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Curator - NYUAD Art Gallery

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New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) seeks to appoint a Curator, reporting to the Galleries Executive Director and Chief Curator.

The University Gallery at NYU Abu Dhabi is a non-collecting academic museum. Its exhibition program prioritizes curatorial investigation and artistic experimentation. The program connects research and knowledge production, the region and our academic community, through each exhibition. Alongside the exhibitions, the Gallery publishes books annually, as well as a range of collateral publications.

The NYUAD Art Gallery seeks a Curator to play a key role developing exhibitions, integrating the curatorial program with the teaching and research mission of the university, and sparking new dialogues with the regional audiences, arts institutions, and the greater art world. The Curator will be part of a team that leads on best practices as defined by AAM, ICOM, and other relevant professional organizations.  Areas in which the curator plays a leading role include:

Exhibition development (research, production, publication) to contribute to art historical interpretation and knowledge production. This includes supporting and partnering with faculty guest curators and the Chief Curator, as well as individual projects spearheaded by the Curator

Programs, connecting in to the university and out to the greater public, activating each exhibition’s content through creative, stimulating programming, such as talks, symposia, residencies, tours, and workshops

Exhibitions around campus, including:

the Project Space, and its frequent rotation of smaller-scale locally derived exhibitions in collaboration with the academic and regional community

the “Christo and Jeanne-Claude Award,” an annual public art project by emerging artists based in the UAE

The Campus Collection: caring for and interpreting several major site-specific commissions and a series of smaller works on view. This includes steering a Campus Art Committee charged with oversight of this and other on-campus art projects

Training future generations – including curatorial fellows, volunteers, and student docents

The ideal candidate will demonstrate a nuanced understanding of questions surrounding art history and exhibition-making in a global context. They will have a sensitivity to the myriad of cultural perspectives that make up our audiences (who hail from over 200 different countries), and that enrich the curatorial undertaking.

The exhibition program at the gallery is, by design, varied in region, period, and style. It requires that the curator bring to the role a keen interest in investigating ideas, artwork, and curatorial practice itself. A flexible ‘curator’s toolbox’ will be necessary to support on exhibitions from different regions and periods of history (from ancient to contemporary).

Key Responsibilities:

Curatorial

For the Main Gallery:

Curate major exhibitions on a regular rotation

Conduct research, studio visits, and develop relationships for future exhibitions

Write, publish, and present in public forums related to areas of research

Partner with faculty and guest curators on developing exhibitions for the Gallery from their areas of expertise

Campus Art Collection:

Advise, together with the Chief Curator, on acquisition strategies, oversee site-specific commissions to come, and as part of this, sit on Campus Art Committee

Advocate for and participate in the formulation of institutional policies and procedures for the care of the collection that are based on accepted professional standards and best practices as defined by AAM, CurCom, and other relevant professional organizations

Research and develop curatorial texts for NYUAD’s for campus-wide collection

Curatorial Oversight of Campus Exhibitions

Supervise the Curatorial Fellow’s work, while leading on exhibitions on campus, beyond the main gallery:

The Project Space:

Advise and oversee the exhibition rotations in this community gallery

Write or edit texts about the exhibitions as needed, or supervise the Curatorial Fellow in same

Act as the first point of contact for the Project Space, together with Curatorial Fellow

The Christo and Jeanne-Claude Award:

Advise and oversee the production of the Award

Additional projects around campus as needed 

Gallery Programs and Community Outreach

As a key member of the gallery team, the Curator is responsible for representing the gallery mission to various communities and in the public eye. The Curator will:

Develop exhibition-related programming around all exhibitions, whether guest-curated or generated in-house, in collaboration with the engagement and education team. This should include creative strategies for engaging different audiences, such as:

artist and curator meetings/content development with faculty

student engagement through events and student interest groups (SIG) outreach

developing symposia, conferences, possibly residencies

connecting to schools and community groups for tours (in collaboration with the education department)

developing series of public talks and events for different regional publics including adult, family, Arabic-language, scholarly, and other

Represent the NYUAD Gallery in the communities it serves (attend regional external events and Campus internal events) to develop relationships that enable synergies and growth among our varied constituents

Education, mentorship, capacity building:

Teach college classes (visits to the gallery) and present lectures to the public about the exhibitions on view and other topics within the Curator’s area of expertise

Mentor, advise, and guide a range of student interns and junior employees on their academic and professional journey

Work with faculty to find points of intersection between their syllabus and the Gallery’s exhibitions and projects

Strategic and Operations, in Collaboration with Director:

With the Chief Curator, develop curatorial strategies and overall vision for the exhibitions program

Enable marketing and PR, including speaking to the Press, drafting press release content, supporting social media strategies, etc.

