Curatorial Assistant

The John Michael Kohler Arts Center is seeking a full-time curatorial assistant to support the curatorial staff with all matters pertaining to exhibitions, collections, and general department endeavors.

General duties include a variety of administrative, clerical and research-related tasks, including:

  • Oversee exhibition logistics such as managing checklists, tracking budgets, and maintaining exhibition calendars
  • Handle general communication with artists, galleries, museums, private lenders and collaborators
  • Provide primary research support for assigned exhibitions as directed
  • Liaise with registrars and preparatorial staff to ensure smooth installation periods
  • Coordinate artist and collaborator visits, including arranging itineraries, travel, lodging, per diem and honoraria payments
  • Liaise with the marketing department on didactic materials and deadlines, and generate all exhibitions-related social media content
  • Schedule exhibition and curatorial team meetings, compile meeting agendas, and take and distribute meeting minutes
  • Handle internal and external correspondence, respond to inquiries and research requests, and maintain department records and files
  • Process purchase orders and other financial documents as needed
  • Serve as an administrative liaison with other Arts Center departments

Position Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in studio art, art history, museum studies, curatorial practice, folklore studies, or related area with one to two years of work experience in a museum or arts organization setting is required.
  • Broad understanding of current contemporary art landscape, appreciation for the creative process, and the ability to work directly with artists is vital.
  • Excellent communication skills, along with research, writing, and copy editing experience is essential. Proficiency with MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook (email/scheduling) and similar programs required. Proficiency with PastPerfect, Adobe Creative Suite, and SketchUp highly desirable.
  • Demonstrated organizational skills, attention to detail, and the ability to be flexible and supportive in a changing work environment is key.
  • Selected candidates will be asked to provide a sample of their arts-based writing for consideration.  

Full-time exempt and non-exempt employees qualify for the following benefits:

  • Medical, dental and vision coverage
  • 403(b) retirement plan
  • Short- and long-term disability income
  • Group accident and critical illness insurance
  • Paid time off—vacation/sick and holiday
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Family membership to the Arts Center
  • Discount for CAFE, SHOP and ARTspace purchases, ticketed events, classes, pre-school and other charged offerings

The John Michael Kohler Arts Center is an equal opportunity employer and complies with all EOE and ADA requirements. We are committed to employing a diverse workforce, and we have a strong organizational commitment to racial equity. People of color, gender non-conforming people, people with disabilities, and low-income people are encouraged to apply. Please let us know if we can help make the application or hiring process more accessible for you.

Please email a cover letter and résumé with contact information for three professional references to John Michael Kohler Arts Center’s Human Resources by October 23, 2020 at: