Andrew W. Mellon Permanent Collection Curatorial Assistant

TERM: Two years (24 months); second year of term is contingent upon a successful first year

Under direct supervision, participates in all day-to-day aspects of the care of the National Museum of Mexican Art’s Permanent Collection, including assisting in the planning, development, research, and implementation of collection exhibitions, touring exhibitions and/or curated exhibitions organized with incoming loans, or touring exhibition.

The Curatorial Assistant will also undertake a special project related to accessioning artwork that is part of a major acquisition for the Museum.


  • Assists the Permanent Collection Curator with acquiring artwork for the Permanent Collection.
  • Assists in the care and presentation of artwork in the Museum’s collection, both in storage and on display within as well as outside of the Museum.
  • Assists the Permanent Collection Curator and Associate Curator to organize and curate exhibitions.
  • Strengthens and improves access to the Permanent Collection image archive, object files and Departmental records.
  • Updates and completes computerized museum records under the guidance of the Permanent Collection Curator and Associate Curator.
  • Assists in the coordination of logistics, conservation treatments and photography sessions, framing and mount-making projects.
  • Facilitates and participates in visits of V.I.P’s, scholars, volunteers and trustees.
  • Other responsibilities as assigned by the Museum President.

Individual should have earned a master’s degree in Museum Studies or Latin American Art History / Chicano Studies. Candidate should have interest in documenting and caring for Mexican art and historical artifacts. Preference will be given to the individual with art handling, imaging experience and computer skills. Candidate must be organized, possess interpersonal skills to work with art collectors/donors, work with other staffers as well as independently and adapt to flexible hours as necessary. Ability to lift 40 lbs. and climb ladders. Must read and write Spanish at a good level and have experience with FileMaker, Adobe Suite, digital imaging equipment and be familiar with best practices within a museum setting.

Start Date
March 1, 2020

Application Deadline
January 31, 2020


How to Apply: 
Interested parties should email a resumé, cover letter which must include the name and description of their Master's Thesis / Capstone Project, and two letters of recommendation (one from a past professor and one from a past employer) to Rebecca D. Meyers, Permanent Collection Curator: