The Art Institute of Chicago, founded in 1879, is a world-renowned art museum housing one of the largest permanent collections in the United States. An encyclopedic museum, the Art Institute collects, preserves, and interprets works in every medium from all cultures and historical periods, and has a collection of approximately 300,000 artworks and artifacts. In addition to displaying its permanent collection, the Art Institute mounts more than 30 special exhibitions per year and features lectures, gallery tours, and special performances on a daily basis.
The museum's outstanding collection of art from North, Central, and South America constitutes one of the foremost of its kind in the United States. Comprising works dating from the pre-Columbian era to the late twentieth century, from banner stones made by hunters and gatherers in the American Midwest to basketry from the far West, the collection includes more than fifty years of acquisitions. In addition to the nearly 2,000 objects that are comprised within the departmental collection of the Arts of the Americas, the museum also holds a significant collection of Navajo and Andean textiles.
The Assistant/Associate Curator of Pre-Columbian and Native American Art is responsible for the permanent collection, exhibitions, and acquisitions of Pre-Columbian and Native American art.