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Job: Director/Chief Curator, McIntosh Gallery

Posted by Michelle Kasprzak • Tuesday, August 18. 2009 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities

The University of Western Ontario invites applications for the position of Director/Chief Curator, McIntosh Gallery. The McIntosh is a public gallery, located at the centre of The University of Western Ontario campus in London, Ontario, Canada, and serves the University and the broader arts community, linking regional, national, and international academic and public constituencies.

The Gallery is supported through The University of Western Ontario, with additional funding provided by the Government of Ontario through the Ontario Arts Council and by the Canada Council for the Arts. The permanent collection includes over 3300 works in various media, dating primarily from the early 19th Century to the present. The collections mandate focuses on regional and national Canadian art. The McIntosh Gallery is a vital component of the University's teaching and research activity in the visual arts and media, providing a resource for scholarship and practice in art history, contemporary arts, and museology.

The Director/Chief Curator of the McIntosh Gallery reports directly to the Provost and Vice-President (Academic) of The University of Western Ontario and exercises executive authority on behalf of the McIntosh Gallery Committee of the University's Board of Governors. Leading a staff comprised of a Curator, a Registrar & Installations Officer, Administrative Assistant and a strong group of work-study students and volunteers, the Director/Chief Curator is responsible for the artistic vision, leadership and management of the Gallery, including the setting of operational priorities, budget management, coordination of staff and volunteer activities, and promotion of the Gallery in its academic and public role as a cultural resource within the University and in the broader community. The Director/Chief Curator is also responsible for overseeing the development of the collections, planning exhibitions on the campus and in the community, and creating effective strategies for generating resources in support of Gallery activities and acquisitions.

The appointment, to be effective January 1, 2010, is for a period of five years, renewable. This challenging position demands superb interpersonal and communication skills and sound judgment to provide strategic leadership for the evolving role of the McIntosh Gallery in both its academic and public dimensions. A substantial background in visual arts and arts administration is essential, as is familiarity with the contemporary local, national and international contexts within which the Gallery operates. The successful candidate should hold a Masters degree or higher in Art History or Curatorial Studies – or equivalent experience – and possess a record of accomplishment documented through a strong publication and exhibition history. This position also requires deep familiarity with the theoretical, historical and intellectual contexts of contemporary art practices and a demonstrated ability to work effectively in an environment of research and scholarship.

The Selection Committee expects to begin its review of candidates in September. To receive consideration, applications or nominations should be received prior to September 10, 2009. The University of Western Ontario is committed to employment equity and welcomes applications from all qualified women and men, including visible minorities, aboriginal people and persons with disabilities.

Applications including an up-to-date curriculum vitae and a Statement of Curatorial Vision and Proposed Direction for the McIntosh Gallery (no more than 500 words) should be submitted in confidence to:

Chair, McIntosh Gallery Selection Committee, Office of the Provost & Vice-President (Academic), Room 119A, Natural Sciences Centre, London, ON N6A 5B7, Canada, or electronically to: vpacademic -at-
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