Detroit, MI Curatorial
Job Type

General Summary of Duties 

A vital member of The Wright Staff, the Senior Curator is the driving force behind the identity of the museum’s curatorial programming, as well as the overall identity of The Wright at large. As head of the curatorial department, the Senior Curator significantly contributes to The Wright’s vision and ongoing growth

This dynamic leadership position includes speaking engagements acting as a representative of the institution, supervision and guidance of curatorial staff, close involvement with exhibition realization, ongoing collaboration with development and education teams, and multifaceted interaction with the community. 

Essential Duties of the Position:


  • Develop and manage exhibitions and installations in the galleries as well as satellite projects outside the building/in the community.
  • Curate exhibitions and produce supporting content for publications.
  • Foster ongoing collaborative relationships with artists for existing and future exhibitions
    in conjunction with the SVP of Programs & Exhibitions, approve final schedule of forthcoming exhibitions.
  • Oversee installation and de-installation of exhibitions, including staff responsible for arranging packing, shipping, insurance, contracts, travel policies, and artwork loan agreements.
  • Formulate and maintain budgets for exhibitions.
  • Work with a variety of vendors and companies during the production process of exhibitions (fabricators, custom framers, painters, etc.)
  • Collaborate with Director of Learning & Engagement to coordinate complementary materials including wall text, brochure content, and artist talks.

Directorial Duties/Community Outreach

  • Assist in shaping The Wright’s creative vision through innovative programming and operational ideas.
  • Engage in strategic planning and budget management. 
  • Serve as a spokesperson for The Wright in the community and beyond.
  • Moderate and facilitate artist panels and discussions.
  • Initiate new forms of artist and museum engagement with the public.


  • Supervise Curatorial Team

 Required Education and Experience:

  • Master’s degree in Art History, Fine Arts, arts administration, or related field required.
  • Minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in a museum or commercial gallery environment.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:

  • Natural command for approaching exhibition-making in a critical, innovative capacity.
  • Highly motivated, ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously, and to work independently as well as in a team environment.
  • Maintains highest standards of integrity, including confidentiality of privileged information.
  • Excellent writing and public speaking abilities.
  • Knowledge of museum management, collections/exhibitions management, curatorial principles and practices.
  • High level of attention to detail, accuracy, and ability to set and meet deadlines.
    Personable demeanor.
Salary Description
$95,000-$110,000 annually