Assistant Curator Salary
An Assistant Curator earns an average salary of $43,929 per year. For the first five to ten years in this position, pay increases steeply, but any additional experience does not have a big effect on pay. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 20 years in this career.
Job Description for Assistant Curator
Assistant curators help to create and maintain collections of work in museums and perform tasks assigned by a main curator. They often serve as liaisons to other departments within the museum, as well as other museums, galleries, artists, trustees, and collectors, and may also locate potential loans and connect directly with owners to secure them.Read More...
Assistant curators may perform research duties for exhibitions, publications, objects present in an exhibition, or the exhibition's subject matter in general. These assistants may also supervise any construction or setting-up that is necessary for an exhibition, and it's important to make sure that these areas are safe and free of hazards at all times.
Assistant curators may work within a budget and document all expenses, and some may need to obtain the items which will be presented in exhibitions. They must work to set the appropriate mood and theme for exhibitions, such as with music and decorations, and they may have some marketing duties to promote exhibitions. They may also assist main curators with scheduling meetings, travel arrangements, processing paperwork, and other administrative duties. Educational requirements for this position can vary, and some employers may prefer those who have a college degree and/or prior research experience.
Assistant Curator Tasks
- Assist the curator in developing and providing educational programs and researching collections for publication.
- Supervise museum volunteers.
- Deliver lectures, tours, and represent the curator.
- Assist with records of acquisitions, exchanges, and loans of museum collections.
- Assist with the development and implementation of exhibits.
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