Curatorial Associate

Requisition # 2020-11405
Date Posted 2 months ago(1/27/2020 2:56 PM)
Art Museum
Arts and Museum Administration
Full-Time / Part-Time


Curatorial Associate, Modern and Contemporary Art


The Princeton University Art Museum seeks a Curatorial Associate in its department of collections and exhibitions to contribute to the curatorial program for the gallery Art@Bainbridge and to artist commissions for the Princeton University campus. This is a part-time (60%) one-year term position, open to the possibility of renewal.


With a collecting history that extends back to 1755, the Princeton University Art Museum is one of the leading university art museums in the country, with collections that have grown to include more than 100,000 works ranging from ancient to contemporary art and spanning the globe. Its collections of Chinese painting, the art of the ancient Americas, and photography are widely regarded as being among the world's finest.


 A private institution serving the public good, the Museum is committed to serving the University, local and regional communities, and beyond through a dynamic program of temporary exhibitions, new scholarship, and innovative programming. By collaborating with experts across many disciplines, fostering sustained study of original works of art, and uniting scholarship with broad accessibility, the Museum contributes to the development of critical thinking and visual literacy at Princeton University and enhances the civic fabric of our nation.

 The Museum also serves as a gateway to the University for more than 200,000 visitors from around the world each year. Intimate in scale yet expansive in scope, it offers a respite from the rush of daily life, a revitalizing experience of extraordinary works of art and an opportunity to delve deeply into the study of art and culture. The Museum is located at the heart of the Princeton campus, a short walk from the shops and restaurants of Nassau Street, and is free and open to the public. 

 To learn more about the Princeton University Art Museum, visit


Reporting to the Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, the Curatorial Associate will assist with the development and oversight of artist commissions at Princeton University. In consultation with the Manager of Campus Collections and in coordination with the decisions of Princeton University’s Campus Art Steering Committee (CASC), the Curatorial Associate will liaise with artists, campus stakeholders and CASC members to realize the commission and realization of artworks on campus.


The Curatorial Associate will, as part of a larger curatorial team and in collaboration with the gallery coordinator, support the program of exhibitions at Art@Bainbridge, a Museum gallery which currently features the work of emerging artists. The Curatorial Associate is responsible for maintaining relationships with artists or lenders, preparing materials for print and digital publication, shepherding correspondence, and conducting project-based research.


The candidate must have a thorough knowledge of the contemporary art field and its mechanisms as well as a strong understanding of the curatorial activities of a museum, strong research skills, well-honed interpersonal skills, superb written communication and administrative skills, and willingness to work independently and/or collaboratively as needed. Knowledge of the history of modern and contemporary art is essential. Attention to detail is vital, as is the ability to meet scheduled deadlines. A minimum of five years of museum experience and an M.A. in art history or a related field is required.


Princeton University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. EEO IS THE LAW

Salary Grade

ADM, 030

Standard Weekly Hours


Eligible for Overtime


Benefits Eligible


Essential Services Personnel (see policy for detail)


Physical Capacity Exam Required


Valid Driver’s License Required



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