Curatorial Program Assistant 

Position Overview
The Museum of Wisconsin Art (MOWA) seeks a part-time Curatorial Program Assistant to support exhibition-related programming and the administration and implementation of exhibitions. The successful candidate for this newly created position will work closely with MOWA’s curatorial team to develop and manage programs, artist talks, lectures, and adult studio classes in conjunction with the museum’s changing exhibition program. Reporting to the Associate Curator of Contemporary Art, the curatorial program assistant will participate in cross-departmental program meetings and will work across departments to support the museum’s mission. Download the full position description (.pdf).

Key Responsibilities
  • Work closely with the curatorial department to develop a varied and engaging program of exhibition-related activities, lectures, artist talks, and adult studio classes.
  • Coordinate and schedule activities and speaking arrangements.
  • Perform general administrative tasks in the curatorial department as time permits.
  • Provide exhibition-related content for print materials generated by the marketing, education, and development departments.
  • Help coordinate the artist-in-residence program.
  • Assist with grant writing and fundraising events as needed.
  • Work collaboratively with all members of the museum staff to the achieve goals and mission of the museum.
  • Foster and maintain good working relationships with contemporary artists as well as board members, patrons, collectors, art dealers, and university faculty.
  • Process honoraria and assist with budgeting and planning as required.

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience
  • Preference will be given to candidates with a strong background in Art History, Museum Studies, or a related field
  • Prior administrative experience desirable
  • Excellent writing skills and project management experience a plus
  • Proficiency with MS Office products, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and other software applications
Skills and Abilities
  • Exhibit effective communication, organization, and time-management skills
  • Strong record of experience in organizing significant projects
  • Resourceful, flexible, and a demonstrated ability to work both independently and in a highly collaborative environment
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and a positive attitude that supports department and museum goals
  • Ability to interact professionally with the public and patrons
Physical Requirements
  • Maintain a stationary or sitting position for extended periods of time
  • Able to lift up to 30 pounds

Schedule/Hours
Part-time, 10 hours during normal business hours and will require some Saturday afternoon hours for special programs and events.

All applicants are required to apply online and submit a cover letter and resume. The names of three professional references will be requested at a later date.



Disclaimer: The preceding job description has been designed to describe a general summary along with essential responsibilities of work performed. It does not contain a comprehensive inventory of responsibilities, duties, and skills or qualifications required of an employee to do this job. This job description does not establish an agreement or contract for employment and position functions are subject to change at the discretion of the employer. The Museum of Wisconsin Art is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.

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