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Director, Fine Books & Rare Manuscripts Department

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Skinner, New England’s leading auction house for antiques & fine art, seeks a Director for our Fine Books and Rare Manuscripts department. The Director provides curatorial, business development, auction, and administrative support for the department. We are seeking a personable, detail-oriented individual who has the knowledge and skills to further the growth of this important area.

Responsibilities:

Directing a team in a dynamic fast paced environment.

Develop and execute plan for new business

Appraise, research and catalog items for auction

Manage efficient and timely flow of department inventory to auction

Oversee inquiries for auction, consignment, and appraisal services

Manage departmental marketing communications and public relations

Proficiency with Microsoft Office; end user proficiency with online and social media platforms such as Wordpress, Facebook, and Twitter
 

Qualifications:

The successful candidate should possess minimum 5 years experience in appraising books and manuscripts in an auction house, gallery, museum or related field. Computer proficiency, attention to detail, aesthetic sense, can-do attitude, ability to juggle multiple tasks, adhere to strict deadlines, and work collaboratively as a team member a must.
Knowledge of auction house software and systems a plus.

Salary commensurate with experience. Skinner offers a competitive package including salary, profit sharing, 401K, health & dental insurance, paid vacation, and a unique and varied working environment.

 

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Oriental Rugs and Carpets Specialist

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Skinner, New England’s leading auction house for antiques & fine art, seeks a specialist in oriental rugs and carpets. We are in need of a specialist to provide curatorial, business development, auction, and administrative support for the Department. We are seeking a personable, detail-oriented individual who has the knowledge and skills to further the growth of this important area.

The successful candidate will need to: provide pre-auction support, including inventory, cataloging, and photography assistance as required; coordinate with Skinner inventory and production departments; receive inquiries for auction appraisals and take in consignment material under supervision of the department head; provide department head with administrative and logistical support as needed; perform auction duties as assigned and liaise into the Skinner auction schedule to provide assistance with sale registration, internet bidding and phone bidding.

Salary commensurate with experience. Skinner offers a competitive package including salary, profit sharing, 401K, health & dental insurance, paid vacation, and a unique and varied working environment.

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Coins & Currency Specialist

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Skinner, New England’s leading auction house for antiques & fine art, seeks a specialist in Coins & Currency. We are in need of a specialist to provide curatorial, business development, auction, and administrative support for the Department. We are seeking a personable, detail-oriented individual who has the knowledge and skills to further the growth of this important area.

The successful candidate will need to: provide pre-auction support, including inventory, cataloging, and photography assistance as required; coordinate with Skinner inventory and production departments; receive inquiries for auction appraisals and take in consignment material under supervision of the department head; provide department head with administrative and logistical support as needed; perform auction duties as assigned and liaise into the Skinner auction schedule to provide assistance with sale registration, internet bidding and phone bidding.

Salary commensurate with experience. Skinner offers a competitive package including salary, profit sharing, 401K, health & dental insurance, paid vacation, and a unique and varied working environment.

 

 

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Administrative Assistant

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Minnesota Street Project seeks an ambitious self-starter for a full-time, salaried entry level position with a high-visibility, multi-faceted arts campus in San Francisco. The position will provide administrative support to various departments within the Project, including programming, galleries and exhibitions, art services, and general administration.

 

Principal Responsibilities:

• Greet visitors to our main office, answer and route incoming phone calls

• Reply to general information emails

• Maintain communication with gallery tenants about upcoming exhibits, programs, changes in opening hours, and personnel

• Assist in organizing, facilitating, and tracking temporary tenant information, and assisting with contract administration

• Assist with collection of content needed for production and distribution of printed and virtual materials

• Maintain and update shared calendars, project schedules, and contact lists

• Coordinate, and sort, in-coming and out-going mail and shipments

• Initial point of contact for shared-office space tenants

• Order and maintain supplies

• Perform other administrative tasks as assigned

 

Key Qualifications:

• Outgoing, friendly demeanor

• Excellent written and oral communications skills

• Excellent organization skills

• Ability to handle multiple tasks at once and be a team player

• Fluency with Microsoft Office and other common computer applications

• Interest in visual arts, particularly the San Francisco arts community, preferred.

