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Detroit Institute of Arts seeks Curator, Prints and Drawings

The Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) seeks a Curator to serve as a full-time member of the Prints, Drawings and Photographs (PDP) Department. The candidate must have expertise in European Old Master prints and drawings (1300 -1800) and a general knowledge of Western art up to the present. The DIA’s collection of prints and drawings comprises more than 20,000 objects, with strength in European and American works. It includes historically significant drawings, such as Michelangelo’s Studies for the Sistine Chapel, in addition to other important works by Barocci, Guercino, Tiepolo, Bloemaert, van Goyen, among many others. The DIA’s print collection has in-depth holdings by Dürer, Manet, Redon, and Rembrandt, as well as rare works by Degas, including his monotype Russet Landscape.

Under the supervision of the Head of PDP, the Curator will oversee all aspects of the collection of works on paper, including prints, drawings, posters, and artists’ books. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, organizing and overseeing special permanent collection exhibitions; recommending new works for acquisition; and co-leading and assisting with the DIA’s Friends of Prints, Drawings and Photographs (FPDP), the department’s main auxiliary group.


  • Ph.D. in Art History preferred, with specialization in Old Master prints and drawings
  • At least seven years of experience working in a university or museum setting
  • Familiarity with the activities and operations of a large art museum
  • Strong record of research and scholarship, with proven experience in organizing exhibitions and producing publications of high quality
  • Exceptional writing skills and public-speaking ability across diverse audiences
  • Proven ability to work effectively and positively with other professional staff in a highly collaborative environment
  • Proficiency in at least one foreign language

If you are interested in applying for this position, please see the DIA-website for more information.

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled