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The Brandywine River Museum of Art, located in the metropolitan Philadelphia area, seeks a creative, energetic and dynamic curator and scholar of American art who will thrive in a fast-paced environment. In concert with the director and other members of the Museum’s curatorial team, the curator will actively partake in creating a multi-year slate of scholarly exhibitions focusing on American art. She/he will bring fresh perspectives to the Museum’s 5,000-object collection through research and installations, deepen relations with supporters and collectors, and interact with constituents through public programs and social media. The curator will assist in shaping the collection through acquisitions and deaccessioning. 

Essential Functions


  • Develop original concepts for small and large exhibitions (both multi-loan projects and those utilizing the Museum’s collection) and conduct and publish research that advances scholarship in American art and engages existing and targeted audiences.
  • Coordinate exhibitions organized by outside parties.
  • Develop and monitor project budgets in collaboration with Exhibitions Manager.
  • The Curator will an active part of a national network of curators and will keep abreast of exhibition and partnership opportunities from institutional colleagues.

Collection stewardship

  • Conduct research and create installation plans that bring new perspectives to the permanent collection.
  • Contribute to refining the collection, both expanding and deepening its holdings through the acquisition of works of art of the highest quality and assessing and processing works for deaccessioning.
  • Cultivate long-term relationships with donors, collectors, scholars and art dealers to attract and secure works of art, collections and acquisition funds.
  • Make recommendations for conservation.
  • Assist in identifying funds for research and collections care—collaborating with development staff on applications.

Research, Interpretation, Programs and Outreach

  • Perform scholarly research on American art in, or proposed for, the collection, and for inclusion or examination in exhibitions, scholarly journals, lectures, and symposia. Contribute to refinement of information on the collection contained in The Museum System (TMS).
  • Develop and maintain professional affiliations with curatorial colleagues at other institutions and attend and present at conferences and professional events on behalf of the Museum.
  • Collaborate with Museum staff in the creation and management of interpretive strategies, publicity materials and public programs for a wide variety of audiences.
  • Maintain active relationships with artists, community members, lenders, donors and professional colleagues.
  • Lecture on, and lead tours of, Brandywine’s exhibitions and collections.
  • Supervise and mentor participants in summer curatorial internships.
  • Assist in providing responses to inquiries from outside scholars and the public concerning works in the permanent collection.
  • Encourage and facilitate the use of Museum’s resources with community partners.


Applicants must have a Master’s or PhD in Art History or related field with a proven focus on American art, and a minimum of eight years of curatorial experience in the field. They must have a demonstrated record of scholarly engagement and production (including exhibitions, publications and public programs), together with strong public speaking and written presentation skills. Candidates should also have a well-established network of relationships in the art and museum environments. Excellent organizational, interpersonal, communication, cultural competence, and problem-solving skills are essential.

To apply, please submit the following materials by email to Connie Scholz at no later than April 1, 2020

  • A cover letter that specifically addresses the job requirements and outlines qualifications
  • A current resume

Your resume serves as the basis for qualification determinations and must highlight your most relevant and significant work experience and education as it relates to this job opportunity. Your resume must include the dates of all qualifying experience (from month/year to month/year).

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The Brandywine fosters a diverse and inclusive workplace and is an Equal Opportunity Employer. It does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.