Curator for the Mactaggart Art Collection (Alberta, CA)


Curator, The Mactaggart Art Collection

Museums and Collections Services

Competition No. – A10013702
Closing Date – Will remain open until filled.

The University of Alberta is seeking a Curator for the Mactaggart Art Collection, a world-renowned Asian Art collection. The University of Alberta is one of the largest collecting institutions in Canada with more than 20 million objects and specimens that comprise the University of Alberta Museums. The Mactaggart Art Collection is one of the newest additions to our 100 year history of collecting which is connected to the University’s research, teaching, discovery learning and access programs.

The Mactaggart Art Collection consists of works of art and textiles from a range of countries, time periods and traditions. More than 600 textiles, costumes and related artifacts date from the Song (960-1279), Ming (1314-1644) and Qing (1644-1912) dynasties. The art collection is comprised of hanging scrolls, hand scrolls, albums and engravings with great strength in Qing court paintings. This collection situates the University of Alberta Art Collection within the same company as only a handful of other museums in the world with similar collections. For more information, please refer to

Reporting to the Executive Director, Museums and Collections Services, an innovative academic support unit, the Curator of The Mactaggart Art Collection is accountable for the overall research, development, management and program implementation of The Mactaggart Art Collection within the context of the University of Alberta Museums system. Major areas of responsibility include: collection development, curatorial research for new acquisitions, research on the existing collections for purposes of identification and content development for exhibitions and publications, contributing to collection policy development, contributing to the proper management and care of the collection, ensuring physical and intellectual access to the collection, providing educational and academic lectures, and assisting with fund and resource development related to the collection.

The Curator of the Mactaggart Art Collection must be an experienced scholar with a PhD in Art History or a relevant discipline. Successful candidates must have an international reputation in the curatorial field of Asian Art History. Ability to read and translate traditional Chinese script is mandatory. He/she will have a proven research and publication track record and must demonstrate passion for developing a museum collection within an international discovery learning environment.

The University of Alberta is located in Edmonton, the cosmopolitan capital of the province of Alberta. Recognized nationally and internationally for educational and research preeminence, the University serves more than 36,000 students.

This is a five year term trust-funded position with the possibility of renewal.

Applications may be forwarded to:

Mail Janine Andrews, Executive Director
Museums and Collections Services
University of Alberta
Ring House 1
Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2E1
Phone: 780-492-5834
Fax (780) 492-6185

** Please reference Competition No. A10013702 when forwarding applications. **

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