Position: Contract EODIAH Provenance Researcher
Reports to: Interim Chief Curator
Level: Individual Contributor
Classification: Contract, Part-Time
Benefits: not benefits eligible
Schedule: standard office hours, onsite at the DMA campus
Salary: $25/hour, approximately 14 hours per week
Mission: The Dallas Museum of Art is a space of wonder and discovery where art comes alive.
The DMA will:
- Place art and our diverse communities at the center around which all activities radiate.
- Pursue excellence in collecting and programming, present works of art across cultures and time, and be a driving force in contemporary art.
- Strengthen our position as a prominent, innovative institution, expanding the meaning and possibilities of learning and creativity.
Scope of the Position:
Under the guidance of the joint DMA-EODIAH Project Advisory panel and reporting to the Interim Chief Curator, the Contract Edith O’Donnell Institute of Art History (EODIAH) Provenance Researcher will support ongoing research and documentation of the Dallas Museum of Art’s collection of ancient Mediterranean art and archaeological material. The Contract EODIAH Provenance Researcher will vet and augment the existing documentation of ownership, exhibition history, and publication references for objects in the collection. Additionally, the Contract EODIAH Provenance Researcher will be expected to conduct an overall assessment of the ancient Mediterranean collection and create a research priority list.
Duties and Responsibilities:
- Support ongoing research and documentation of the Dallas Museum of Art’s collection of ancient Mediterranean art, including but not limited to Etruscan, Roman, and Greek objects
- Conduct primary and secondary source research utilizing a multitude of resources, including DMA object files and the DMA Mayer Library
- Maintain best standards of practice conducting provenance research
- Provide an overall assessment of the ancient Mediterranean collection
- After completing precursory reviews, create and deploy a research priority list, keeping detailed notes on the status of each object under review
- Vet and augment existing documentation concerning history of ownership, exhibition history, and publication references
- Follow up on all research leads, including sending correspondence to dealers, galleries, and previous owners to augment research files
- Create and/or update the Museum’s analog and digital (TMS) object records
- When and if applicable update AAMD’s online object registry for New Acquisitions of Archaeological Material and Works of Ancient Art
- Provide monthly status updates to the Interim Chief Curator and provide bi-monthly status updates to the Project Advisory Panel about ongoing research and project progress
- In collaboration with the Project Advisory Panel, organize and participate in a workshop for select UTD students and faculty detailing issues in the field of provenance based on case studies of objects in the DMA collection
- Other duties as assigned
Education, Experience, and Certification:
- MA in Art History, Archaeology, History or closely related field with particular emphasis on ancient Mediterranean studies
- Knowledge of provenance issues pertaining to archaeological materials; previous provenance research experience highly desirable
- 1-2 years’ experience working in a museum, academic, or similar setting highly desirable
- Previous TMS experience a plus
- Demonstrated research proficiency
- Demonstrated project management skills
- Ability to perform complex research with attention to detail while continuously moving overall project forward
- Excellent time management and analysis skills
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills
- Aptitude for working collaboratively on projects
- Adherence to the highest standards of research and ethical best practices
- Knowledge of Microsoft Office suite and the TMS database
- Willing to work flexible hours onsite at the DMA while moving frequently throughout building to access object files and conduct research in the library
- Must maintain strict confidentiality while working with sensitive information
Our Core Values
- Act with Integrity: We are honest and ethical.
- Build Inclusivity: We create spaces where everyone can feel like they belong.
- Communicate Respectfully: We listen intentionally and advocate for diverse perspectives.
- Embrace and Drive Change: We are innovative, creative, and solutions driven.
- Foster Connections: We collaborate around shared goals.
- Maintain Balance: We encourage ourselves and each other to reflect and recharge.
- Remain Curious: We pursue personal and professional learning.
Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
The Dallas Museum of Art fosters equity, celebrates diversity, and supports inclusion. We acknowledge that diverse backgrounds and voices of visitors, volunteers, trustees, staff, and communities represented in the collection make us stronger and better equipped to make positive impacts locally, nationally, and internationally.
Society’s historical legacies and systemic barriers have created disparities in the communities we serve. Knowing this, we strive to expand and enhance arts opportunities for all.
Many factors—including but not limited to race, religion, creed, color, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, veteran status, disability, genetics, economic backgrounds, and experiences—make individuals and groups unique. Our goal is to ensure visitors, volunteers, trustees, staff, and collections reflect this diversity.
We commit to listening to and learning from diverse voices and perspectives. We create a vibrant and accessible social space that encourages dialogue and the exchange of ideas through arts and culture.
The Dallas Museum of Art is committed to building a culturally diverse staff and is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The DMA 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.