Curatorial Scholar, Native American Art

Posted by OMA on 11/05/2019

Curatorial Scholar, Native American Art
Gilcrease Museum - Application Deadline: Open until filled


The Curatorial Scholar, Native American Art, under the supervision of the Senior Curator, will work with the Luce Project Team and research, evaluate, and begin creating an exhibition narrative associated with the extensive collection of paintings by Native American artists in the Gilcrease collection. This is a two-year, full-time appointment. The position is funded through an award from the Henry Luce Foundation and is contingent upon grant funds being received.


  • Conducts original scholarship into the Native American painting collections including research into historical context, artist methods and techniques, visual analysis of subject matter, provenance, exhibition and publication history, and artist biographies
  • Writes for online publication; creates articles contextualizing and summarizing the collection, and writes additional deep content of 100-300 words for approximately 150 individual works in the Native American painting collection
  • Working with the Digitization Lead, enters key object data into the collection management database (TMS)
  • Collaborates with Luce Project Team and Curatorial Team to plan and prioritize project tasks
  • Identifies key strengths of the Native American painting collection
  • Identifies new acquisition priorities to augment existing collections
  • Identifies conservation priorities for project
  • Develops preliminary exhibition concept for a future exhibition based on the Native American paintings in the Gilcrease collection
  • Performs other duties related to the project as assigned


Master’s degree in Art History or related field from an accredited university or college; minimum two years of scholarly background in subject area; proven research experience and knowledge of art historical research methods;  must have excellent writing skills;  ability to both independently manage a project and to work effectively in a team; possess excellent communication and interpersonal skills; must be detail-oriented, self-driven; working knowledge of TMS or other museum collection database; proficient in PC or Mac software applications, including Word, Excel, and Outlook.


A doctorate from an accredited college or university in Art History or related field

 Physical Requirements

Physical dexterity sufficient to use a keyboard and telephone; carrying, pushing, and pulling up to 50 pounds; may be subject to extended periods of walking, standing, sitting, reaching, balancing, bending, kneeling, handling, climbing, and twisting; must have visual acuity to closely examine small objects, speech and hearing sufficient to perform interact with co-workers and to communicate well with professional and general audiences.

Working Environment:

Hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.; occasionally working evenings or weekends may be required; occasional travel may be required.


The University of Tulsa seeks to recruit and retain talented students, faculty and staff from diverse backgrounds.  The University of Tulsa is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and encourages qualified candidates across all group demographics to apply.  The University does not discriminate on the basis of personal status or group characteristic including, but not limited to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, age, sex, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, ancestry, or marital status.

 Please submit a cover letter, résumé, and contact information for three references to:  The University of Tulsa, Office of Human Resources, 800 S Tucker Drive, Tulsa, OK  74104 or submit online at  The review of applications will commence immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

 The University of Tulsa is an Equal Opportunity Employer Disabled/ Veteran.