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Job: Curator, The David Winton Bell Gallery

Posted by Sofia Landström • Friday, June 28. 2013 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities

Curator, The David Winton Bell Gallery, Rhode Island
Deadline: Unspecified

The David Winton Bell Gallery is Brown University's contemporary art gallery and home to an important part of the university's permanent art collection. The gallery hosts four to five major exhibitions each year, as well as annual exhibitions of student artwork and a triennial exhibition of artwork by Brown faculty members. Broadly concerned with the exhibition of exemplary work by artists living today, the gallery takes pride in showing artwork irrespective of media, content or subject and makes special efforts to support and show the work of emerging or under-recognized practitioners locally, nationally and internationally. Alongside the contemporary arts, the gallery also makes use of its art historical collections, programming exhibitions on the arts and culture of the last five centuries.

Job Description
The David Winton Bell Gallery at Brown University seeks an experienced and energetic curator with specialization in contemporary art. The curator assists the director in planning the Gallery’s overall exhibition program and is responsible for research and development of 3-5 exhibitions per year. The curator plans and implements programs in conjunction with exhibitions, provides access to the permanent collection, works with guest curators, and handles the gallery’s social media. The curator shares responsibility for the systematic registration of collections and loans. Other duties include grant writing and fund raising, creation of publicity and promotional material, and support of related University projects.

This is a full-time position. Competitive salary and excellent benefits. Applications accepted until the position is filled. Please apply at Brown University Human Resources website http://careers.brown.edu, and refer to job number H00504. Brown University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

Job Requirements
The position requires an advanced degree in art history or a related field, with in-depth knowledge of modern and contemporary art. Candidates must have at least 3-5 years of curatorial experience, with knowledge of standard museum curatorial practices and exhibition development and logistics. The successful candidate will have proven skills in research, writing, and communication. Familiarity with museum registration methods is advantageous.

Apply at: http://careers.brown.edu
Further information: http://brown.edu/campus-life/arts/bell-gallery/

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Job: Chief Curator, The Hepworth Wakefield

Posted by Sofia Landström • Saturday, June 15. 2013 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities

The application date for this opportunity has passed.

Chief Curator
Deadline: 8 July, 2013

The Hepworth Wakefield is a major public art gallery that opened in May 2011 to public and critical acclaim. It exhibits Wakefield’s art collection, the Hepworth Family Gift and the work of major contemporary and 20th century artists. Designed by David Chipperfield Architects, our ten superb gallery spaces and grounds make this one of the UK’s largest and most visited galleries outside London, attracting 850,000 visitors in two years.

As The Hepworth expands on site to occupy a newly created 600 square metre gallery in a 19th century warehouse, and The Yorkshire Sculpture Triangle initiative develops in the region, we are seeking to appoint a highly experienced and well-connected person for the newly created role of Chief Curator. They will work closely with the Director, alongside the Collection and Exhibitions team, to research and develop our contemporary exhibitions programme, both on and off-site.

• A good first degree and a further post-graduate qualification in Art History, Curatorial Studies or Fine Art, or extensive equivalent experience
• An extensive knowledge of contemporary art, of artists and art world networks
• Developing and organising conferences and seminars, contributing to internally convened and external (national and international) learning activity and agendas

Skills / Attributes
•Proven senior-level organisational skills and an ability to work collaboratively
• An ability to work strategically both as part of a team and independently, leading multiple projects and remaining calm under pressure
• Excellent verbal communication skills and a skillful, sensitive and politically astute negotiator, able to cultivate and develop strategic partnerships
• Impeccable writing skills and proven experience of high-quality critical writing on contemporary art and an ability to write text for an approproiate range of audiences and contexts
• Highly diplomatic, with an ability to achieve satisfactory outcomes when resolving sensitive problems and challenges
• Confident public speaker able to represent the gallery and its programmes credibly in the most senior international professional contexts
• Ability to devise accurate financial projections and manage budgets
• Preparedness to travel and work in evenings and at weekends as required
• Highly numerate and literate, possessing strong IT skills

• An established well - regarded reputation for curating contemporary art, with in an informed international perspective
• Extensive experience of working with living artists and their representatives
• Senior curatorial experience gained with in a major gallery or as an independent curator
• A track record of curating shows that received critical acclaim and have popular appeal
• A proven commitment to developing diverse and new audiences for art through programming
• Proven fundraising experience, from corporates and high net worth donors, to help realise ambitious curatorial projects
• Experience of successfully managing and developing complex projects and budgets within an organisational context
• An acknowledged and respected contributor to conferences, lectures and panels
• A strong publishing track record

If you would like to arrange a telephone conversation to discuss the role in confidence with the Director, Simon Wallis, then please contact Laura Whiteman on 01924 247360 to arrange a mutually convenient appointment.

