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Job - Curatorial Assistant, Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery, deadline May 13

Posted by April Steele • Thursday, April 28. 2011 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities
Concordia University

Note: This posting represents a 2-year full-time, contract position (renewable – grade 9- cupeu)

Reporting to the Gallery Director, the incumbent manages the production of curatorial projects and provides research assistance to the Gallery’s curatorial, publication, and programming activities according to priorities established by the Director.


Liaise with artists and curators, art institutions, suppliers and various university services in the planning of each curatorial project.
Prepare loan agreements and standardized artist, curator and writer’s contracts; coordinate and organize transportation and insurance of loaned works; prepare conditions reports for incoming and outgoing works of art.
Write the press release for each exhibition and supervise its translation; prepare and produce all titles, labels and text panels, and conceive their graphic framework for each exhibition.
Oversee the effective functioning of the presented works throughout each exhibition; coordinate photographic and video documentation for each exhibition and event. Maintain a digital video and image library for research, publication and promotional uses; prepare final exhibition reports and administer all exhibition files; supervise work study students working as attendants at the reception desk.
Organize and oversee the gallery’s openings and assists in organizing special events and book launches.
Carry out research activities in relation to the Gallery’s future exhibitions and publication projects including bibliographic, archival and data base research in both traditional and digital formats; compile bibliographies, chronologies and data reports; research programming grants opportunities, provide and prepare material for grant applications, assist in writing grant proposals.
Liaise with graphic designers, printers and authors for the gallery’s publication program; research and obtain reproduction rights; copy edit and proofread texts and may be called to oversee such activities.
Assist in preparing exhibition proposals and in vetting incoming proposals; prepare final reports for granting agencies; prepare exhibition touring packages; manage the gallery’s touring exhibitions.
Perform other duties as required by the Director.


Bachelor’s degree in Art History, Curatorial Studies, or related area and one to two years experience in curatorial management.
Knowledge and a keen interest in contemporary art.
Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Word (to create documents and reports) and basic knowledge of Excel (to create and update spreadsheets).
Knowledge of Photoshop, Illustrator and basic graphic design and layout skills.
Very good spoken and written English (level 5); very good spoken French (level 5) and good written French (level 4) to communicate effectively with members of the internal and external communities in both official languages.
Excellent organizational and interpersonal skills.
Initiative and resourcefulness essential; ability to work on an irregular schedule, to work under stress and to meet tight deadlines.

Please send your curriculum vitae with a covering letter by May 13, 2011, to the following address (no applications by email or by fax) and indicate on the envelope CURATORIAL ASSISTANT POSITION (only those selected for an interview will be contacted).

Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery
Concordia University
1400 boul. de Maisonneuve W, LB-165
Montréal, H3G 1M8 (Québec) CANADA

IMPORTANT: The language and computer skills of short-listed candidates will be tested.
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