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Frist Art Museum

Associate Curator

Frist Art Museum


Job Summary

Job summary: We invite applicants for the position of Associate Curator. The person in this position has a significant role in fulfilling the institution’s mission and goals of presenting a balanced schedule of significant exhibitions representing the diversity of the community and the art of the world from all time periods, following the highest standards of exhibition production and presentation. Working with the exhibitions team, and in consultation with colleagues in Design, Education, Communications, Marketing, Development, and Guest Services departments, the Associate Curator takes a role in exhibition selection, organization, and interpretation and works as curatorial liaison for traveling exhibitions coming to the Frist. The Associate Curator will be responsible for organizing exhibitions, from the conceptual and budgeting phases through installation and special events, including media preview, press interviews, and VIP tours.

Job Responsibilities

Essential Job Functions:

  • As a member of the Exhibition Committee, participates in the selection of a balanced range of significant and impactful exhibitions for the Frist Art Museum.
  • Coordinate and manage a selection of visiting traveling exhibitions for their Frist venue.
  • Originate exhibitions and coordinate and manage their realization, working as the scholarly curator or with visiting scholars/curators as appropriate.
  • Oversee the creation of catalogues for staff-generated exhibitions.
  • Write essays and articles for publications such as gallery guides and the Frist Art Museum Bulletin, etc., and exhibition didactics (including electronic and recorded media) produced for assigned exhibitions.
  • Give exhibition-related tours and lectures to a variety of audiences.
  • Participate in grant writing, fund raising, and development of public relations campaigns as appropriate for assigned exhibitions.
  • Work with Education Department in developing public programming and community engagement and providing docent training for assigned exhibitions.
  • Work with Communications, Design, Development, and Finance in integrating internal departmental activities with exhibition-related activities.
  • Maintain connections and interact with the community, including colleagues in other institutions, artists, and the public.
  • Travel to museums, conferences, art fairs and other destinations as needed.
  • Work with, and sometimes supervise, interns, fellows, and volunteers in a positive and constructive manner.


Education: Advanced degree in art history, or a related field preferred, or equivalent work experience. Specialization in pre-20th century or non-Western art preferred, but with an interest and capacity to organize/manage exhibitions of contemporary art. BIPOC candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

Work Experience: Strong museum background, including at least three years of experience developing and managing exhibitions both on the scholarly and practical fronts within a museum environment, as well as writing and producing related publications and didactics; administrative experience; extensive public contact; grant writing.

Skills and Abilities:

  • Broad knowledge with scholarly specialization in at least one field.
  • Established network of contacts with colleagues in specialized fields.
  • Ability to contribute creatively to a team-oriented workplace.
  • Excellent and efficient research skills.
  • Exceptional ability to write and communicate clearly for a broad range of audiences.
  • Highly organized and able to inspire and organize the work of others.
  • Excellent administrative skills, including budget development and management.
  • Ability to create budgets and work within budget.
  • Well versed and at ease in using necessary types of computer applications (word processing, spread sheets, databases, project management software, etc.).
  • Editing.

Additional Information


Frist Art Museum offers a competitive benefits plan that includes medical, dental, vision, life insurance, short-term and long-term disability, long term care, 401(k) with a company match, and paid-time off,

How to Apply

Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Demands may include:

  • Lifting materials up to 25 pounds
  • Stooping, bending, kneeling
  • Standing for long periods of time
  • Working at computer for long periods of time

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Frist Art Museum will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities.

Interested candidates should send their resume, references, and salary expectations to:

Frist Art Museum

919 Broadway

Nashville, Tennessee 37203-3822

Email: shorn@fristartmuseum.org or Fax: (615) 744-3339

Attention: Sheri Horn, Human Resources Director

The Frist Art Museum is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Women, minorities, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.


  • Date Posted: May 16, 2023
  • Type: Full-Time
  • Job Function: Other
  • Service Area: Arts / Culture
  • Start Date: 06/12/2023
  • Salary Range: $68,000-74,000
  • Working Hours: 37-40 hrs/wk, M-F, 9-5