About UMass Amherst
UMass Amherst, the Commonwealth's flagship campus, is a nationally ranked public research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University sits on nearly 1,450-acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, and offers a rich cultural environment in a bucolic setting close to major urban centers. In addition, the University is part of the Five Colleges (including Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College), which adds to the intellectual energy of the region.
The Department of Art at the University of Massachusetts Amherst invites applications for a full-time Lecturer and Director of Herter Art Gallery, an exhibition space dedicated to showcasing student and faculty work of the department as well as professionally curated exhibitions. The position will begin September 1, 2020. Although the initial appointment is for one year, the position has the potential for an open-ended appointment with just cause protection after four years.
The successful candidate will contribute to the Department and the University community through his/her knowledge, expertise, and experience in curating contemporary art. The director will be responsible for the exhibition program by working with students, faculty, and other artists and participants and for overseeing budgeting, public relations, and the daily operation of the Herter Art Gallery. The director is expected to offer a robust array of exhibitions that will become an important part of undergraduate and graduate studies in art and visual culture at the University.
The director will also contribute to the curriculum in the Department of Art, both at the graduate and undergraduate levels, teaching subjects that include issues in contemporary art, writing, and curating, as well as supervising students with their academic theses; participate in service to the UMass community; and engage in artistic community at the regional, national, and international level.
Applicants will be reviewed based on their experience in curatorial research, teaching and academic leadership as well as activity in artistic community. The director will have the capability to work not only in competence areas in the field but also broadly across disciplines through collaboration.
- An MFA in Art or a Master’s degree in Art History or related field is required, or professional experience equivalent to the advanced degree in the form of extensive publication and curating at reputable venues.
- The successful candidate is expected to have a proven track record of strong contribution in the field of curating art and/or publication of art history/theory/criticism; teaching experience in art history or studio art; experience in curatorial practice; be informed of current practices and issues in modern and contemporary art and visual culture; and excellent written and verbal communication skills.
- Preferred qualifications include ability to teach art writing at the undergraduate and graduate level; experience in interdisciplinary collaboration; and international track record or networks within the field of art criticism or curating.
- Artists who are also curators and writers are encouraged to apply.
Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. The University also offers an attractive benefits package.
The on-line application is a two-part process.
1. Please upload the following items to PageUp:
- Cover letter
- Curriculum vitae including a complete list of publications and curatorial activity
- Summary of teaching experience
- Two sample published essays or articles
- Name, title, and full contact information of three professional references
2. Please submit documentation of installation views of exhibitions curated (10-20 images) to SlideRoom at:
To receive full consideration, please submit your application materials through PageUp and SlideRoom by September 16, 2019. The search will remain open until filled; however, applications received after the priority deadline may not be reviewed.
UMass Amherst is committed to a policy of equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military status, or genetic information in employment, admission to and participation in academic programs, activities, and services, and the selection of vendors who provide services or products to the University. To fulfill that policy, UMass Amherst is further committed to a program of affirmative action to eliminate or mitigate artificial barriers and to increase opportunities for the recruitment and advancement of qualified minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and covered veterans. It is the policy of the UMass Amherst to comply with the applicable federal and state statutes, rules, and regulations concerning equal opportunity and affirmative action.