Curator - Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art

Company Name: 

Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art


4020 Old Main Hill
Logan, UT 84322

Job Description: 

Title: Curator - Art Museum

Requisition: E1800724

Open Date: 08/15/2018

Review Date: 09/14/2018

Job Category: Exempt

Department: Art Museum

College/Unit: Provost

Location: Logan Campus

Posting Duration: Open Until Filled

Position Summary:

Utah State University’s Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art (NEHMA) seeks a visionary Curator of Collections and Exhibitions specializing in Modern and Contemporary art with an emphasis on art and artists of the western United States. This position requires a commitment to the study, interpretation, scholarship, and publication of NEHMA’s collection along with object-based learning in an academic environment that is collaborative and integrates with disciplines across campus. The Curator will work under NEHMA’s Executive Director and Chief to curate ambitious exhibition projects, undertake significant research, develop a vision for collection planning, evaluate potential acquisitions, be a leader in the museum field and advance Utah State’s national reputation as a research institution committed to the study of art across all disciplines.


  1. Conduct research on the Museum’s collection.
  2. Conceptualize and plan collection and non-collection based exhibitions and related programs.
  3. Develop curatorial projects that expand upon areas of focus represented in the collection.
  4. Work with the Executive Director/Chief Curator to develop a vision for the curatorial direction of the Museum, assist with exhibition-related grant-writing, and play a lead role in new acquisitions for the Museum’s collection.
  5. Collaborate across the university campus to develop innovative curatorial concepts that engage students and faculty as an integral part of their education.
  6. Participate in dialogues and be involved in museum, academic art museum, and curatorial organizations.
  7. Employ curatorial practices to garner interest from the broader community and throughout the western region.
  8. Work with the education staff on educational initiatives for various Museum audiences, which may include developing and leading public curatorial and gallery talks, meeting with classes, or developing didactics and other written materials for various audiences.
  9. Foster and maintain good working relationships with patrons, academic community, collectors, University administration, museum colleagues and artists.
  10. Engage donors of the Museum on collection acquisitions and gifts as well as assist with special events for Donors that provide insight and support to exhibitions and collections.
  11. Participate in completing a comprehensive inventory of the collection.
  12. Conduct trainings, presentations, and tours to enrich knowledge and exhibition experience with University and community constituents.
  13. Teaching and team-teaching opportunities may be offered.

Dept/College Highlights:

The Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art was founded in 1982 with the ceramics collection of philanthropist and namesake Nora Eccles Harrison. The Museum has since expanded to include over 5,000 Modern and Contemporary works with an emphasis on art from the Western United States. The Museum’s collection continues to grow with regular acquisitions. The Museum has recently completed a 7,500 sq. foot addition along with renovations to its existing 26,000 sq. foot facility. Galleries span across two floors with approximately 8,700 sq. feet of exhibition space as well as an object research center with visible storage and library. The three-level museum expansion includes a new café and museum store, a new gallery and additional collection storage.

Utah State University is a Carnegie Doctoral/Research University/Extensive school of more than 28,000 students, nestled in a mountain valley 90 miles north of Salt Lake City. Opportunities for a wide range of outdoor activities are plentiful. Housing costs are at or below national averages, and Cache Valley provides a supportive environment for families and balanced personal/ professional life. Ski resorts, lakes, rivers, and mountains in the area make it one of the finest outdoor recreation environments in the nation.

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Minimum Qualifications:

  1. Bachelor’s in Art History, Curatorial Studies, or relevant discipline.
  2. Position requires an extensive track record of innovative curatorial projects focused on art from the 20th and 21st centuries and scholarly research with publications or essays.
  3. Experience with acquisitions and deaccessions including working with donors, collectors, art dealers and scholars.
  4. Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills.
  5. Excellent writing skills and public-speaking ability.

Preferred Qualifications:

  1. Master’s Degree or PhD in Art History, Curatorial Studies, or relevant discipline.
  2. Experience working in an academic environment.

Opportunity Type:

Full-Time w/benefits package

Percent of Time or Hours per Week:


Advertised Salary:

Commensurate with experience plus excellent benefits

Required Documents (The names and contact information of 3 references will be collected during the application process):

Cover Letter, Resume/CV, Writing Samples

Other Required document types/Special Instructions to Applicants:

Please include three professional references (captured on the application).

Often Functional Requirements (25-75% time):

Both hands required or compensated by the use of acceptable prostheses

Continuous Environmental Factors (75%+ time):


ADA Cognitive Requirements:

Apply principles of rational systems to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagrammatic, or schedule form.

ADA Math Requirements:

Make arithmetic calculations involving fractions, decimals and percentages.

ADA Communication Requirements - Speech:

Expression of a level to communicate fluently with clients/customers and others to obtain and provide complex information. Vocalize and explain detailed and problem-solve, both in-person and by telephone. Capable of interpretation of technical materials, oral presentation of reports and able to adapt vocabulary, tone and content for listener.

ADA Comm Requirements - Comprehension:

Comprehension and expression of a level to routinely draft narrative information such as case histories, compose routine correspondence on own initiative, make interview notes. May involved a large volume of such composition.

ADA Travel Requirements:

Minimal travel required – ability to travel infrequently (i.e., annually) for activities such as developmental sessions at a centralized training center.