The Denver Art Museum strives to enrich the lives of present and future generations through the acquisition, presentation, and preservation of works of art, supported by exemplary scholarship and public programs related to both its permanent collections and to temporary exhibitions presented by the museum.
Founded in 1893, the Denver Art Museum (DAM) is an educational, nonprofit resource that sparks creative thinking and expression through transformative experiences with art. A premier cultural institution in the Rocky Mountain region, the Denver Art Museum holds collections from around the world and across time.
The museum celebrated its 125th anniversary in 2018 and has recently experienced remarkable growth – with exhibitions and programs engaging more than 750,000 plus visitors per year. The museum’s historic 210,000 square foot Gio Ponti-designed Martin Building opened in 1971 and recently underwent a $150 million renovation, and the addition of a 50,000 square foot welcome center.
Slated to reopen in October of 2021, the new spaces bring the museum’s world-renowned museum education programming for all ages to the center of the campus. The completion of the campus expands the museum’s ability to serve the community, welcome guests to our city, and preserve and present priceless works of art from cultures around the world and throughout history for generations to come.
At DAM we know what can happen when we embrace creativity and honor the voices of our community to engage deeply and bring art and creativity to many. As an institution, we believe the Museum is both a platform for and an amplifier of the voices of people of all races. We are committed to elevating all voices, artworks and perspectives and strive to support and racial equity inside and out.
The central goal of the department of modern and contemporary art is to acquire artworks that tell the story of our times through the collection.
Since its founding in 1978, the department has grown from fledgling roots into a collection of more than 7,000 artworks made between 1900 and today. Areas of strength in the historic collection include representation of artists from the School of Paris, Alfred Stieglitz’s cohort of artists, and Surrealism. The distinguished mid-century collection includes works by Robert Motherwell and Herbert Bayer, as well as paintings by pioneering women artists of Abstract Expressionism.
Contemporary internationally renowned artists include German and British artists of the 1990’s and 2000’s, as well as Chinese, Latin American, and American artists. In recent years, DAM has been fortunate to add a number of significant contemporary acquisitions including Mark Bradford, Shirin Neshat and Senga Nengudi to the collection.
The galleries for the collection are located on two floors in the Frederic C. Hamilton Building. Designed by Daniel Libeskind, the complex geometric scheme of the building consists of 20 sloping planes and is clad in 230,000 square feet of titanium panels The Hamilton Building also includes the museum’s major exhibition spaces for special presentations and traveling art shows, as well as significant art storage and conservation spaces.
DAM resides in the heart of the Golden Triangle Creative District -a culturally stimulating neighborhood that is home to 5 museums, 15 art galleries and several fine art studios and specialty stores in downtown Denver. The Museum’s campus consists of four structures –the newly renovated Martin Building, the Frederic C Hamilton Building, the Sie Welcome Center and the Bannock Administration Building and outdoor areas encompassing 4.14 acres.
The DAM is a member of: American Alliance of Museums, Association of Art Museum Directors, Association of Art Museum Curators, Association of North Front Range Museums, Colorado-Wyoming Association of Museums, Contemporary Art Colorado, French Regional and American Museums Exchange, Mountain-Plains Museum Association.
For more information on the Denver Art Museum, please visit the website.
The Denver Art Museum seeks a vibrant, creative, and experienced individual with a profound knowledge of both 20th century art history and current artistic trends, to lead the museum’s distinguished modern and contemporary art department into a higher level of regional, national, and international prominence.
Reporting to the Chief Curator, the Vicki and Kent Logan Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art (CMCA) will provide vision, strategic leadership, and direction to the department. The CMCA will design a bold and inspired plan for exhibitions and programming that broadens and enhances the visitor’s experience and interpretation of the Modern and Contemporary Art Collection and amplifies DAM’s mission and values.
The Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art will be a charismatic team player who will build, strengthen, and enhance relationships within the Museum and on local, national, and international levels. The successful candidate will possess strong and persuasive communication and negotiation skills, gravitas, and interpersonal savvy, and have an outgoing personal style. They will be expected to exemplify the DAM’s internal values, which include being dynamic, respectful, inclusive, creative, and curious, and demonstrate an authentic commitment to creating a culture where anti-racism and racial equity permeate every aspect of the Department’s work. The ability to maintain effective and positive working relationships with colleagues, visitors, volunteers, representatives of public and private entities, policy making bodies, and contractors is critical to the success of this position.
The Curator will possess the following professional and personal qualities, skills, and characteristics:
Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience. The hiring salary for the position is $80,000-$100,000 based on experience.
A comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, and vision coverage, 100% paid life insurance, short- and long-term disability insurance. Paid time-off for vacation, sickness, and holidays. 403(b) Retirement Plan with immediate eligibility to contribute and, after one year of employment, an employer contribution and match. An RTD Eco pass. A free membership to the DAM at the Family level.
The Denver Art Museum provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws.
This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.
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The Denver Art Museum strives to enrich the lives of present and future generations through the acquisition, presentation, and preservation of works of art, supported by exemplary scholarship and public…