Salary £40,000 or more for an exceptional candidate
Full-time, permanent post
UK-based, with extensive travel opportunities
25+ days annual leave
Contributory pension and other benefits available

Applications for this post should be made by electronically forwarding your CV and Equal Opportunities form supported by a brief covering letter, to Laura Whiteman on recruitment@hepworthwakefield.org.uk or by post to the following address:
Laura Whiteman
The Hepworth Wakefield
Gallery Walk
West Yorkshire

The deadline for applications is 12pm on Monday 8 July 2013. We are unable to accept late applications.
Further information: http://www.hepworthwakefield.org/jobs

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Job: Art Gallery Manager, Axel Vervoordt

Posted by Sofia Landström • Monday, April 29. 2013 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities

The application date for this opportunity has passed.

Art Gallery Manager, Axel Vervoordt
Deadline: June 25, 2013

Axel Vervoordt is an international renowned company, organized around 5 major core activities : the Art and Antiques department, the Axel Vervoordt Gallery for modern and contemporary Art, The interior Design Office, the Axel Vervoordt Home Collection , and the Axel Vervoordt Real Estate department.
The company is located in Belgium (‘s Gravenwezel, Wijnegem and Antwerp) with a branch office in Connecticut (USA). Currently there are some 90 people employed across the various teams.

The Axel Vervoordt Gallery is establishing a new Gallery in Hong Kong and is looking for a full time Gallery Manager for this new space.

He or she is a skillful organizer and salesperson with an art historical background as well a familiarity and comprehension of our company’s mission and philosophy.

Job description
Planning ,organizing , presenting and marketing Exhibitions and Shows
Sales and follow up of administration, contact with clients, prospects, press, etc.
Maintaining and expanding client portfolio
Monitoring of day to day function of the Gallery (reception of clients, daily attendance,)
Responsible for website updates, blogspot, Facebook, mailings and in-gallery information about the exhibitions
Organization of photography for the Gallery and works
Examination of works, documenting and issuing certificates on works in the collection of Axel Vervoordt Gallery

Art historical education and background (or similar by experience) and sales experience
Very fluent in English, Mandarin and/or Cantonese. Other languages are an asset
Proficient in Microsoft office applications and experienced in social media . Knowledge of Photshop, InDesignetc.. isa plus
Skilled communicator
Responsible, independent, discrete and professional attitude.
Well organized, self –motivated and able to handle multiple projects and exhibitions under tight deadlines
Flexible and dynamic personality

A versatile and independent position in a unique, professional and dynamic company.
Please submit your motivation and curriculum vitae to hr@axel-vervoordt.co.hk
For more information about our activities, Further information: www.axel-vervoordt.com.hk

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Job: Gallery Director, Wexler Gallery

Posted by Sofia Landström • Thursday, April 18. 2013 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities

Gallery Director, Wexler Gallery, Philadelphia
Deadline: The job accepts proposals until a suitable hire is found

Wexler Gallery is seeking a Gallery Director. Founded in 1999 and located in Philadelphia’s Old City gallery district, Wexler Gallery exhibits work that can coexist in the worlds of design, fine art, decorative art and craft.

The successful applicant will work directly with the Gallery Owner, selling art on both the primary and secondary markets. This primary function will involve: cultivating relationships with current and prospective clients; exhibiting strong sales efforts in the gallery, at art fairs and via online methods; sourcing secondary market work for consignment and purchase.

Working in tandem with the Gallery Owner, the Director will support and execute upon the Gallery’s vision.

The successful candidate will oversee gallery operations and strategies and will also:
Supervise gallery staff and interns;
Develop and maintain new and existing relationships with private, public and corporate clients;
Develop sales, business and marketing strategies for gallery and artists;
Establish and develop relationships with museums, galleries, curators and cultural organizations;
Plan exhibition schedule and related logistics;
Oversee the installation of exhibitions;
Plan and oversee all aspects of art fair participation;
Write and distribute all PR and other support materials;
Build and maintain relationships with press contacts at relevant publications;
Respond to press queries;
Represent the gallery at openings, public programs and events;
Travel for art fairs and out of town business.

