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Our Mission

To engage and inspire through the arts, gardens, and education.


The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens is a vital community partner that reaches out to diverse audiences through outstanding artistic offerings, dynamic learning experiences, and opportunities to participate in the beauty of the natural world. The Museum is an environment in which joy and discovery infuse all that we do. Arts, gardens, and education converge to create meaningful personal experiences and open a world of new possibilities. We honor our rich history, embrace the energy of our time, and commit to a vibrant future through the advancement of resources to grow and deepen our mission.




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Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens
829 Riverside Avenue
Jacksonville, Florida 32204





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Donations from the Cummer Museum will be considered for non-profits' fundraising programs and organizations' charitable initiatives. Because we are a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, the Museum cannot provide financial sponsorships or program advertising; however, requests for complimentary passes or memberships will be considered. Please request donations at least ONE MONTH prior to the event. Because of the high volume of requests received, the Museum can provide only one item per school or organization per year. Out-of-area requests will not be considered due to the tremendous volume of requests received and the limited number of items that are available.

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For general inquiries, please call 904.356.6857. To reach a specific department, dial the extensions listed below:

Administrationext. 6016
Admissionsext. 6265
Advancementext. 6025
CafÉext. 6022
Corporate Relationsext. 6028
Curatorialext. 6253
Educationext. 6203
Event Rentalext. 6026
Facilitiesext. 6014
Financeext. 6010
Gardensext. 6254
Human Resourcesext. 6029
Individual Givingext. 6025
Marketing & Communicationsext. 6034
Membershipext. 6007
Shopext. 6035
Programsext. 6023
Rights & Reproductionsext. 6020
Reservationsext. 6023
School Toursext. 6203
Securityext. 6200
Adult Toursext. 6023
Volunteersext. 6007



Personnel Philosophy and Standards

The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens believes that we all deserve to work in an environment where we are treated with dignity and respect. The Museum is committed to creating such an environment because it brings out the full potential in each of us, which in turn, contributes directly to meeting the needs of the public and community we serve.

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The Cummer Museum's policy is to provide equal employment opportunity to all qualified employees and applicants for employment regardless of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age, disability, genetic information, or sexual orientation. The Cummer Museum's intent and desire is that equal employment opportunities will be provided in employment recruitment, selection, compensation, benefits, promotion, demotion, lay-offs, termination, and all other terms and conditions of employment.

Application for Employment

Due to the high volume of applications we receive, we cannot personally contact everyone who submits an application. If you are selected for an interview, a member of our Human Resources Department will contact you. We will make every effort to notify applicants once a position has been filled; however, please refer to this job posting board to determine if positions are open or closed. 

Executive Director

The Museum is seeking an experienced, exceptional, and visionary leader to head its AAM-accredited institution, serving as the torchbearer for its distinctive legacy in Jacksonville and the region as an arts and culture hub, while expanding the Museum's impact on current and future generations.

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Cummer Museum Receives $4 Million Gift To Name and Endow New Director Post 

The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens has received a $4 million gift to name and endow the position of Executive Director, providing an important stimulus as the Museum searches for a new chief executive. This, the second largest gift to the Museum since it was established in 1961, comes from The Disosway Foundation of New York, established by Dudley D. Johnson, a Jacksonville native who currently serves as a trustee of the Museum and whose grandfather, George W. Gibbs, was influential in the development of Jacksonville during the first half of the 20th century. The gift is named in honor of Johnson's grandparents. 

For further information about this gift, please see the full media release, and for more information about George W. and Kathleen I. Gibbs, please see their biographies.


Director of Advancement

The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens seeks a full-time Director of Advancement to serve as the Museum’s chief advancement officer. Reporting to the Executive Director, the DOA is a member of the Senior Management Team and liaison and partner to the Advancement Committee of the Board of Trustees.

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Associate Curator

The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens seeks an Associate Curator to bring the Museum’s Permanent Collection and exhibitions to life for our visitors. Collection displays and exhibitions should illuminate diverse areas of art history and artistic production; reinterpret familiar periods, styles, or stories; embrace themes or topics with strong community relevance; challenge the Museum’s audiences’ preconceived opinions; and provide a platform for dynamic learning opportunities and meaningful personal experiences that further the Museum’s mission.

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Full-Time Museum Custodian

The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens seeks a 32-hour Full-Time Museum Custodian to be part of a team responsible for the overall custodial/janitorial functions (maintaining a clean, healthy environment, providing quality care and housekeeping of the facility), program/rental set ups, and light maintenance. The appearance of the facility makes a major impression on the overall visitor experience.

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Corporate Sponsorships & Grants Officer

The Cummer Museum seeks a Corporate Sponsorships & Grants Officer who is responsible for implementing the Museum’s efforts to identify and develop exhibition, program, and operating sponsorships. Working with various Museum departments, use thorough knowledge of Museum needs and programs to build relationships with corporate, private, and government funders. Manage the grants and sponsorship program to secure and steward new and existing funds.

