The John Michael Kohler Arts Center, a visual and performing arts complex recognized nationally as a leader in groundbreaking creative programming and focusing on wide-ranging contemporary American art, is seeking an innovative, experienced curator to lead the curatorial team in developing a diverse and balanced schedule of original, engaging thematic group and solo exhibitions. The successful candidate will also collaborate with other departments on interdisciplinary projects as well as maintain and strengthen the Arts Center’s professional networks.
Candidates must be well versed in histories and ideas in contemporary art, be able to manage, curate, and produce enthralling exhibitions, and develop related critical and didactic writing and oral presentations that are scholarly yet accessible to a broad public. Knowledge and understanding of the work of self-taught, folk, and vernacular artists as well as craft-related forms is highly desirable. A trained eye regarding catalogue and exhibition design is important in working with staff. Minimum experience entails an MA in art history or related field and at least five years of relevant museum experience. Title and salary will be commensurate with ability.
The Exhibitions/Collections Department includes eleven full-time staff with a total Arts Center staff of 45. The 100,000−square−foot facility has been called a “sassy, classy tour de force.” Located on the western shore of Lake Michigan just one hour north of Milwaukee and two and one half hours from Chicago, Sheboygan has been named one of the most livable cities in the U.S. by national magazines.