Bentson Archivist and Assistant Curator

Minneapolis, MN

Job Summary:

Under the direction of the Director and Curator of Moving Image, the Bentson Archivist and Assistant Curator will oversee the administration and activation of this important collection. This grant-funded position will maintain collection records and databases, monitor and maintain both physical and digital assets, as well as create programming for Walker's Cinema, Mediatheque, and online platform that focus on contemporary and experimental film and use of the Ruben/Bentson Moving Image Collection. This position will also oversee the physical and digital use of the Bentson Mediatheque, monitor work flow, and budget expenses related to the Bentson grant, and works with the Moving Image Program Manager, the Department Coordinator, and other Walker teams to ensure the success of the program.


Assistant Curator

  • Create programming the activates the Bentson Moving Image Collection (RBMIC)
  • Research, conceive, and review with the Director and Curator of Moving Image plans for use of the collection in programs around the Walker campus including the annual Sounds for Silents outdoor concert, as well as exploring presentation platforms, including on-line and digital platforms.
  • Investigate broad ideas related to moving image and contextualize the RBMIC and the Walker's Moving Image program by developing critical writing opportunities for the Walker’s website and other publishing platforms.
  • Work with Director and Curator to assess the current holdings of the RBMIC in order to identify gaps as well as make recommendations for growth through acquisition.
  • Prepare, along with Program Manager, activity /administration plans for each presentation.
  • In conjunction with PR and Marketing, explore promotional opportunities for Collection programs; fulfill the preparation of materials for internal and external promotion.


  • Work with Walker Art Center Archivist to coordinate archival storage of the Ruben/Bentson Collection within the Walker Art Center's Media Archives.
  • Integrate new acquisitions into the Collection.
  • Maintain the RBMIC database and content; write catalogue entries for the Collection films that will be part the on-line catalogue and interactive Mediatheque access.
  • Provide staff and researchers with reference access to the Collection and provide access to the academic community for study and class room use.
  • Plan and implement inspection and preservation policies for the RBMIC.
  • Oversee digital assets for RBMIC including knowledge of file formats and best practices in digital archives, transfer of digital files for preservation and participation in the Walker’s digital asset management systems.
  • Provenance and rights research for new and existing materials, plus maintain rights and permissions by renewing or updating expiration information.
  • Train and supervise other staff or interns on moving image projects that utilize the Collection.


  • MA in Film, Media Studies, or related field or the equivalent experience with particular knowledge of artist moving image practices; 
  • Emphasis on moving image collections and archiving including the preservation and access of digital files, analog video, 16mm, and 35mm prints; curatorial experience with presenting films in multiple platforms and interdisciplinary contexts.


  • Full-time (35 hours), Salary Exempt, $50,000 annually,  flexibility to work some evenings and weekends required.
  • Robust benefits package, Walker membership and museum discount, and the opportunity to work alongside talented individuals and support remarkable artists, events and programming.

The Walker is committed to being an inclusive workplace. Our goal is to be a diverse workforce that is representative, at all job levels, of the communities and audiences we serve. We are dedicated to fair and inclusive employment practices for all individuals.

The Walker Art Center requires all employees to comply with our COVID vaccination policy, which requires staff to be fully vaccinated or test every 6 days. The Walker Art Center is an equal opportunity employer and will consider request for reasonable accommodations based on disability or sincerely-held religious beliefs possible without undue hardship.