Jobs & Internships


Position: Curator of Exhibitions
Department: Exhibitions
Supervisor: Director of Exhibitions

The American Federation of Arts (AFA) seeks a Curator of Exhibitions to play a crucial role in developing the AFA’s vibrant, diverse, and expanding exhibitions program. The Curator will initiate, develop, and manage traveling exhibitions of a wide range of media, genres, and historical periods, partnering with distinguished institutions and leading scholars in the field. The curatorial staff at the AFA primarily act as project managers, though there are opportunities to curate and tour one’s own exhibitions.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Initiate, research and develop ideas for new exhibitions through partnerships with guest curators, institutions, and private collections;
  • Prepare and present exhibition proposals to Exhibitions Committee;
  • Work closely with guest curators and co-organizers to shape exhibitions and prepare and finalize exhibition materials, including illustrated checklists, project descriptions, and didactic materials;
  • Procure venues for exhibition tours;
  • Establish and monitor exhibition timelines and budgets, working closely with the registrarial team;
  • Negotiate and secure loans for exhibitions;
  • Communicate across departments to ensure that Marketing and Development departments have what is needed for press releases, the AFA Website, funding proposals, etc.;
  • Review and edit catalogue texts submitted by guest curators and guest authors, and review layout and design of exhibition catalogues with Manager of Publications;
  • Liaise with curatorial staff at presenting museums, and respond to issues related to curatorial content of exhibition and installation as required;
  • Represent the AFA at meetings, exhibition openings, and program-related events


  • At least five years in a museum or art-related environment with experience in organizing exhibitions;
  • M.A. or above in art history and/or related field;
  • Exceptional communication skills, both written and oral, and a confident public speaker and effective negotiator;
  • Exceptional organizational skills, including ability to oversee complex projects and schedules, maintain deadlines, work within budgets, set priorities, and manage multiple projects simultaneously;
  • Strong interpersonal and diplomatic skills with the ability to connect with a range of collaborators;
  • The ability to think strategically and creatively problem-solve;
  • An existing network of curators and institutions, both nationally and internationally;
  • Experience working with traveling exhibitions and/or collections preferred
  • Candidate must be willing to travel to represent the AFA at meetings and exhibition openings

Salary Range: Commensurate with Experience

To apply, submit a cover letter and resume, by November 1, 2019
via email:
via fax: 212-861-2487

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.