The Spencer Museum of Art seeks an innovative, team-oriented, and highly motivated Curator of Global Indigenous Art. The Spencer Museum of Art (SMA) forms a vital part of academic life at the University of Kansas (KU). The Museum supports research and promotes education across the arts, humanities, social and natural sciences through the growth and preservation of its collections, the development of a community of scholars, publications and creative presentations as well as the display and interpretation of its extraordinary resources to the public.
The Curator of Global Indigenous Art will develop exhibitions, publications, and public programs on the arts and cultures of the Americas, Africa and Oceania from the ancient to the contemporary periods. Reporting to the Associate Director/Senior Curator, the Curator of Global Indigenous Art is responsible for:
•documentation, research, preservation, publication and growth of the historic and contemporary Indigenous art collection;
•organization of all aspects of permanent collection and loan exhibitions related to the collection area and thematic areas of interest;
•collaboration with education and academic programs staff as well as University colleagues across disciplines and Indigenous communities, including the Indigenous communities of Kansas, to develop and implement a wide range of interpretive programs and materials based on the collection and exhibitions;
•engagement with scholars, including KU faculty and students, and Indigenous communities to provide expertise on Museum objects for teaching and research;
•writing and speaking about global Indigenous art.
The curator will also be actively involved in the cultivation of donors, grant writing and other development activities. The ideal candidate will bring an innovative approach to exhibitions that will broaden an understanding and appreciation of the diverse peoples, arts, cultures, and religions of the world, past and present. The Curator of Global Indigenous Art is also part of the team for NAGPRA claims research and resolution.