Curator – Full Time
Start Date: August 9, 2019
The Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens of Winter Park, FL seeks a qualified Curator. The ideal candidate has a B.A. or M.A. in history, art history, Museum Studies (strongly preferred!) and also has 4+ years’ experience with collections as well as organizing and curating exhibitions. She/he is a scholar who will champion the professional practices and strive AAM-accredited museum standards in the care and presentation of collections; has superior writing, communication and organizational skills; is a team player; likes working with volunteers and interns; and is proficient in Microsoft Office suite and PastPerfect Museum Software and archives management. Must be a confident speaker and an experienced educator, with knowledge of multiple art forms including: bronze sculpture casting methods, contemporary art, and classical sculpture. This person must be hands-on, creative and independent, but also be able to physically install temporary exhibitions and transform the gallery space seasonally as well as work outdoors in hot/humid conditions to care for the outdoor sculpture collections.
Serves as the Artist Liaison for our annual fundraiser and week-long festival, The Winter Park Paint Out. In addition to artist recruitment, selection, and communication throughout the year, this event requires a three-week commitment every April with extended hours and weekends with heavy installations back-to-back, strenuous event set up daily during the festival, and extensive community programming development and execution. Collaborates with Orange County Public Schools and leads and teaches students. Art/gallery sales, patron/donor cultivation, and knowledge of “plein air” are helpful.
Other Essential Duties:
- Manages Polasek Collection including decorative objects, furniture, paintings, prints, photographs, sculpture, textiles and archives. Museum/collection best practices, digitization, and accreditation goals are nonnegotiable!
- Utilizing preventative conservation methods, he/she will maintain the collections and works hands-on with the outdoor sculpture.
- Handles all collection related inquiries and registrar duties
- Acts as Director of Programming and plans/implements all educational programming for diverse audiences. Develops exhibit specific programs, special events, and engaging open-house activities and creates all educational print and interpretive exhibition materials.
- Designs, installs and curates temporary art exhibitions and historical collections, from concept to installation and must plan out all Polasek programming/exhibitions out several years in advance.
- Professionally represents the Polasek Museum both onsite and throughout the community. Address large groups and able to makes presentations, gives lectures, and teach on a variety of art, conservation, sculpture casting, and Polasek-related topics.
- Ensures we set goals and keep up with modern museum standards, using AAM’s accreditation process as measure of success for our long-term planning.
- Participates in grant seeking by providing timely information to the Development Director to support grant applications and reports.
- The Curator works closely with the Director of Operations and Facilities Director on the care and maintenance of historic buildings and gardens, ensuring museum standards and story cohesion throughout our growing campus.
- Team player with day-to-day operations. Assists with daily tours/docents, event set-up, facilities maintenance, special tours, offsite programs, community outreach and teaching art classes as needed.
To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to email@example.com .