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Cheekwood Botanical Garden & Museum of Art
Nashville, Tennessee, United States
13 days ago


Cheekwood is a 55-acre botanical garden and art museum located on the historic Cheek estate in Nashville, TN. Originally built as the home of Leslie and Mabel Cheek in 1929 and since converted into a museum of art and botanical garden in 1960, Cheekwood has presented world-class art exhibitions, spectacular gardens, and an historic estate. The Cheekwood Collections encompass paintings, sculpture, works on paper,  furniture, decorative arts, and architecture. 

Reporting to the Vice President of Museum Affairs, the Curator, performs both long-range planning efforts and day-to-day activities relative to the care and stewardship of the collections and exhibitions. In this fast-paced environment, the Curator provides essential guidance relative to the care, shaping and develop of the collections of Painting, Sculpture, Works on Paper and Photograph. They maintain the highest ethical traditions, museum standards and best practices as set forth by the American Alliance of Museums. The position collaborates closely with registrars, preparators, maintenance, marketing, gardens, and development staff, and additionally oversees and trains collections volunteers and interns.

  • Oversee and conduct research on the collections of Painting, Sculpture, Print, Drawing and Photography.
  • Create original, well-researched content for interpretive materials, exhibition content, publications, website, social media, and presentations where appropriate.
  • Organize and execute exhibitions that relate to and increase awareness of the Painting, Sculpture, Print, Drawing and Photography collections.
  • Work with Conservators to evaluate and prioritize conservation needs for the collections.
  • In conjunction with the Education Department develops and grow the Docent program.
  • Support the development and dissemination of interpretive materials and participate in museum related programming.
  • Develop, execute, and refine desideratum for the Painting, Sculpture, Print, Drawing and Photography collections.
  • Actively seek nationally paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings, and photographs that grow and enhance the museum’s collections, while reflective of the institutional collecting perimeters.
  • Work closely with the VP of Museum Affairs in enhancing a focused collection.
  • Adherence to the highest professional standards in accordance American Alliance of Museums (AAM) guidelines and Cheekwood’s Collection Management Policy and Code of Ethics.
  • Knowledge of trends in the field, while also striving to always be a leader in the field.
  • Maintain and organize materials relating to historical research, and work with the Registrar to ensure proper protocol for information gathering and filing.
  • Responsible for the administration and management of records related to the museum’s collections.
  • In conjunction with the VP of Museum Affairs grow and develop the Cheekwood Fellows, a collectors’ group, acting as the staff liaison, developing collecting habits, patronage, programs, and events for the group.
  • Ability to manage critical issues on short notice; effective problem solving and ability to make timely decisions; extremely well-organized and able to create and follow timelines.
  • Effective interpersonal and communication skills; ability to create a calm and efficient work environment.
  • Assist in the preparation of grants and funding narratives for exhibitions and projects relating to the collections under the curator’s care.
  • Research, recommend artists, museums, and galleries to secure timely, appropriate, and engaging indoor and outdoor exhibitions.
  • Coordinates volunteers in concert with Vice President of Museum Affairs, supervising those volunteers and interns as assigned.
  • Complete any administrative tasks as deemed necessary by the Vice President of Museum Affairs.


  • MA. in Art History with a focus in American art or American Studies.
  • In-depth knowledge of best museum practices and AAM guidelines as they pertain to collections and curatorial work.
  • Strong knowledge of American Painting, Sculpture, Prints, Drawings and Photographs from the mid-18th century through the first half of the 20th century, with a primary focus on works produce between the Centennial and the advent of World War II. Knowledge of American Furniture and Decorative Arts from the 18th through mid-20th century desirable.
  • Strong ability to speak publicly and write effectively on topics relevant to American Painting, Sculpture, Prints, Drawings and Photographs from the mid-18th century through the first half of the 20th century.
  • Proven organizational skills and the ability to coordinate complicated projects and exhibitions.
  • The ability to review, develop and refine procedures with the Vice President of Museum affairs and implement changes necessary to improve operational efficiency.
  • Ability to remain calm in a fast-paced work environment that frequently involves working under deadlines.
  • Minimum 5 years as a curator working with American art from the 18th century through prior experience in a museum or gallery
  • Experience in the Microsoft Suite of Programs is required. Experience with Gallery System’s Embark database, Embark web kiosk, and Adobe Suite is preferred. 

Cheekwood is an equal opportunity employer.

Job Information

  • Job ID: 58685641
  • Location:
    Nashville, Tennessee, United States
  • Position Title: Curator
  • Company Name: Cheekwood Botanical Garden & Museum of Art
  • Job Function: Curator
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Job Duration: Indefinite
  • Min Education: Master's Degree
  • Min Experience: 5-7 Years
  • Required Travel: 0-10%
Non-Profit / Charity
Nashville , TN , US

MISSION: Preserve Cheekwood as an historical landmark where beauty and excellence in art and horticulture stimulate the mind and nurture the spirit. VISION: Cheekwood will be a nationally recognized destination renowned for its distinctive beauty, historical significance and excellence in art and horticulture. VALUES: • Celebration of BEAUTY that nurtures the spirit • Historical PRESERVATION that pays tribute to the past • EDUCATION that stimulates the mind • FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY in stewarding our resource...

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