PSU Musum of Arts and Sciences - Director of the Oklahoma State University Museum of Art
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Director of the Oklahoma State University Museum of Art
Oklahoma State University is a multi-campus public land grant educational system committed to excellence that improves the lives of people in throughout the world through integrated, high-quality teaching, research, and outreach. With more than 200 undergraduate and graduate degree programs, the research, scholarship, and creative activities promote human and economic development through the expansion of knowledge and its application.
It is an exciting time at Oklahoma State University for it is accelerating toward breakthroughs critically important to Oklahoma and the world. A billion-dollar Branding Success campaign will:
Secure an unprecedented level of student scholarship support, inviting every able student to dream big, work hard and exceed expectations through life-changing opportunities.
More than double the number of endowed professorships and chairs, securing OSU's ability to retain and recruit the world's prized faculty and teachers.
Equip students and faculty with advanced facilities essential to community-building and discovery in the 21st century, including an updated, expanded home for the Spears School of Business and an improved, renovated Student Union.
Invest in academic excellence with innovative, interdisciplinary programs that make the most of OSU's considerable strengths.
OSU is seeking an accomplished visionary leader for a transformative role as Director of the Oklahoma State University Museum of Art. The candidate selected for this key position will have the opportunity to develop the strategic mission and operational staff for the Museum. The initiative to advance the arts and create a model of best practice arts education and community outreach has resulted in a new energy from campus leadership, donors, volunteers, faculty, staff, and students. This pivotal role will report directly to the University President while working closely with the provost and other members of the Executive Team to integrate the arts into curricula and instruction across academic disciplines and to weave it into the daily lives of students.
About the Oklahoma State University Museum of Art
The Oklahoma State University Museum of Art is a rapidly-expanding group of facilities and collections. Currently, the Museum consists of a collection of approximately 1500 objects and the Gardiner Art Gallery, a 1900-square-foot exhibition venue in the Art Department’s Bartlett Center for the Visual Arts. We are currently in the process of renovating downtown Stillwater’s 1933 Postal Plaza building, which will open in 2013 as a 15,000-square-foot museum facility, including state-of-the-art storage facilities and over 5000 square feet of gallery space. The OSU Art Collection is also growing rapidly, with 500 acquisitions, all through private gifts, in 2011 alone. Internally, we are in the process of consolidating the OSU Art Collections, which have historically been dispersed between colleges, departments, and other university units. In the near future, the goal of the OSUMA is to develop a full-featured on-campus university art museum.
The permanent collection has several areas of strength: ancient coins; 19th- and 20th-century works on paper (including a significant group of prints from Universal Limited Art Editions, NY); African art; and European, American and regional modernism. Significant collections include the Leevira Pepin Collection of decorative arts and design; the cultural and ethnographic materials from the (now closed) OSU Museum of Natural and Cultural History; and the Gardiner Art Collection.
The mission of the OSUMA is to educate and inspire through dynamic exhibitions and related programs, providing cultural richness to central Oklahoma. As an archive of regional, national, and international histories of art, it will become a vital component of object-oriented degree programs across campus.
Working with OSU leadership, the Director will have the opportunity to build a vision for the Museum that fosters connections and inspires students, staff, the academic community, and off-campus constituencies.
The Museum Director will interface with the art department and academic colleges, students and performance arts leadership as well as the entire campus and Stillwater community.
Integrating the Gardiner Gallery, Postal Plaza, and future on-campus museum facilities, the director will develop a world-class collection plan to guide acquisition activities and the targeted recruitment of collections.
The Director will build a public profile for the OSU Art Museum and its collection plan that will distinguish it within the constellation of university art museums and regional public museums.
The Director will build a strong network with other museum directors and the art scholar communities.
The Director will develop the goals, policies, and budget for a new museum facility consistent with the mission and anticipated resources of the museum. Working with the OSU Foundation and university administration, the director will lead a fundraising campaign to secure private gifts for a new museum, acquisitions, and operations of the museum.
The Director will work directly with university administration, the OSU Foundation, and the OSU Art Advisory Council to create and refine Museum policies and to energize the campaign to secure a strong future for the arts.
Track record of creating and following through on innovative and entrepreneurial visions for emerging institutions; strong, visionary leadership skills.
Proven ability as a charismatic leader to develop successful strategies for a university art museum as well as direct and promote it.
Familiarity with current museum standards for operations including collections and their care, exhibitions, ethics, and developing museum policy.
Experience in initiating art exhibitions drawn from museum holdings and loans from other collections that have advanced the level of art scholarship and enhance the reputation of the institution.
A deep commitment to public education and the role of museums as public institutions.
Experience with building/construction projects and knowledge of financial planning.
Engaging public personality with university constituents (students, faculty and administration) as well as the general public; excellent communication and interpersonal skills. Must have experience in attracting students into the museum program and activities.
Curatorial expertise, either as a curator or a museum director with at least a bachelor’s degree.
Advanced academic background in the history of art, museum studies, arts management, and/or business administration.
Teaching experience at the university level.
Educational and/or curatorial experience.
Equal Opportunity Employer
OSU provides equal employment opportunity on the basis of merit and in a manner which does not discriminate because of an individual's race, gender, national or ethnic origin, color, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation or veteran status.
OSU is a AA/EEO/E-Verify employer committed to diversity.
Interested candidates are requested to send their resume or curriculum vita and other supporting documents to the following address by September 1, 2012.
Attention: Jamie Payne,
Chief Human Resources Officer
Oklahoma State University
Stillwater, OK 74078
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