Visual Arts Curator
Department of Art and Architecture


Hobart and William Smith Colleges seek a dynamic and well-qualified individual for the position of Visual Arts Curator. The Visual Arts Curator is responsible for Hobart and William Smith Colleges' Art Collection, acting as liaison to other departments, offices and professional associations and as the Director of the Davis Gallery at Houghton House.

The Visual Arts Curator formulates and approves goals, policies and procedures for the art collection in conjunction with the Department of Art and Architecture, including annual reports and collection development policies. The Curator's goal is to enrich the Hobart and William Smith Colleges' community through the documentation, preservation and dissemination of the art collection.

The Curator supervises all curatorial aspects of the art collection including research and documentation, acquisition and retention, and exhibition and publication. Potential acquisitions and the current collection will be carefully studied, analyzed and evaluated in order to refine and improve the quality of the collections. The Curator is responsible for the preservation and protection of the art collection, including the conservation and framing of works in the art collection and the handling, storage, display, packing and transport of these works. The Curator is also responsible for the regular supervision of three Art Collection Internships related to acquisition, cataloging, and exhibition.

As Director of the Davis Gallery, the Curator will work with the Gallery Committee of the Department of Art and Architecture to formulate and approve goals, policies and procedures including annual reports and exhibition policies. Named in recognition of the generosity of Clarence A. (Dave) Davis, Jr. '48, the Davis Gallery is an academic resource of Hobart and William Smith Colleges, and is the exhibition space of the Department of Art and Architecture. The Gallery has six shows each year beginning with a faculty exhibition and ending the year with a student exhibition. The mission of the Gallery is to exhibit, and make accessible works of art in support of the educational goals of the Colleges and for the benefit of the community at large.

The Collections of Hobart and William Smith Colleges contain many original works of art in media such as drawing, painting, prints, sculpture, photography, and decorative objects. Images of the works in the Collections are available on Artstor for members of the Colleges' community. The Collections are particularly strong in works on paper from the nineteenth through the twenty-first centuries. The Collections provide students, faculty, scholars, and a broad regional community the opportunity to study and enjoy original works of art. Works of art from the Collections are regularly utilized for exhibition, classroom, and research purposes. Students actively participate in all aspects of collection management, learning museum standards of art handling and registration, assisting with the installation of exhibitions and campus displays, as well as conducting research for curatorial purposes and educational programs.


Minimum Required Qualifications

  • Master's degree in art history, museum studies, or other related field
  • Curatorial experience in an art museum or gallery
  • Experience working with college or university students
  • Excellent project management skills
  • Excellent writing and public presentation skills
  • Familiarity with the use of social media platforms for promotion

Preferred Qualifications

  • Expertise in the art of the 19th through 21st centuries
  • Record of scholarly publications
  • Art acquisitions experience
  • Teaching experience
  • Familiarity with a liberal arts environment


This is a full-time, 10-month, benefits-eligible administrative appointment. The benefit package includes but is not limited to: paid holidays, sick time, personal days; medical, dental, and vision insurances; long-term disability coverage; life insurance; and retirement benefits. This position is not all-inclusive, as other tasks or responsibilities may be assigned.


Expected start date is August 1, 2018. Application deadline is February 23, 2018 or until the position is filled.

Review of application will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Interested applicants are encouraged to submit an application cover letter, research statement, CV and three letters of recommendation through our application service Interfolio https://apply.interfolio.com/48276.

If you have any questions about using Interfolio, please send to ferran@hws.edu.


Hobart and William Smith Colleges are committed to providing a non-discriminatory and harassment-free educational, living and working environment for all members of the HWS community, including students, faculty, staff, volunteers, and visitors. HWS prohibits discrimination and harassment in their programs and activities on the basis of age, color, disability, domestic violence victim status, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any other status protected under the law. Discrimination on the basis of sex includes sexual harassment, sexual violence, sexual assault, and other forms of sexual misconduct including stalking and intimate partner violence, and gender-based harassment that does not involve conduct of a sexual nature.

Founded as Hobart College for men and William Smith College for women, Hobart and William Smith Colleges today are a highly selective residential liberal arts institution with a single administration, faculty and curriculum but separate dean’s offices, student governments, athletic programs and traditions.  The Colleges are located in a small diverse city in the Finger Lakes region of New York State.  With an enrollment of approximately 2,300, the Colleges offer 62 different majors and minors from which students choose two areas of concentration, one of which must be an interdisciplinary program.  Creative and extensive programs of international study and public service are also at the core of the Colleges’ mission.



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