Three Curatorial Positions

Posted on 03/07/2022

Three Curatorial Positions
Philbrook Museum of Art – Application Deadline: Open until filled

Creativity and connection. These simple and powerful principles inform every aspect of the modern Philbrook experience. From concerts in the cabin to campouts in the Garden, from lowrider picnics to unforgettable and diverse exhibitions, the goal is clear: to become and remain Tulsa’s most welcoming cultural institution. A stunning historic home, a world-class art museum, and 25 breathtaking acres. Quite the trifecta.

In addition to these resources, a recently established acquisitions fund has transformed the Museum’s collecting ability, making ambitious and strategic collection development possible. Fundamental to our collecting strategy is diversifying the collection. Currently more than a third of the collection is by Native American artists and nearly half of artists represented are women. Future acquisitions will focus on the most vibrant and exciting examples of modern and contemporary art, highlighting historically underrepresented and underrecognized artists in particular. By emphasizing quality over quantity and visitor impact over name recognition, the increasingly diverse collection supports a vision in which museums reflect their communities in order to foster deeper understanding of ourselves, our rich community fabric, and our ever-shrinking world. 

With this vision in mind, the Museum is actively reshaping its collection of 14,000 artworks to be more relevant and inclusive. Our longstanding focus on collecting from the local to the global—from collections built through the Oklahoma Annual and Indian Annual to the Kress collection of Italian art to work from over 200 Native American tribes—distinguishes us from many of our peers in the region. Over the past decade, Philbrook has acquired work by artists born in Argentina, Canada, England, Ethiopia, France, Mexico, Pakistan, and the US—including from right here in Tulsa. These artists reflect not only key artistic developments from around the world, but also speak to the significance of our local community.

Broad public engagement across galleries and gardens through innovative programming, fun daily experiences, and exciting exhibitions is a priority for Philbrook. We take pride in creating spaces and ways for people of all ages to find joy, relax, socialize, learn, and connect with others, and our curators are vital contributors to this vision.

The visitor is at the core of Philbrook’s mission, which is to build a more creative and connected community through art and gardens. Philbrook recognizes that integral to our own mission is to seek out, learn from, and support those already engaged in community building efforts. Our own efforts toward creating a safe place for belonging, learning, inspiration, and fun begins with transparency and accountability to our institutional values:

  • Creativity: We regard learning, creativity, and the investigation of ideas as a vital, life-long pursuit. We advocate for inquiry, debate, play, experimentation, and collaboration in all our activities, programs, and practices.
  • Wellbeing: We believe art and gardens are essential to the physical and emotional wellbeing of our community. We create and support opportunities for relaxation, inspiration, reflection, exercise, and fun.
  • Relevance: We embrace our role as civic influencers to spark dialogue and promote positive change; increase access to diverse ideas, cultures, and perspectives; champion social justice; and be relevant and welcoming to all.
  • Sustainability: We strive to employ sustainable practices to preserve our collection, campus, and environment for future generations. We exercise fiscal responsibility to ensure short- and long-term viability and maximize our impact.

Philbrook has three openings in its curatorial department: a Chief Curator and two open-rank positions, a Mellon Curator for Contemporary Art (2-3 year term), and a Meinig Curator of Modern & Contemporary Art.

These curatorial positions are responsible for collection development, curating exhibitions and gallery installations, conceptualizing and producing engaging programs intended for broad audiences, researching and interpreting the collection, fostering relationships with collectors, donors, artists, and collaborating broadly across the organization and community to connect people with each other and with Philbrook’s programs and resources. 

Successful candidates will be creative, exceptional communicators, open to experimentation, adept at connecting to local audiences, and equally eager to work with artists at an international or local level. Experience or interest working with gardens, outdoor or public art, and / or performance would be an advantage. Applicants from diverse backgrounds are particularly encouraged to apply.

The Chief Curator position requires a minimum of 3-5 years of supervisory experience. The Mellon and Meinig positions are both open rank, which means that all levels of curatorial experience are encouraged to apply as they may be filled at the assistant, associate, or senior level. Candidates may apply to more than one position.

Competitive Salary & Benefits

  • Health insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Dental insurance
  • Vision insurance
  • Flexible spending accounts
  • Health Spending Account
  • 403(b) retirement plan and matching

For more information and to submit a cover letter and CV for consideration, visit our website at

Philbrook provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.