Founded in 1813, Colby is one of America’s most selective colleges. Serving only undergraduates, Colby’s rigorous academic program is rooted in deep exploration of ideas and close interaction with world-class faculty scholars. Students pursue intellectual passions, choosing among 58 majors or developing their own. Independent and collaborative research, study abroad, and internships offer robust opportunities to prepare students for postgraduate success. Colby is home to a community of 2,000 dedicated and diverse students from around the globe. Its Maine location provides easy access to world-class research institutions and civic engagement experiences.
Under the leadership of its president, David A. Greene, Colby is building on this strong foundation while remaining committed to excellence, to supporting students and faculty at the highest levels, and to the College’s deep liberal arts traditions. This chapter includes plans for creating innovative academic initiatives and partnerships, strengthening the connections between the liberal arts and the professional world, revitalizing downtown Waterville, and pursuing significant capital projects for performing arts and athletics. Colby invites applicants to apply for the position of:
ANNE LUNDER LELAND FELLOWSHIP
IN CURATORIAL PRACTICE
Museum of Art
Full-Time, Temporary, Non-Exempt, Hourly, Support Staff Appointment
The Anne Lunder Leland Fellowship in Curatorial Practice at the Colby College Museum of Art will support a one-year appointment to the Museum, with the possibility of a renewable second year. The position works with all members of Museum staff, with a focus in the curatorial area.
Founded in 1959, the Colby College Museum of Art comprises five wings, more than 9,000 works of art, and more than 38,000 square feet of exhibition space, the largest in the state of Maine. The recently announced gift by Peter and Paula Lunder will add more than 1,100 artworks to the collection by artists from Albecht Dürer to Julie Mehretu. Works in the collection strengthen the Museum's mission to offer Colby students new perspectives on their classroom studies and expand their understanding of diverse subjects through art. The gift will also establish the Lunder Institute for American Art to advance critical and creative research in American art and related fields. The Lunder Institute will be integrated into the academic mission of the College and the Museum and will create unique opportunities for multi-disciplinary scholarship, creative work, and mentorship among visiting scholars, artists, faculty, and students.
A major mission of the Lunder Institute is to make connections between American and global art, inspiring a dialogue between places and cultures and making the Museum an internationally recognized destination for the collection, study, and exhibition of American art. The Colby Museum is also deeply committed to strengthening diversity and inclusion across all strategic and programmatic areas of the Museum to include a multiplicity of perspectives and backgrounds represented on our staff and Board of Governors, outreach to diverse audiences, inclusive and diverse exhibitions and programs, and a broad-based, expansive collection. The Museum also seeks to further strengthen its identity as a preeminent academic museum through national and international partnerships and through world-class exhibitions. In addition, the Museum serves as a key contributor to the revitalization of downtown Waterville through its membership in Waterville Creates! and its active participation in the programmatic initiatives of Colby College.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Provide curatorial support for Museum's exhibitions and permanent collection, as well as related programs
- Assist all aspects of exhibition planning, especially Museum graphics and exhibition labels, but also and not limited to loan requests, checklists, and interpretative materials
- Maintain the organization and management of the Museum's exhibitions, publications, and new acquisitions
- Work collaboratively with all areas of the Museum's curatorial, education, and collection departments
- Field inquiries regarding the collection
- In collaboration with the Education Department, manage the Museum's digital publication, The Lantern, including developing content, liaising with contributors, and managing the Worpress interface
- Act as the curatorial representative to the Student Advisory Board
- Participate on the Museum's social media team
- Conduct ongoing collections and exhibitions research as required with the possibility of contributing to Museum publications
- Update new information to the Museum object files in conjunction with the Museum's Registrars
- Perform additional duties as assigned; duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice
- Bachelor’s degree or the equivalent in education and experience
- Relevant coursework in art history and demonstrable administrative experience preferred
- Highly motivated, flexible, and comfortable with diverse audiences
- Outstanding interpersonal, communication, and organizational skills with a high level of motivation
- Excellent research skills and attention to detail
- Must be able to work independently, exercise judgment, and manage projects with minimal supervision as well as to adjust as new projects are assigned
- Ability to effectively collaborate with staff, students, and faculty
- Experience with the Adobe Creative Suite, especially InDesign
- Ability to work independently and as a member of a team, establish priorities, and work collaboratively as a member of a diverse community
This position reports to a member of the curatorial department and has significant interactions with key members of the Museum staff as well as faculty, staff, students, alumni, Museum guests, and outside vendors.
WORKING CONDITIONS/PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:
General open office and campus environment. Position involves sitting, although frequent movement is necessary. Computer usage involving repetitive hand/wrist motion is also necessary.
Interested candidates should apply electronically by clicking the "Apply Now" button on the Colby College website. Please submit a letter of interest including salary requirements, resume, and the contact information of three professional references. Materials should be addressed to: