Associate Curator


Founded in 1952 on Seattle’s historic First Hill, Frye Art Museum showcases local and global artists who are exploring the issues of our time, as well as contemporary scholarship on historical subject matter.  A catalyst for our engagement with contemporary art and artists is the Founding Collection of Charles and Emma Frye, prominent turn-of-the-century Seattle business leaders who sought to promote international understanding through the arts and culture of their time. The Fryes envisioned a museum for everyone, where the community comes together and where all people are welcome, regardless of their socioeconomic background. More than six decades into our evolution, we continue to honor our founders’ visionary legacy by providing free access to art and ideas.

At the heart of the Frye’s mission is a deep commitment to serving the extraordinarily diverse communities that make Seattle and the Pacific Northwest such a vibrant locale. Our goal is to stay relevant to the citizens of this landscape and to evolve as our communities evolve, by giving voice and space to a broad range of artists, by continuously cultivating new audiences and by creating an environment in which multiple identities, perspectives, and forms of expression are shared and valued.

THE POSITION: Associate Curator
DEPARTMENT: Curatorial
REPORTS TO: Chief Curator
SUPERVISES: Curatorial Interns & Volunteers
STATUS: Full-time
SALARY: $57,000-60,000
BENEFITS: Medical, dental, 403(b), paid vacation and sick time, and more


The Associate Curator will provide essential support in the planning and implementation of an ambitious program of exhibitions and publications, generating original presentations of both contemporary and historical artworks, overseeing guest curated projects, and organizing select traveling shows. The position is expected to be highly engaged in the regional arts scene and to propose contemporary exhibitions that highlight a diversity of visual artists and interdisciplinary practitioners from the Pacific Northwest and beyond. Exhibitions of historical works will bring fresh perspectives to the Museum’s collection or explore related artists, movements, and themes through strategic loans. The successful candidate will be highly organized and self-motivated, have exceptional research, writing, and interpersonal skills, and be committed to continuing and enhancing the artistic excellence of an institution on the leading edge of arts programming. This position will work under the supervision of the chief curator and collaborate closely with the manager of exhibitions and publications, head of collections/chief registrar, and manager of exhibition design and production, and other museum staff.




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