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The Olana Partnership

A National Historic Landmark, Olana is the greatest masterpiece of Frederic Edwin Church (1826-1900). He achieved international fame with paintings such as Niagara (1857) and The Heart of the Andes (1859). Church designed every aspect of Olana: the eclectic fantasy of the main house, the bucolic assemblage of the farm complex, and the 250-acre landscape that provides a romantic, picturesque setting for the whole and engages sweeping 360-degree views. Olana’s collections of art, decorative arts, artifacts, and archives total over 80,000 items. The Church-designed landscape includes parkland, farmland, an orchard, and five miles of scenic carriage roads. Architectural collections include the Persian-inspired main house, Cosy Cottage, barns and outbuildings. Collections in the main house include 16th- through 18th-century decorative arts, paintings, pre-Columbian artifacts, Mexican folk art, historic costumes, photography, and a 2,000-volume library. In 2015 there were approximately 170,000 visitors to the landscape and 30,000 visitors to the main house.

professional Opportunity
Hudson, NY
Open Until
none given
The Olana Partnership seeks an experienced Collections Manager to provide the highest level of collections documentation and care, to facilitate and support access to the collections for research, publications and exhibitions, and to oversee ongoing interpretation of the historic interiors, including seasonal changes. Required Experience, Skills and Abilities: MA in art history, history, material culture, or MLS, or a BA with at least 8 years of appropriate experience. Minimum of 3 years’ experience working with collections at a museum or historic site Expertise with decorative arts a plus. Excellent computer skills Excellent organizational and communication skills and a passion for assisting others with research Ability and willingness to work evenings and weekends when needed Ability to lift and carry 40 pounds Duties and Responsibilities: Performs collections management and registrarial duties in partnership with New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (OPRHP) and Bureau of Historic Sites staff. Oversees collection conservation needs and works with the Director of Collections and Exhibitions (TOP), the Historic Site Manager (OPRHP), and other TOP and OPRHP staff to set priorities. Maintains the historic interiors and oversees all seasonal changes. Performs regular inventories of the collections and communicates with OPRHP about the location of accessioned objects. Works with shop manager to select Olana objects to reproduce for sale in shop, and works with OPRHP to get final approval before the production of any product developed from Olana collections. Assists in the development of new Olana projects by sharing knowledge and insights about Olana (and Church) with curatorial and education staff. Works on changing exhibitions by providing support to in-house and guest curators, manages in-coming loans, works with OPRHP and others to assess conservation needs and ensure the safe display of objects, and assists with exhibition research, writing and installation as requested. Helps with PR as needed by providing information, photography, credit lines, press/media tours and other curatorial support as needed. Works with the Director of Collections and Exhibitions and the Historic Site Manager to review and then recommend collection loan requests to OPRHP’s Collections’ Committee. Assists on-site researchers and answers research inquires Answers in-house staff research requests Assists with photo requests Works with Education to provide information and access to collections for programs. Occasionally participates in VIP tours of the house and educational programs Recruits and supervises interns for curatorial projects. Assists with development events as needed Contributes curatorial content for website, blog and social media Attends Board Curatorial and Advisory Committees that relate to projects and areas of responsibility. Assists on other curatorial projects as requested by supervisor. Supervisory Responsibilities: Supervises Curatorial Interns and volunteers Compensation A competitive compensation package, corresponding to the experience level and credentials of the candidate will be offered. Equal Opportunity We firmly support the principle and philosophy of equal opportunity for all individuals, regardless of age, race, gender, sexual orientation, creed, national origin, disability, veteran status or any other protected category pursuant to applicable federal, state or local law.

How to apply
To Apply Submit cover letter and CV to: CollectionsManager@olana.org

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