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15 Sep 2021


National Academy of Design – Posted by nadadmin New York, New York, United States

Job Description

Founded in 1825, the National Academy of Design promotes art and architecture in America. As the leading honorary society for visual artists and architects in the United States, we advocate for the arts as a tool for education, celebrate the role of artists and architects in public life, and serve as a catalyst for cultural conversations that propel society forward.

As we look ahead to our 200th anniversary in 2025, the National Academy of Design is at an especially exciting moment of reinvention and possibility. Following the sale of the Academy’s buildings on New York’s Museum Mile, and the subsequent creation of a board-restricted endowment, the National Academy is refocusing on the artists and architects who are at the core of our mission and are planning and developing a vibrant schedule of exhibitions and programs that builds on the Academy’s extraordinary history to explore critical issues in contemporary art, architecture, and culture.

The Curatorial Fellow is a part-time, permanent position responsible for assisting the Chief Curator and Director of National Academician Affairs in research and development of exhibitions and related artistic programming, which may include public programs, podcasts, interviews, presentations and installations, and partnerships with outside organizations. This position reports to the Chief Curator, and work hours will be determined in discussion with the candidate, ideally three days per week depending on the successful candidate’s availability, during regular business hours, with some evening availability anticipated for special events and programs.

• Assist with the planning, organization, and implementation of exhibitions including research and other curatorial work including, but not limited to, research of artists and architects and specific artworks for exhibitions, as well as artworks in the National Academy of Design’s collection.
• Maintain and update relevant information on TMS (collection database) and eMuseum.
• Assist with the development, and oversight of exhibitions, public programs, and lectures including formulating exhibition and public program ideas, writing catalogue text, developing interpretive and didactic exhibition materials, etc.
• Assist the curatorial department in preparing exhibition and department budgets.
• Participate in the preparation of the exhibition schedule, and agendas and minutes for various committee meetings with artists and National Academy staff.
• Assist the curatorial and collections departments in corresponding with borrowers and lenders – institutions, artists, and galleries – regarding outgoing and incoming loans.
• Assist with the general maintenance of project, artist, and exhibition files of the National Academy.
• Work with the Chief Curator to establish and coordinate a curatorial advisory structure to guide the development of exhibitions and related programming for the next few years.

• To the position, the Curatorial Fellow should bring a combination of the following: an MA, some amount of graduate level research, and/or equivalent professional experience, in art history, curatorial studies, or cultural studies, with a focus on contemporary art and/or architecture. The candidate should have several years of experience working in a museum, gallery, and/or organizations focused on art, architecture, and/or design.
• Excellent writing and communication skills, demonstrated knowledge of MS Word,
PowerPoint, and Excel with knowledge of InDesign and Photoshop desired.
• Willingness to work in-person and remotely according to CDC guidelines.

• Proficiency in communication applications like Slack, Zoom, and social media, for
programming purposes, project management, and promotional use.
• Highly organized and able to oversee multiple tasks simultaneously and a comfortability with
moving between intellectual work and administrative tasks, as needed.
• Ability to adapt to an evolving department and organization.
• Discretion, tact, and a can-do attitude.
• Openness and broad curiosity about arts and culture in their many forms.

The salary for this part-time role is fixed at $40,000 for three days / 24 hours per week.

The National Academy of Design is committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace. We strongly encourage women, veterans, people with disabilities, people of color, and gender nonconforming candidates to apply. The National Academy of Design is an equal opportunity employer and considers all candidates for employment regardless of race, color, sex, age, gender identification, national origin, creed, disability, marital status, sexual orientation or political affiliation.

How to Apply

Please submit a résumé and 1-page cover letter, combined in one PDF titled “Last Name_CURATORIAL FELLOW,” via email to Please include Curatorial Fellow in the subject line. No phone calls please.  

Job Categories: Equal Opportunities. Job Types: Part-Time. Salaries: 20,000 - 40,000.

Job expires in 32 days.

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