Assistant Curator, Contemporary Art – Detroit Institute of Arts

Contemporary Art, Curatorial Division

Full-time, Exempt
Salary commensurate with experience

Under the supervision of the Curator and Department Head, the Assistant Curator will assist with day-to-day operations and research for the department.  Performs related work as required.


  • Provides assistance to curator and department head in day-to-day departmental operations
  • Maintains and updates physical and digital departmental records in accordance with DIA archival and data standards
  • Researches and documents the contemporary art collection as well as proposed acquisitions
  • Fields and responds to inquiries from the general public, scholars, and others in the field
  • Assists in the upkeep of and alterations to the contemporary permanent collection gallery installations
  • Assists in the care of the contemporary permanent collection and loan objects with museum conservators and registrars
  • Supports the conception, preparation, research, and execution of exhibitions, publications, and public programs
  • Collaborates effectively with all museum staff
  • Supports the cultivation of patrons
  • Travels, on occasion, for departmental research and serves as a courier as needed
  • Other related duties as required


  • M.A. in Art History, or related field preferred
  • Specialization in contemporary art from 1950 until the present.  Knowledge of Detroit’s art history and artists is desired.
  • At least two to three years of experience working in a museum environment, preferred
  • Excellent research, writing, time management, and organizational skills required
  • Previous experience with object-based, archival, and market research, preferred
  • Exceptional attention to detail
  • A team player with a desire to support the DIA mission, vision and values
  • Excellent English language written and verbal communication skills required
  • Strong computer skills with knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite applications
  • Experience with The Museum System (TMS) database, preferred
  • Must have strong interpersonal and professional skills for collaboration with colleagues, museum patrons and supporters, and the public
  • Ability to work evenings and weekends as needed
  • Ability to multi-task and work effectively in a collaborative and fast-paced work environment

If you are interested in applying for this position, please do so online by clicking the “Apply” link below. Please submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae with two (2) references, and a short writing sample with notes and bibliography. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.   

Employment applications and/or resumes will not be accepted in person or by mail, e-mail, or facsimile.


Posted on the MMA website 9/17.

 The Michigan Museums Association is supported in part by an award from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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