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The Canton Museum of Art is one of Ohio’s premier regional museums for an exceptional visual arts experience. CMA is recognized for powerful exhibitions focused on American art, its influences and themes that allow everyone to connect with creativity and cultural heritage. The Museum’s diverse education programs serve thousands of students of all ages. CMA’s acclaimed permanent collection focuses on American works on paper, primarily watercolors, and contemporary ceramics – representing such notable artists as Andrew Wyeth, Edward Hopper, Winslow Homer, John Singer Sargent, Childe Hassam, Viktor Schreckengost, Toshiko Takaezu, Peter Voulkos, and Viola Frey. Founded in 1935, CMA is a cultural destination for the city and region, with programs making the discovery and exploration of art accessible to all. CMA welcomes more than 44,000 visitors each year. CMA is an equal opportunity employer.

Curator of Exhibitions

The Canton Museum of Art (CMA) seeks a full-time Curator of Exhibitions (COE) who is creative, energetic, and team-oriented. The ideal candidate will work together with Museum leadership and the curatorial team to organize new exhibitions, collection-based exhibitions, and exhibition-related programs that advance the Museum’s mission to make the discovery and exploration of art accessible to all. This is a highly attractive opportunity for an enthusiastic, hands-on art professional to work in a senior position at a mid-sized, dynamic museum that is a cultural cornerstone in a city that values art(s) and is evolving as a cultural tourism destination for Northeast Ohio. 

The ideal candidate will have 1) at least 8 years progressive, applied experience in creating, managing, and installing exhibitions; 2) preparing and monitoring exhibition budgets; 3) a professional network of museum, art handling, and gallery professionals; and 4) a commitment to curating exhibitions and creating content of the highest artistic and storytelling excellence that provide an enriching, educational experience with art for all ages. S/he is one of the content authorities of the Museum, and expertise in American art from the 19th century forward is strongly preferred.

The Curator of Exhibitions serves as a key member of the senior management team and must demonstrate a strong track record of artistic excellence, a collaborative spirit, a desire to create an engaging experience for all museumgoers, and be a leader in promoting innovative partnerships with other regional and national arts organizations. The position reports to the Executive Director/CEO and works in collaboration with all areas of the Museum.


  • Work with the Director, Registrar & Curator of Collections, guest curators, and outside agents to develop exhibitions and exhibition-related materials. Direct the ongoing strategy and plans for the Museum’s exhibition programming, with emphasis on broadening the understanding and interpretation of American art and its influence.

  • Coordinate all exhibition logistics and planning, including scheduling and timelines; loan forms; contracts; transportation carriers; insurance; security as required; and institutional, collector, and/or artistic relations and communications.

  • Establish exhibition budgets, including projecting revenue sources, in collaboration with other department heads. Manage approved budgets, and allocation of resources.

  • Manage the Museum galleries and art storage areas, including layout, display, and maintenance.

  • Work with Curatorial team, interns, and others to plan, layout, install, and de-install the Museum’s original, touring, and collection exhibitions, including:

    • Preparation of exhibition areas and installation of artwork, pedestals, vitrines, platforms, graphics, title wall vinyl, and exhibition labels
    • Coordinate the safe transport of art objects to and from the exhibition areas
    • Check and maintain condition and lighting of artwork on display
  • Research and write exhibition labels and informational graphic panels. Work with Director and Marketing Director to design and produce materials and coordinate with external vendors.  

  • Collaborate with Development and Marketing to create collateral material for exhibitions including brochures, announcements, and web and social media content. Ensure the accuracy of all art-related information delivered to the public.

  • Collaborate closely with the Education Manager to develop appropriate educational content strategies related to original, collection, and touring exhibitions to ensure engagement of diverse audiences. Develop and present docent and volunteer education materials. Ensure the relevance and accuracy of all education content.

  • Work with the Development Director to develop grant applications for exhibition and related programs funding.

  • When appropriate, lead tours, give gallery talks, and conduct interviews to promote exhibitions.

  • Assist in identifying potential donors for exhibitions and acquisitions. When appropriate, meet with donors and prospects, and participate in fundraising events, openings, and special events.

  • Ensure the Museum has a strong and productive relationship with peer professionals and institutions locally, regionally, and nationally.

  • As appropriate, develop and manage important, creative exhibition projects in the field; contribute articles to scholarly and popular journals.

  • Attend conferences and events to promote the Museum and keep apprised of best practices.

  • Be an active, visible member of the local and regional art(s) community.


Professional Experience / Education: B.A (M.A. preferred) degree in art history, museum studies, fine art, or related field. Specialization in American art is strongly preferred. At least 8 years of museum and/or professional gallery experience curating, coordinating, and installing exhibitions.


  • Strong professional track record in exhibition development and scholarship.

  • Self-directed and motivated with an applied knowledge of professional museum principles, procedures, and American Alliance of Museums standards and best practices for exhibit design, installation, lighting, interpretation, and handling of works of art.

  • Strong knowledge of museum quality archival materials and the appropriate uses.

  • Proven management experience of major projects and budgets.

  • Excellent written and verbal skills, including research and presentations.

  • Proven abilities in building collaborative relationships with other museums and professionals.

  • Ability to interpret American art and the collection and to communicate knowledge about it in a manner relevant to the general public.

  • Familiarity with new technology and methods to share and make art more accessible to everyone.

  • Ability to work a flexible schedule — including some evenings and weekends.

  • Strong computer skills — Filemaker Pro database and MS Office software knowledge required.

  • Effective interpersonal skills, tact, and diplomacy for maintaining an effective working relationship with board members, donors, volunteers, and museum patrons

  • Collaborative, flexible, and resourceful.

  • Treats people with respect; keeps commitments; inspires the trust of others; works ethically and with integrity; upholds organizational values.

  • Dedication to creating transformative and inspiring art(s) experiences for visitors and participants.


  • For this full-time, exempt position we offer a competitive salary and a generous benefits package based on our size, region, and AAM standards.

  • Benefits: medical, prescription, 403b retirement plan, museum discounts, and more.

  • Vacation, holidays, personal days, sick days, and flex time. 


  1. You are strongly encouraged to review completely the Responsibilities and Qualifications for the position.

  2. You are strongly encouraged to review the Canton Museum of Art’s website and social media platforms to learn more. Also, review the Museum’s 990 filings for financial information.

  3. Please e-mail over letter with introduction and salary requirements, CV/Resume, and at least three professional references to CMA Employment

To apply by mail, send application materials to: Curator of Exhibitions Search, Canton Museum of Art, 1001 Market Avenue North, Canton, OH 44702

PLEASE NOTE: Incomplete application materials will not be accepted. No phone calls. We will respond only to applicants we intend to interview.


Art Instructors

The Canton Museum of Art (CMA) seeks experienced Art Instructors for children and adult classes and workshops at CMA. This is a part-time and seasonal position in the Education Department and reports to the Education Manager.

Responsibilities include:

  • Develop fun, engaging lessons plans related to relevant subject matter and age levels
  • Research content and topics related to CMA’s permanent collection and exhibitions and compose lessons for educational purposes as needed
  • Provide excellence in service and always portray a positive and professional image of the CMA
  • Perform all duties according to established CMA operating, safety, and quality policies


  • Children's classes: Degree preferred (Art Education (K-12)) teaching certificate
  • Creative problem solver with the ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Must be able to pass an Ohio BCI & FBI Background check  

Please send resume, references and a cover letter explaining what age levels and/or topics you would like to teach and why to:  

SUBJECT: Resume for Art Instructor

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