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    This position is located in the Department of Sculpture and Decorative Arts (DCS), and is responsible for the Gallery's acquisition, care, study, and display of a world-class collection of European and American sculpture and decorative arts spanning antiquity through the early 1900s. The position is at the assistant or associate level.

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    The incumbent:

    Performs advanced scholarly research on prospective acquisitions and on objects for examination in studies, scholarly journals, Gallery publications, lectures, symposia and colloquia, or exhibitions.  Works with members of DCS to ensure that objects entering the DCS collection are properly researched and catalogued, that already existing object records are updated as new information becomes available, and that artists’ biographies in the database are accurate and current.  Traces and documents provenances.

    Keeps abreast of bibliography, exhibitions, collecting, publishing and other developments in the field of American and European sculpture and decorative arts.  Drafts or contributes research to acquisition proposals.  Researches provenance of proposed gifts and purchases including research on objects with potential World War II provenance issues; consults with outside experts as necessary.  Notifies management of results of potential acquisitions research and works to resolve issues and problems encountered. 

    Supports the expansion and deepening of the Gallery’s collections through the acquisition of works of art of the highest quality and relevance to the Gallery’s collecting policies.  In consultation with the Head of Department, assists with development initiatives to build the DCS collection and support relationships with collectors, scholars, and art dealers in order to attract and secure single objects, collections, funds, or other types of gifts to the Gallery.

    The incumbent assists with exhibitions or undertakes by assignment or on own initiative, in consultation with DCS colleagues, to propose, organize, and coordinate small scale exhibitions and installations of sculpture and decorative arts that draw from the Gallery’s holdings, as well as from other institutions and private collections.  Coordinates with the departments of Exhibitions, Conservation, Registrar and Design and Installation to meet exhibition production schedule deadlines and budget requirements.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - 25% or less.

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


  • Job family (Series)

    1015 Museum Curator

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/510768500. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.