Mellon Assistant Curator for Diversity in the Arts

Williamstown, MA
Mar 03, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
Mellon Assistant Curator for Diversity in the Arts
Williams College Museum of Art

Williams College is pleased to announce an opening for a Mellon Assistant Curator for Diversity in the Arts, reporting to the Deputy Director of Curatorial Affairs. This is a full-time, three-year term position starting July 2017 designed to provide growth and development for outstanding scholars and emerging curators from groups under-represented in the museum field, offering curatorial and academic engagement experience and providing a professional bridge to long term museum careers.

Williams College Museum of Art makes dynamic art experiences to incite new thinking about art, museums, and the world. The museum is a vibrant center for the arts at Williams that embodies the potential for the liberal arts to catalyze our ability to think creatively and critically. It is a vital hub for deep student learning and participation; for taking risks and testing creative, future forms of scholarship and teaching; and for boldly affirming the relevance of the history of art and the arts broadly.

The museum is dedicated to providing a robust experience for an emerging curator. The Mellon Assistant Curator will serve as a critical member of an ambitious and collaborative curatorial and engagement team. The Assistant Curator will participate in a range of curatorial and academic engagement activities and contribute expertise toward diversifying the museum's collections, exhibitions, and programs to reflect the curriculum and the student body. This in-depth experience will ensure that the Assistant Curator is mentored by all museum staff, including the deputy director for curatorial affairs, curators, academic engagement staff, and the museum director.

Primary responsibilities:
  • Participate actively in all aspects of a dynamic curatorial and engagement Program
  • Support interdisciplinary curricular use of the museum's collections
  • Contribute to the ongoing assessment, refinement, and strengthening of collections
  • Undertake research and planning for exhibition(s) and develop associated publication(s)
  • Teaching and/or deep collaboration with academic departments as needed and commensurate with expertise and experience

  • Master's degree in art history, cultural/global studies, visual anthropology or related field. PhD preferred
  • Deep interest in and knowledge of visual art and museum practice
  • Broad intellectual and curatorial interests and commitment to students and the public
  • Prior teaching and museum experience desirable
  • Ability to work effectively on a peer level with professional museum colleagues and faculty
  • Excellent communication skills, including verbal, written and visual presentation skills
  • A commitment to working as part of a collegial, dynamic team and to forming partnerships in the particular environment of a small liberal arts college

Review of resumes will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. For optimal consideration, please submit resume and cover letter by March 24, 2017. Job Group 3-C.

Employment at Williams is contingent on the verification of background information submitted by the applicant, including the completion of a criminal record check, and education when applicable.

To apply for this position, please visit If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us via phone at (413) 597-4247 or email at

Beyond meeting fully its legal obligations for non-discrimination, Williams College is committed to building a diverse and inclusive community where members from all backgrounds can live, learn and thrive.


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