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Assistant Curator (Textiles)


Chicago, United States


Under the guidance of the Chair, the Assistant Curator supports the Textiles department in caring for, researching, producing content on, interpreting, and displaying the areas of specialty within the departmental collection. The Assistant Curator assumes responsibility and connoisseurship for areas of specialty, keeps abreast of the art market, recommends acquisitions and deaccessions to the chair and President and Director in consultation with other curators, and proposes exhibitions for the museum. The Assistant Curator supports the museum in its commitment to creating a diverse, inclusive, and equitable institution.

-Keeps abreast of the market, current scholarship, and legal and ethical issues in the field.

-Supports the maintenance and cataloguing of records, documentation, and research; supports collection management through cataloguing, database upkeep, website publication, and object care and movement; ensures the safety and stability of the collection and loans.

-Carries out original research that results in art historical scholarship; produces collection and provenance research, documentation, and content.

-Actively builds object files, maintains object database records, and publishes new research findings online; liaises with colleagues to develop compelling narratives, programs, and content for broad audience engagement and to determine appropriate medium for sharing content, including digital platforms, in-gallery didactics, or print.


-Advanced degree in art history or equivalent experience required

-Experience working in museums, galleries, and/or other curatorial capacities required; minimum of two to three years of experience required

-Proficiency with Microsoft Office and Google suites required; ability to learn museum-specific collection database

-Knowledge of foreign languages as appropriate to areas of specialty

-Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, ability to adjust focus, and the ability to sustain prolonged visual concentration.

-Prolonged periods sitting at a desk and working on a computer; must be able to remain in a stationary position 90% of the time.

Please review the full posting on our website.


The Art Institute of Chicago is an equal opportunity, equal access employer fully committed to achieving a diverse and inclusive workplace. We believe in a staff culture that benefits from a wide range of experience, backgrounds, and career paths, and we encourage nontraditional candidates to apply.

Vaccination Expectation

Becoming vaccinated against COVID-19 is the most important contribution we as individuals can make to ensure our own safety and the safety of our museum and school community. All employees must complete an attestation and provide proof of their vaccination and booster status, or request a medical or religious exemption within the first week of employment.

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