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Job - Senior Curator of Exhibitions, Salt Lake City Art Center

Posted by April Steele • Monday, July 18. 2011 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities
Salt Lake Art Center is currently pursuing a pioneering program of contemporary exhibitions designed to engage local residents while simultaneously participating in the national dialogue about and through contemporary art. The Art Center’s efforts to create a more permeable nexus with the community and the related flourishing of activity, referred to as the “Renaissance at the Salt Lake Art Center” by The Salt Lake Tribune, have led to a nearly six-fold growth in the Art Center’s audience in the last 18 months. Salt Lake Art Center is Utah’s museum of contemporary art, operating continuously since 1931.

Salt Lake City is the cultural and economic heart of the Intermountain West and is within easy driving distance of national parks, ski resorts, red rock wilderness, and Robert Smithson’s Spiral Jetty. Salt Lake’s thriving and diverse urban life, which places it at No. 7 nationally on The Atlantic’s Bohemian Index, includes award-winning restaurants, an active slow food/urban gardening community, monthly Critical Mass events, the Sundance Film Festival, the University of Utah’s top-ranked creative writing program, and the internationally-recognized Soldier Hollow Sheepdog Classic.


The Salt Lake Art Center seeks a dynamic and ambitious curator who wishes to organize, from conception to installation, five to 10 exhibitions annually that will continue our transformative dialogue with the local community and help us cement a position of regional and national prominence. The Senior Curator will also be expected to organize at least one off-site community initiative annually. The Senior Curator plays a leadership role in shaping the institution’s curatorial vision and philosophy and should have a successful record of exhibition development.

As the principle curatorial representative of the Art Center, the Senior Curator of Exhibitions will have occasional responsibility to speak with donors, local and national media, and at community events. The Senior Curator of Exhibitions will also be expected to coordinate the activities of the curatorial department with other departments inside the Art Center, including development and communications.

Job Requirements:

The Senior Curator of Exhibitions must have deep knowledge of trends in contemporary visual art of the last twenty years, including video, transmedia, site-specific, and performative works, and the ability to apply this knowledge to create exhibitions that serve broader institutional goals. Superior organizational skills required to meet overlapping project deadlines. Excellent oral and written communications skills are essential. Strong contacts with colleagues, scholars, and artists in the national and international contemporary art community required.

Masters or M.F.A. in arts-related field and minimum of five to seven years of successively increasing curatorial experience preferred. Salt Lake Art Center is a non-collecting institution.

Interested candidates should submit cover letter, curriculum vitae, salary history and 500-word writing sample to adamp(at) . Position to remain open until filled.
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