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Job: Curator of Photography - Harn Museum of Art, Florida

The Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art, University of Florida, Gainesville, seeks a curator of photography. Photography is one of five focused collecting areas of the Harn, each of which is headed by a senior staff curator with a devoted permanent collection exhibition space. The museum currently houses a collection of over 1000 photographs ranging from daguerreotypes and mid-19th century images to large-scale contemporary works. One focus of the collection is landscape photography from the 19th to 21st centuries, but its greatest strength is a body of works from 1950 to the present. Included are a comprehensive collection of photographs by Jerry Uelsmann, who established the University of Florida as a center of photographic studies, and monographic collections of works by several other leading photographers, some of whom are closely associated with UF. A dedicated endowment for photography acquisitions will be available to the curator for development of the collection. The museum has an established record of major photography exhibitions ranging from shows from a local private collection of modernist photography to the presentation of contemporary work, most recently that of Dawoud Bey. The School of Art and Art History, with studio and art history programs in photography, provides opportunities for interaction with professional colleagues and collaborative educational programming. The curator of photography will manage and develop the collection and related programs. Other responsibilities include preparation of installations from the permanent collection, conception and implementation of exhibitions and related publications, original research for publication, lectures for academic audiences and the general public, cultivation of donor relationships, and conception and development of grant projects in collaboration with the development office and others. 

Master's degree in an appropriate area of specialization; or a bachelor's degree in an appropriate area of specialization and two years of appropriate experience. 

PhD in art history with specialization in the history of photography is strongly preferred. 
The successful candidate will have a distinguished record of scholarship and at least three years of curatorial experience dealing with research, acquisitions, exhibitions, and collaborative programming. 

Closing date is 28th Feb 2011, and details of the full job description/application can be found here.


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