Curatorial Assistant

Department: Curatorial

Job Status: Full-time

FLSA Status: Non-exempt

Reports to: Chief Curator

Work Schedule: M-F, 9-5; with Occasional

Travel Required: Occasional Nights and Weekends


Position Summary:

The Curatorial Assistant provides direct support on all curatorial matters to the Chief Curator and to other department members as needed. The Curatorial Assistant schedules and runs curatorial and interdepartmental meetings and creates meeting agendas and presentations, assists with departmental budgeting, keeps department calendar, makes travel arrangements, fields and responds to departmental inquiries from artists and the public, assists with correspondence, creates and maintains files, drafts exhibition labels, and texts for internal documents and website, and conducts exhibition and acquisition research. The position reports to the Chief Curator and works closely with other members of the GRAM curatorial staff.


Essential Job Functions:

1. Assist with the coordination of exhibitions and related programs, frequently in collaboration with other departments at GRAM or with other museums, galleries or artists.

2. Conduct research related to GRAM-organized exhibitions, incoming travelling exhibitions, and potential art acquistions

3. Coordinate administrative functions for GRAM ArtPrize and Michigan Artist Series exhibition and programs

4. Assist with the layout, installation and deinstallation of exhibitions and permanent collection galleries, including packing, unpacking, moving and handling of art objects

5. Research objects in GRAM’s permanent collection

6. Maintain and update digital exhibition calendar and other databases.

7. Assist in the scheduling and supervision of the Jansma Family Works on Paper Study Room and the Museum Library.

Other duties as assigned



Qualifications, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Art History, Museum Studies, or a related field; Master’s degree preferred.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong computer skills required, especially word processing and database management,
  • Ability to learn new applications and procedures as required.
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Ability to work efficiently, both independently and in a team environment
  • Ability to formulate and express ideas
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Basic knowledge of standard museum and office procedures required.




Physical Job Requirements:         

While performing this job the employee will be required to sit (25%), stand and walk (75%). Will be required to lift various artwork, frames, and objects up to 30 pounds. Will be required to do close work with a computer monitor and perform repetitive hand movements. Must be able to communicate verbally.