The Art Gallery of Burlington seeks a new Senior Curator with experience in developing and articulating a distinct artistic vision through multidisciplinary exhibitions, programs, and activities that inspire and engage diverse communities and audiences within and beyond the art world.
The ideal candidate will be prepared to directly engage with a strong base of community support while continuously increasing the organization’s level of artistic discourse and relevance. The ideal candidate will also appreciate the AGB’s traditional focus on ceramic and craft-based art and will demonstrate an interest in connecting these to contemporary dialogues and practices in all media.
The ideal candidate is an ambitious and collaborative professional who is known to and respected by artists and thinkers in Ontario and beyond.
The AGB expects the Senior Curator to develop a bold and dynamic artistic vision that will result in exhibitions, programs, activities, and publications that will attract interest locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally. These will include the invited participation of artists, speakers, curators, writers, and other professionals of diverse cultural backgrounds from all parts of Canada and beyond.
Crucially, Burlington is situated within one of Canada’s most densely populated regions, which includes an extensive network of museums, galleries, and other cultural organizations, and the Senior Curator’s artistic vision will include institutional strategies for contributing to and participating in this significant and complex cultural ecology.
The primary requirement for this position is a demonstrable record of successful collaboration with artists and thinkers in an exhibition-making context, including a demonstrable record of critical or curatorial writing.
Various and non-traditional educational and experiential backgrounds will be considered for this position. Graduate level studies in areas related to Art History, Curatorial Studies, or Art Criticism and Theory will be considered an asset. Leadership, management, and/or project management experience will be considered an asset.
Reporting directly to the CEO, the Senior Curator provides artistic leadership for the AGB and is responsible for defining and articulating the artistic vision that is implemented through the exhibitions, publications, and programs that the Senior Curator oversees.
The Senior Curator is a member of the Senior Leadership Team of the AGB and as such collaborates with the CEO and other Senior Managers to ensure the wellbeing and advancement of the whole of the organization. The Senior Curator provides direction and oversight for the Curatorial Department which is responsible for exhibitions, collections, educational programs, and public programs.
About the Art Gallery of Burlington
The Art Gallery of Burlington is Ontario’s eighth largest public art gallery by annual expense and holds a nationally significant collection of contemporary Canadian ceramic art. The AGB’s 50,000 square foot facility includes 6,000 square feet of exhibition space and 25,000 square feet of studio facilities. Over 600 studio members of the AGB make extensive use of the AGB’s studios.
The Art Gallery of Burlington is located in Burlington, Ontario, Canada, at the head of Lake Ontario, within the Dish with One Spoon Wampum Belt Covenant and the Treaty Lands and Territory of the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation.
The Art Gallery of Burlington offers competitive compensation including group health benefits and an excellent pension program (OMERS). Salary will be commensurate with experience and not less than $60,000 per year.
Please submit a resume that clearly indicates your relevant work experience, a brief summary of your four most successful previous curatorial or critical projects including the names of the artists involved, and a cover letter that describes your specific artistic interests, your history of practice with respect to those interests, and your curatorial goals.