Curator of Decorative Arts and Sculpture, Minneapolis Instiute of Art

The Curator of Decorative Arts and Sculpture will build the collection through significant acquisitions, and raise Mia’s profile through ambitious and intellectually rigorous exhibitions, gallery rotations, publications, and programs. This dynamic and experienced curator will cultivate relationships with donors, professional colleagues, partner organizations and the community at large in furtherance of Mia’s strategic goals.

In this role, you will…
  • be responsible for the overall care of the collection, the display and didactic program within the galleries, and the development of special exhibitions.
  • work closely with collectors and prospective donors.
  • develop programming for the museum’s Decorative Arts, Textiles and Sculptures Affinity Group.
  • be an engaged and proactive member of the Department of Decorative Arts, Textiles and Sculpture, who subscribes to the museum’s positive culture and is dedicated to enhancing the visitor’s experience.
Specific Requirements
  • Master’s degree (Ph.D. strongly preferred).
  • Minimum of five years of curatorial and curatorial management experience.
  • Strong record of research and scholarship, with proven experience organizing exhibitions and producing publications of high quality.
  • Demonstrated skill at strategically building a collection through gift and purchase.
  • Strong budget, exhibitions, programs and strategic planning experience and demonstrated skills in those areas.
  • Excellent planning, organizational and project management skills.
  • Team player with proven ability to work effectively and positively with staff, trustees, and all other internal and external contacts.
  • Ability to build positive and effective relationships with donors and the broader community.
Who You Are
You have a passion for art and are an enthusiastic advocate for all things Mia. You are creative and open minded with positive and effective communication skills. You strive for self-awareness and leave the drama in the artwork. You give praise freely and seek to learn and grow.
You’re good at and enjoy…
  • Recognizing the value in others’ unique perspectives.
  • Knowing your success is directly related to visitor satisfaction.
  • Setting challenging goals and achieving them.
  • Taking advantage of promising opportunities.
Mia Culture
The Minneapolis Institute of Art is an audience-focused workplace where everyone strives to provide excellent service and cultivate honest and positive relationships. Generosity, agility, emotional intelligence, positive energy, and driving results are the core values that define Mia’s culture. Successful employment at Mia includes full embrace and demonstrable indicators of these values by all team members.

To Apply
A complete application includes a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and three letters of recommendation. Please send the letter and curriculum vitae to Please also ask references to send letters of recommendation directly to

Posting Deadline
Deadline for submissions is Friday, February 26, 2016.
Diversity creates a healthier atmosphere: All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, protected veteran status, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law.