Curator of American Art

The Birmingham Museum of Art seeks a dynamic and experienced Curator of American Art for an endowed position. S/he will be a leader in the field, and will oversee an outstanding permanent collection of more than 3,000 works of art. The Curator of American Art is responsible for American paintings, sculpture, works on paper and photography created before 1945.  Collection oversight may include American decorative arts, as well, if the successful applicant has an interest and expertise in that area.

The William Cary Hulsey Curator of American Art is a regular full-time position with benefits. S/he reports to the Chief Curator and is responsible for carrying out original research and publishing on the collection; expanding physical and electronic access to the collection; engaging in collection- and exhibition-related programming for public audiences, supporting all fundraising activities to build the collection and develop the exhibition program; donor cultivation and stewardship; supporting all public relations efforts; working with partner organizations and the community to promote the BMA’s strategic goals.

Essential Functions

  • Researches works in the collections of pre-1945 American painting, sculpture, works on paper and photography, and disseminates findings through publications, lectures, gallery talks, labels, web-based media, and other forms of communication.
  • Develops and implements ambitious and intellectually rigorous in-house and traveling exhibitions from the permanent collection; and brings in significant exhibitions of American art from elsewhere.
  • Conceives and implements the installation and interpretation of the permanent collection of American art by working in partnership with other departments.
  • Develops and implements long-term goals and objectives for the American art collection through acquisitions that include gifts, bequests, and purchases.
  • Builds and establishes effective relationships with collectors and prospective donors, both locally and farther afield.
  • Cultivates and provides direction for the Friends of American Art, the Museum’s largest collection support group with nearly 150 members. This group is devoted to the continued growth and development of the Museum’s collection, and to educating its members about American art through programming and travel opportunities.


  1. Ph.D. from an accredited college or university in Art History or related field.
  2. Minimum of five years of experience in a museum or related field and extensive knowledge of museum practices.
  3. Experience in American decorative arts is desirable, but not required.
  4. Applicants must be authorized to work in the United States.

An offer of employment is contingent upon verifying the accuracy of the information provided by the candidate and the background check results will determine his/her suitability for employment at the BMA. Review of applications will be ongoing until the position is filled.

Candidates should submit a

  1. Letter of interest,
  2. Resume, and
  3. Names, addresses, and phone numbers of three references.


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Equal Opportunity Employer

It is the policy of the Birmingham Museum of Art (BMA) to provide equal employment opportunity to all applicants for employment with the BMA and to BMA staff without regard to sex, race, color, religious belief, national origin, disability, age, or veteran status. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including but not limited to, hiring, placement, promotions, termination, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.

Commitment to Diversity

The Birmingham Museum of Art is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination. The BMA is a diverse community in terms of race and ethnicity, culture, religion, personal values and traditions. BMA values this diversity recognizing that our differences contribute to our strength as an agency serving a diverse population. It is to this end that the BMA is committed to non-discrimination and advocates for an environment of tolerance with regard to cultural and personal differences. It is our belief that every employee has the right to be treated with dignity, respect, and self-worth and that it is in our best interest as an agency serving the public good to act in a manner free of bias, exclusion, and discrimination whether on the basis of faith, race, gender, culture, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, political affiliation, or any other personal differences.