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Deputy Director for Collections and Exhibitions & Gund Family Chief Curator

Posted on 8/29/2017
Worker Category: EX3
Job Class: Senior Management

Description: The Barnes Foundation is seeking a Deputy Director for Collections and Exhibitions & Gund Family Chief Curator. The chief curator/deputy director works directly with the executive director and executive team to evolve and implement the institution’s strategic plans with specific responsibility for exhibitions, exhibition-related publications, conservation, and collection management, as well as select curatorial and educational technology initiatives. S/he manages all relevant staff and resources with overall responsibility for the curatorial, conservation, and registrar departments. Working in tandem with the executive director, s/he actively promotes the Barnes Foundation’s artistic and educational mission and activities to a broad public.

The Barnes Foundation was established by Albert C. Barnes in 1922 “to promote the advancement of education and the appreciation of the fine arts and horticulture.”

An internationally renowned institution, the Barnes possesses one of the finest collections of impressionist, post-impressionist, and early modern paintings in the world. With extensive holdings of work by Paul Cézanne, Giorgio de Chirico, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Henri Rousseau, and Chaim Soutine, the collection also features paintings and works on paper by such American masters as Charles Demuth, William Glackens, Horace Pippin, and Maurice Prendergast. Rounding out the collection are old master paintings; important examples of African sculpture; Native American ceramics, jewelry, and textiles; and decorative arts and antiquities from the Mediterranean region and Asia.

The Barnes serves an audience of some 300,000 annually through active interpretation of its permanent collection; two or three special exhibitions of modern, contemporary, and non-Western art and design; an extensive roster of educational programs for children and adults; a growing schedule of public lectures and time-based arts presentations; scholarly and popular publications; and an evolving menu of digital tools and resources available both on-site and online.


Promotes progressive curatorial and educational activity to support the strategic goals of the Foundation. Priorities for the chief curator/deputy director will be related to the mobilization of this strategic plan and include:

  • Managing curatorial, conservation, registrar, and exhibitions staff.
  • Developing long-range plans for and implementation of a mission-aligned changing exhibition program.
  • Organizing and producing exhibition-related publications.
  • Developing long-range plans for and management of conservation projects.
  • Partnering with the Deputy Director for Research, Interpretation, and Education on the production and execution of a multi-year collections research plan.
  • Overseeing financial resources assigned to the collections departments, and the developing and monitoring of the annual budget. 
  • Other duties as requested. 


  • Terminal degree in art history preferred
  • Expertise in a field that is a core strength of the Barnes collection
  • Commitment to the social history of art
  • Demonstrated track record of significant, academically rigorous, and compelling exhibitions and publications 
  • Acquaintance with and enthusiasm for all areas of visual art education
  • Minimum of five years' senior management experience; minimum of seven years' applied curatorial experience

Competitive Benefits Include: 

Group health and dental insurance; flexible spending accounts; short- and long-term disability and group life insurance; 403(b) with matching contributions; Employee Assistance Program; voluntary benefits; as well as paid vacation, personal time, sick time, and holidays.

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