Fundraising activities and external stakeholder development, including with the Advisory Circle

Required Education:

Advanced degree in Art History or related field

Preferred Education:

PhD or MA

Required Experience:

5+ years relevant curatorial experience

Curating exhibitions in an institutional (non-commercial) context

Sophisticated understanding of art, art history, and art collections in a global context

Excellent written and verbal communication skills

Highly organized and capable of managing multiple tasks

Creative and highly detail-oriented

Demonstrated ability to interact with multiple constituencies, including internal and external to NYUAD.

Excellent research and writing

Museum best-practices

Ability to think strategically about how to grow a first-of-its-kind university gallery/kunsthalle into as a meaningful part of the UAE and region

Preferred Experience:  

Specialization in areas outside Europe and North America

Experience working in museums

Work on exhibitions across different subject matter and periods

Grant-writing and related fundraising efforts.

Managing and developing staff and interns

Professional fluency in another language (with priority to Arabic or non-Anglo/European language), both written and spoken

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Fellowship Leader

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$1700/month ($20,400/year)

ABOUT MORE ART

More Art is a New York City based public art organization. We provide commissioning opportunities, strategic project support, mentorship, educational programs and artistic development resources for artists at all stages of their career. We commission artistic and social engagement collaborations that result in site-specific projects exhibited in public spaces. It is through our dynamic relationship with artists, neighbors, community organizations, public agencies, and advocates that we create unique public art that reflects artistic excellence and social impact. More Art is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. To learn more about the organization please visit our website: http://www.moreart.org

THE POSITION

This role will act as the lead educator and coordinator of More Art’s Engaging Artists Fellowship program for emerging socially-engaged artists.

This position will require some after hours and weekend work, in addition to regular business hours for an average of 16 hours per week. The weekly time commitment varies month-to-month, averaging out to approximately 16 hours/2 days per week. This is an independent contractor position.

The candidate should have a collaborative nature, excellent organizational skills, self-motivation and the ability to multitask. Familiarity with arts activism, social practice art, and community-based public art is a must. The position requires an open, caring, and hospitable disposition, as well as the ability to set boundaries. The candidate must have basic computer skills and the ability to work across digital platforms. Preference may be given to candidates with previous experience in arts organizing and mentorship of early career artists. The ideal candidate is a practicing artist or arts educator with experience building interdisciplinary partnerships and/or community organizing.

Engaging Artists (EA) is More Art’s core program geared towards early career/emerging artists working in public art and social engagement. The program is two-tiered to include an annual artist-in-residence for 1 artist (which carries a commission of $8,000+) and a year-long workshop-based professional development Fellowship for 8 artists. Specifically, the Fellowship Leader will guide the latter, developing and leading a robust curriculum tailored for the EA Fellowship cohort, and facilitating a collaborative, productive, and safe environment for the group.

 

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Lead the creation of a year-long curriculum, bringing in guest speakers and workshop leaders to complement the program with specialized knowledge.
  • With support from the Communications and Programs Assistant, collaborate on logistics, scheduling, program design, and communication with the fellows.
  • Create and facilitate monthly events as part of the curriculum (critiques, workshops, guest speakers) with approx 7-10 guest facilitators/speakers each year.
  • Coordinate and be available for 1-on-1 consultations with each fellow, acting as a mentor/advisor to provide individualized support for fellow projects/trajectories.
  • Manage all fellowship guests (draft and send guest speaker invitations, work with Communications and Programs Assistant on scheduling and logistics).
  • With support from all staff and in collaboration with the fellows, facilitate the development of a culminating public presentation. In the past this has taken the form of an exhibition, and/or workshops and talks at host spaces such as CUE Art Foundation, Queens Museum, Flux Factory, and HERE Arts Center.
  • Support the overall mission of More Art within the context of Engaging Artists.
  • Give presentations to potential fellows and the general public.
  • Assist in the design of fellowship application and communications materials.
  • Field questions about the program and application process.
  • Facilitate application review process in collaboration with the other staff.
  • Liaise with other staff members, consultants, and outside organizations to build and maintain relationships that fulfill resident requirements and requests.
  • Interface with fellows to plan tours, meetings, site visits and events.
  • In collaboration with other staff, build and coordinate a system that continues engagement with EA alumni.
  • Support marketing and social media needs of Engaging Artists, in collaboration with the Communications & Programs Assistant and interns.
  • Keep current, knowledgeable and up-to-date on all events and programs at More Art and the field of socially-engaged art.
  • Maintain the ability to speak to the overall mission of More Art to the public.
  • Coordinate, set standards for, and supervise program evaluation and file management for grant writing with leadership and grant writing staff.

