Curatorial Assistant - Contemporary Arts Center

June 28, 2022 9:02 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

Organization: Contemporary Arts Center

About this position:

Reports To: Registrar & Exhibition Manager

Position Status: Full-Time, Temporary

SCOPE OF POSITION (General Description):

The Curatorial Assistant works with a small and busy team in a medium-sized, Midwestern, non-collecting arts institution, on the realization of exhibitions, new commissions, and special projects through research, exhibition administration, and writing. Reporting to the Registrar & Exhibition Manager provides assistance with the smooth functioning of the department, including day-to-day administration support, research, and coordination of exhibitions, long-term installations, and curatorial public programs.

As a member of the curatorial team, the Curatorial Assistant contributes to the planning and mounting of 6-10 exhibitions and special projects per year that include solo exhibitions highlighting emerging or under recognized figures; site-specific commissions; and loan-based thematic group exhibitions. Primary responsibilities include liaising with artists and artist estates to procure objects and images, conducting library and archive research, organizing, and updating exhibition checklists and loan agreements, and writing and proofreading didactic materials. The Curatorial Assistant excels at teamwork, organization, collaboration, and multi-tasking to deliver a range of projects concurrently, while working closely with internal departments, the Midwestern arts community, and international collaborators.

SPECIFIC DUTIES:

  • Assists with researching, planning, and coordinating current and upcoming exhibitions of varying scales.
  • Assists with general curatorial administrative work as needed, including preparing presentations, scheduling meetings, and corresponding with museum associates.
  • Coordinates with artists, lenders, museums, and galleries for upcoming exhibitions, acquiring information about the display, installation, and maintenance of artworks.
  • Works with the curatorial team, consolidating and sharing information regarding installation and media needs and assisting with acquiring exhibition materials.
  • Assists Senior Curator with writing, fact checking, and preparing artist bios, object labels, in-gallery guides, and other exhibition texts.
  • Coordinates travel and logistical needs for artist, guest curator, and scholar visits including flights, lodging, per diems, and itinerary development.
  • Creates curatorial-related content for the museum’s website and social media accounts.
  • Assists with the coordination and facilitation of exhibition openings and programming events.
  • Performs exhibition support functions, including library and archives research, bibliographic research, oral histories interviews, and checklist research.
  • Manages rights and reproductions for the museum and curatorial file upkeep.
  • Assists Registrar and Exhibition Manager with executing loan and contract agreements.
  • Executes curatorial mailings and communications in a timely manner to donors, artists, and lenders (thank you letters, responses to unsolicited materials, catalogue mailings, etc.)
  • Assists with private views and other CAC events such as gallery tours, performances and other curatorial programming including submitting flow sheets, adding programs to internal calendars, and working with other departments to promote and set up programs/events.
  • Represents the CAC at public events in the community on behalf of the organization.
  • Any other duties as requested.
  • ALL OF THESE DUTIES ARE TO BE DONE WITH OVERALL CAC BUSINESS IN MIND. THE PERSON IN THIS POSITION WILL BE CONSCIOUS OF OTHER CAC PROGRAMS, EXHIBITION NEEDS, AND CAC POLICY AND PROCEDURES.

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Degree in Art History or extensive equivalent experience.
  • Knowledge of national and international contemporary art practices and debates.
  • Experience in arts administration, museums, or research.
  • Strong organization skills and impeccable attention to detail.
  • Excellent communication and accuracy in written and verbal communication.
  • Excellent research and writing skills.
  • Familiarity with library and archive research.
  • Good computer skills and experience with word processing programs and collection management systems.
  • Ability to work as part of a team and independently, remaining calm under pressure in a fast-paced work environment.

APPLICATION PROCESS:

  • Please send cover letter and resume by July 25, 2022 to Aly Laughlin: alaughlin@cincycac.org
  • The Contemporary Arts Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer where all applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, Veteran, or disability status.

ABOUT THE CONTEMPORARY ARTS CENTER:

Mission Statement:

The Contemporary Arts Center brings art and the creative process to all people through exhibitions, performances, and experiences that open minds.

Vision Statement:

The CAC will champion open minds and foster an inclusive culture by using contemporary art and mutual learning as vehicles for connecting people, cultivating creativity, and catalyzing curiosity.

Value Statements:

  • Art has the power to create change by engaging with the issues of our time.
  • We must be a civic and community hub for open conversation and artistic expression.
  • Embracing diverse perspectives benefits everyone.
  • As a non-collecting institution, we must evolve and take risks.
  • Supporting artists, and making them accessible to our communities, drives empathy, creativity, and critical thinking.

Learn more at www.cincycac.org.

More information and application can be found here.

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