Assistant Curator for Northern Art

Post Date:
October 10, 2019
Application Due:
November 4, 2019




The Frick Collection is an art museum consisting of more than 1,400 works of art from the ninth to the nineteenth centuries, displayed in the intimate surroundings of the former home of Pittsburgh industrialist Henry Clay Frick. The residence is one of New York City’s few remaining Gilded Age mansions. The Collection with its furnishings and works of art has been open to the public since 1935, and has continued to acquire works of art since Mr. Frick’s death. Adjacent to the museum is The Frick Art Reference Library, an internationally-recognized research library that serves as one of the most complete resources for the study of Western art. Founded in 1920 by Helen Clay Frick as a memorial to her father, the Library today holds more than one million study photographs, 360,000 books and periodicals, and 100,000 auction catalogs. Today it is one of the leading institutions for research in the fields of art history and collecting and is open to interested individuals from all over the world.

Along with special exhibitions and an acclaimed concert series, the Frick offers a wide range of lectures, symposia, and education programs that foster a deeper appreciation of its permanent collection.

Position Summary

The Assistant Curator for Northern Art will be an expert in the history of Northern European Art, in charge of the collection of paintings and sculptures from the Netherlands, Flanders and Germany at The Frick Collection. He/she will be working on art historical research around the Collection in these fields. He/she will be in charge of researching and writing collection catalogues in this area of the Collection. The Assistant Curator will also be in charge of presenting exhibition proposals and curating exhibitions in that area of the Collection, spanning the chronological period from the 14th to the 17th century, and the geographical areas of the Netherlands, Flanders, Germany and France. He/she will coordinate permanent collection art moves in that area, in collaboration with the curators. He/she will be encouraged to contribute to projects in other areas.

Additional areas in which the Assistant Curator will serve are:

  • Assisting with researching, writing texts for, and installation plans for long-term loans to Collection.
  • Assisting with permanent collection gallery labels.
  • Writing articles for The Frick Collection’s Members Magazine.
  • Participating in Education programs with lectures, seminars, and gallery talks.
  • Contributing to donors’ cultivation and fundraising.


  • Ph.D. in art history in the fields of Flemish or Dutch art between the 14th and the 17th centuries.
  • Scholarly publications spanning the range between early Netherlandish art and Golden Age Dutch and/or Flemish art.
  • Established expertise in the history of both painting and sculpture.
  • Exceptional knowledge of at least one of these languages: Dutch, Flemish, French, German.
  • Additional secondary knowledge of one of these languages: Dutch, Flemish, French, German.
  • Established skills in public speaking and lecturing.
  • Previous curatorial experience in museum world.

Benefits in Employment with the Frick Collection

Full-time employees are eligible to participate in group life, health, and dental insurance plans. Employees contribute to the cost of their health insurance based on income level and type of coverage selected. Other benefits include Short and Long Term Disability insurance, employee contributed tax deferred annuity, flexible spending plans for health, dependent care and commuting costs, generous defined benefit pension plan with participation after one year of service/vesting after five years of service, 13 paid holidays, and accrual of 12 vacation days the first year of employment. All employees may access free or discounted admission to most of New York’s finest museums. The Frick provides employees with a discount on Museum Shop purchases and an on-site employee dining service. The Frick Collection offers a beautiful and pleasant work setting and an excellent opportunity to appreciate some of the world’s finest works of art.

Application Process

Please send resume with salary requirements to:

Chief Curator, (Include “Assistant Curator for Northern Art” in subject line of email.)
The Frick Collection
1 East 70th Street
New York, NY 10021

Application Deadline: November 4, 2019

No phone calls please. 

Inquiries without cover letter and salary requirements will not be considered.

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