Roy Lichtenstein Curatorial Fellowship Vacancy In Columbus Museum Of Art

Hiring Organization / Company: Columbus Museum Of Art
Basic Salary: To Be Discussed
Employement Type: Full-Time

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The Roy Lichtenstein Curatorial Fellowship at the Columbus Museum of Art

The Columbus Museum of Art is pleased to announce the re-opening of applications for the second Roy Lichtenstein Curatorial Fellowship. This two-year fellowship in the Museum’s curatorial department is funded by a generous grant from the Roy Lichtenstein Foundation. The position is intended for recent post-graduates in art history or a related field anticipating a career as a museum professional. The Fellowship offers a platform from which to develop experience as an assistant on current museum projects, as well as the potential to develop new projects and programs with both scholarly and public impact.

The Roy Lichtenstein Curatorial Fellowship grant recognizes Roy Lichtenstein’s connection to the Columbus community and the formative influence of his years living in the city. The artist matriculated into The Ohio State University’s College of Education, School of Fine and Applied Arts in 1940. He received his BFA in 1946 and his MFA in 1949. He also taught studio courses in the School of Fine and Applied Arts between 1946 and 1951.

Working in a small-team environment, the Roy Lichtenstein Curatorial Fellow is an integral member of the curatorial department. The Museum seeks a talented and thoughtful communicator with the ability to act in a support role while also nurturing high curatorial ambitions in the area of modern and contemporary art. In addition to acting as an assistant to the Head of Exhibitions and Pizzuti Family Curator of Contemporary Art, the Roy Lichtenstein Curatorial Fellow will be relied upon as a critical thought partner engaged in a range of questions facing the museum field. Issues of inclusion, diversity, equity, and access (IDEA) are important to the Columbus Museum of Art, and candidates who demonstrate a commitment to these principles will be preferred.

The Fellow will assist in the creation and implementation of exhibitions, public programs, and publications, while also leading elements of these projects. Among the range of opportunities, the Fellow will be involved with the re-installation of a large share of the permanent collection throughout 2021 and 2022. The Lichtenstein Curatorial Fellow will also participate in the Museum’s Center for Art and Social Engagement (CASE) initiative. Working across the curatorial and learning departments, this involves the thematic organization of works from the permanent collection to address social issues, using inclusive interpretation strategies to foster active engagement and the consideration of multiple viewpoints.

The ideal candidate will use this position to meaningfully advance the Museum’s mission, while connecting audiences and partners with collections, art works, and the ideas they embody.

About the Columbus Museum of Art:
The Columbus Museum of Art’s mission is to create great experiences with great art for everyone. Guided by a vision to connect people and art, CMA nurtures that relationship, and attempts to remove barriers between our community and its museum.

CMA's collection includes outstanding examples of late nineteenth and early twentieth-century American and European works of modern art, represented primarily by the collections of Ferdinand Howald, and Howard D. and Babette L. Sirak. These important collections are joined by significant holdings of the New York Photo League, as well as the Philip and Suzanne Schiller Collection of American Social Commentary Art. In October 2015, the Museum unveiled an extensive 50,000 square foot renovation. The centerpiece of this major overhaul of the museum is the Margaret M. Walter Wing, whose upper galleries are devoted to the Museum's growing collection of contemporary art. CMA maintains an active Learning department, and has been a leader in forms of participatory interpretation and learning. The Museum champions creative, critical thinking, and provides space and opportunity for people to discover and cultivate its value in their own lives.

Application Materials:
  • Cover letter outlining your interest in the position, specifying your areas of research, relevant experiences, commitment to IDEA principles, and goals for the Fellowship.
  • Full curriculum vitae of education, professional experience, honors, awards, and publications
  • Contact details for two professional references.

Position Description

Position Title: Roy Lichtenstein Curatorial Fellow
Department: Curatorial
Reports to: Head of Exhibitions and Pizzuti Family Curator of Contemporary Art
Supervises: Interns and Volunteers, as needed
FSLA Status: Full-time, Exempt
Work Schedule: Monday – Friday, 9:00 AM – 5:30 PM
Salary: $37,000 annually, with benefits.
Proposed Start Date: Early 2021

Position Summary:

The Lichtenstein Curatorial Fellow will provide curatorial, administrative, and research assistance to the museum’s curatorial staff in support of the Curatorial Department’s ongoing programs. Working in a small team environment, the Fellow will work closely with the Head of Exhibitions on public programs, permanent collection matters, exhibitions, and publications.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Assist in the research, development, and implementation of exhibitions organized by the Museum and its curators, particularly in the areas of modern and contemporary art. This may include drafting exhibition-related texts, as well as coordination of checklists, loan paperwork, written correspondence, photography and other forms of documentation.
  • Lead the development and coordination of selected public programs. Alongside internal museum colleagues, this may involve coordination with local colleagues and other outside partners.
  • Assist in the development and coordination of exhibition-related publications, including communication with authors, editors, designers, and publishing houses.
  • Assist in maintaining documentary files and answer research inquiries about collections and exhibitions.
  • Attend Committee on Collections meetings, take minutes, and provides administrative and logistical support for meetings.
  • Oversee and manage interns within the curatorial department.
  • Provide guest curators with in-house curatorial support.
  • Assist curators in the management of the permanent collection including installations, loans, labels, and text panels.
  • Provide curatorial support for the Museum’s docent and educational programs as needed.
  • Serve as liaison to donors and collectors as needed.
  • Communicate across departments to ensure that Marketing, Development, and Learning departments have access to necessary information as needed on exhibitions, programming, and collections.
  • Assist curatorial staff with administrative duties as requested.


  • Master’s degree in art history or related discipline required, PhD preferred.
  • Relevant previous museum or gallery experience preferred.
  • Strong organizational skills, including ability to prioritize and maintain attention to detail
  • Proficiency with standard office applications and aptitude to learn CMA’s collection management software.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

Performance Standards:

The Roy Lichtenstein Curatorial Fellow is expected to be:
  • professional in the performance of their duties
  • efficient and accurate in their work,
  • a team player who works well with a variety of staff and volunteers,
  • a skilled communicator comfortable engaging with a range of audiences, and
  • willing to take on additional responsibilities as needed.
Physical Demands: The Museum is happy to offer reasonable accommodations for those with disabilities, but candidates will be expected to see, talk, hear, and manipulate computer software.

The statements contained herein describe the scope of the responsibilities and essential functions of this position, but should not be considered to be an all-inclusive listing of work duties and requirements. Individuals may perform other duties as assigned including work in other areas to cover absences or relief to equalize peak work periods or otherwise balance the workload.

The Columbus Museum of Art maintains a policy of nondiscrimination in all employment practices and decisions, ensuring equal employment opportunities for all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, including gender identity and expression, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, reproductive health decisions, marital status, arrest and court record, citizenship, credit history, military service, victim of domestic or sexual abuse status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law. This applies to both Columbus Museum of Art employees and applicants for employment with the Museum. Any form of harassment of any employee because of any protected status is also prohibited.

Job Location Information:
City: Columbus
State: Oh
Country: Us
Location: Columbus, Oh 43215

Date Posted: 2021-06-10
Job Listing No# : 51737

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