The ideal candidate will have at least 5 years experience at an art gallery or auction house with a proven record in sales and extensive knowledge of the art market.
Excellent management, organizational, multi-tasking, communications and networking skills are required. Knowledge of ArtSystems and Photoshop preferred.

Please send resume with detailed cover letter and contact information for at least 3 references to jobs@wexlergallery.com.
Further information: http://www.wexlergallery.com

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Job: Curator, Second Street Gallery

Posted by Sofia Landström • Tuesday, April 9. 2013 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities

Curator, Second Street Gallery, Charlottesville VA
Deadline: Accepts proposals until a suitable hire is found.

Second Street Gallery (SSG) was central Virginia's first artist-run alternative arts space, and is today one of the longest established nonprofit organizations in the country focused solely on the art and ideas of our time. Since its founding in 1973, SSG has served the community with continuous exhibition programming, and is recognized as one of the leading nonprofit proponents of contemporary art in the Mid-Atlantic region. SSG is one of only 64 organizations to be included in The Warhol Initiative, an invitational program designed to bolster the organizational capacity of small and mid-sized, artist-centered organizations across the country. Established by a group of artists affiliated with the University of Virginia and the local community, SSG is committed to providing Charlottesville and central Virginia with access to the best in contemporary art and artists, and to fostering an active and open appreciation of this art by engaging, promoting and educating around the ideas and issues underlying it.

The gallery is located inside the City Center for Contemporary Arts (CCCA) building in downtown Charlottesville. Completed in 2003, the CCCA also houses two other non-profit groups, Live Arts (a community theater) and Light House (a youth media organization). Since its incorporation, SSG has been governed by a volunteer Board of Directors (12-20 individuals) and managed by a professional staff. SSG presents 10-12 separate exhibitions each year. In addition, SSG presents a full calendar of related educational and outreach activities that complement its exhibition season. The gallery is supported by memberships, donations from the local community, sponsorships, and grants from foundations and the state.
SSG's mission is to enliven Virginia through access to the best in contemporary art and artists and to inspire new ways of thinking, seeing, and doing. To this end, SSG strategically promotes contemporary artists through the presentation of their work in a professional gallery setting, and encourages an appreciation of contemporary art and culture by educating the public through exhibitions, lectures, workshops, classes, tours, and publications.

The Position:
The Curator is primarily responsible for leading the artistic programming with a clear sense of SSG's history and mission to bring the best of contemporary art and artists to Central Virginia. The curator is also a passionate advocate for the contemporary arts in general, and the gallery in particular.

This is a part time position, 10 - 12 days per month. The Curator reports to the Gallery Director. Salary is negotiable based on experience, and the gallery has a flexible working environment.

Role and Responsibilities:
Plan & Schedule Season
- Scout artists: visit art fairs, make studio visits, coordinate Artists Review Panel
- Schedule season six months to one year in advance: create a cohesive presentation of artist’s work; calendar shows and artists visits; assist with supporting programs
- Write and negotiate artist contracts, subject to director's approval
- Work with staff to schedule and arrange artist travel, shipping, and delivery and return of artworks
- Create budget for exhibition programming and participate in locating funding from individual donors and foundations

- Work with artist to select works for each exhibition
- Work with artist to determine exhibition layout, signage, etc
- Work with staff and/or artist to install and light show
- Write didactics, wall labels and any other exhibition literature
- Oversee one catalogue per year (if sponsorship available)
- Attend 'First Fridays' openings and give remarks/introduce artists
- Give Curatorial talks for approximately 3-4 shows per year
- Facilitate sales when appropriate

- Coordinate with and advise Director on securing exhibition sponsorships, meet with donors as needed, help prepare information for potential sponsors
- Advise the director about relevant grants and deadlines, produce sections of grant applications pertinent to exhibition programming and curator travel
- Participate in special events, including the triennial new art auction
- Plan and participate in Season Preview event (if scheduled)

- Suggest artists and themes for Artist Forum talks, work with staff and/or board on implementation
- Attend Board Meetings and/or Board Committee meetings on request to discuss upcoming shows, exhibition budgets, and so forth
- Generally liaise between artists and staff
- Serve on juries or panels if requested/as time allows

