Curator of European Glass
Location: Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, New York
The Corning Museum of Glass is seeking an accomplished European decorative arts specialist with significant curatorial and collections experience and a deep interest in working with one of the world’s great collections of glass objects. She/he is a member of the Museum’s senior staff that includes the Curators of American Glass, Modern & Contemporary Glass, Ancient & Islamic Glass and Science & Technology. The Curator of European Glass’s primary responsibilities are to provide leadership and vision for the Department’s continued curatorial excellence, oversee acquisitions in her/his area, represent the Museum at national and international professional meetings and take an active role in grant development.
The Corning collection represents every country and historical period in which glassmaking was practiced. The European Collection on exhibit is divided into four special areas: Early Northern European Glass; The Rise of Venetian Glassmaking; Glass in 17th to 19th Century Europe; and 19th Century European Glass. A comprehensive collection of paperweights adds a unique dimension to the European collection. The collection continues to expand through gifts and acquisitions. The acquisition budget provides ample funds annually for significant additions to the collections and an array of important publications for the Library.
The successful candidate will have at least 5 years of senior curatorial and collections experience at an art museum with a significant collection and strong curatorial program in European decorative arts. Master’s degree in art history or a related field is required; a PhD is strongly preferred. A publications record is required. Knowledge of an additional art historical field, specifically Asian, would be ideal. In addition s/he will have:
- In-depth knowledge of European decorative arts
- Outstanding verbal and written communication skills; ability to speak to groups of all sizes
- Ability to represent the Museum in a professional manner
- Excellent research skills
- Demonstrated ability to work as part of a team
- Excellent interpersonal skills
- Ability to cultivate important collectors and tactfully solicit gifts for the collection
- Reading knowledge of at least two European languages
- Ability to plan strategically and long-range for the exhibition schedule
- A commitment to the interrelatedness of art and education
- The personality to enjoy social and community interaction
- High energy, strong motivation and a hands-on work ethic
Address all inquiries and recommendations in confidence to the retained search consultants (e-mails are preferred).
Please do not send printed catalogues or material.
For more information see: http://www.cmog.org/employment-opportunity/curator-european-glass