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Job: Curator of Photography, Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art

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 curator of photography position is supported by an endowment that provides generous annual support for travel, research and special projects. In addition a dedicated endowment for photography acquisitions is available to the curator for development of the collection. The museum currently houses a collection of over 1000 photographs ranging from daguerreotypes and mid-19th century images to large-scale contemporary works. The museum has an established record of major photography exhibitions ranging from shows of modernist photography to the presentation of contemporary work.

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, and at the Harn the five curators often collaborate on acquisitions, exhibitions and programs. 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. 

A 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, best practices for care of photographic materials and collaborative programming. 

The ideal candidate may be a specialist in any area of photography, but should have curatorial interests that embrace the broad history of the medium and should be engaged with the intellectual concerns of the fields of photography and with creative practices in museum exhibitions. To view application instructions and complete an online resume, visit Reference number for this vacancy is 0809612 and the deadline date to apply is December 15, 2011. Application must be made on-line to be considered for this position.

The post is full-time, with an expected starting salary of $55,000 - $70,000, commensurate with education and experience.

Full job description etc can be found here. Good luck!

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