Meryl McMaster, Murmur I, Murmur II, Murmur III (2013). Purchased by the Hart House Art Committee with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts Acquisitions Grants Program, 2014. Photo: Toni Hafkenscheid.
The Art Museum at the University of Toronto is an internationally renowned centre for contemporary art and interdisciplinary inquiry located on the University of Toronto’s downtown campus, in Canada’s largest and most diverse city. With its two distinct gallery spaces (the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery at Hart House and the University of Toronto Art Centre at University College), the Art Museum offers intensive cycles of programming dedicated to artistic and curatorial experimentation. The Art Museum’s exhibitions are complemented by energetic offsite projects, widely accessible digital programs, and research engaging with the University of Toronto’s extensive contemporary and historical collections ranging from Byzantine icons and material culture to major 20th century works of Canadian and international art, and contemporary art in a wide variety of media.
Working with artists and curators of diverse backgrounds, embodiment and cultural contexts, the program emphasizes the intersectional potential of the visual arts and cultural practices, their ability to imagine new ways of being, and create other ways of knowing and belonging. This includes critically engaging with local histories, attention to their complex embeddedness in local and global relations and modelling other possible stories.
An integral part of all our programs are the in-depth and wide-ranging experiential opportunities for students and faculty, emerging and established scholars, visitors, and communities alike—with mentorships, academic and co-curricular engagement, co-productions, partnerships, and other participatory involvement—to catalyze the possibility of transdisciplinary knowledge and greater awareness of the worlds we share.
Above all, the Art Museum aspires to be a welcoming meeting point to bring into conversation the university community and broader publics. Creating multi-faceted opportunities for dialogue, our program fosters deeper knowledge of the visual arts, and especially their unique contribution to ways of seeing, hearing, sensing, and thinking about what is happening at present, and what is urgent in our time.
The Collections Coordinator reports to the Curator, Art in Public Spaces and collaborates with the team of the Art Museum in all matters concerning the development, care, and maintenance of the University of Toronto’s Art Collection on the downtown campus. They will be able to navigate the complexities of working within and sustaining an ‘A’ designated institution with regard to the systems, protocols, and facilities of the care of the collection and exhibitions. Core duties include the examination, documentation, and registration of objects in the collection, including implementing all aspects of acquisitions, de-accessioning, digitization, updating the database, and monitoring on and off-site storage. They include coordination of internal and external loans and the circulation of art on campus as well as responding to research/collections inquiries. They will be the point person at the Art Museum for procuring insurance coverage, reproduction rights, and handling copyright issues. Supporting the Art Museum’s mission of academic programming, the coordinator will participate in and conduct workshops in collections management and related topics for students enrolled in courses for academic credit.
Schedule: Full-time Monday to Friday, 8:45am to 5pm. Some overtime on weekdays, occasional overtime on weekends.
Pay Scale Group & Hiring Zone: USW Pay Band 12—$71,842 with an annual step progression to a maximum of $91,875.
Closing Date: Friday, December 2, 2022, 11:59pm ET
Application Process: Submit your application via the University of Toronto Careers at U of T, Opportunities for External Candidates portal. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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