Employment Opportunity

Jane Emison Assistant/Associate Curator of South and Southeast Asian Art

The Jane Emison Assistant/Associate Curator of South and Southeast Asian Art will develop, research, exhibit, and publish Mia’s collection of South and Southeast Asian art.  This dynamic curator will cultivate relationships with donors, professional colleagues, partner organizations and the community in furtherance of Mia’s strategic goals.

In this role, you will…

  • Interpret the museum’s collection of South and Southeast Asian art through permanent collection gallery displays, didactic materials and publications.
  • Conduct research and mount special exhibitions, with accompanying publications.
  • Oversee the care and preservation of the collection by ensuring proper and responsible handling and installation of objects and recommending objects for conservation treatment.
  • Speak publicly about the museum’s collection and provide training for museum guides.
  • Be an active member of the scholarly community of your area of expertise by speaking at symposia/colloquia and by publishing in related journals.
  • Locate, research and propose acquisition of South and Southeast Asian works of art that significantly augment the museum’s existing collections.
  • Work closely with collectors and prospective donors.
  • Be an engaged and proactive member of the Department of CSSAA, who subscribes to the museum’s positive culture and is dedicated to enhancing the visitor’s experience.

Specific Requirements

  • Master’s degree in the field of South and Southeast Asian art studies (Ph.D. preferred).
  • Assistant or Associate Curator level contingent on level of experience in the area of South and Southeast Asian art, including proven record of organizing exhibitions and producing publications of high quality.
  • Demonstrated skill at strategically building a collection through gift and purchase.
  • Ability to work independently and coordinate complex projects to completion.
  • Team player with proven ability to work effectively and positively with staff, trustees, and all other internal and external contacts.
  • Ability to build positive and effective relationships with donors and the broader community.

Who You Are
You have a passion for Asian art and are an enthusiastic advocate for all things Mia. You are creative and open minded with positive and effective communication skills.  You strive for self-awareness and leave the drama in the artwork. You give praise freely and seek to learn and grow.

You’re good at and enjoy…

  • Recognizing the value in others’ unique perspectives.
  • Knowing your success is directly related to visitor satisfaction.
  • Setting challenging goals and achieving them.

Mia Culture
The Minneapolis Institute of Art is an audience-focused workplace where everyone strives to provide excellent service and cultivate honest and positive relationships. Generosity, agility, emotional intelligence, positive energy, and driving results are the core values that define Mia’s culture. Successful employment at Mia includes full embrace and demonstrable indicators of these values by all team members.

To Apply
A complete application includes a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and three letters of recommendation.  Please send the letter and curriculum vitae to miajobs@artsmia.org. Please also ask references to send letters of recommendation directly to miajobs@artsmia.org.

Posting Deadline
Deadline for submissions is Friday, May 19, 2017.

Diversity creates a healthier atmosphere: All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, protected veteran status, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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