 

REQUIREMENTS

  • 2-4 years experience in an educator or mentorship capacity for early career artists
  • Demonstrated interest in art and social engagement
  • Basic computer skills and the ability to work with digital tools, apps, etc.
  • Ability to work evenings and occasional weekends during fellowship programs
  • Outstanding written and oral communications skills (Spanish language skills a plus)
  • Ability to act with excellent judgement and diplomacy and maintain a high level of confidentiality
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail

 

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Collaborative: ability to collaborate, give, and take feedback.
  • Independent: self starter with ability to ask for support when needed
  • Adaptable and flexible: ability and willingness to accommodate ongoing modifications to all tasks and projects, including regular interruptions to workflow and changing of plans.
  • Receptive: ability to absorb and apply constructive criticism.
  • Excellent time-management and people skills.
  • Even-tempered disposition: ability to work under pressure in a composed, focused, affable, and courteous manner.
  • Enthusiastic, energetic, and positive: set the tone for the program to sustain an appropriate and professional environment, sensitive to the needs of the cohort
  • Focused: ability to accept and execute a wide range of tasks.
  • Detail-oriented: ability to sustain close attention to an ongoing set of constantly emerging details.

 

COMPENSATION / HOURS

This role is a part-time independent contractor position and carries starting compensation of $1700/month ($20,400/year) (negotiable, commensurate with experience) with opportunity for growth.

The weekly time commitment varies month-to-month, averaging out to approximately 16 hours/2 days per week. This position will require some after hours and weekend work, in addition to regular business hours.

This position is well suited for a professional who is looking for a consistent institution-based position that supports their long-term career goals and independent projects. We also encourage applications from artists who occupy administrative roles in addition to their arts production practice. The position is partially virtual with occasional in-person work at our co-working office in Chelsea, NYC. Working hours are flexible but must be available during the week for meetings. We are currently working remotely until it is safe to return to in-person work. Fellowship programs take place on evenings and occasional weekends, online and in-person when safe to do so. This position is responsible for attending all relevant events.

 

At this time, all More Art staff, contractors, fellows, and volunteers are required to be fully vaccinated. When meeting and working in-person, everyone must also be willing to wear a mask. We may be required to submit to Covid tests to enter the office building (we are currently working remotely).

More Art is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages indigenous, people of color, women, LGBTQ+, and disabled candidates to apply. #LI-DNI

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Manager at Neon Studio

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$18 - $25/hr

VACCINATION REQUIRED

Skills required:

  • Woodshop skills with knowlege on how to use shoptools, e.g. tablesaw, various hand powered tools, chopsaw
  • Knowledgable of fabrication, e.g. getting correct dimensions, planning, and drafting skills
  • Woodworking skills, e.g. box and crate construction
  • Mastery of Adobe Suite Apps, primarily Illustrator and Photoshop
  • Studio management including emails, project timelines, ordering, inventory, and scheduling. 
  • Basic communication skills
  • Electrical work

Optional skills:

  • Handling fragile neon tubing
  • Driving in DC

4-5 days a week 10am to 4:30pm

Send resume with references and cover letter

Show examples of your work

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Director of Education

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Ford's Theatre—a premier arts and cultural institution in Washington, DC, and with a brand known across the United States and further afield—welcomes nominations and applications for the role of Director of Education. 

Originally opened in 1863, Ford’s Theatre celebrates and explores the legacy of the 16th President of the United States, President Abraham Lincoln. With educational programming, museum exhibits, and theatrical productions, Ford’s Theatre has welcomed millions of site visitors, patrons, and learners since re-opening its doors in 1968. Shows at Ford's Theatre range from classic to contemporary works; its museum includes exhibits on Lincoln’s presidency; and, its Center for Education and Leadership offers outreach and educational programs, seminars, and workshops. Operating through a partnership between the National Park Service and Ford's Theatre Society, Ford’s Theatre is known for hosting the Lincoln Medal awards ceremony—a medal awarded to a person (or persons) who, through their body of work, accomplishments, or personal attributes, exemplifies the lasting legacy and mettle of character embodied by President Lincoln. Past recipients of the medal include The Honorable Hillary Rodham Clinton, Dr. Maya Angelou, General Colin Powell, Dr. Condoleezza Rice, Julie Andrews, Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, Aretha Franklin, and Sidney Poitier. 

The Director of Education is a member of the senior management team and oversees—alongside their staff—all outreach evaluation including education and interpretive programs and resources (on-site, offsite, and online).  Other responsibilities under the purview of the Director include a range of programming, whether that be school and teacher programs, field trips, student matinees, historical exhibitions, and both the history and education sections of the Ford’s Theatre website and any related platforms.  Among other important relationships at Ford’s Theatre—which includes Ford’s Deputy Director to whom this role reports—the Director of Education works closely with the Director of Development, the Director of Marketing and Communications, and the Director of Equity, Diversity & Inclusion to strategize, promote, and raise funds in support of educational and interpretive programs.  The Director of Education also works closely with the National Park Service on museum interpretation and education throughout the historic site. 

