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The Roy Lichtenstein Curatorial Fellowship at Columbus Museum of Art
Columbus Museum of Art is pleased to announce the opening of applications for the second Roy Lichtenstein Curatorial Fellowship. This two-year fellowship in the Museum’s curatorial department is funded by a generous long-term grant from the Roy Lichtenstein Foundation. The position is intended for recent post-graduates in art history or a related field anticipating a career as a museum professional. The Fellowship offers a platform from which to develop museum experience as an assistant on current projects, as well as the potential to develop new projects and programs with both scholarly and public impact.

The Roy Lichtenstein Curatorial Fellowship grant recognizes Roy Lichtenstein’s connection to the Columbus community and the formative influence of his years living in the city. The artist matriculated into The Ohio State University’s College of Education, School of Fine and Applied Arts in 1940. He received his BFA in 1946 and his MFA in 1949. He also taught studio courses in the School of Fine and Applied Arts between 1946 and 1951.

The Museum seeks a talented and thoughtful communicator with strong curatorial ambitions in the area of modern and contemporary art. The ideal candidate will use this position to meaningfully connect multiple partners, stakeholders, and audiences with artists, art works, and the ideas they embody.  

In addition to the Museum’s Chief Curator, the Columbus Museum of Art currently maintains curatorial positions in the fields of photography and contemporary art, which encompasses art since 1945. Working with the curators, as well as colleagues at The Ohio State University and elsewhere, the Lichtenstein Curatorial Fellow will assist in the creation and implementation of exhibitions, public programs, and publications. Projects will include the reinstallation of a large share of the permanent collection at the Museum’s Broad Street location, as well as temporary exhibitions at the Pizzuti Collection of the Columbus Museum of Art on Park Street in the city’s Short North district.

The Lichtenstein Curatorial Fellow will also participate in the Museum’s Center for Art and Social Engagement (CASE) initiative. Working across the curatorial and learning departments, this project involves the thematic organization of works from the permanent collection to address social issues, using inclusive interpretation strategies to foster active engagement and the consideration of multiple viewpoints.

About the Columbus Museum of Art:
The Columbus Museum of Art’s mission is to create great experiences with great art for everyone. Guided by a vision to connect people and art, CMA nurtures that relationship, and attempts to remove barriers between our community and its museum.

CMA’s collection includes outstanding examples of late nineteenth and early twentieth-century American and European works of modern art, represented primarily by the collections of Ferdinand Howald, and Howard D. and Babette L. Sirak. These important collections are joined by significant holdings of the New York Photo League, as well as the Philip and Suzanne Schiller Collection of American Social Commentary Art. In October 2015, the Museum unveiled an extensive 50,000 square foot renovation. This major overhaul of featured construction of the Margaret M. Walter Wing, whose upper galleries are devoted to the Museum’s growing collection of contemporary art.

The Columbus Museum of Art maintains an active Department of Learning, and has been a leader in forms of participatory interpretation and learning. The Museum champions creative, critical thinking, and provides space and opportunity for people to discover and cultivate its value in their own lives.

The proposed starting date for the Lichtenstein Curatorial Fellow is July 1, 2020.

A copy of the fellowship description is below.

Fellowship Description
Position Title:  Roy Lichtenstein Curatorial Fellow
Department:  Curatorial
Reports to:  Head of Exhibitions and Pizzuti Family Curator of Contemporary Art
Supervises:  Interns and Volunteers, as needed
FSLA Status:  Full-time, Exempt
Work Schedule:  Monday – Friday, 9:00 AM – 5:30 PM
Salary:  $37,000 annually, with benefits
Proposed Start Date:  July 1, 2020 or as agreed


Position Summary

The Lichtenstein Curatorial Fellow will provide curatorial, administrative, and research assistance to the museum’s curatorial staff in support of the Curatorial Department’s ongoing programs. The Fellow will work closely with the Curator of Contemporary Art and the William J. and Sarah Ross Soter Associate Curator of Photography and Head of Exhibitions on public programs, permanent collection matters, exhibitions, and publications. The Fellow may share responsibility with the Museum’s registrars in responding to general collection inquiries and overseeing research requests and scholars’ visits.   

Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Assist in the research, development, and implementation of exhibitions organized by the Museum and its curators, particularly in the areas of contemporary art and photography. This may include drafting exhibition-related texts, as well as coordination of checklists, loan paperwork, written correspondence, photography and other forms of documentation.
  2. Lead the development and coordination of selected public programs. Alongside internal museum colleagues, this may involve coordination with local colleagues and other outside partners.
  3. Assist in the development and coordination of exhibition-related publications, including communication with authors, editors, designers, and publishing houses.
  4. Assist in maintaining documentary files and answer research inquiries about collections and exhibitions.
  5. Attend Committee on Collections meetings, take minutes, and provides administrative and logistical support for meetings.
  6. Oversee and manage interns within the curatorial department.
  7. Provide guest curators with in-house curatorial support.
  8. Assist curators in the management of the permanent collection including installations, loans, labels, and text panels.
  9. Provide curatorial support for the Museum’s docent and educational programs as needed.
  10. Serve as liaison to donors and collectors as needed.
  11. Communicate across departments to ensure that Marketing, Development, and Learning departments have access to necessary information as needed on exhibitions, programing, and collections.
  12. Assist curatorial staff with administrative duties as requested.


  1. Master’s degree in art history or related discipline required, PhD preferred.
  2. Relevant previous museum or gallery experience preferred.
  3. Strong organizational skills, including ability to prioritize and maintain attention to detail
  4. Proficiency with standard office applications and aptitude to learn CMA’s collection management software.
  5. Excellent verbal and written communication skills. 

Performance Standards:
The Roy Lichtenstein Curatorial Fellow is expected to be:

  1. professional and discreet in the performance of their duties
  2. efficient and accurate in their work,
  3. a team player who works well with a variety of staff and volunteers,
  4. a skilled communicator,
  5. comfortable working with the scholarly community, and
  6. willing to take on additional responsibilities as needed.

Physical Demands: The Museum is happy to offer reasonable accommodations for those with disabilities, but candidates will need to see, talk, hear, and manipulate computer software.

To apply, email the following Application Materials to or mail to Human Resources, Columbus Museum of Art, 480 E. Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio  43215.

  1. Cover letter addressing your interest in the position and specifying your areas of research, relevant experiences, and goals for the Fellowship.
  2. Full curriculum vitae of education, professional experience, honors, awards, and publications
  3. Contact details for two professional references.

The deadline for all application materials, including optional letters of recommendation, is April 30, 2020.

Director of People and Culture
Columbus Museum of Art is seeking a dynamic and profession Director of People and Culture. The Director of People and Culture will perform strategic, operational, and administrative human resources tasks in support of the overall mission and goals of the institution. As a member of the leadership team, the Director is a key policy designer, strategist, information scientist, and team builder. The Director develops short and long term strategy for benefits administration, organizational development and effectiveness, compensation, employment policies, and staffing. The Director oversees all benefits to ensure accuracy, legal compliance, and cost effectiveness. In addition, the Director develops, implements, and maintains the following human resources programs: talent acquisition and retention, professional and career development, performance management, employee relations, legal compliance, benefits administration, compensation and salary administration, training and development, policy development, organizational development, HRIS and records management, and other HR-related tasks and responsibilities. The Director works closely with other staff in all aspects of human resources.

The Director will spearhead the recruitment and hiring of a diverse staff, partnering with management to make hiring recommendations. A core component of the Director’s responsibilities will be to support the museum’s IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access) initiatives. The Director ensure that CMA is a safe, supportive environment for all employees by putting zero-tolerance harassment policies in place and serving as an advocate for all employees.

The Director oversees the health of CMA’s culture by protecting positive contributions and identifying issues that hold the institution back. The Director will support organizational culture in order to positively impact employee retention and talent acquisition. The Director work directly with the senior leadership to conduct observations and provide constructive feedback.

The Director leads change management efforts as they relate to human capital.

