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Two-year temporary position

Sheldon Museum of Art seeks an assistant curator of interpretation for a two-year temporary position to support the museum’s Senior Artistic Vision Team (SAVT) in the area of exhibition interpretation. Sheldon’s SAVT is responsible for ensuring the artistic and conceptual integrity of Sheldon’s efforts in developing and implementing exceptional programming that serves and engages its multiple audiences, including University of Nebraska-Lincoln faculty and students, community partners, Sheldon members, and the general public. Reporting to the director and chief curator, responsibilities of this position include writing materials for exhibitions, educational programs, publications, grant proposals, press releases, social media, etc.; conducting original research on Sheldon’s collection and potential acquisitions; presenting lectures and gallery talks; and developing content to support broad academic engagement across the university.

The ideal candidate will be a skilled writer and communicator with the ability to interpret exhibition content for multiple audiences, will have a commitment to producing original object-centered exhibitions, a growing intellectual track record related to her/his field of study and/or professional endeavors, broad interests and expertise supported by Sheldon’s permanent collection, and familiarity with and understanding of contemporary museum practices and audience engagement strategies. S/he should have the intellectual agility to contextualize the strengths of Sheldon’s collection within the landscape of art being made today and for the broad academic pursuits of a Big 10 research university.

Required Qualifications: Master’s degree in a humanistic discipline such as art history, cultural studies, English, history, curatorial/museum studies or field related to Sheldon’s collection plus two years of professional experience in an art museum or similar institution as a curator, researcher, and/or writer, or in a position/positions directly supporting those roles. Excellent written and verbal communication skills for multiple audiences is essential, including public speaking. Ability to work collaboratively as part of a team, to communicate openly, and with diverse constituencies is required. Must have ability to concurrently manage and execute multiple tasks to meet firm deadlines. Ability to exercise discretion and independent judgment in performing duties with general supervision or direction will be required.

Preferred Qualifications: Demonstrated experience as an editor.

Excellent benefits including staff/dependent scholarship program. Applicant review begins August 28, 2018. View requisition S_180591 at for details and to apply.