Carolyn and Peter Lynch Curator of American Decorative Arts and Sculpture

Position Summary

At an exciting moment for our Art of the Americas program, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston seeks a creative, energetic and dynamic curator and scholar to become the Carolyn and Peter Lynch Curator of American Decorative Arts and Sculpture. Reporting to the Senior Curator of Decorative Arts and Sculpture, the ideal candidate will have the curiosity and vision to work with colleagues to: grow and care for the breadth of the Decorative Arts and Sculpture collections, develop engaging exhibitions and installations, and deepen relations with supporters and collectors.

The Museum’s world-class collection encompasses sculpture and decorative arts created throughout North, Central and South America over a span of 3,000 years. Best known for its outstanding holdings from Colonial New England and the Early Republic, the collection is also strong in works from New Spain, as well as 19th-century sculpture, Arts and Crafts, and 20th-century design. The Art of the Americas Wing at the Museum integrates these works across four floors and 49 galleries. Collection objects are also displayed in other areas of the MFA, inviting audiences to consider them in global contexts, shaped by histories of migration and cultural exchange. With more than 16,000 objects in the collection, the Art of the Americas department is committed to presenting many creative voices, some previously underrepresented at the MFA, including, but not limited to, women artists, artists of color, self-taught or folk artists, Native American artists, and artists from Latin America. Diverse artistic visions inspire us and enrich our visitors understanding of the Americas.

Candidate Profile

Minimum Qualifications

  • A Master’s or PhD in Art History or related field with a proven focus on decorative arts and/or sculpture.
  • A minimum of four to six years of curatorial experience in decorative arts and sculpture field.
  • Speaking and/or reading ability in Spanish, French, or other relevant foreign language.

Ideal Candidate

  • Portfolio of exhibitions and programs that have connected visitors to the decorative arts in engaging ways.
  • A proven record of scholarly research and publishing in area(s) of specialty.
  • Candidates with expertise in the decorative arts of New Spain are particularly welcome.
  • Possesses national and international perspective but is personally and professionally committed to the city of Boston, its people and artistic community.
  • Established contacts with a national and international network of colleagues, artists, dealers, and other museum professionals with the desire and ability to cultivate new relationships intended to enhance the collection and programming.
  • Demonstrated track record of attracting and cultivating donors.
  • Strong planning and project management skills with the ability to manage various projects simultaneously and collaborating with colleagues across the institution to achieve the best outcome.
  • Strong sense of accountability for achieving stated objectives.
  • Team-oriented and collaborative: must have the ability to partner with the Senior Curator, Chair, Director and curatorial colleagues in developing the artistic vision and growth of the decorative arts and sculpture collection that suitably aligns with the Museum’s encyclopedic collection and overall mission.
  • Ideal candidates will demonstrate a breadth of knowledge and experience, as well as a willingness to gain expertise in new areas. An interest in and commitment to exploring the changing nature of art museums and their relationship to the public is crucial.
  • Superb presentation and interpretation skills with ability to attract an engage audiences of all demographics.
  • Superior ability to present and defend ideas and projects that earn the respect of colleagues and Museum’s leadership and builds credibility for the department and institution.

Personal Qualities and Attributes

  • Intellectually rigorous
  • Inspirational, passionate, curious
  • Generous of spirit, a team player
  • Superior judgment, tact and diplomacy, with good organizational skills

For immediate consideration to any of our open staff positions, please e-mail your résumé and cover letter to:

You also have the option of forwarding your application materials via postal mail to: Human Resources Department, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Avenue of the Arts, 465 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115

The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, is an Equal Opportunity Employer and seeks diversity in its workforce. The Museum is committed to attracting, retaining, developing and promoting the most qualified employees without regard to race, color, sex, age, religion, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, pregnancy, gender identity or expression, physical or mental disability, or past, present, or future service in the uniformed services of the United States, or any other characteristic prohibited by federal, state, or local law.

Page Type
Staff Position
Full Time
Art of the Americas