Duties and Responsibilities:

1. Create and manage the talent acquisition and retention function for the Museum. Develop, implement, and enforce policies and procedures related to recruitment efforts. Communicate as appropriate with candidates, coordinate schedules and appointments, interview candidates and keep them informed of their status in the recruitment process. Provide appropriate onboarding training and information.
2. Conduct a comprehensive training plan that includes harassment and implicit bias- related training for all staff. Coach management and supervisory staff on conflict negotiation, employee relations, and interdepartmental communication.
3. Develop, council and oversee a new performance evaluation process, train supervisors in the process of giving ongoing feedback and creation of employee improvement plans.
4. Conduct investigations when employee complaints or concerns are identified.
5. Interpret policies and procedures to comply with federal, state, and local legal requirements, including employment laws (i.e., ADA, FMLA, EEO) and recommend solutions to problems.
6. Develop and maintain the organization’s compensation policies and procedures including determining salary ranges and classifications, maintaining FLSA compliance, and managing and maintaining CMA’s annual salary budgets. Shared supervision of Payroll Coordinator and ensure compliance with all local, state, and federal payroll laws.
7. Manage and administer all Museum benefits, including health coverage, PTO, retirement plans, etc. Manages health care annual renewal process to ensure competitive coverage for the Museum. Communicate and inform staff of the benefits available to them and advise them of any changes. Proactively resolves problems and respond promptly to questions and requests for assistance with benefits. Work with Auditors and OPOC to complete annual 403(b) audit and Form 5500 filing.
8. Develop and maintain a new employee orientation program.
9. Develop personnel policies, procedures and best practices for employees and management, ensuring they are implemented consistently throughout the organization. Oversee the upkeep of the employee handbook for accuracy and legal compliance.
10. Co-Lead IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access Plan) initiatives specifically focused on skill development to best foster a diverse and inclusive culture. Organize the planning, budgeting, and trainings.
11. Develop and manage the budget related to Human Resource services and employee benefits.
12. Manage and update the human resources section of the company website. Maintain all human resource information systems.
13. Perform other HR-related job duties as assigned.

Education and Experience:

Extensive generalist knowledge in all aspects of Human Resources. Must be a great collaborator and align with the Museum’s interest in fostering a civil, respectful, and inclusive environment for all Museum employees and guests. Ability to maintain high level of confidentiality and discretion. Excellent leadership, interpersonal, communication, coaching, and project management skills. Ability to work without close supervision, handle complex issues and situations, multiple priorities and meet deadlines.

Ideal candidate will possess demonstrable experience in working towards promoting diversity, equity, inclusion, and access, either in their personal endeavors or in the workplace, and will keep themselves abreast of the current conversations around IDEA best practices in order to better serve the Museum’s efforts to make itself more equitable and inclusive.
1. 5+ years of demonstrated progressive leadership experience
2. Bachelor’s degree in human resources management, business, or related field.
3. Experience in overseeing payroll, preferably using ADP Workforce Now
4. Labor relations and negotiation is highly desirable
5. PHR/SPHR certification a plus but is not a requirement

Performance Standards:

1. Proper, timely and accurate processing/handling of human resources tasks including personnel changes, benefits forms, performance evaluations, employee handbook updates, and salary administration information.
2. Maintenance of accurate, complete and confidentially maintained personnel files and human resources records.
3. Maintains high level of confidentiality.
4. Works effectively with management and staff to identify, analyze, and resolve employee problems and concerns.

Physical Demands:
Staff member must be able to talk and hear with or without assistance. Must be able to effectively communicate and understand others. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Work Environment:
Environment is quiet office space.

To apply, send cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references to

Internship Opportunities

Administration: Learn how a museum operates and functions as a non-profit institution. Assist with administrative tasks and behind-the-scene work to explore what it takes to make a museum run.

Collections: Work with Museum registrars to monitor, track, and record the artworks in the collection as well as those traveling for exhibitions. Work with the archives and records of the artwork in the collection.

Exhibitions: Discover how galleries and exhibitions come together. This department manages the galleries, makes frames and cases, handles and delivers artwork, and more.

Curatorial: Learn about the artwork in CMA’s collection and how exhibitions are conceived of and developed. Work with the museum collection and traveling exhibitions researching information about art and artists. (Upper-class and graduate students only please.)

Learning & Experience: Connect with our visitors. Gain hands-on experience in front-end operations, public programming, school programming, or drop-in gallery experiences.

Development: This department makes connections with businesses and individuals through endowments, memberships, and donations. Help to keep the museum strong by building key relationships.

All internships are unpaid.
Schedules are flexible.

Internships are offered in the autumn, spring, and summer.

Application due dates:
Autumn: August 15
Winter/Spring: November 30
Summer: March 15

Download the application here.

Contact Amanda Kepner at with any further questions about internships at CMA.