The Hyde Collection is a preeminent art museum located in upstate New York with an extraordinary art collection ranging from the Old Masters to contemporary artists. As states by Mrs. Hyde in her 1952 Trust Agreement, the mission is "to maintain a Museum for the exhibition of the permanent collection and to promote and cultivate the improvement of the fine arts, for the education and benefit of the residents of Glens Falls and vicinity and the general public." The Hyde is committed to developing and highlighting a collection of international importance, creating exhibitions of regional and national significance, while providing invigorating educational programs to its core local audiences and communities. In all its activities, The Hyde strives to be a leader locally and regionally, among a handful of art museums in New England and northern New York and accredited by the American Association of Museums.
The curator reports to the director and is a vital member of the Museum's senior staff. The primary responsibilities are the care and presentation of the permanent collection and the development and implementation of a robust exhibition program. As a department head, the curator's responsibilities include management of the curatorial staff and the creation of budgets and multi-year exhibition schedules.
Collections: The curator oversees the acquisition, care, preservation, exhibition, and loan of objects in the permanent collection in accordance with the Museum's Collections Management Policy and standards set forth by the American Alliance of Museums. The curator ensures the appropriate handling, security, storage, documentation, and inventory of every object. (S)he develops wall text, explanatory labels, and catalogue entries. The curator acts as courier as required. (S)he researches, lectures, and writes about works of art in the collection for scholarly meetings and publications. With the director, the curator seeks and recommends gifts or purchases to the permanent collection. (S)he prepares and presents research related to gifts, acquisitions, or de-accessions to the board of trustees and the director.
Exhibitions: With the director, the curator creates an exhibition program that furthers the Museum's mission. This includes selection and negotiation of loans as well as creation and implementation of exhibit design, installation, wall text, and labels. The curator may also research and write catalogues, brochures, and presentations. (S)he creates multi-year exhibition schedules with budgets and shares this information regularly with the senior staff.
Inter-disciplinary: Working closely and in partnership with the curator of education, the director of development, and the director of communications/visitor services, the curator coordinates gallery tours and participates in fundraising events and publicity in support of the exhibitions. The curator collaborates on programming and docent training including docent walk-throughs of exhibitions. (S)he assists in cultivation of collectors and donors. The curator writes content for grants in support of curatorial programs and participates in the Travel Program as needed.
Administrative: The curator provides immediate supervision to curatorial staff, interns, volunteers, contractors, and guest curator(s). (S)he creates and administers department budgets, holds regular planning meetings, and attends staff meetings. The curator represents The Hyde at social and civic events, serves on committees or panels, and attends meetings as demanded by the position.
M.A. or Ph.D. in art history or fine arts, with a proficiency in American and European art (historic, modern, and contemporary); proficiency in decorative arts and textiles a bonus. At least three years curatorial experience in an art museum with a notable record of exhibitions and publications. Basic knowledge of Gallery Systems' TMS software preferred. A demonstrated ability to write effectively, including reports, schedules, business correspondence, and scholarly articles. Proven skills in public speaking with the ability to respond to questions and build enduring relationship with trustees, dealers, vendors, staff, and the general public. Mastery of scholarship and knowledge of collections care and documentation issues. Experience managing staff and budgets. This is a hands-on position requiring the curation and installation of exhibitions with curatorial staff. Some evening and weekend work and overnight travel will be required.
The Hyde Collection is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).
The application deadline is August 22, 2014. Cover letter, resume, writing samples, and letters of recommendation should be submitted (email preferred) to:
Lynne Mason, Financial Officer
The Hyde Collection
161 Warren Street
Glens Falls, NY 12801