Job Title: Curator
Reports to: President
Compensation: $70,000 minnimum, commensurate with experience; excellent benefits
Location: No preference
The Souls Grown Deep Foundation is dedicated to documenting, preserving, and promoting the contributions of artists from the African American South, and the cultural traditions in which they are rooted. We advance our mission by advocating the contributions of these artists in the canon of American art history, accomplished through collection transfers, scholarship, exhibitions, education, public programs, and publications. The Foundation derives its name from a 1921 poem by Langston Hughes (1902-67) titled The Negro Speaks of Rivers, the last line of which is "My soul has grown deep like the rivers." A vital resource for this genre, the Foundation’s holdings are extensive, with over 1,000 works by more than 160 artists, two-thirds of whom are women. Among the artists represented are Thornton Dial, Lonnie Holley, Mary T. Smith, Joe Minter, Nellie Mae Rowe, Purvis Young, Emmer Sewell, Ronald Lockett, Joe Light, and the quiltmakers of Gee’s Bend. The Foundation’s collection is an essential resource for students, scholars, curators, and the public alike.
The Curator reports to the Foundation’s president, actively participating in shaping the organization’s vision and mission, while directing its artistic program. This position leads the efforts to care for, conserve, and plan transfers of the Foundation’s collections to leading art museums, and is responsible for the support and content of the exhibitions and related efforts. The Curator works in a collegial manner with other members of the Foundation’s small staff. While some travel to the Foundation's collection in Atlanta is required, no preference is given to the successful canditade's place of residence.
The Curator is the lead spokesperson for the art in the Foundation’s collection, and must be at ease in a highly visible and public position. The incumbent must cultivate relationships with trustees, donors, collectors, and the broader art world, building support for the Foundation’s artistic program. As a community ambassador for Souls Grown Deep, the Curator must develop civic, cultural, philanthropic, and governmental relationships, advancing the Foundation’s mission in tandem with the strategic success of its operations, fundraising, and revenue plans.
- At least 5 years of curatorial and art museum experience
- An M.A. in art history, supported by scholarship in the field including exhibitions, publications, and acquisitions
- Specialization in the field of African-American art
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Serves as primary contact with the curatorial staff of museums eligible for collection transfers
- Development and implementation of a comprehensive, long-range collection plan
- Management of interpretation, scholarship, and archive planning
- Monitors collections-related budget in collaboration with the President, Director of Collections, and the Treasurer of the Board of Trustees
- Fundraising for collection-related activities
- Works with the Director of Collections to develop and implement the Foundation’s varied activities
- Serves as content authority, ensuring the caliber of scholarship produced and supported by the Foundation
- Acts as an advocate of the artists represented by the Foundation, their artworks, and value of their contributions to the general public
- Develops support for the collection and for research, scholarship, conservation, and education
- Works with the President to enhance the collection through gifts and financial support
- Plans and coordinates the collection plan with the President and Director of Collections, setting funding strategies and building external support
- Works with the Collection Committee of the Board of Trustees to develop collections-related strategies, to educate members, and to enlist support for the collection plan
- Coordinates, educates, and manages outside support groups
- Coordinates the gathering of information, records, and other archival material associated with the collection of the Foundation
- Develops and implements a digital information strategy, including online experiences, for the Foundation and its visitors
- Develops and oversees the scholarly content of publications for the Foundation
- Develops and produce the Museum’s publications associated with the collection and the exhibitions
- Supports grant recipients in their pursuit of training and scholarship
Souls Grown Deep Foundation strongly encourages applications from female and minority candidates. Exceptional organizational, analytical, and managerial skills. Proficient computer skills.
Interested applicants should send c.v. and letter of interest to: firstname.lastname@example.org