Curatorial Assistant, Prints and Drawings | USA


Curatorial Assistant, Prints and Drawings

Reports To:  Associate Curator, Prints and Drawings
Pay Type:  Full-Time, Regular, Exempt, 35 hrs/week
Salary:   Commensurate with Experience and Education
Benefits: Group Medical and Dental Insurance, Life and Long Term Disability Insurance, Retirement Plan, Flexible Spending Plans, Paid Time Off, Reserve Time Off, Holiday Pay, Museum Membership and Discounts
Work Schedule:  Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm
Work Location:  Beck Building, a non-smoking facility



  • Assists Curator in any/all of the department’s varied activities including but not limited to the care of the collection, exhibitions, acquisitions, publications, patron group, and any other projects.
  • Prepares PowerPoint presentations for monthly subcommittee meetings (September through June)
  • Primary duties include on-going research of works in the collection (ranging from art historical to conservation issues); maintaining collection files; liaising with and disseminating information to other departments; writing catalogue; didactic, and label copy; tracking interdepartmental needs and responsibilities for collection rotations, in- focus exhibitions, and special exhibitions
  • Additional duties include research of new acquisition proposals and special exhibitions
  • Assists manager of Works on Paper Study Center; assists scholars and actively lead discussions for school groups during appointments
  • Supervises department’s interns and volunteers
  • General duties include proofreading, distributing and updating collection and/or exhibitions lists, preparing loan letters, coordinating photography and instructions for framing permanent collection
  • Digital content manager for department’s webpage
  • Assist with cataloguing department’s collection and maintaining data standards in TMS

Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:

  • Broad knowledge of art history, with an interest in Modern and Contemporary Art
  • Thorough knowledge of printmaking and drawing techniques
  • Experience with cataloging objects and data entry in collection management database
  • Advanced research skills and clear, lucid writing style
  • Ability to learn collection storage system and be able to lift boxes weighing up to 25 pounds
  • Strong organizational and computer skills
  • Experience with collection management database TMS or similar program preferred
  • Reading knowledge of 1 or more foreign languages

Education and Experience:

  • M.A. in Art History required
  • Previous museum experience, minimum 2 years

How to Apply:   Send resume to Human Resources, 17-171CUR, P.O. Box 6826, Houston TX 77265-6826; Fax 713-639-7508 or email:

The Museum is an equal opportunity employer dedicated to a policy of nondiscrimination in employment without regard to race, creed, color, age, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status.

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