Consulting Curator of Asian Art (Contract Position)

Website The Toledo Museum of Art

Job Title:  Consulting Curator of Asian Art
Department:  Curatorial Affairs
Reports to:  Senior Director of Collections and Curatorial Affairs
Employment Status: Temporary Contract Position (part-time, approximately 15 hours monthly for 1 year with potential for renewal)
Compensation:  ~ $50,000 annually

Please submit application on the Toledo Museum of Art website

Since our founding in 1901, the Toledo Museum of Art has earned a global reputation for the quality of our collection, our innovative and extensive education programs, and our architecturally significant campus.

Thanks to the benevolence of our founders and the continued support of our members, TMA remains a privately endowed, non-profit institution and opens its collection to the public, free of charge.

The Toledo Museum of Art seeks a dynamic Consulting Curator of Asian Art to oversee the Museum’s important collection of Asian artworks. The Museum is strongly committed to a curatorial program that blends scholarship and connoisseurship with equity and inclusion in paradigm-shifting ways for the twenty-first century Museum. TMA believes that Asian art is a central component of an accurate and inclusive global art history.

The Consulting Curator of Asian Art will assess the Museum’s existing collection and identify gaps that align with the Museum’s overall collections development policy. The candidate will support the Museum’s ambitious program of exhibitions and assist in developing gallery displays and presentations. The role is best suited to a candidate with deep experience with museums, a strong network in the world of Asian art, and a generalist’s breadth of knowledge for Asian cultures that extend throughout the entire continent.

The candidate seeks to include a diverse array of narratives and perspectives; engages Asian art with topics of interest in the 21st century; actively seeks to engage the Museum with new national and international stakeholders; is energized by involvement with and cultivation of the community of Toledo; is eager to take on a public-facing role when in Toledo; is innovative and reliable; communicates well with others; and is deadline driven.

-Works to support the Museum’s ambitious program of Asian art exhibitions and innovative gallery displays and presentations.
-Conducts quality art historical research primarily focused on the permanent collection, exhibitions, and artist projects.
-Provides project management support for relevant curatorial projects.
-Engages donors and collectors with the Museum and its Asian Art collection.
-Liaises with other Museum departments as needed to communicate updates and key information about curatorial projects in an as needed and timely manner.
-Provides tours of the collection and speaks with visitors, donors and Museum support groups about curatorial initiatives and activities as needed.
-Performs other duties as assigned or required.

-Master’s degree in Asian art history, Asian Studies or related field.
-Preference is given for a Ph.D. or related experience.
-Experience working in a museum and a proven track record of realizing complex projects.

Reports to the Senior Director of Collections and Curatorial Affairs and works collaboratively across all departments.

The Consulting Curator of Asian Art need not relocate to Toledo but will be expected to be in Toledo no less than semi-annually and no more than quarterly for one week at a time. Additional meetings on a virtual platform will also be required.

The Consulting Curator of Asian Art frequently communicates with public membership and staff who have inquiries and must be able to exchange accurate information in these situations. Requires regular use of phone and computer. This person may attend events inside and outside of TMA, including evenings and weekends with occasional overnight travel.

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