Thank you for your interest in employment opportunities at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art.
By joining the Brooks you would be working with a well-established organization that is the largest fine arts museum in the state of Tennessee. The Brooks is a multifaceted institution consisting of art from antiquity to the present in a wide range of media. This is an exciting time to consider joining the museum, which is continually growing and changing. We welcome your application for currently posted positions, and also encourage you to re-visit this site for information about future opportunities.
About the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art:
Founded in 1916 and located at 1934 Poplar Ave. in historic Overton Park, Memphis Brooks Museum of Art is home to Tennessee’s oldest and largest major collection of world art. More than 10,000 works make up the Brooks Museum’s permanent collection, including works from ancient Greece, Rome and the Americas; Renaissance masterpieces from Italy; English portraiture; American painting and decorative arts; contemporary art; and a survey of African art. The Brooks Museum enriches the lives of our diverse community through the museum's expanding collection, varied exhibitions, and dynamic programs that reflect the art of world cultures from antiquity to the present.
The Memphis Brooks Museum of Art is an equal opportunity employer and seeks diversity in its workforce. Equal Opportunity Employer.
Job Title: Curator of European and Decorative Arts
Reports to: Chief Curator
Employment Status: Regular/Full-time
The Memphis Brooks Museum of Art is searching for a curator of European and Decorative Arts (open rank) to serve as a key member of the curatorial team. This is an especially exciting time to be a part of the Brooks as we begin the process of moving to a new building in downtown Memphis in 2023. The curator will be involved with the planning for the new galleries while also continuing to program the current building in historic Overton Park.
With over 10,000 works, the 102-year-old institution has the largest art collection and the only world art collection in a three-state region. The encyclopedic permanent collection spans 5000 years with an emphasis on paintings and sculpture representing the development of Western European and American art from the 14th century. These include an outstanding group of Renaissance and Baroque paintings from the Samuel H. Kress Foundation by masters such as Girolamo Romanino, Antonio Canaletto, and Jacopo Bassano; French Impressionist works by Camille Pissarro and Alfred Sisley; and a fine collection of English portraiture. A recent gift of Dutch, Flemish, and German paintings greatly enhanced the holdings of Old Master pictures. The majority of decorative arts objects in the Collection are American or English from 1680-1910. The curator will be responsible for oversight of both European art to 1900 and the decorative arts.
The Curator participates in all departmental operations including acquisitions, interpretation, installation of the permanent collection and traveling exhibitions, developing special exhibitions, training docents, public lecturing, publications on the collection, and other duties as assigned.
Works with the Director and Chief Curator to develop the exhibition schedule. Develops, organizes, and manages exhibitions, both traveling and in-house, including the design and installation, production of labels, gallery guides, and catalogs; trains docents, gives public talks and tours; assists with educational programming, marketing, and fundraising; and manages administrative matters such as contracts associated with such projects.
Identifies works for acquisition, raises funds for purchases, and presents the objects to the collections committee. Conducts research and publishes on the permanent collection, participates in the field through attendance at conferences and workshops, and ensures that the Museum meets professional standards.
Works with the Development Department to write grants and raise funds for exhibitions, programs, and publications; with the Marketing Department to promote exhibitions, programs, and acquisitions through press releases, the website and other promotional avenues; and with the Education Department to develop programming for exhibitions, and implements interpretive planning strategies for the permanent collection. Serves as the museum liaison to support groups and cultivates collectors and donors.
Masters in art history required, Ph.D. in art history or museum studies preferred, and three to five years curatorial experience. In addition to wide knowledge of European art, the candidate must have excellent research, writing, speaking, and public relation abilities. Must be able to work with a range of people including staff throughout the Museum, collectors, Board of Trustees, and docents.
Letters of interest and cv should be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org with European & Dec Arts in the subject line.
The Memphis Brooks Museum of Art is an Equal Opportunity Employer and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, religion, sex or national origin.
Job Title: Joyce Blackmon Curatorial Fellowship in African American and Art of the African Diaspora
Reports to: Chief Curator
Employment Status: Two-year fellowship, subject to renewal for an additional year
The inaugural Joyce Blackmon Curatorial Fellowship in African American and Art of the African Diaspora at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art is a two-year fellowship, subject to renewal for an additional year, for a total of three years. The successful Joyce Blackmon Fellow will be held by a candidate from a traditionally under-represented background in the art museum field, the addition of which will add to the diversity and excellence of our program. The Joyce Blackmon Fellowship is designed to help prepare successful candidates for a career as an art museum professional in these fields.
The Joyce Blackmon Fellow will have the opportunity to perform curatorial work in the area of acquisitions; collections stewardship; exhibition organization; publication; and, at the end of the first year, will help the Brooks launch an affinity group for collecting in this area.
In addition, the Joyce Blackmon Fellow will have mentoring and professional development opportunities through interaction and supervision from key Brooks staff and community stakeholders. The Joyce Blackmon Fellow will also work with the Education and Interpretation staff, and, as such, will perform public speaking in relation to the collection for docents and the public. Therefore, the Fellow will have undertaken formal education in art history, understand learning pedagogy, and be sensitive to the learning needs of the Memphis community.
In this environment, the candidate will gain hands-on experience, and further develop expertise and confidence in which to base a career in the art museum field.
This fellowship, beginning at any time, will include a competitive stipend, which includes benefits, plus travel reimbursement. The first report will be due at twelve months, and the second will be due at eighteen months, at which time it will be determined whether there will be a final third year awarded.
This fellowship is intended as an opportunity for individuals who have completed a degree (B.A., M.A., or Ph.D) in the history of art (or related field) who are pursuing or contemplating graduate study or professional placement in the field of African American Art or Art of the African Diaspora.
Letters of interest and cv should be sent to: email@example.com with Joyce Blackmon Fellow in the subject line.