April 5, 2014

Director of Education and Public Programs: call for applications

Neuberger Museum of Art at Purchase College, SUNY
Dana Schutz, Civil Planning, 2004. Oil on canvas, 114 x 168 inches. Installation view, Dana Schutz: If the Face Had Wheels, Roy R. Neuberger Prize, Neuberger Museum of Art of Purchase College, 2011. Collection of David Teiger, courtesy the artist and Petzel Gallery, New York. Photo © Olivia Kalin.

The Neuberger Museum of Art of Purchase College, SUNY, seeks a Director of Education and Public Programs. The Director of Education and Public Programs develops and leads the museum interpretative program to provide a stimulating learning environment for museum constituencies, to meet the needs of the museum’s diverse audiences, and to further the mission of the college and museum.

Purchase College combines professional conservatory programs in the performing and visual arts with rigorous studies in the liberal arts and sciences. The Neuberger Museum is the tenth-largest college museum in the country and the premier museum of modern, contemporary art, art of the Americas and African art in Westchester and Fairfield counties. Through experimental or art-historical perspectives, the Neuberger features eight changing exhibitions annually, ranging from single-artist presentations to thematic surveys, newly commissioned artist projects, and a rotating collection of 6,000 objects. Along with a Performing Arts Center, a School of the Arts, and a School of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the museum contributes to the college mission to provide an exceptional educational experience.

The Neuberger Museum is transforming the way in which it works with the public, connects with the community, and addresses cultural needs. Building on its respected collection, exhibitions, and research, the Neuberger Museum seeks to foster a lifelong interest in the visual arts by providing opportunities to experience and learn new ways that connect visitors to artists’ innovating expressions and ideas, and social and cultural history. The Director of Education and Public Programs will work across platforms, departments, and schools.

The ideal candidate has a curatorial background, intellectual curiosity, and active engagement with contemporary culture; is dedicated to learning through the role of exhibitions and expand the language and convention of public programming.

Qualifications: MA in curatorial studies, museum education, art history, studio art, and related fields, required; three to five years of experience and proven success in creating and implementing public and educational programs in a not-for-profit or art museum setting, including exhibitions.

Submit a letter of interest, writing samples, past program samples, and three references at Purchase College is an AA/EEO employer.


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