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Harn Museum Curator II


Provides curatorial management of the Harn Museum of Art to include acquisition, maintenance, scheduling, installation, conservation, lecturing, and documentation of collections.

Examples of Work

Job functions are specific duties that would be included in the essential functions of the job description.  These functions are not all-inclusive nor do they cover the full extent of the duties performed

  • Develops exhibitions (original, permanent collection and traveling) to fill designated slots in the exhibition schedule.
  • Proposes exhibitions following established guidelines and procedures.
  • Manages implementation of exhibitions, including gallery design (such as layout, vinyl signage, text and photo panels, and technology needs), budget oversight, and fulfillment of any contractual obligations with external lenders.
  • Conducts original research, writes gallery interpretation and essays for brochures and catalogues.
  • Builds partnerships and collaborations on a local level (UF and Gainesville community), statewide, nationally and internationally.
  • Provides docent training and Harn staff tours for every exhibition curated.
  • In coordination with other curators, prepares collection development plan following established model and update as required.
  • Researches objects for acquisition and propose suitable objects following established procedures.
  • Researches objects for deaccessioning and propose suitable objects following established procedures.
  • In coordination with the Director and Director of Development, develops and maintains good relations with existing donors and patrons and seek to cultivate new donors and patrons.
  • Researches objects in the collection and in collaboration with Registration, ensures they are properly documented in the museum’s electronic and paper records.
  • Helps to develop and implement the museum’s written Collections Management Policy.
  • In coordination with the Registrar, ensures proper care and conservation of objects in the collection.
  • Identifies priorities and makes recommendations to the Director of the museum on all issues related to the permanent collection.
  • Provides educational programs, supervises students, and contributes scholarship in order to build partnerships and collaborations on a local level (UF and Gainesville community), statewide, nationally and internationally.
  • Provides guest lectures or gallery talks for relevant UF courses.
  • In coordination with the School of Art and Art History, University of Florida and/or Santa Fe College, teaches courses related to the collections or exhibitions of the museum.
  • Participates in Harn educational programs, including public lectures, gallery talks, teacher training seminars, symposia, etc.
  • Delivers art-related public lectures and gallery talks at other museums or at professional conferences to contribute to the field and raise the profile of the Harn.
  • Writes essays or articles for scholarly publications in Harn and non-Harn publications to contribute to the field and raise the profile of the Harn Museum of Art.
  • Assists Chief Curator in preparing and managing curatorial budgets and participates in the preparation of annual exhibition budgets.
  • Collaborates with other Harn departments to research and write grants in support of the work of the museum.
  • Serves on Harn committees and participates in other administrative projects as needed

Education and Experience

Master’s Degree in art history or related field, or Bachelor’s degree in art, art history, museum studies, or a related field and four years of museum curatorial experience or any equivalent combination of experience, training or education.

Licensure and Certification



This position does have supervisory responsibility.

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