages the selection, purchase, and exhibition of art for the Museum collections. Provides leadership in exhibition development, planning, and implementation for the Permanent Collection and visiting exhibitions at the Museum of Art at Midwestern State University. Works closely with the Museum Director and the Curator/Registrar to facilitate exhibitions and collections projects and development and to oversee the galley program and content of the Museum. This position reports to the Museum Director.
Selects the calendar of exhibitions, up to two years in advance, balanced between content and medium to create a reasonable diversity. Develops a portion of the collection around purchases from exhibiting artists. Maintains contact with future exhibiting artists and creates visiting artist programs around the artistsí skills and abilities to engage the viewing public. Cultivates professional relationships with artists deemed to be collectable. Coordinates incoming and outgoing loans and museum exhibitions. Identifies relevant objects in other public and private collections. Initiates and maintains relationships to facilitate the loan of such objects. Collaborates with the Curator/Registrar to organize loans. Develops and maintains relationships with dealers and potential donors. Responsible for expenditures of art procurement funds as designated and authorized by the Museum Advisory Board. Maintains records of loans and all incoming and outgoing objects. Oversees development of exhibition documentation, artist statements, exhibition announcements/invitations, E-newsletters, web-page updates, gallery text panels and other related activities. Trains the museum staff to assist and participate in these endeavors.
Ability to handle and lift large heavy artwork, pedestals, and tools, and work on a ladder.
Four or more years relevant experience in a museum setting or related field or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
Extensive knowledge of museum administration and site management; collection management, exhibition development and current museum practices. The ability to appraise art for not only its aesthetic value but also its monetary value. Knowledge of the identification, preservation, conservation, and cataloguing of artifacts and collections. Skill in designing and mounting exhibits. Ability to effectively supervise staff. Proficient in the use of personal computers and related software applications for word processing, spreadsheet and database.
Bachelor of Art or Art History or related field, required, Masterís preferred.
Requires self-motivation and high-level decision making. Excellent organizational, multi-tasking, and time management skills. Ability to work independently and/or collaboratively with others to achieve overall goals and objectives. Requires interpersonal and oral and written communication skills. The ability to establish and maintain professional working relationships. Must be available to work a non-traditional schedule including evenings and weekends and travel occasionally. *Regular reliable attendance is required. *This position is designated as security sensitive and requires a criminal background check.