- Five+ years experience working in a museum and/or contemporary art space, or the equivalent in advanced postgraduate training.
- Direct responsibility in areas of curatorial management and gallery operations, including:
I. A history of curatorial achievement within the museum and/or contemporary gallery world that matches the schedule, sensibility and mission of SSG
II. Experience managing, collaborating with, and developing programs for the multiple stakeholders that make up a contemporary art gallery's community including donors, artists, volunteers, board members and local media
III. Experience creating and successfully managing exhibitions and budgets
- An MA (or higher degree) with a focus on art history or related area

Please send your application as a PDF attachment to: taylor@secondstreetgallery.org
Please include the following in your application
1) A letter stating your interest in the position, your passion for the contemporary arts and any relevant experience or skills you could bring to the job (fundraising, management, etc.)
2) Résumé, detailing education, professional experience and accomplishments
3) List of at least three professional references we may contact

Further information: http://www.secondstreetgallery.org
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Job: Curator, The Art Gallery of Alberta

Posted by Sofia Landström • Friday, February 22. 2013 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities

The application date for this opportunity has passed.

Curator, The Art Gallery of Alberta
Deadline: February 24, 2013

The Art Gallery of Alberta is a centre of excellence for the visual arts in Western Canada, connecting people, art and ideas. The AGA is focused on the development and presentation of original exhibitions of contemporary and historical art from Alberta, Canada and around the world. The AGA also offers a full-range of art education and public programs. Founded in 1924, the Art Gallery of Alberta maintains a collection of over 6,000 objects and is the oldest cultural institution in Alberta and the only museum in the province solely dedicated to the exhibition and preservation of art and visual culture

The Curator will work under the direction of the Executive Director / Chief Curator on the development and delivery of AGA exhibitions and related public programs. This responsibility will include the development of innovative and diverse exhibitions that focus on Albertan and Canadian contemporary and historical art. The Curator will also contribute to the management and development of the AGA permanent collection through involvement with acquisitions, documentation, research as well as the development of collections-based exhibitions. In addition, the Curator will oversee the project management of select incoming and outgoing touring exhibitions and publications and will oversee the development of interpretive programs to animate AGA exhibitions and collections.

Candidates must have a graduate degree in Art History, Cultural Studies or Curatorial / Museum Studies and 5-10 years related work experience in a museum or public art gallery context. Candidates should have a broad understanding of Canadian contemporary art, contemporary issues relevant to the visual arts as well as a knowledge of Canadian historical art and its context within the larger discipline of art history. Candidates will have a documented history of producing engaging and well-researched exhibitions, experience working with art collections and a history of writing and editing original texts for publication, including exhibition catalogues, brochures, interpretive and related promotional materials. As well, candidates will have direct experience in project and budget management, excellent organizational and management skills, strong communication abilities with demonstrated experience speaking to the public and media, and the ability to work under direction and in a team environment.

Application deadline: Sunday, February 24, 2013

Human Resources Department
Art Gallery of Alberta
2 Sir Winston Churchill Square
Edmonton, Alberta
T5J 2C1

Please note, only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

Further information: http://www.youraga.ca/employment/employment-opportunity-curator-2/#

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What Do Curators Want?

Posted by Michelle Kasprzak • Saturday, April 21. 2007 • Category: Musings

"What Do Curators Want?" was the name of an event held recently at Side Street Projects (an art centre in Pasadena, California, USA) featuring Caryn Coleman, editor of art.blogging.la and owner of sixspace.

The promotional blurb stated:
If you go about this the wrong way, you can kill your career before it even happens. So, how do you approach curators without shooting yourself in the foot? Caryn Coleman, owner of sixspace and editor of art.blogging.la, will give you some practical advice in this free, public presentation...

They have also put Caryn's notes online, which are available in PDF format.

I was drawn to read about this event for several reasons, not the least of which was wondering how an expansive question such as "What do curators want?" would be answered. Caryn's excellent tips for artists will be very useful to those who are pursuing a relationship with a commercial gallery. It's good to see that the question was focused to cater to the needs of the local audience and the expertise of the speaker.

It did cause me to wonder what the PDF tip sheets would look like for curators with other concerns. What are the relevant parameters between artists and curators when in contexts such as the museum, the non-profit gallery, or festivals?
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