Curator of African Art (Faculty,Exempt)

The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts invites applications for the Curator of African Art. This is a senior-level position at one of the world’s finest museums. We seek an accomplished curator with an international reputation in the field of African art to advance the curatorial vision for a collection of more than 1,200 works of art dating from the 1st millennium BC to the 21st century.

The anticipated hire date for this position is fall of 2021.

About the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts:

The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond, Virginia, is one of the largest comprehensive art museums in the United States. VMFA, which opened in 1936, is a state agency and privately endowed educational institution. Its purpose is to collect, preserve, exhibit and interpret art, and to encourage the study of the arts. Through the Office of Statewide Partnerships program, the museum offers curated exhibitions, arts-related audiovisual programs, symposia, lectures, conferences and workshops by visual and performing artists. In addition to presenting a wide array of special exhibitions, the museum provides visitors with the opportunity to experience a global collection of art that spans more than 6,000 years. VMFA’s permanent holdings encompass nearly 40,000 artworks, including the largest public collection of Fabergé outside of Russia, the finest collection of Art Nouveau outside of Paris, and one of the nation’s finest collections of American art. VMFA is also home to important collections of Chinese art, English silver, and French Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, British sporting and modern and contemporary art, as well as renowned South Asian, Himalayan and African art. In May 2010, VMFA opened its doors to the public after a transformative expansion, the largest in its history.

The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts is the only art museum in the United States open 365 days a year with free general admission.

Minimum Qualifications:

Candidates should have a proven record of successfully developing and implementing major exhibitions and permanent collection installations, as well as a history of publishing accompanying catalogues and new scholarship. Applicants should also have an international network of relationships in the art and museum world. Excellent communication and organizational skills are required and the ability to work in a highly collaborative, team-based environment is essential.

Preferred Qualifications:

Master’s degree in Art History or a related discipline, or have equivalent applicable experience or training. PhD in Art History or a related discipline is a plus.

Special Requirements: 

Selected candidates must pass a criminal history background check.

Position requires employee to file a Statement of Economic Interests form annually.

Special Instructions for Applicants:

Posting will be open for a minimum of five (5) business days and will remain open until a competitive and qualified candidate pool is established. Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply by August 23, 2021.

Please submit three (3) references. Provide full name, phone number and email address. References may be attached in a separate document in the “other” field in the portal; or they may be included with the resume or cover letter.

Professional references are preferred. Other reference types will also receive consideration. References should be able to attest to your knowledge, skills, and abilities, especially qualifications relevant to the position for which you are applying.

Please contact the HR office at if you need assistance. Virginia Museum of Fine Arts is an EEO/AA, Virginia Values Veterans (V3) Certified Employer.

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