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Opportunity - Curator-in-Residence, Disjecta Interdisciplinary Art Center, deadline November 18

Posted by April Steele • Wednesday, October 12. 2011 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities

The application date for this opportunity has passed.


Portland, Oregon based Disjecta Interdisciplinary Art Center is accepting proposals for a curator-in-residence for its 2012-2013
exhibition season. Disjecta is a nonprofit art and cultural organization that provides essential resources for artists to create and exhibit new work, serving as a bridge between Portland’s larger arts institutions and smaller, grassroots organizations and galleries. Disjecta houses an expansive exhibition space for the presentation of vital visual and performing arts at the local, regional, national and
international level that speaks to the region's diverse interests, talents and identities.

Disjecta developed the Curator-in-Residence program to allow for significant engagement with a broad range of curators and artists.
Rotated on an annual cycle, the program provides an opportunity for local and national curatorial talent to develop and expand the scope
of their curatorial practice by organizing a series of exhibitions in Disjecta’s dynamic 3,000-square-foot space. Throughout the season (September 2012 through August 2013) the curator-in-residence will organize a series of five to six exhibitions. At least three of these must highlight regional artists of the Pacific Northwest. The nature of Disjecta’s exhibition space and mission encourages contemporary work that is installation-based, specific to the site or project-based. Disjecta encourages artists and guest curators to challenge themselves and viewers, to take intelligent risks, and to expand definitions of discipline.

Scope of Work
- Solicit and select artists for five or six exhibits (three must emphasize regional Pacific Northwest work) and oversee exhibit planning, budgeting and design.
- Administer contracts, schedules and budgets in collaboration with Disjecta staff.
- Assist in planning and attend opening receptions, group tours/curator talks, artist talks and workshops with exhibiting artists.
- Communicate the mission and goals of Disjecta while bringing a unique curatorial vision to the program.
- Convey key messages about artists’ work and Curator-in-Residence exhibits to Disjecta staff for media materials.
- Prepare drawings, models and sketches as required.
- Participate in fundraising duties as needed or assigned.

Desired Qualifications
- Minimum three year curatorial history.
- Awareness of contemporary arts issues, practices and artists.
- A clear and distinct curatorial vision that is consistent with Disjecta’s mission.
- Knowledge of or willingness to become familiar with regional contemporary art.
- Ability to work both independently and as part of a team within a larger arts organization.
- Ability to organize and communicate messages effectively through writing and public presentation.
- Ability to manage exhibition budgets.
- Ability to meet deadlines.
- Graduate-level education in curatorial studies or a related field is preferred but not required.

Submission Requirements
All applications must be sent via email. No exceptions. The subject line must read: Curator in Residence Application. Please include the

1. Examples of past curatorial work, including images and critical reviews.
2. Curatorial statement and vision for the Disjecta Curator-in-Residence Program.
3. Professional resume.
4. Two writing samples.
5. Three professional references.

Proposals are due to Disjecta on Friday, November 18, 2011 Midnight PST. Please forward application materials to Bryan Suereth at bryan(at) Qualified candidates will be contacted in November. No phone calls please.
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