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Curator III

The University of Arizona
Job Location:
Tucson, Arizona
Arts and Museum Administration

Posting Number: req11772

Department: Ctr for Creative Photography

Location: Main Campus

Address: Tucson, AZ USA

Position Highlights

The Assistant Curator will be part of a multi-member curatorial team at the Center for Creative Photography (Center). Exhibition creation will include, but is not limited to, two 2,500-square-foot exhibitions in the Doris and John Norton Gallery for the Center for Creative Photography at Phoenix Art Museum (Museum) per year. There will be opportunities for collaboration with University of Arizona colleagues, at the School of Art and beyond, as well as interactions with the Tucson- and Phoenix-area communities, and the larger photographic field. Membership in the Center's curatorial team will offer opportunities to participate in the acquisitions process, in the traveling exhibitions program, in public programs both in Phoenix and in Tucson, in curatorial-related travel, and in supporting the growth of the Center. John Norton (1929-2016) and his wife Doris endowed the gallery space at Phoenix Art Museum and the curatorial position at the Center in 2006 when Phoenix Art Museum underwent a major expansion, including the Katz Modern and Contemporary wing, in which the Norton Gallery is situated. Mr. Norton was an amateur photographer, a long-time donor to Phoenix Art Museum, and a proud University of Arizona alumnus whose investment in the collaborative relationship between the Center and Phoenix Art Museum has provided for over 35 photographic exhibitions in the partnership's 16 years.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Duties & Responsibilities

  • Oversees the development of exhibitions and programs, in collaboration with the chief curators of the Center for Creative Photography (Center) and the Phoenix Art Museum (Museum).
  • Oversees exhibition installation and docent training for related programing at the Museum.
  • Participates in agreed-upon educational and public programs at the Museum and will be available for appropriate press inquiries and events.
  • In partnership with the Center and Museum Development staff, assists with fundraising and public relations.
  • Collaborates with the Center and Museum staff in maintaining and building advantageous relationships with the community of artists, critics, dealers, university and museum colleagues, professional organizations, collectors, trustees, and friends of both institutions.
  • Assists the Center in other curatorial responsibilities, as assigned, including Committee work, research acquisitions & supporting Center projects.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelors in Art History or other relevant field.
  • Five years curatorial or related experience.

Preferred Qualifications

  • MA in Art History
  • Experience managing program budgets
  • Experience coordinating programs
  • Experience working with artists, donors, and collectors
  • Experience with scholarly publication, presentations and teaching related to the history of photography

FLSA: Exempt

Full Time/Part Time: Full Time

Number of Hours Worked per Week: 40

Job FTE: 1.00

Work Calendar: Fiscal

Job Category: Cultural Institutions

Benefits Eligible: Yes - Full Benefits

Rate of Pay: DOE

Compensation Type: salary at 1.0 full-time equivalency (FTE)



Career Stream and Level


Job Family


Job Function

Cultural Institutions

Type of criminal background check required: Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)

Number of Vacancies: 1

Contact Information for Candidates

Rebecca Senf

Open Until Filled: Yes

Documents Needed to Apply: Resume and Cover Letter

Diversity Statement

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. As an Hispanic-serving institution, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we provide equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

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