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Curator of Russian and European Art

Amherst College
Amherst, MA 01002
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Amherst College

Amherst Campus
Amherst Staff
Full time

Amherst has taken a leadership role among highly selective liberal arts colleges and universities in successfully diversifying the racial, socio-economic, and geographic profile of its student body. The College is similarly committed to enriching its educational experience and its culture through the diversity of its faculty, administration and staff.

Job Description:

Amherst College invites applications for the Curator of Russian and European Art position. The Curator of Russian and European Art is a full-time, year-round position, starting at $70,000/year-commensurate with experience. Given Amherst's distinction as one of the most diverse liberal arts colleges in the country, the successful candidate will demonstrate the ways in which they bring value to and will work towards supporting a broadly diverse community with regard to race, ethnicity, ability, socioeconomic status, gender, nationality, sexual orientation, and religion.

Reporting to the John Wieland 1958 Director and Chief Curator, the Curator of Russian and European Art oversees the Mead's collection and program for Russian and European Art. Through collaboration and teamwork with the Mead's professional staff, the Curator conceives and organizes exhibitions, develops education programs geared toward a highly diverse audience, and conducts in--depth scholarly research and produces writing for publication and the Mead website with a special focus on the Thomas R. Whitney Russian Collection and the Mead's European collection. The Curator works closely with Amherst Center for Russian Culture's Advisory Board and the Center's Director on exhibitions in the Center's gallery.

Summary of Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

Curatorial & Research -

  • Caring for and conducting research on the museum's Russian and European Art collection. Developing innovative and scholarly exhibitions that deepen an understanding of the Mead's Russian and European Art collection and that appeal to and engage a highly diverse audience . Managing symposia and research related to Russian and European art. Cultivating partnerships with domestic and international museums and across disciplines with faculty at Amherst College and peer institutions. Working in close consultation with the ACRC and its Board on exhibitions and academic programs; collaborating with the Mead's education team, developing interpretive materials for exhibitions and exciting programs, connecting with the curriculum, and leveraging opportunities to utilize media platforms to engage Amherst College's talented and diverse student body. Working with the Director, curatorial colleagues, faculty partners, and educators to build, refine, and strengthen the Russian and European collection by researching and writing a collection plan and proposing new acquisitions based on that plan. Lead effort to ensure accurate, useful, and up - - to - - date collection files that will be used as the source material for database records on Russian and European collection for website visitors in collaboration with the Collections Manager and education colleagues.

  • Train and supervise undergraduate or graduate student interns; assisting students, faculty, and researchers with research related to the permanent Russian and European collection. Actively work towards an inclusive culture within the museum for students, colleagues and community members.

Publishing -

  • Publishing on Russian and European art on Mead's collection in exhibition catalogues, journals, and on the Mead's database, website, and other open-access media outlets. The over six hundred artworks making up the Thomas P. Whitney Collection of Russian Art will be a primary resource for research and exhibitions (in consultation with the ACRC and its archivist, pertinent publications in Whitney's library may be used for exhibitions as well); and the European collection will also be a source for research and exhibitions.

Fundraising & Education -

  • Work collaboratively with the Mead's team of educators and museum professionals as well as faculty to develop innovative education programs. Present gallery talks and public lectures at the Mead including lecturing in areas of expertise. Take an active role in fundraising, marketing and programming activities involving Russian and European art by helping to cultivate collectors in the museum's circle and by writing grant proposals and exhibition travel proposals.



  • M.A. in art history or a closely related field

  • Read, write and speak Russian fluently
  • 3 + years of progressively responsible experience in acquiring, researching, exhibiting, and publishing works of Russian and/or European art
  • Strong written and verbal communication, researching, and time management skills
  • Demonstrated track record of cultivation and diplomatic skills
  • Some travel domestically and international, and evenings and weekends as needed
  • Experience working with a diverse community


  • PhD
  • Know l ed g e o f m u s eu m , non - - p r o fi t a n d aca de m ic a d m i n i strat i o n
  • Reading knowledge of a second European language, such as French or German

Amherst College offers many opportunities for professional growth and development, continued learning, and career advancement.

Amherst College requires all employees to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 (medical and religious exemptions may apply).

Amherst College is pleased to provide a comprehensive, highly competitive benefits package that meets the needs of staff and faculty and their families. Benefits are an important part of our overall compensation, so it is critical that you review all of the options to ensure itmeets your total compensation requirements. Click here for Benefits Information .

Interestedcandidates are asked to submit a resume and cover letter online at https://amherst.wd5.myworkdayjobs.com/Amherst_Jobs . Please be sure to upload all requested documents prior to clicking Submit. Applications cannot be revised once submitted. (Current employees and students should apply by clicking on the Career icon from their Workday home screen) Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

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Posted: 2022-07-12 Expires: 2022-08-13

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