Haub Curatorial Fellow

Reports to: Haub Curator of Western American Art
Department: Curatorial
Position Type: Contract
Salary: $3,500
Benefits: Not Eligible

Summary of Position

Tacoma Art Museum seeks a Haub Curatorial Fellow to assist with the research, interpretation and visitor engagement concerning an upcoming exhibition on Native American portraiture. This part-time fellowship (10-14 hours a week) reports to the Haub Curator of Western American Art. This appointment begins in November 2017 and will continue for 16 weeks. The Haub Fellow will focus on highlighting issues of representation of Native Americans in an upcoming exhibition of Native American portraiture. and will make critical contributions to visitor interpretation and engagement.

The Haub Fellow is responsible for the development and implementation of short- and long-term initiatives for the western American art collection. The priority of the Haub Fellow is to develop the next iteration of the “Contemporary Native Voices” project, in which the fellow will interview leading Native American artists and thinkers about their opinions and interpretations of western art and contemporary Native American art. The Haub Fellow works with the Curatorial, Education, Marketing, and Development Departments to meet the mission and goals of the museum.


  • Design, develop and implement “Contemporary Native Voices 2.0” a project that aims to connect visitors to Native American perspectives about western art and an upcoming exhibition on Native portraiture.
  • Interview Native American artists, leading thinkers and community members about western American art and Native portraiture.
  • In conjunction with the Haub Family Curator, write and edit labels and online content for “Contemporary Native Voices 2.0.”
  • Select and procure visual materials for online presentation of “Contemporary Native Voices 2.0.”
  • Work with team to produce an audio guide highlighting “Contemporary Native Voices 2.0.”
  • Research and work to develop relationships with regional Native American communities, organizations, cultural institutions, and artists.
  • Create database for regional Native American contacts.
  • Assist Haub Curator and Education Department with additional educational initiatives focusing on contemporary Native American art and cultural sensitivity training.
  • Conduct ongoing research in the Haub Family Collection and on Native portraiture in general.
  • Present on project at meetings, programs and/or conferences.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s Degree or the equivalent in education and experience.
  • Relevant coursework or equivalent experience in American Indian/Native American and Indigenous studies, art history, visual/studio art, museum studies, anthropology, cultural studies, American history/studies or education preferred. Graduate coursework in related subject preferred.
  • Experience working with Native communities and artists
  • Experience working within a museum setting preferred.
  • Strong knowledge of contemporary American Indian/Native American art and/or western American art.
  • Scholarly research experience.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Able to work independently and under a deadline.
  • Ability to balance working in a team environment with self-directed projects.
  • Organized and detail-oriented.
  • Ability to work well with staff, artists, and the general public to promote the mission and goals of Tacoma Art Museum.
  • Service oriented with excellent relationship-building skills. Courteous, personable and flexible; able to deal effectively and sensitively with a wide range of people.
  • Exhibit an awareness and sensitivity to cultural and other differences when working with partner organizations, volunteers, vendors, museum staff and the general public.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office programs.

Travel, Working Conditions, and Physical Environment

The essential physical requirements of this position include:

  • Able to sit at a workstation and/or a computer screen for the majority of the work day.
  • Occasionally needs to stand, stoop or walk for long periods of time.
  • Continuously exchanges information through listening and talking with staff, volunteers and individuals in the community.
  • Negligible local travel, less than 5% of work hours.
  • Telecommuting is available for part of the hours each month.

This fellowship position will offer a stipend of $3,500 for a part-time commitment from November 2017 through February 2017. The Haub Curatorial Fellow should expect to work approximately 10-14 hours a week for 16 weeks. There will be the possibility of an extension.

To Apply

  • Please email a cover letter and full resume of education and employment history to, include “Haub Curatorial Fellow” in subject line.
  • Two letters of recommendation from academic and/or professional settings.
  • One writing sample, no more than 1000 words in length. It can be an excerpt of a longer work, and both academic and professional papers are accepted.
  • No phone inquiries, please.

Closing Date: November 1, 2017

Resume review will begin immediately. Position is open until filled.

Tacoma Art Museum is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Tacoma Art Museum strongly encourages applicants from members of groups underrepresented in careers related to museums and the visual arts.

About Tacoma Art Museum

Tacoma Art Museum is a public-spirited institution that champions a dynamic and complex approach to exhibitions. The museum’s passionate staff are driven by the mission of connecting people through art, empowering visitors to create meaning with artworks through innovative interpretive and programming strategies. Named by USA Today as one of the “Top 10 Great Places to See Art in Smaller Cities,” the museum has developed a reputation for presenting art in a thought-provoking yet accessible manner with a strong commitment to Northwest art.

Founded in 1935, TAM has strong roots in the community. Along with five other nearby museums and neighboring University of Washington at Tacoma, TAM anchors Tacoma’s lively downtown core.

About Tacoma

Located in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, Tacoma is known as the City of Destiny, a city that has always marched to the beat of its own drum. Close enough to Seattle to take advantage of everything a major metropolis offers, Tacoma is its own distinctly unique and actively engaged community with a clear love of the arts.

Diverse individuals and families continue to invest in Tacoma for its charming historic neighborhoods, schools, parks, waterfront, and amenities. You’ll find the beaches and forests of Puget Sound ideal to bike, run, hike, and paddle – including the nearby Mount Rainier. In addition to sports, theater and other cultural offerings, Tacoma is home to a growing restaurant and pub scene that’s made national press. The thriving Tacoma Museum District lines the downtown core and showcases some of the nation’s best collections. Tacoma is a great place to call home.