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Job Listing: Curator of Exhibitions

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Position open until filled

The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia seeks a dynamic, collaborative curator to join its senior team who has a deep commitment to the academic museum, scholarship, and the museum's role in creating engaged dialogues through art. This person must be enthusiastic about working in an academic museum at one of the top public universities in the country and the opportunities it provides for collaboration not only within the museum but across the University as well as nationally and internationally in building a comprehensive exhibition program. The ideal candidate will have 5-7 years progressively expanding experience, including managerial experience; an extensive national and international professional network and will be committed to curating scholarly, rigorous, challenging exhibitions that provide a foundation for trans-disciplinary, socially engaged discourse. A curator with expertise in American art or pre-nineteenth-century European art is preferred but regardless of specialization, the curator will be called on to be a “flexible generalist.” The curator reports directly to the Director and Chief Curator. 

Oversight, Planning, and Execution of Exhibitions and Exhibitions-related Programs and Materials

1. Works with the Director, Curatorial Assistant, guest curators, and outside agents to develop exhibitions and exhibition-related materials and publications.

2. Works with the Director, other curators, and department heads to establish exhibition budgets, including projecting revenue sources.

3. Manages exhibition program and assigned staff reports. Reports exhibition results to the Director.

4. Works with Director and other curators to determine strategic placement for Museum traveling exhibitions.

5. Collaborates with Development and Marketing to develop collateral material for exhibitions including invitations, brochures, and exhibition announcements.

6. Collaborates closely with Education Department to develop learning experiences at the Museum.

7. Develops and manages important, creative exhibition projects in the field, including the organization of major collaborative projects with national and international participants.

8. As required, serve as a mentor fellows, assistants, and interns.

Administrative Duties and Committee Service

1. Senior staff

  • Represents Curatorial Department.
  • Works with senior staff to develop a strategic plan, mission statement, and other plans aimed at the advancement of the Museum.

2. Collections Committee

  • Reports on proposed acquisitions to the Committee.
  • Makes recommendations to the Director and Collections Committee for potential art acquisitions.

3. Curatorial Department

  • Works closely with the Director and the COO to forecast annual budgets for the Curatorial Department.
  • Evaluates and sets performance goals, and takes corrective action when necessary for reporting staff.

4. Represents the Curatorial Department at Museum board meetings.

5. Represents the Museum at conferences and public events as needed.

6. Conceives, develops, and publishes exhibition catalogues, scholarly articles, and related works, including via digital formats.


Funding of Exhibitions and Promotion of the Museum

1. Collaborates with Museum Director, COO, and Development Director to identify and pursue funding needs and opportunities.

2. Collaborates with Director of Development to identify and write grant applications for exhibition and symposium funding. Contributes to annual reports and Museum board reports in order to secure and steward donor gifts and foundation support.

3. Assists in identifying potential donors for exhibitions and acquisitions. When appropriate, meets with donors, prospects and participates in fundraising events and activities.

4. Attends conferences and events to promote the Museum and keep apprised of developments in the field.

5. When appropriate, leads tours, gives gallery talks, and conducts interviews to promote exhibitions and Museum activities.


Collections Management

1. Conducts or oversees thorough research on the Museum's collections.

2. Collaborates with Collections Manager and Director to determine works for accession and deaccession.

3. Collaborates with Collections Manager to determine works from the collection available for exhibitions, as well as interdepartmental and external loans.


Position Compensation Range: $58,000.00 - $62,000.00 Annual 

Required Education and Experience

  • M.A. required; Ph.D. in art history with specialization in American Art or pre-nineteenth-century European Art preferred;
  • Minimum of five years of relevant experience and knowledge of museum practices;
  • Expertise with exhibition development and organization, including both national and international collaborations;
  • Strong record of research, scholarship, and public speaking, with proven experience in organizing significant exhibitions and publications;
  • Familiarity with new technologies and their impact upon the museum field;
  • Must be resourceful, creative, flexible, and have the ability to work effectively and positively with other professional staff across multiple divisions within the Museum and University in a highly collaborative environment.


APPLY ONLINE please visit and search R0001614.

Attach a cover letter, resume, and information for three professional references.

Questions regarding the application process can be directed to Zach Harpine at

This position will remain open until filled.


The University of Virginia, including the UVA Health System and the University Physician’s Group are fundamentally committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff. We believe diversity is excellence expressing itself through every person's perspectives and lived experiences. We are equal opportunity and affirmative action employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender identity, marital status, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, veteran status, and family medical or genetic information.