Curatorial Assistant


The Frye Art Museum is a living legacy of visionary patronage and civic responsibility, committed to artistic inquiry and a rich visitor experience. A catalyst for our engagement with contemporary art and artists is the Founding Collection of Charles and Emma Frye, access to which shall always be free. Reflecting Seattle's evolving identity through exhibitions, programs, and community engagement, the Frye showcases local and global artists who are exploring the issues of our time as well as contemporary scholarship on historical subject matter. By taking calculated risks, we uncover new voices, facilitate conversation, and provide a forum for relevant social dialogues.

DEPARTMENT: Curatorial
REPORTS TO: Chief Curator
STATUS: Full-time
BENEFITS: Medical, dental, 403(b), paid vacation and sick time, and more
SALARY: $42,000-45,000


The Curatorial Assistant supports the department in the realization of an ambitious program of exhibitions, collections-related research, and daily departmental operations. The position works closely with the Chief Curator and Associate Curator, assisting with all facets of exhibition planning, implementation, and interpretation; conducting collection and new acquisitions research; and managing essential documents, calendars, and correspondence. The successful candidate will be highly organized, detail-oriented, and self-motivated; have exceptional research, writing, and interpersonal skills; and be committed to contributing to the artistic excellence of the institution.





Temporary telework arrangements may be in place during the COVID-19 pandemic, although staff are required to be on site each week and work with their manager or supervisor regarding scheduling. Some of the work may be performed off-site such as in the home or in a space near the home. Equipment may be owned and maintained by the employee or the Museum. Communications may be by email, mobile phone, internet video, electronic messaging, or other means as technology allows.


This Job Summary is a summary of the primary duties and responsibilities of this role at the Frye Art Museum. Employees must maintain a high degree of flexibility in our rapidly changing environment and, as such, may be required to perform additional duties beyond the scope described here from time to time.

COVID-19 Considerations

The Frye Art Museum mandates that all employees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and that masks must be worn on site.

Our Commitment to Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access

We, at Frye Art Museum, believe that the arts are for everyone. We strive to create a welcoming and inclusive environment for colleagues and guests.

Frye Art Museum complies with federal and state disability laws and makes reasonable accommodations for applicants and employees with disabilities. If a reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and/or to receive other benefits and privileges of employment, please contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).


Candidates should send cover letter and resume with "Curatorial Assistant" in the subject line to Open until filled. No phone calls, please.

The Frye is committed to diversity in the workplace and is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, sex, religion, age, marital or veteran’s status, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, or any other basis prohibited by local, state, or federal law.

Due to the high volume of applications received, we are only able to contact those candidates whose skills and background best fit the needs of the open positions. In the event that we wish to arrange a personal interview, we will contact you by email or phone.