Portland State University Work Study - Curatorial Research Assistant Japanese Art
Portland Art Museum

Posted September 13, 2019

Employment Type See ad for details

Compensation Federal Work stduy funds per PSU approval

Company Portland Art Museum

Location 1219 SW Park Ave
Portland, OR 97205



The Portland Art Museum (PAM) strives to be an inclusive institution that facilitates respectful dialogue, debate, and the free exchange of ideas.  With a deep commitment to artists – past and present – and freedom of expression, the Museum and Northwest Film Center’s collections, programs and staff aspire to reveal the beauty and complexities of the world, and create a deeper understanding of our shared humanity.  We are a Museum for all, inviting everyone to connect with art through their own experiences, voices, and personal journeys.  The Northwest Film Center (NWFC), a sister organization to the Museum, is a regional media arts resource and service organization founded to encourage the study, appreciation, and utilization of the moving image arts, foster their artistic and professional excellence, and to help create a climate in which they may flourish. PAM and the NWFC are committed to advancing equity and inclusion by creating a diverse and inclusive workplace. We will continue learning as we work to evolve as an Institution, recognizing that this journey has no end and our commitment must remain. We have an active equity team currently engaged in a year-long journey to examine our internal culture and the work we do through an equity lens. We look forward to having all colleagues join and contribute to this important work. Learn more at https://portlandartmuseum.org/about/mission/.  

PAM and the NWFC are equal opportunity employers, committed to a policy of non-discrimination in employment on any basis including age, sex, color, race, creed, national origin, religion, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, political belief,  disability or any other legally protected status.  We are committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals. As part of this commitment, PAM and the NWFC will ensure that persons with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodations to participate in the application, interview, and hiring process. Alternative formats of this application are available upon request. If reasonable accommodation or an alternative form of this application are needed to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and/or to receive other benefits and privileges of employment, please contact Human Resources at hr@pam.org or 503.276.4358.  

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‚Äč**Please note - to be considered for this position, you must be eligible for the Federal Work Study program. Please work with PSU directly to determine eligibility.**

The Work Study Research Assistant will assist the Assistant Curator of Japanese Art with Tasks related to the Japanese Print Initiative, a special project to research, document, and publish online the Museum's permanent collection of Japanese prints.  


This job is only for Federal Work study students through PSU. 

Position will closed when filled

  • Compile a list of artist websites and obtaining contact information for artists and/or their estates
  • Search the collections database
  • Object research including comparanda (the same print in other collections)
  • Locate reference resources
  • Other duties as assigned

  • Must be a current student eligible for Federal Work Study
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English.
  • Accurately perform highly detailed work (using software like Excel, Word, and databases)
  • Posses a strong interest in Japanese art, history, and/or culture, with a desire to learn more about traditional and modern Japanese prints
  • Prior coursework in art history or Asian studies classes and experience or interest in art museums and/or curatorial is a plus
  • Note that Japanese language skills are not required, however, successful applicants with Japanese language ability may be given more advanced curatorial research tasks

  • The position is eligible for a variety of perks such as free Museum admission, Gift Shop discounts, and screenings at the NW Film Center. Please see our website for more details.