Curator (Contemporary Art)

The Ottawa Art Gallery (OAG) is seeking an exceptional individual to work in a dynamic and creative environment. This individual will take on the position of curator and bring a deep understanding of how to balance a local arts focus within a national and international context. Reporting to the Director, and working within the curatorial team that includes the Curator (Historical Art), the Curator is responsible for the planning development, and implementation of the Gallery’s exhibition program. This includes a three-year cycle of exhibitions; an active publications program; and related didactic materials in conjunction with the Curatorial team. The Curator coordinates the annual acquisitions program, which is approved by a committee of the Board of Directors. The Curator works as part of a dynamic team of professionals, helping them to develop new public programs, promotional strategies, and funding opportunities directly linked to exhibitions and publications. The Curator also assists the Director and the Development Manager with the preparation of annual operating grant applications for all levels of government. The incumbent will work with the senior management team and the director to respond to the future growth of the OAG. The OAG is the municipal art gallery for the City of Ottawa, a non-profit arts organization.


Exhibitions Program | Research, development, and administration of a three-year cycle of original, guest-curated, and borrowed exhibitions as well as special touring exhibitions.
Publications | Coordination of the Gallery’s annual bilingual publications program in relation to the exhibition program. Duties include writing curatorial texts, identifying guest writers, preparing copyright agreements and fees, obtaining reproductions, and working with designers, editors, translators, and printers.
Interpretation | Preparation of bilingual support material for exhibitions, including text panels, online information, didactic labels, etc. Collaborating with the Public Programs Coordinator on the development of public and educational programs linked to exhibitions, including video screenings, panel discussions, workshops and youth programming.
Development | Assisting with the preparation of the Gallery’s multi-year operating grant applications, and providing content related to exhibitions, publications, and acquisitions. Working with the Gallery’s Development Manager to identify special project funding, and assisting with the preparation of related applications.
Acquisitions | Working with the Gallery Director and the Curatorial team to identify an annual selection of art for purchase and donation. Preparation and presentation of justifications to the Acquisitions and Programming Committee. Working with the Gallery’s Collections Manager on the submission of applications for matching funs for acquisitions, as well as CCPERB certifications.
Promotion | Responding to requests for interviews and commentary from arts publications and other media. Working with the Marketing and Communications Manager on promotional strategies for exhibitions.
Community Outreach | Representing the Gallery in the local community, attending events organized by other art organizations, and conducting studio visits with artists working in the Ottawa-Gatineau region. Collaborating with curators and professionals in other visual arts institutions on various projects to enhance the Gallery’s reputation, influence, and connectivity. Representing the Gallery on curatorial matters through participation on panels, in symposia and conferences.

Qualifications and Experience

Broad knowledge of contemporary art practices and related issues and aesthetic theories;
Superlative writing and editing skills;Excellent oral communication skills;
Ability to work effectively in a bilingual office and community;
MA or PhD in Art History, Cultural Studies, or a related field;
Minimum 5 years experience curating exhibitions in a museum or public gallery context;
A history of published art criticism; Proven grant writing abilities;
Excellent organizational skills;
Project management experience;Basic computer literacy (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook);
Ability to work independently and as part of a team; andAbility to prioritize, multi-task, meet deadlines, and pay close attention to details.

This is a permanent, full-time position

Salary Range: Compensation based on experience, plus full benefit package and RRSP contribution

Deadline for Applications: 8 July 2011

Apply with cover letter and resume to:
The Ottawa Art Gallery, 2 Daly Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario, K1N 6E2, email at info(at) or fax at 613-569-7660.

The Ottawa Art Gallery is an equal opportunity employer, and thanks all applicants for their interest. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

The Ottawa Art Gallery is an independent, non-profit public art gallery, committed to the acquisition, presentation, interpretation and dissemination of art for the benefit of the community. Its programs explore a variety of issues and include exhibitions, talks, lectures, educational programs for young people, and publications. The Gallery has a growing Contemporary Collection of works by artists associated with the region. It is also home to the prestigious City-owned Firestone Collection of Canadian Art that is presented through changing exhibitions.

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