Guest Curator - Anchorage Museum

Company Name: 

Anchorage Museum Association


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 an experienced, detail oriented team player to fill the position of Guest Curator. This is a 1 – 3 year grant-funded term position responsible for enhancing Museum programming through innovative projects that advance community engagement and curatorial practice.


Position Duties:

  • Develop ambitious ideas or concepts to expand perspectives of the North and its distinct environment and communities, with particular emphasis on resilience, the Arctic and equity.
  • Explore innovative approaches to community curation and programming.
  • Propose a strong focus for the curatorship, to emphasize both individual research and community-based projects that allows for a compelling narrative.
  • Connect the Museum to new partnerships, ideas and communities.
  • Form partnerships and engage in networking with multiple communities.
  • Develop cross-sector, cross-platform and multi-disciplinary conversations and practices.
  • Work within budgets.
  • Successfully market and document the work during the curatorial period.
  • Write and speak about the project and practices.
  • Explore the leading edge of curatorial practice, community curation and public engagement.
  • Work to guide and implement programs that engage, strengthen and inspire the community.
  • Develop and deliver program/s exploring content, connecting people and sharing ideas.
  • Develop content that enables the Museum to become a focal point of community life in the North.
  • Lead the Museum forward in a way that prioritizes community participation and inclusive interactive programming.
  • Develop research and practice that maximizes the distinct resources of the Anchorage Museum.
  • 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 and other Museum initiatives
  • Work with staff to ensure that the programming is timely and topical.
  • Coordinate project teams, artists, volunteers, interns, content experts and others as needed.
  • Raise awareness, engage new audiences and encourage the scholarly use of the Museum’s holdings in archives and in the collection.



  • Must have excellent interpersonal and communications skills
  • Must be able to work professionally and collaboratively with colleagues from diverse backgrounds in a team-oriented environment
  • Must be innovative, team-oriented and highly motivated
  • Must be able to work independently and organize time efficiently to meet deadlines
  • Must possess strong leadership qualities and abilities
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks and projects with changing priorities as required
  • Strong organizational skills and able 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
  • Other duties as assigned




  • Bachelor’s degree in Art, Museum Studies, Art History, Environmental Science, Social Sciences or other museum or humanities-related field. Master’s degree preferred.
  • Five years’ experience or demonstrated track record in a curatorial or programmatic 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.



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
(907) 929-9216 fax

The AMA will not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, sex or marital status or who is a 'qualified individual with a disability,' as that phrase is defined in the Americans with Disabilities Act. AMA will take affirmative action to ensure that applicants are employed and that employees are treated during employment without regard to their race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, marital status or physical or mental disability.