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Job - Associate Curator, Public Art Fund

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

The application date for this opportunity has passed.

The Public Art Fund is New York's leading presenter of artists' projects, new commissions, and exhibitions in public spaces. For over 25 years the Public Art Fund has been committed to working with emerging and established artists to produce innovative exhibitions of contemporary art for neighborhoods throughout New York City. By bringing artworks outside the traditional context of museums and galleries, the Public Art Fund provides increased access to the art of our time and provides artists with a unique opportunity to expand their artistic practice.

The Public Art Fund seeks an experienced curator to play a key role in the conception, development, and implementation of its artistic programs.

Reporting Structure:
The Associate Curator (Exhibitions & Public Programs) reports to the Director & Chief Curator. The Associate Curator works closely with artists, the project management team, other PAF colleagues in the development, production, and installation of commissioned works and curated exhibitions.

Key Responsibilities:
- Formulate compelling project and exhibition proposals that are both conceptually strong and technically achievable.
- Execute all aspects of exhibition development and implementation at the highest professional standards, including research, writing, presentations, budgeting, coordination, etc.
- Work with the Director & Chief Curator on projects and exhibitions as needed.
- As a part of the exhibitions team, work in partnership with, marketing, development, and finance departments to ensure effective planning and communications.
- Develop ideas for public programs and manage their implementation, including the ongoing lecture program, PAF Talks at the New School.
- Generate concise and lucid texts for various applications, including interpretive signage, educational materials, catalogues and other publications, grant proposals, etc.

Job Requirements:
- M.A. in art history or equivalent
- At least three years’ curatorial experience
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills
- Experience in generating exhibitions and commissioning artists to make new work
- Strong network of artists and professional contacts
- Experience in dealing effectively with diverse groups, from patrons to partners to the general public
- Imagination, creativity, and initiative
- Organization; ability to meet deadlines
- Flexibility and problem-solving approach
- Ability to work collaboratively and as part of a team

Public Art Fund offers a competitive salary plus 100% paid full medical, dental, Life, LTD and STD insurance. Optional 403(b) pension plan.

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume marked “ASSOC CUR” as soon as possible (position open until filled) to: paforg (at)
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