This position reports to the Director of Finance and Administration with dotted-line responsibility to department heads.

Competitive salary and benefits commensurate with experience.

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Assistiant to Senior Director

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Gagosian is hiring a full-time Assistant to the Director to join its Beverly Hills team.

The ideal candidate will provide administrative and sales support, be able to prioritize tasks, manage heavy workloads in a fast-paced and high-pressure environment, and efficiently communicate with the Director. Applicant attributes include, but are not limited to, excellent judgment, outstanding organizational skills, and keen attention to detail. The position involves significant contact with clients, artists, studio representatives and curators; discretion, sophistication, and poise are essential. Excellent written and oral communication skills are required.

The position schedule is Monday–Friday, 9:30am–6pm, with additional hours for openings and events.

Duties include but not limited to

– Provide sales support, including drafting consignment agreements, processing invoices, and coordinating artwork shipments with various departments.

– Provide client liaison support and manage day-to-day relationships with their offices (execute and track consignment agreements, offers, invoices, and payments, and implement and oversee shipping and installation schedules for sold artworks).

– Provide general assistance, structure and organization for the Director’s ongoing schedule and workflow in all sectors of Director’s responsibilities, as well as liaising with gallery colleagues.

– Maintain order in Director’s office including sorting and filing of incoming electronic and hard copy mail.

– Provide support on Director’s sales, including following up on invoices, client services, and preparing insurance appraisals.

– Manage guest lists for exhibitions/dinners, and support Director during openings.

– Work alongside the Director interfacing with two artists and their studios. Provide administrative, logistical, and project management support.

Qualifications for this role

– BA or MA in Art History or a related field.

– Minimum of 2+ years of experience in a similar role at a contemporary art gallery or auction house strongly preferred.

– A working knowledge of and passion for modern and contemporary art.

– An interest in sales.

– A flexible schedule, with availability to work additional hours as needed.

– Excellent written and verbal communications skills.

– Ability to work quickly and accurately, with a keen eye for detail.

– Highly organized and efficient, with the ability to manage a heavy workload.

– Competence to work well under pressure and meet deadlines.

– Self-starter with the ability to work independently, yet at the same time an enthusiastic and collaborative team player.

– Proficient with PCs, Microsoft Office suite, including Excel and Word, as well as Adobe Photoshop and Google Suite and database.

Position Type

Full-Time/Regular/Non-Exempt/Salaried position with overtime.

Compensation

Salary commensurate with experience, comprehensive benefits package including two weeks' paid vacation which increases with tenure.

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Front Desk Associate

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Gagosian is hiring a full-time Front Reception Desk Associate to join its Beverly Hills team.

Gagosian seeks a polished, energetic Front Desk Associate, with knowledge and passion for the arts, to work with the public in an administrative capacity. The ideal candidate will be friendly yet professional, maintain composure under pressure, has excellent judgment and ability to prioritize, a great memory for faces, and must have outstanding phone manner.

The position schedule is Tuesday–Saturday, 9:30am–6pm, with additional hours for openings and events.

Front Desk duties include but not limited to

– Manage reception area, juggle incoming and outgoing phone calls in a bright and professional manner.

– Assist the Gallery openings, special events and meetings, such as the preparation of beverages, room reservations, press packets, catalogues, etc.

– Management and upkeep of the gallery database.

– Prepare gallery finance reports, maintain credit card receipts, and review and pay shipping invoices.

– Learn faces and names of those within the industry.

– Interact with gallery employees, interns, and clients at all levels.

– Receive, organize, and distribute mail to staff.

– Maintain a clean and tidy reception area.

– Prepare overnight shipments and messenger deliveries, book reservations for appointments, order supplies, and schedule security guards.

– Ability to work after hours for certain client viewings, openings and events.

– Assist staff with ad hoc projects as requested.

Qualifications for the role

– BA degree in Art History or related field.

- Minimum one year’s experience in a gallery or museum, including internship experience.

Position Type

Full-Time/Regular/Non-Exempt/Salaried position with overtime.

Compensation

Salary commensurate with experience, comprehensive benefits package including two weeks' paid vacation which increases with tenure.

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