Seeking: Assistant or Associate Curator of Japanese Art

Title: Assistant or Associate Curator of Japanese Art (commensurate with experience)
Department: Japanese & Korean Art
Hours: Full time, 37.5 hours/week

 The Minneapolis Institute of Arts seeks a dynamic and experienced museum professional to serve as Assistant or Associate Curator of Japanese Art. The incumbent will develop, research, exhibit, and publish the MIA's collections of Japanese and Korean art. Job responsibilities include: interpret the museum's collections of Japanese and Korean art through permanent collection gallery displays and didactic materials; conduct supportive research on and publication of the collection; speak publicly about the museum's collection and provide training for museum guides; oversee the care and preservation of the collection by ensuring proper and responsible handling and installation of objects; locate, research and propose acquisition of Japanese and Korean works of art that significantly augment the museum's existing collections; develop and coordinate lectures and activities pertaining to Japanese and Korean art for the museum's Affiliate Groups; cultivate relationships with donors, professional colleagues, partner organizations and the community in furtherance of the MIA's strategic goals.

Requirements: Master's degree in the field of Japanese art studies, with some knowledge of Korean art (Ph.D. preferred); proficiency in Japanese; minimum of one year (Assistant level) or three years (Associate level) employment in a collection-based curatorial department with direct experience in the area of Japanese and Korean art including proven record of organizing exhibitions and producing publications of high quality(or reasonable experience); demonstrated skill at strategically building a collection through gift and purchase desirable; ability to work independently and coordinate complex projects to completion; ability to write interpretive material; significant art historical research skills and experience; excellent written and verbal communication and organizational skills; team skills and ability to work effectively and positively with staff, trustees, and all other internal and external contacts.

To apply, send a cover letter and resume.


If you are interested in applying for a position, submit a cover letter and your resume, by mail, e-mail, or by fax. If you prefer, employment applications are available in the lobby of the museum or can be downloaded below.

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Please note that the MIA only accepts applications for current job vacancies. If you are interested in a type of position that is not listed today, our advice is to check this listing periodically and to apply for specific positions as they become available. The information provided here is updated on an ongoing basis. If you have questions that have not been addressed here, you may contact the Human Resources department at (612) 870-3014, or e-mail the Human Resources department at the address below. The MIA's TTY is available at (612) 870-3132.


Mail: Attn: Human Resources
The Minneapolis Institute of Arts
2400 Third Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55404
Fax: (612) 870-3263