With respect to qualifications, of utmost importance is alignment with the organization’s ongoing work to create a diverse, equitable, inclusive, and accessible environment for all artists, staff, students, educators, scholars, theatregoers, visitors, and volunteers—given this, the Director of Education must have a track record of being a champion for work in this area. The candidate most likely to realize success in the role will bring strong leadership experience ideally gained within an interdisciplinary work setting, and will possess direct experience in and/or a strong appreciation for the arts, culture, and history.  The ideal candidate will also: bring a deep understanding of grade school environments; have experience with organizational outreach efforts; and, have the ability to develop and implement a range of innovative learning-experiences for patrons and visitors.  Finally, the incumbent will possess excellent interpersonal and communication skills, a strong commitment to quality customer service, and a Master’s level degree or relevant work experience in a field related to the work undertaken in this portfolio.

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Assistant Gallery Director

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We are seeking a full-time Assistant Gallery Director at our Chelsea location. We are a small staff and this position will assist with all aspects of running an art gallery. The successful candidate will have strong organizational skills, keen attention to detail, and be willing to preform a variety of tasks related to administration, sales and assisting with the installation of exhibitions.

JOB REQUIREMENTS

The responsibilities include general gallery management (phones, supplies, etc.), inventory, database, and file management, artist and client liaison, art handling, and sales. The candidate should be highly organized, efficient, move fast, and can juggle many tasks at once.
They should also be interested in contemporary art and will have a friendly disposition and an enthusiastic attitude. Strong writing skills are also a must. MAC computer skills and some prior relevant experience, including knowledge of art handling, working with databases and/or websites, and Photoshop are preferred.

ABOUT OUR COMPANY

Since 1975, Kathryn Markel Fine Arts has helped collectors find art that speaks to them. We believe that significant contemporary art can be beautiful as well as visually and intellectually rigorous and that acquiring it should be a source of pleasure and self-discovery. The gallery has an aggressive exhibition schedule and we strive to bring great art to both novice and seasoned collectors with an open, friendly, and transparent attitude.

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Lead Handler

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Minnesota Street Project is currently seeking a full-time Lead Art Handler with art shuttle transportation experience and expert art handling skills to join our team of arts professionals.

ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Enthusiastically and diplomatically leads art handlers in the field; exhibits a friendly and approachable demeanor with clients and acts as a positive ambassador for the overall Project.
  • Handles, packs and installs artwork at private offices, galleries and residences, as well as in our viewing rooms and galleries; professionally secures and transports artwork, all in accordance with museum standards.
  • Assists the registration department with labeling artworks and performing condition reports; expertly stores and tracks artwork in our warehouse, as well as our vehicles, in accordance with museum standards.
  • Anticipates bookings/projects and takes all necessary steps to streamline the incoming and outgoing processes.
  • Ensures strong communication is facilitated throughout the team and that deadlines are continually met.
  • Is part of a rotation of handlers that embark on a monthly Los Angles shuttle.
  • Is available for occasional work outside the greater Bay Area.
  • Attends weekly department meetings, as well as occasional programming events at 1275 Minnesota Street.
  • Keeps vehicles and warehouse consistently clean and useable, bringing a proactive approach.
  • Inventories supplies and administers reuse/recycling policies.
  • Performs other related duties as required.
  • Available to work 5 consecutive days of the week, between the hours of 8am and 6pm, and occasionally beyond
  • Availability for long-haul/out of town projects.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Minimum 3 years experience in a leadership position at a museum, gallery or art shipping organization; demonstrated expertise in art shuttle transport, art handling techniques, packing, crating and storing protocols, as well as client relations and team communication.
  • Art transportation and shipping knowledge; Valid CA license and ability to drive a 16 – 26’ box truck.
  • Professional commitment and adaptability; willingness to safely shift directions for the need of the artwork or client, in a moment’s notice.
  • Experience, if not expertise, operating material moving equipment (VRCs, forklifts, scissor lifts, material lifts, gantries and pallet jacks).
  • Outstanding time management; ability to quickly identify and safely resolve problems, ensuring projects stay on schedule, whilst keeping the client and team in communication.
  • Demonstrates concern for detail, accuracy and precise execution of work, while managing time and efficiency of individual and team performance.
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbally and written.
  • Works well independently and as a team; gracefully shifts between warehouse, client and office settings, whilst communicating along the way.
  • Ability to safely lift 50+ lbs individually and 75+lbs as a team.
  • Proficient with PC and Mac operating systems, including Adobe and Microsoft Suites and FilemakerPro. Ability to educate others on digital platforms, as needed.
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