Director of Exhibitions and Chief Curator

Mingei International Museum

San Diego, California


This position leads the central programming of the Museum, imagining, researching, developing, scheduling, carrying out and archiving robust and lively exhibitions and publications featuring folk art, craft and design from all eras and cultures centered – though not exclusively  –  on handmade objects of use. This person also leads the collection acquisition and deaccession process to build and refine the Collection, working with the Board of Trustees, specifically the Collections Committee. This person works closely with the Education and Marketing Departments to develop a substantial program of related public programs to enrich the exhibitions: including lectures, artist craftsman demonstrations, films, conferences and performances. This person has oversight of the exhibition galleries including layout, design and upkeep. Finally, this person leads ongoing research on objects in the collection.

As a member of the senior administrative staff, the Director of Exhibitions and Chief Curator reports to the Museum's Executive Director and CEO and contributes to institution-wide vision, planning and policy, as well as the cultivation and stewardship of donors. They serve as the standard bearer for the Museum's scholarship and intellectual integrity.

In addition to being an innovative thinker, the ideal candidate will bring a degree of curiosity to the position and an eagerness to vet and pursue new ideas, initiate collaborations and cultivate partnerships with other museums and cultural and academic institutions, as well as foster a network of community advisors, historians, artist craftsmen and cultural experts.

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