Assistant Curator of Photographs

Under the direction of the Director of Collections & Exhibitions and oversight of the Senior Curator of Photographs, assist with initiatives aimed at caring for and activating the collection of Photographs, including cataloguing, storage, research, interpretation, rotation, conservation, and outreach. Support and organize collections-based exhibitions, present and contribute to varied publications, including the development of intellectual content for the website. Represent the museum, its mission, and collection to its members and the public at large.


• Construct significant collection presence on the museum web site, including: updating and adding to collection and sub-collection descriptions; discussing collection objects of note; discussing content and significance of past exhibitions and exhibition history; updating and expanding collection object catalogue records
• Support and organize collection exhibitions and rotations from inception to installation including conceptual outline, selection of objects, research, writing, interpretation, implementation, budget development and oversight, venue development, and fundraising
• Write for Museum publications and scholarly outlets, as well as for funding proposals
• Participate in programs related to the ACMAA collection or exhibitions including presentations, gallery tours, front-line staff and docent training, and special events; assist with photography-related public programs and cultivation as needed
• Assist with curatorial oversight of the care, handling, movement, and storage of the permanent collection and art loaned for exhibition and acquisition consideration.
• Assist with establishing and implementing preservation and remediation priorities; in collaboration with museum conservator of photographs and registrars, oversee movement and handling of photography collection during photography vault expansion
• Participate in curatorial staff meetings; assist with development and implementation of short- and long-range program plans; assist with compilation, implementation, and oversight of project program budgets; serve on museum committees as assigned.
• Field inquiries and assist outside researchers; conduct tours for special groups and individuals.
• Advise Librarian and Archivist on acquisition of research books, periodicals, and manuscript materials.
• Assist with finding, researching and evaluating possible acquisitions, and with presenting acquisitions to the board
• Assist with the evaluation of loan requests
• Maintain confidentiality regarding all sensitive museum information
• Other duties as assigned

Supervisory Responsibilities

• Supervise interns, volunteers, and contract writers working on collection or exhibition projects; provide training as appropriate

Skills and Requirements

• Knowledge of the history of photography, the history of American art, theoretical and applied museum practices, and museum operations
• Recognized scholarly ability in art history demonstrated through publications and participation in professional conferences and lectures, with credit for one or more exhibitions and publications
• Ability to thrive in a collaborative environment for creation and implementation of projects; equally comfortable in a leadership role or as a team member.
• Demonstrated writing ability; computer, editing, proofreading and public speaking skills
• Commitment to the proper care of works of art, and awareness of conservation storage techniques; Knowledge of preservation practices; familiarity with conservation practices
• Demonstrated public speaking skills
• Proven ability to manage multiple concurrent projects and meet deadlines; highly developed organizational and interpersonal skills
• Ability to work under pressure, meet scheduled deadlines, and communicate effectively with staff and consultants

Key Characteristics/Traits

• Ambitious
• Energetic
• Tactful but shares opinions; listens to others’ opinions
• Excellent time management
• Accuracy and attention to detail
• Highly motivated and creative
• Emotionally mature
• A good sense of humor
• The flexibility and sensitivity to work with diverse personalities and situations
• Good negotiation skills
• Good project management skills
• Flexible approach to work
• Strategic vision and creativity, with self-motivated and results-oriented work ethic


• Advanced degree in art history or American studies (with specialization in photography) required; Ph.D. preferred
• Minimum two years art museum experience with photography collections
• Advance knowledge of research methods in American art
• Record of Public Speaking
• Experience with automated collection management systems preferred
• Experience with budget planning and management a plus
• Knowledge of fundraising strategies and experience writing grants desirable
• Proficiency in MS Office applications required

Applicants should submit a cover letter, resume and 3 references to, fax to 817-665-4315 or mail to Human Resources, 3501 Camp Bowie Blvd, Fort Worth, Texas 76107. No walk-ins. EEOC