Curatorial Assistant

Job Type

Full Time


Details: Salary Range: High 30’s



Start Date


Application Deadline



305 East 47th St
10th Floor
New York
New York
United States


The American Federation of Arts (AFA), the leader in traveling exhibitions internationally, is seeking a Curatorial Assistant. AFA is a non-profit organization founded in 1909, and is dedicated to enriching the public’s experience and understanding of the visual arts through organizing and touring art exhibitions for presentation in museums around the world, publishing exhibition catalogues featuring important scholarly research, and developing educational programs. More information about the AFA and its exhibitions and programs can be found at 

General Duties and Responsibilities:    

  • Coordinate and provide administrative assistance with curatorial aspects of select exhibitions
  • Draft and edit; proposals, checklists, marketing materials, and exhibition didactics in consultation with Curator and Guest Curators  
  • Update exhibition budgets
  • Draft guest curator and author contracts
  • Assist Curators with developing lists of prospective museums for exhibition tours
  • Work with Registrarial Department on logistics relating to exhibition tours
  • Liaise with curatorial staff at presenting museums and provide feedback on various issues
  • Perform administrative tasks such as drafting correspondence, creating and tracking timelines, updating calendars, and responding to queries
  • Input, edit, and update various lists and forms in the exhibitions database (checklists, lender lists, etc.)
  • Complete documentation related to loan negotiation
  • Work with curators to secure rights and reproduction permissions and other materials for exhibition publications and educational materials
  • Assist with research for exhibitions and loans
  • Provide general; set up, minutes and other tasks for curatorial, exhibitions committee, and other meetings.
  •  Other related duties as assigned


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Art History or similar field from accredited educational institution required.
  • 1- 3 years of experience in an art museum setting either in the Education or Curatorial department
  • Excellent organizational skills with the ability to prioritize workload and handle many tasks simultaneously and keen attention to detail
  • Computer proficiency in Word, Excel, Filemaker (or other database management software), PowerPoint
  • Strong team-player    


Comprehensive (fully funded) benefits package and room for advancement

Level of Language Proficiency

Fluent English

Professional Level

Entry level

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

To apply: Submit cover letter and resume to by August 17, 2018