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University of Wisconsin–Madison

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Apply now(opens in a new window) Job no: 254593-AS
Work type: Onsite, Staff-Full Time
Location: Madison
Categories: Museums: Museum and Departmental Collection Services

Job Summary:

The Curator of Glass and Ceramics is responsible for the development and management of the Chazen Museum's collection of objects and artworks made of glass and ceramics.

Responsibilities: Conducts research on and develops museum, gallery, teaching, and research collections to enhance academic teaching, research, general public education, and interest.
  • 5% Serves as a subject matter expert and point of contact for internal and external stakeholders regarding collection information and access
  • 15% Produces, publishes, and presents original research
  • 30% Participates in development of collections plans, acquisition of collection items, exhibitions or displays, educational resources, and access to collections
  • 15% Develops and maintains relationships with donors, collectors, and colleagues
  • 5% Provides budgetary input and subject matter expertise in support of funding requests
  • 5% Designs, develops, and delivers instruction to faculty, staff, students, and museum patrons
  • 10% Provides operational guidance on day-to-day activities of student workers and volunteers. May supervise staff, students, and volunteers
  • 5% Advises on preservation concerns regarding the collection; plays an active role in institutional conservation planning.
  • 10% Records, documents, and preserves collection research; contributes to objects files and other institutional archives; and periodically reviews and consistently updates data on objects under their purview in the museum's collection database.
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Master's Degree in Art History or closely related field preferred.


-Knowledge of the history of ceramic and/or glass production
-Excellent writing skills and ability to tailor writing to various audiences
-Excellent time management and organizational skills to meet deadlines and manage personal projects

-Demonstrated experience evaluating and assessing artwork
-Demonstrated experience curating exhibitions and installations
-Previous work in a museum, gallery, academic, or studio setting
-Familiarity with both contemporary and historic glassmaking and/or ceramic production, especially in one or more of these areas: twentieth century American studio glass movement, contemporary figurative ceramic sculpture, contemporary Japanese ceramics, or British eighteenth and nineteenth century ceramics

COVID-19 Considerations:

UW-Madison continues to follow necessary health and safety protocols to protect our campus from COVID-19. All employees remain subject to the COVID-19 Workplace Safety Policy: Please visit for the most up-to-date information.

Work Type:

Full Time: 100%

It is anticipated this position requires work be performed in-person, onsite, at a designated campus work location. Limited remote work (for example, one day a week) may be negotiated, but is not a guaranteed condition of employment.

Appointment Type, Duration:



Minimum $60,000 ANNUAL (12 months)
Depending on Qualifications

How to Apply:

Please click on the "Apply Now" button to start the application process and create or modify your UW-Madison Jobs profile. You will need to upload a cover letter and resume. References will be requested for finalists later in the process.

Cover letters will be used as a writing sample and to determine the best qualified applicants. Your cover letter should address your qualifications as they pertain to this position including your experience or knowledge of the following, if applicable, and where it was performed or obtained:

-Knowledge of the history of ceramic and/or glass production.
-Previous work in a museum, gallery, academic or studio setting.


Katherine Alcauskas
Relay Access (WTRS): 7-1-1 (out-of-state: TTY: 800.947.3529, STS: 800.833.7637) and above Phone number (See RELAY_SERVICE for further information. )

Official Title:

Curator II(LM020)



Employment Class:

Academic Staff-Renewable

Job Number:


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