Guest Curator

Company Name: 

Anchorage Museum


625 C Street
Anchorage, AK 99501

Contact Name: 

Ann Kjera




Job Description: 

The Anchorage Museum connects people, expands perspectives, and encourages global dialog about the North and its distinct environment. Exploring the intersection of art, history and science, the Anchorage Museum shares multiple perspectives and experiences that tell a greater story.

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The Anchorage Museum is recruiting for two experienced curators and/or community curators looking for an opportunity to develop content and programming that showcases the Anchorage Museum and inspires the Anchorage community. These Guest Curators will enhance Museum programming, scholarship and outreach through innovative projects that advance community engagement and curatorial practices. These 1-year term funded positions provided by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. In addition to your AMA application, please submit a one-page description of your proposed project, research, or community curation.

Essential Functions:

  • Develop ambitious ideas or concepts to be realized at the Anchorage Museum, locally, and out in the Alaskan community and/or Arctic
  • Develop content that enables the museum to become a focal point of community life in the North
  • Develop and deliver program/s exploring content, connecting people and sharing ideas
  • Work to guide and implement programs that engage, strengthen and inspire the community
  • Liaise with artists, researchers and other thought leaders—locally nationally, and internationally 
  • Explore different curatorial approaches
  • Further research and work that is timely and topical
  • Form partnerships and engage in networking in multiple communities
  • Work within Museum budgets
  • Successfully document projects
  • Include community collaboration
  • Write and speak about curatorial projects and practices
  • Represent the Museum in creative and co-creative work
  • Explore the leading edge of curatorial practice, community curation and public engagement
  • Develop creative documentation modes, creating products that represent work and research and recognizing the Museum’s contribution to the work and museum field
  • Lead the Museum forward in a way that prioritizes community participation and inclusive interactive programming.
  • Develop creative opportunities for diverse audiences to more actively engage in and with the Museum.
  • Contribute to the research, development and presentation of projects that interpret contemporary culture and respond to the global flow of information, emerging discourses, new artists, new geographies, new media, and changing contexts
  • Advance the activities of Polar Lab, Seed Lab and/or other Museum Initiatives.


  • Must have excellent interpersonal and communications skills
  • Ability to work professionally and collaboratively with colleagues from diverse backgrounds in a team-oriented environment
  • Innovative, team-oriented and highly motivated
  • Able to represent the Museum with professionalism and consistency, and to work and communicate in the best interest of the Museum
  • Ability to work with a variety of individuals and agencies. 
  • Must be able to work independently and organize time efficiently to meet deadlines
  • Strong leadership qualities and abilities
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks and projects with changing priorities as required
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to set and carry out short-term goals while keeping long-term goals in mind
  • Must possess the ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists
  • Must have the initiative to undertake and complete tasks and projects as they arise


  • Master’s degree in art, museum studies, art history, social sciences or closely related field, preferred
  • Two years’ experience and demonstrated track record in a curatorial or other closely-related position or an equivalent combination of education and experience, as a community curator, contemporary artist or community organizer working in arts and culture and/or the environment



If you are interested in this exceptional opportunity, please log on to our website to review the complete job description. Interested parties may complete an employment application and submit it along with a resume and cover letter via email, fax or mail. Please note we are unable to accept resumes in place of an employment application.

Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center
Attn: Human Resources
625 C Street, Anchorage, Alaska 99501
(907) 929-9200 tel

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