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  • Ricardo (Rick) Morales, III - Chair
  • Pam Paul - Vice Chair
  • Martha Baker - Secretary
  • John Hirabayashi – Treasurer
  • Barry L. Allred
  • Peggy Bryan
  • Nancy Chartrand
  • John W. Donahoo, III
  • Barbara H. Harrell
  • Micah Heavener
  • Dudley D. Johnson
  • Marcy Moody
  • William H. (Billy) Morris
  • Mary F. Pietan
  • James A. Richardson, II
  • Kenneth A. (Ken) Rowles
  • Ryan A. Schwartz
  • David Strickland
  • Clay B. (Chip) Tousey, Jr.
  • Susan B. Towler


  • Holly Keris – Acting Director
  • Cara Bowyer – Director of Events & Programs
  • Lisa Kaspar – Director of Operations
  • Susan Surber – Director of Finance


Privacy Statement

This privacy and institutional restrictions statement discloses the privacy practices and copyright restrictions for the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens' website. The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens respects the privacy of our Members, Donors, and website visitors. We will not sell, trade, or share personal information with anyone else, nor send donor mailings on behalf of other organizations.


Copyright Statement

All files on this site are the property of the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens and are intended for personal use only; neither text nor images are published for use in the public domain. Any commercial use or publication without written permission is strictly prohibited. Copying, redistribution, or exploitation for personal or corporate gain is not permitted. All content is copyrighted by the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens; other copyright holders are noted where applicable. For information on obtaining digital images or to acquire permission to reproduce images, please visit the Reproduction Requests section of this site.


This website may contain links to other sites. Please be aware that the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens is not responsible for the privacy practices of such other sites. We encourage our users to be aware when they leave our site and to read the privacy statements of each and every website that collects personally-identifiable information.


Researching Your Collection

The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens offers public access to a non-circulating research library of more than 10,000 books, catalogues, and periodicals related to art history, connoisseurship, the art market, theory, museology, gardens, landscape design, and horticulture. Visitors are welcome to make an appointment to work with one of the Museum’s Librarians. As the Librarians are available for limited hours each week, visitors must make an appointment in advance by calling 904.356.6857.

Staff members at the Cummer Museum are unable to provide appraisals, valuations, or recommendations of appraisers or conservators. We recommend that you contact the following organizations for assistance.

American Society of Appraisers
11107 Sunset Hills Road, Suite 310
Reston, VA 20190

International Society of Appraisers
225 West Wacker Drive, Suite 650
Chicago, IL 60606
312.981.6778; FAX 312.981.2908

Appraisers Association of America
212 West 35th Street
New York, NY 10001
212.889.5404 x10; FAX 212.889.5503

To locate a specialized conservator, we recommend that you contact the following organization:

American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works
1156 15th Street NW Suite 320
Washington, DC 20005

Reproduction Requests

Image Services
Use of images from the Permanent Collection and Gardens is permissible only with materials supplied by the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens.

Any person wishing to publish or broadcast photographic reproductions must make a written request for permission. The Cummer Museum charges licensing fees for high resolution images (tiffs or jpegs) that are provided for these purposes. All requests are subject to review and approval. Costs vary and will be determined based upon intended use, available photography, and preferred delivery method. A quote will be sent outlining these costs, followed by a contract that specifies how the image may be used in your project. Advance payment is required.

The Registrar’s Office will provide, free of charge, a low-resolution digital image of a work of art in the Permanent Collection, if it is available, for educational use or for scholarly or personal research, including a thesis or dissertation. Digital images requested for these purposes are not intended for publication, broadcast, or for personal or commercial gain. Any unauthorized reproduction or distribution of this material is not permitted.

The Cummer Museum does not own copyright for all works in the Permanent Collection. The Cummer Museum’s licensing fees do not include any copyright fees due to the artist or the artist’s estate. It is the responsibility of the applicant to obtain permission from the copyright owner or administrator. The Cummer Museum will assume no responsibility for infringement of copyright laws by third parties.

Submitting Image Request
Requests to obtain low-resolution digital images must include the applicant’s contact information and refer to the image by artist/maker, title, and/or accession number.

Requests to obtain a high-resolution digital image or acquire permission to reproduce images must complete an Application for Reproduction Permission. This application may be mailed, emailed, or faxed.

Please direct all Permanent Collection and Garden image requests to:

Kristen Zimmerman
Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens
829 Riverside Avenue
Jacksonville, Florida 32204
Tel 904.899.6020
Fax 904.353.4101

No object or its image may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means (electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise) without prior written permission from the Registrar. The Cummer Museum reserves the rights to review, approve, restrict, or deny the reproduction or other replication of any of the works of art in its collections. Decisions as to the commercial use of the collections require careful consideration of both the integrity of the object and the Cummer Museum’s reputation as an educational and research institution. Any such use will be subject to conditions specified by the Cummer Museum. Any replication must be clearly noted as a reproduction along with the appropriate credit line identifying the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens as owner, and giving the source of acquisition.