June 21, 2024

The Office of Community Engagement is seeking a Program Manager, Grant Wood Catalogue Raisonné Project to be responsible for the day-to-day management of the catalogue raisonné.

The Grant Wood Catalogue Raisonné (GWCR) will be administered at the Grant Wood Art Colony (GWAC), which is a program within the University of Iowa where Wood taught from 1934 to 1942. The need for a Grant Wood catalogue raisonné (GWCR) has long been recognized as essential for enhancing scholarship, preparing exhibitions, and understanding Wood and his era. Rectifying this need, the GWCR will develop a comprehensive data base of Wood’s known work that will be stored on a website and be accessible to users around the world. Within the funded project timeline (36 months), the CR database will document as many known works made by Grant Wood as possible – not only his paintings, murals, and prints but his three-dimensional work in metal, wood, and glass. The individual entries will include up to date photographs of the object, standard information such as medium, date and dimensions, provenance, exhibition history, bibliography, and notations about its history. The catalogue raisonné will serve a broad array of national and international scholars, curators, collectors, and art dealers seeking information about the artist’s corpus.

The Grant Wood Catalogue Raisonné Project will advance the educational aims of the GWAC and the University of Iowa in significant ways. University of Iowa graduate students in art history, museum studies, and library science may have opportunities to assist with the project and learn the procedures and science of cataloguing works of art. The project will nurture the development of a broad array of scholarship and creative work.

The Project Manager (PM) will be responsible for day-to-day management of the catalogue raisonné. The PM will be the primary point person on the GWCR for University of Iowa colleagues, outside editorial and technology consultants. The PM must quickly develop a familiarity with the crucial literature on Wood and actively engage in research. They will be involved in processing archival and published materials; must read actively, participate in discussions with researchers, the Grant Wood Advisory Board, and be active in the broader CR community.

This is a specified-term appointment at 100% effort for 3 years.

Click here for a full job description, including all duties and competencies assigned or e-mail the contact listed below. 

Required Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in art history or related field, or an equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Some experience with relational databases required.
  • Prior CR experience and knowledge of CR best practices preferred.
  • Must demonstrate expertise in cataloging individual works of art
  • Proven ability to work well with a team.
  • Project management experience preferred.
  • Proven research background and experience in libraries and archives.
  • Experience interacting with archives, museums, private collectors, auction houses, galleries.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Word and Excel; with scanning software and hardware, and with the Adobe suite.

Competencies Required:

  • Demonstrates a Expert/Leader proficiency level in the following competencies:
    • Ability to successfully manage projects.  Demonstrated by excellent communication skills (written and oral), ability to meet deadlines, excellent problem-solving skills, and the ability to work independently with strong attention to detail.
    •  Building positive, productive, and collaborative relationships with a broad range of constituents.
    • Having a meticulous approach to record keeping and research.

Desirable Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in art history, or commensurate experience, preferably a historian of American art who specializes in the visual arts of the 20th century.

Special Qualifications:

  • Willing to work at the Grant Wood Art Colony in Iowa City, Iowa in a designated house provided for the catalogue raisonné as a living/workspace.

To Apply:

Click here to be redirected to the Jobs@UIowa listing. To be eligible for consideration, applicants must upload BOTH of the following and mark them each as a “Relevant File” to the job submission:

  • a current resume
  •  a cover letter

Job openings are posted for a minimum of 14 calendar days and may be removed from posting and filled any time after the original posting period has ended. Successful candidates will be required to self-disclose any conviction history and will be subject to a criminal background check and credential/education verification. Up to 5 professional references will be requested at a later step in the process. 

Work Modality:  This position is performed fully on-campus and will not be eligible for remote or hybrid work arrangements.

Location: The Grant Wood Art Colony is near the University of Iowa campus in Iowa City. It centers around 1142 East Court Street, Grant Wood’s former home in Iowa City. Five houses adjacent to 1142 East Court Street have been acquired to create a unique architectural setting for this creative artistic community.  One of these houses is available to the PM as a residence and work place.

Compensation: $45,540 to commensurate with Competitive Benefits