Decorative Arts Trust Curatorial Fellow

Website New Orleans Museum of Art

JOB TITLE:              Decorative Arts Trust Curatorial Fellow
STATUS:                   Two-year (temporary), Full-Time, Exempt
REPORTS TO:         RosaMary Curator of Decorative Arts and Design, Deputy Director for Curatorial Affairs (DDCA)
DEPARTMENT:      Curatorial Affairs 



At an exciting moment when our museum works to reimagine curatorial practice and deepen community engagement, the New Orleans Museum of Art seeks a dynamic and diligent scholar/curator to become the Decorative Arts Trust Curatorial Fellow at NOMA. Reporting to the RosaMary Curator of Decorative Arts and Design and the DDCA, the Fellow will work collaboratively across museum departments to grow, interpret, and care for the breadth of NOMA’s Decorative Arts collections, which now numbers more than 10,000 works of glass, ceramic, metal, furniture, and design. The Fellow will develop engaging installations in galleries and on virtual platforms, and think creatively about involving the community within the curatorial process.

The Decorative Arts Trust Curatorial Fellow is responsible for: research on the permanent collection and potential acquisitions in the decorative arts department, original research and writing for museum publications, and the organization of at least one independent small-scale exhibition project. Working with the Curator of Decorative Arts and Design, a primary project for the Fellow will be the organization, research, writing, and design for a 2023 exhibition and catalog on NOMA’s extensive Ancient through Contemporary world glass collection. Additionally, the Fellow will participate in the formulation and implementation of museum programs (lectures, docent training, community outreach), as well as inter-departmental initiatives. The Fellow is expected to engage fully with various communities in New Orleans and with national and international art networks, working with established partners and forming new relationships.

This two-year position is designed for an emerging scholar/curator in the history of objects, design, and material culture. We are committed to building a diverse and passionate team.



  • Contribute scholarly, public didactic, and programmatic content for decorative art departmental initiatives and special exhibitions
  • Create content for digital platforms, e.g., in-gallery digital platforms, and Google Cultural Institute initiatives
  • Assist in the day-to-day functioning of the department of decorative arts (gift and acquisition processing, inquiries, donor relationships, etc.)
  • Work closely, collegially and collaboratively with museum staff in all departments
  • Maintain communication and positive relations with museum staff, patrons, visitors, lenders, venue partners and community leaders
  • Perform additional duties as assigned



  • Recent Master’s or PhD in Decorative Arts or History of Art with a specialty in the history of decorative arts and design, or demonstrably related fields.
  • Demonstrated interest in glass history preferred, but not required.



  • Excellent research, writing and verbal skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to interface with all constituents
  • Communication skills that facilitate teamwork and the ability to work across museum departments and dedication to inclusivity and diversity in the workplace
  • Ability to represent the museum with a high level of integrity, ethics and professionalism.



  • This is largely sedentary work that requires sitting for long periods of time, walking, finger dexterity, talking, hearing and visual activity
  • Occasional lifting up to 10 pounds
  • Car and plane travel to museum-related events. Travel may require long periods of sitting or standing
  • Accommodation may be made for some of these physical demands for otherwise qualified individuals who require and request such accommodation.



$40,000 annual salary, for limited term of two years, and full benefit package

It is the policy of NOMA to give equal opportunity to all qualified applicants and employees without regard to race, gender, religion, national origin, disability, color, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, ethnicity, marital status, veteran status, genetic information or any other basis protected by applicable law.  

We base all of our hiring and employment decisions on job-related qualifications.  This equal employment opportunity policy extends to all areas of our employment practices, including recruiting, hiring, training, promotion, pay, benefits, museum-sponsored educational, social, and recreational programs, disciplinary action and termination.

NOMA believes that a diverse, inclusive and equitable workplace is one where all employees, whatever their gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, age, sexual orientation or identity, disability or education feel valued and respected. We respect and value diverse life experiences and heritages and seek to ensure that all voices are valued and heard and to foster a culture of open-mindedness, inclusiveness and compassion.

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