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Harn Museum Curator III


Working with the Director and managing the curatorial team, the Curator III provides leadership in all aspects of programming and operations of Curatorial Department.  Provides curatorial management of the Harn Museum of Art to include acquisition, maintenance, scheduling, installation, conservation, lecturing, and documentation of collections.

Examples of Work

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.
  • In coordination with other curators, prepares collection development plan following established model and update as required.
  • Researches objects for acquisition and proposes suitable objects following established procedures; researches deaccessioning and proposes 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 seeks 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.
  • Prepares curatorial department budget.
  • Organizes curatorial department contributions to the Committee on the Collections, Harn National Council, and other committees or groups as needed.
  • Conducts annual reviews of all curators, curatorial program coordinator, and landscape and gardens assistant.
  • Acts as liaison between the curatorial department and other departments.
  • As needed by the Director, represents the Harn at public events or in University activities.
  • Collaborates with other Harn departments to research and write grants in support of the work of the museum.

Education and Experience

Master’s degree in art history or anthropology with a specialization in related field.

Licensure and Certification



This position does have supervisory responsibility.

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