Jobs & Internships


The American Federation of Arts seeks a Senior Curator to oversee a vibrant and expanding exhibitions program, supervise a creative and professional curatorial team, and manage an individual roster of projects.

This key position will report to the Director and will work closely with the Manger of Exhibitions Administration and the curatorial staff to shape AFA’s exhibition program ensuring the highest level of quality and scholarship, drawing on his/her own expertise and experience, and vetting ideas that are generated from the field and other sources. The AFA’s exhibitions encompass all genres, periods, and media. There are currently approximately twenty exhibitions in various stages of development, with additional ideas and new collaborations under way. Although the majority of projects involve external guest curators, there are opportunities to curate and tour one’s own exhibitions.

The primary role of curatorial staff at the AFA is to project-manage exhibitions.


Overseeing all aspects of the organization of exhibitions; working closely with guest curators to shape exhibitions and realize all loans; procuring venues for exhibitions; liaising with organizing and participating institutions, as well as with key departments within the AFA.

The Senior Curator will be required to initiate and manage exhibitions, as well as supervise curatorial staff and their respective projects.


Master’s degree or above in an arts-related field; exceptional communications skills, including the ability to be an effective public speaker; at least five years of work experience at an art museum managing all aspects of traveling exhibitions, including budgets and other logistics; demonstrated ability to work effectively as part of a successful team; experience with staff supervision and hiring; exceptional organizational skills, including ability to oversee complex projects and schedules, maintain deadlines, work within budgets, set priorities, and manage multiple projects simultaneously.

Experience with marketing and educational programming a plus. Candidate must be willing to travel to represent the AFA at meetings and exhibition openings, nationally and internationally.

Application Deadline: September 5, 2017

Please submit a cover letter and CV to




Curatorial interns assist the exhibitions department in all aspects of exhibition development and management. Curatorial responsibilities include: initiating exhibition projects; liaising with co-organizing and participating institutions; working closely with guest curators to shape exhibitions and realize loans; placement of exhibitions at host museums; collaborating with publications, development, communications, and other departments. Curatorial interns will be required to assist in the curatorial and administrative preparations for exhibitions, including: art-historical and exhibitions research; database management; assembling exhibition proposal materials; drafting correspondence; and maintaining files.

Major in Art History, Museum Studies, or related disciplines and/or have demonstrated interest or skills in these disciplines. Excellent written and oral communications skills are required, along with superb research and organizational skills, and proven ability to prioritize, multi-task, and work independently. Candidates must have computer literacy in Word and Excel; familiarity with FileMaker and/or TMS is preferred.

Application deadline: Ongoing

Please submit a cover letter, résumé, and writing samples (2-4 pages from an academic paper) to


The American Federation of Arts is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The AFA does not discriminate because of age, sex, religion, race, color, national origin, disability, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other factor prohibited by law. Qualified candidates of diverse ethnic and racial backgrounds are encouraged to apply for vacant positions at all levels. This description shall not be construed as a contract of any sort for a specific period of employment.