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3 Aug 2018

Full-Time Asian Art Education Assistant

Allen Memorial Art Museum  Oberlin, Ohio, United States

Job Description

The Allen Memorial Art Museum (AMAM) at Oberlin College seeks a recent college graduate with strong background in Asian art history and gallery teaching to fill the position of Asian Art Education Assistant. This is a non-continuing, full-time, 12-month Administrative and Professional Staff position with the potential for renewal up to one additional year. The position will report to the AMAM’s Eric & Jane Nord Family Curator of Education and has an anticipated start date in late September 2018.

About the Allen Memorial Art Museum (AMAM): For more than a century, Oberlin College has been committed to promoting direct study of original works of art to foster visual literacy and a deeper understanding of the diversity of the world’s cultures. Today, the AMAM houses an encyclopedic collection of more than 15,000 objects selected to provide a comprehensive overview of the history of art and is recognized as one of the five best academic museums in the country. The AMAM serves a broad regional audience and operates on the premise that learning about art is important for everyone, a principle demonstrated by the free public admission, offered since its founding in 1917.

In the field of Asian art, the AMAM’s holdings are among the most extensive and important at an undergraduate institution. Early 20th-century donations, including a group of works from Charles Lang Freer, helped establish Oberlin’s reputation as a serious institutional repository of Asian art. The collection is strongest in the arts of East Asia and also includes important holdings of South Asian, Central Asian and Western Asian art, with superb examples of pre-modern and modern paintings, sculpture and decorative arts. The collection includes Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Indian, Himalayan and Southeast Asian works, as well as Islamic works and those from Ancient Near Eastern cultures. Chinese paintings are a particular strength, with works from the Ming dynasty to the present represented, including works by Xie Shichen, Lu Zhi, Zhang Hong, Gao Fenghan, Huang Binhong, Liu Haisu, Shen Jiawei and Wang Guangyi. The AMAM collection of more than 1,500 ukiyo-e prints from Japan is renowned both for its quality and for the variety of subjects depicted. Artists represented in the Japanese print collection include, among others, Okumura Masanobu, Suzuki Harunobu, Kitagawa Utamaro, Nakamura Hochu, Katsushika Hokusai, Utagawa Kuniyoshi, Utagawa Hiroshige, and Kawase Hasui.
The incumbent will assist in all aspects of implementing a grant from the Freeman Foundation to deepen and expand K-12 and community engagement with the AMAM’s collection of East Asian art through public programs and educational outreach to area schools. Primary duties will include helping: create curricular materials for museum-based and school-based programming and the AMAM’s online resources; schedule, plan, and lead K-12 and public tours in the museum and in schools; research the AMAM Asian art collection; develop content for the museum’s social media platforms (Vimeo, Facebook and Tumblr); plan and implement grant activities including teacher workshops, community days, and artist residencies; create, distribute and analyze survey and evaluative data; and administer the grant.

See Oberlin College job site for full details.


Special Instructions to Applicants

Apply online;

1. cover letter describing relevant experience and interest in the positon;
2. résumé;
3. list of relevant coursework;
4. list of three references including name, title, address, email and telephone number; and
5. Undergraduate transcript with grade point average.

Applications due Monday, September 3, 2018. Applications received after the deadline may be considered.

Job Categories: Education and Museum and Gallery. Job Types: Full-Time. Job Tags: art gallery, arts education, assistant, education, and museum. States: Ohio.

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