Posted: Mar 23, 2021

Curatorial Assistant, Art of the Islamic Worlds

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston - Houston, TX
Application Deadline: May 18, 2021
Islamic Studies


  • Provides curatorial assistance to the Curator, Art of the Islamic Worlds
  • Collection management: on-going collection research; research of new acquisition proposals; creation and maintenance of collection files; label writing
  • Exhibition and catalogue projects: research and documentation of objects; creation and maintenance of checklists; interdepartmental coordination (Registrar, Conservation, Photography, etc.); label and catalogue entry writing
  • Assists with permanent collection rotations, including research and label writing
  • Assists with travel arrangements for visiting speakers
  • Assists with research and writing of grant proposals
  • Performs other duties as necessary to support the curator with correspondence, reports, scholarly articles, lectures, catalogue manuscripts, collection-based support and general office responsibilities
  • Library: works with Library staff on book loans and acquisitions; checks out books from Library for curator


Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:

  • Broad knowledge of art history, particularly of Islamic art
  • Team player with the ability to meet deadlines combined with enthusiastic interest and willingness to work in a museum
  • Sophisticated research and writing skills essential
  • Writing sample required
  • Excellent organizational and computer skills; keen attention to detail
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work with various museum departments and with the public
  • Foreign language skills preferred: Persian or Arabic


Education and Experience:

  • Minimum of BA in Art History required
  • MA in Art History with emphasis on Islamic Art, preferred
  • Some museum experience and a demonstrated interest in developing a career in museum work