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Curator of Contemporary Crafts and Ceramics

ASU Art Museum

Job Description:

A successful candidate is expected to:

  • Curate, manage and build the collection and programs of the new Ceramics Center at the Brickyard in consultation with the ASU Art Museum’s director and senior curator and through collaborations with other museum curators, university faculty, students, community committees and the broader local, national and international ceramic field.
  • Build upon a stellar modern and contemporary collection and produce original research for publication and for public presentations for scholars and general public.
  • Conceptualize and present approximately two to four exhibitions per year in a variety of formats including utilizing the permanent collection, works on loan, solo, group and retrospective exhibitions and socially engaged projects.
  • Promote a spirit of collaboration and partnership across the Museum, while serving as a skillful ambassador locally, nationally and internationally on its behalf.
  • Oversee the continued development of the archive within the Center, including funding, policies, implementation and identification of future resources and collaborations.
  • Actively represent the Museum and the Ceramics Center in the broader community and in the national and international scholarly and professional communities through publications, presentations and collaborative programming.
  • Provide leadership and manage existing community support groups including CLA(Ceramic Leaders at ASU) and the Artists Advisory Committee.
  • Pursue outside support and funding for all areas of programming from governmental, private foundations and corporations and individual investors.
  • Candidates must have the ability to provide all key programs to sustain and grow the Center into a national and international center for the presentation and study of ceramics.

About ASU:

Arizona State University is a new model for American higher education, an unprecedented combination of academic excellence, entrepreneurial energy and broad access. This New American University is a single, unified institution comprising four differentiated campuses positively impacting the economic, social, cultural and environmental health of the communities it serves. Its research is inspired by real world application blurring the boundaries that traditionally separate academic disciplines. ASU serves more than 80,000 students in metropolitan Phoenix, Arizona, the nation's fifth largest city. ASU champions intellectual and cultural diversity, and welcomes students from all fifty states and more than one hundred nations across the globe.

About the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts:

ASU’s Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, the largest comprehensive design and arts school in the nation, is a vibrant example of the of the New American University philosophy. With more than 5,000 students, more than 400 faculty and faculty associates, 135 degree options and a tradition of top-ranked programs, the Herberger Institute is built on a combination of disciplines unlike any other program in the nation. The institute includes the School of Art, School of Arts, Media and Engineering, The Design School, School of Film, Dance and Theatre, School of Music, and the ASU Art Museum. Through recognizing that design and the arts are critical resources for transforming society and solving complex problems, ASU’s Herberger Institute is committed to positioning artists, scholars, designers, and educators at the center of public life. For mor information on the Herberger Institute for Design and the Atrs, visit herbergerinstitute.asu.edu.

About the ASU Art Museum:

Founded in 1950, the ASU Art Museum was named "the single most impressive venue for contemporary art in Arizona" by Art in America magazine. The ASU Art Museum is an integral part of the ASU Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University. The Museum strives to be more relevant and accessible inspired by the charter of the New American University and to be a meeting point for the exchange of new ideas, perspectives and experiences among artists, students and the public through our exhibitions, residencies, collections and programs. For information on The ASU Art Museum, visit: https://asuartmuseum.asu.edu/.

The Arizona State University Art Museum invites applications for Curator of Ceramics at the academic rank of museum professional. This is a year-to-year, Academic Professional position. The Ceramics Research Center, a unit of the museum, was established in 2002 and houses the museum’s extensive modern and contemporary studio ceramics collection, considered to be the finest in the United States. The mission of the Center is to present, interpret and research ceramics within the broader context of contemporary art and then disseminate these activities for ASU students, the Phoenix community, scholars, artists and visitors worldwide. By presenting exhibitions, making the permanent collection accessible and by documenting ceramic activity through its archives, the Center plays a leadership role in inspiring an appreciation of studio ceramics while connecting to broader communities, disciplines and ideas.

For the past eighteen months, the Windgate Contemporary Craft Initiative at ASU Art Museum has expanded these contributions by supporting a series of visiting artists and scholars, residencies, exhibitions, new acquisitions and collections conservation, and student research grants. In this time of increased ambition and change, we are seeking a curator to lead conversations on the future of craft and best practices in collection stewardship, exhibitions and public programs. What are the trends in the field and the role of museums and institutions in these developments? What is the most impactful role for the ASU Art Museum?

Required qualifications: 

Required qualifications:

The successful candidate is required to possess - A master’s degree in art, art history, design or museum studies preferred; strong interest in the history of craft and/or design with a minimum of five years of experience in an art museum or related field; evidence of original research and publication in the field of contemporary ceramics and/or craft; proven record in attracting significant development support and funding; and proven knowledge of professional museum practices.

Desired qualifications: 

Desired qualifications:

Leadership, entrepreneurial skills, curatorial creativity and enthusiasm and aptitude for developing relationships with donors, artists, faculty, students and others who will further the Museum’s artistic and financial goals; experience working with a broad range of university and community audiences and experience managing staff, student interns and volunteers; outstanding oral and written communication skills, the ability to speak and write articulately on behalf of this Museum, its mission, collection and relevance today and in the future; experience working collaboratively with the museum’s curatorial team and within the larger context of a contemporary art museum and university. 

Instruction to apply: 

Instruction to apply:

All materials must be in PDF format. Please submit the following information to http://apply.interfolio.com/56245

Applicants must submit a letter of application, a resume with exhibition and publication lists and the names and contact information of three references

Applications must be addressed to: Heather Lineberry

Application deadline: 

Application deadline:

The application deadline is November 23; if not filled, reviews will occur every two weeks thereafter until search is closed.


ASU conducts pre-employment screening for all positions, which includes a criminal background check, verification of work history, academic credentials, licenses and certifications.

Arizona State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law. See ASU's complete non-discrimination statement at https://asu.edu/aad/manuals/acd/acd401.html. See ASU’s Title IX policy at https://www.asu.edu/titleIX/.