Assistant Curator, European Art

Date Posted: Jun 18, 2019

Salary Range: Other
Additional Salary Information: $67,558 - $84,448 per annum
Province: Ontario
Region: Metro Toronto Area
City: Toronto
Employee Benefits: Health, Pension, Other (e.g. flex time, comp tickets, etc.)
Check Additional Info section for more Employee Benefits
Organization's Field/Discipline: The Arts
Job's focus: Creative & Administrative
Job Type: Full-time
Career Level: Intermediate

Organization Description

AGO - Art Gallery of Ontario
There has never been a more exciting time to be a part of the Art Gallery of Ontario. Transformed by internationally celebrated architect Frank Gehry, the AGO is now welcoming the world to an extraordinary new home for extraordinary art. As a new model for art museums, the AGO is becoming the imaginative centre of our city and province, a leading cultural destination and innovative partner in the celebration of art! Consider the AGO if you are looking for an organization that:
  • elebrates art in all that they do
  • Believes the visitor experience is paramount
  • Listens and contributes to our communities
  • Stands for creativity, innovation and ongoing learning
  • Is committed to the highest professional and ethical standards
  • Fosters respect and recognition for employees, volunteers, members and donors If you are creative, innovative and thrive on bringing art and diverse communities together, explore the opportunities available on our website.

Job Description

Assistant Curator, European Art
Regular Full-time (35 hours per week)


Does the thought of creating and executing exhibitions and installations at one of the largest art museums in North America excite you? Do you feel passionately about building, presenting, and documenting European Art produced between 1200 and 1900? 

With more than 1 million visitors in 2017/18 and close to 95,000 works of art in its collection, the Art Gallery of Ontario (“AGO”) continues to increase its attendance by deepening relationships with existing members and visitors, attracting new and diverse audiences, presenting a consistent brand across all elements of business, and flexibly responding to the changing environment. With an operating budget of over $60 million, over 600 employees, and 400 volunteers, the AGO continues to build a high-performance culture as an employer-of-choice, with strong staff and volunteer satisfaction and engagement aligned to the AGO’s compelling mission, vision and values.

As the AGO undertakes a bold 10-year vision, we are currently searching for a highly knowledgeable, experienced, and collaborative Assistant Curator, European Art to assist in building, presenting, and documenting the permanent collection of European Art up to 1900 as well as creating and executing exhibitions and installations. The successful candidate will assist in the research, identification, and analysis of significant tendencies, issues, and opportunities in the field of European Art and foster public understanding of art as a vital social and cultural force. He/She/They will also work in collaboration with colleagues, internally and externally, to create and realize projects that support AGO values of art, audience, and learning. 

Compensation & Benefits

• Annual base salary range of CDN $ $67,558 - $84,448 per annum based on qualifications, skills, and experience
• Annual wage increases are available
• Medical Benefits, Dental Benefits, Vision Care Benefits
• Disability and Life Insurance Benefits
• Defined Benefits Pension Plan
• Relocation allowance to be considered
• Discounts from the Provincial/City Reciprocal Agreements (Free admission to museums, the CN Tower & discounts off amusement parks, city attractions, hotels, wine tours, Second City, the Ontario Science Centre, and much more!)
• Discounts to Goodlife Fitness 
• Free tickets to every major exhibit at AGO


Does this sound like the opportunity you’ve been waiting for? If you have the following qualifications, we’d love to hear from you!
• PhD (or all requirements toward the completion of a PhD with the exception of dissertation submission) in art history, with expertise in Medieval and Renaissance art, required. In-depth knowledge of European Art produced between 1500 and 1900 highly desirable. 
• Minimum 2 years directly related experience researching collaboratively and cross-departmentally within a comparable museum setting from a curatorial perspective.
• Demonstrated writing and research skills, including professional publication history. 
• Demonstrated experience in speaking and writing about art to specialized audiences as well as broader publics.
• Knowledge of the installation process for works of art.
• Demonstrated experience working with a variety of computer software packages, including collections management software, like The Museum System (TMS). 
• English language proficiency required.

Additional Info:

The AGO is an equal opportunity employer committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive work environment. In accordance with the Ontario Human Rights, Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act & the AGO’s Recruitment & Selection Policy for Staff, a request for accommodation will be considered throughout the hiring process.

The Art Gallery of Ontario is located at:
317 Dundas Street West
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
M5T 1G4

How to Apply:

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