Jobs: Museum Positions


(1. Collections Fellow, Cranbrook Art Museum

Cranbrook Art Museum is at an exciting and pivotal moment in its 80-year history as it completely restores its landmark Eliel Saarinen-designed building and completes a new 20,000 square-foot Collections Wing. The Museum, which is closed for the construction project, will reopen in stages in April and October 2011. Working collaboratively with the Director (who also serves as the Chief Curator), Registrar and Preparator, the Collections Fellow will research collections and acquisitions and assist with the development of their documentation, storage, care, conservation and inventory, as well as their display and interpretation within the new Collections Wing; help move the collection into the new Collections Wing; work with the Director to develop the temporary exhibitions and programs for the reopening; assist with the “2010 Graduate Degree Exhibition of Cranbrook Academy of Art”; develop collections-based education programs for Cranbrook Schools and regional students; assist with the representation of the collections on a new website; and provide tours of Saarinen House and the Cranbrook campus.

Ideal candidate should have an M.A. in Art History, with an emphasis on 20th-century art and a specialty/interest in the decorative arts and design; excellent speaking and writing skills; attention to detail; strong computer skills (Microsoft Office and PowerPoint); collections database experience (TMS) preferred. Previous curatorial experience or internships preferred. The 39-week (approximately 10-month) fellowship begins August 16, 2010, and ends June 3, 2011 (starting and end dates somewhat flexible). $17,750 salary with a modest apartment in Saarinen House provided (no pets or smoking permitted). Applications reviewed until position filled.

Send letter (including Fellowship and career goals), résumé, writing sample, references and completed Employee Application (which can be downloaded from the Employment page of our website at to:

Cranbrook, Human Resources

P. O. Box 801

Bloomfield Hills, Michigan 48303-0801

or email

(2. Research Assistant, The Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum 

The Costume Institute seeks a Research Assistant who will be responsible for the preparation and dressing of mannequins for a photography project. The primary responsibility will be to systematically record costume objects. Successful candidates will have knowledge of costume history, experience with TMS, excellent interpersonal, communication skills and experience with object handling and storage. Demonstrated experience in the care and handling of historic costume and accessories is necessary; ability to dress 18th, 19th and early 20th Century mannequins and prepare objects for photography is desired; sewing and garment construction skills experience are an asset. Knowledge of care and
handling principles, materials and techniques used for the dressing and
presentation of costume objects is a must. MA degree in Museum Studies

Please send cover letter, resume, and salary history to
as a Word attachment only with the position title in the subject line.

* image of Nina Ricci dress courtesy of the Met Costume Institute

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