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Position: Head Registrar
Department: Exhibitions
Supervisor: Director of Exhibitions
Status: EXEMPT

General Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Manage all registrarial aspects of traveling exhibitions, including: organization of packing/crating/installation requirements and domestic and international shipping.
  • Liaise with venue institutions to ensure that exhibition contract and lender requirements are met. Supervise unpacking/packing and installations/deinstallations at venues.
  • Draft and review contracts for registrarial and installation requirements.
  • Liase with in-house curatorial and exhibitions staff on forward planning for exhibitions including review of venue facilities and tour schedules;
  • Develop, review, and update budget and cash flow estimates
  • Oversee insurance coverage for exhibitions, including preparing indemnity applications.
  • Responsible for day-to-day administrative operations and long-term planning for the registrarial department.

Supervisory Responsibilities:

The Head Registrar supervises Exhibition Registrars and independent contractors and oversees their coordination of all aspects of assigned exhibitions.


  • BA required, MA preferred, with a background in one of the following areas: Art History, Museum Studies, Library Science, or Arts Administration.
  • Minimum of five years of experience in registrarial or exhibitions management.
  • Knowledge of fine arts packing standards and international shipping as well as experience with condition reporting.
  • Proven ability to manage multiple projects of various scales and budgets.
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written.
  • Willingness to travel domestically and internationally, must maintain a valid passport.

To Apply: please submit a cover letter and resume to by January 31, 2019.

Spring 2019 Curatorial Internships

The American Federation of Arts (AFA) is currently accepting spring semester 2019 curatorial intern applications for the exhibitions department.  The curatorial staff at the AFA organizes and manages fine art exhibitions that tour to museums across the United States and abroad. The department’s responsibilities include: initiating exhibition projects; liaising with co-organizing and presenting 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 AFA departments. Curatorial interns will have the opportunity to learn about various aspects of traveling art exhibitions and be provided training through the mentorship of the curatorial team. This is an unpaid internship, but academic credit is available. Intern hours are usually 10-20 hours per week, and the exact schedule will be determined based on candidate availability.


Qualified candidates must be currently enrolled in an academic institution and 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.

To Apply

Submit a cover letter, resume, and writing sample (2-4 pages from an academic paper are acceptable) by January 7, 2019 to:

About the American Federation of Arts

The American Federation of Arts (AFA), a not-for-profit organization, initiates and organizes art exhibitions and provides educational and professional programs in collaboration with the museum community in the United States and internationally. Established in 1909, the AFA is one of the oldest art organizations in the country. Since its founding, the AFA has organized or circulated approximately 3,000 exhibitions—in every state, Canada, Latin America, Europe, Asia, and Africa—with presentations viewed by well over ten million people. Today, the AFA continues to explore new opportunities to cultivate fertile ground for the broadest dissemination and appreciation of the visual arts. AFA exhibitions encompass a wide range of mediums, artists, historical periods, and cultural traditions, from Roman portraiture and Native American artifacts to Impressionism and contemporary art and sculpture. The AFA also collaborates with distinguished institutions around the world to tour important aspects of their collections. To further engage and inform museum visitors and art enthusiasts, the AFA produces innovative educational components and exhibition catalogues introducing original scholarship.


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.