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Windgate Research Curator - Museum of Arts and Design

Windgate Research Curator - Museum of Arts and Design

The Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) invites applications for the position of Windgate Research Curator for a three-year term. The Research Curator continues a significant partnership between MAD, the Bard Graduate Center: Decorative Arts, Design History, Material Culture (BGC) in New York, and the Center for Craft in North Carolina to contribute to research, exhibitions, and discourse about craft and design. 

At MAD, the Research Curator will be part of the Curatorial Department, and part of the team leading the reinstallation of the Museum’s permanent collection. In consultation with the chief curator, this work will include checklist development; supporting foundation grant applications; oversight, contribution to, and project management of related publications and exhibition texts; organization of planning sessions; and participation in generating public programming. Additional responsibilities related to exhibitions and publications may be assigned by the chief curator. At BGC, the Research Curator will act as the primary liaison between MAD and BGC, and teach regular graduate seminars on the history and theory of craft and/or design. The Research Curator will also extend the discourse about craft and design to the Center for Craft by serving on the Center’s Program Advisory Committee and contributing to additional Center for Craft programming.


The ideal candidate is a post-doctorate scholar and/or curator with knowledge in craft, design, and/or material culture with teaching experience, knowledge of the museum setting, and a demonstrated record of project management. This is a grant-funded position that includes benefits. 

Application Instructions

All applications must be received by November 1st. The application should include a cover letter, indicating areas of expertise and special interest, curriculum vitae, writing samples, and a list of three recommenders with contact information. Applications should be sent by email to with the subject line Windgate Research Curator Search. 

The Museum of Arts and Design is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in the hiring of personnel on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, national and ethnic origin, gender, age, Vietnam-era veteran or disabled veteran status, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, or any other projected status as provided by law.


The Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) champions contemporary makers across creative fields and presents the work of artists, designers, and artisans who apply the highest level of ingenuity and skill. Since the Museum’s founding in 1956 by philanthropist and visionary Aileen Osborn Webb, MAD has celebrated all facets of making and the creative processes by which materials are transformed, from traditional techniques to cutting-edge technologies. Today, the Museum’s curatorial program builds upon a rich history of exhibitions that emphasize a cross-disciplinary approach to art and design, and reveals the workmanship behind the objects and environments that shape our everyday lives. MAD provides an international platform for practitioners who are influencing the direction of cultural production and driving twenty-first-century innovation, and fosters a participatory setting for visitors to have direct encounters with skilled making and compelling works of art and design.  For more information about the Museum of Arts and Design, visit