Exhibition Coordinator and Registrar – Columbia University

 Position Summary

Working under the supervision of the Director and Chief Curator, the Exhibition Coordinator and Registrar  will work closely with the Exhibition Manager and other professional staff, guest curators, and external contractors to realize the Gallery’s presentation goals.  As a professional member of the Wallach Art Gallery team the incumbent will actively participate in a richly collaborative, creative and challenging operational culture.

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Gallery Assistant Curator/Media Coordinator – Liberty University

Job Summary/Basic Function

This position is two-fold: the Gallery Assistant/Curator assists the chair of the department in the management of the Art Gallery. This person will conduct research, develop provenance, write content supporting ongoing exhibitions and permanent collection as well as accomplish event planning, travel arrangements, public relations and marketing for the Gallery and guest artists. As Media Coordinator this person will develop and oversee the execution of media for SVPA and its three departments; will develop and manage viral marketing campaigns, create and supervise high-profile channel accounts and integrate interactive media into the overall communication strategy.

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Missing Art Touring on Denison’s Campus Found Destroyed

“Untitled (March 5th) # 1” by artist Felix Gonzalez-Torres, a work traveling around Denison’s campus in the exhibition,  About Ourselves/Inside Ourselves, was recently stolen from the dining hall and unintentionally broken by a student.  The dining hall was the third of four locations on campus that the exhibition was going to take place in.

Megan Hancock, Museum Curator of Education and Exhibitions, explained that the museum is “going through university policies and procedures and working on finding a resolution with the Felix Gonzales-Torres Foundation.” Additionally, Hancock will be working with the student newspaper, The Denisonian, to publish an article about the seriousness of this event.  [The Denisonian]

My Gallery is Bigger Than Your Gallery | Recording and Resources

 

On Thursday, November 21 at 2 pm (EST), Michael Dickins presented on the campus plan he has devised for the New Gallery at Austin Peay University.

Faced with limited storage space on campus, Dickins started a program (with strict parameters) to share the permanent collection with the campus community, while also creating an educational opportunity for Austin Peay students. With the permanent collection at their disposal, Dickin’s undergraduate student workers curate exhibitions to hang in department spaces.

For each exhibition, students write a curatorial statement, labels, and record an audio guide segment for each work that visitors can access through the app, Guide-by-Cell.

In his presentation, Dickins shares images of the finished exhibitions, and, as an open book, shares his trials, tribulations, and successes he encountered while running this campus plan program.


Benefits of this program, according to Michael Dickins:

  • Gets artwork into public sphere instead of hidden in storage (which ours is not large enough to house our collection)
  • Allows for academic buildings to look less ‘institutional’
  • Artwork only goes in spaces accessible to the public (NOT offices) – as it is a collection at a public university and needs to be accessible to the public.
  • Artwork gets installed on OUR schedule as myself and assistants have other duties.
  • Gives students experience in curating, installing, labeling, cataloguing in database, art handling, etc. – plus writing a curatorial statement.
  • This informs the occupants of said space that this is a teaching/education opportunity and not just decorating.

Future Events

Michael Dickins will be presenting at CAA’s Annual Conference on Wednesday, February 12: Is that Unprofessional? When Artists Curate, alongside our September Coffee Gathering host, Meredith Lynn.


Articles and Documents

Austin Peay Students Discover Work from Two Major Artists in University’s Collection

The New Gallery Collections Management Policy

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Penn Museum Redesign Aims Beyond Academics

The Penn Museum, geared towards becoming “a more public institution” has reinstalled its galleries with thousands of artifacts that have previously been in storage.

The museum has also created a program for immigrants and refugees from Africa, Central America, Mexico, Iraq, and Syria to guide visitors through the museum and speak about the collections of antiquities from their native countries. [The New York Times]

New JSMA Director calls the University of Oregon’s Art Museum a ‘Genuine Treasure’

In an interview with John Weber, the newly appointed executive director of the Jordan Snitzer Museum of Art at the University of Oregon, Weber speaks about the importance of academic museums and the exciting future for the UO museum.

In his interview, he argues,

Academic museums are important because we change students’ lives by giving them an educational experience like nothing else on university campuses…You can’t teach science without a lab. You can’t teach dance and drama without a theater. And you can’t teach art without a gallery, a museum, because that is where you situate and encounter the real thing, the art itself. So a museum is FUNDAMENTAL to teaching art, and art is FUNDAMENTAL to understanding human history and human identity. If we want to understand who we are, both as individuals and as cultures trying to live together in the world, we need art, and the museum is where we can go to see it. [University of Oregon]

Museum Diversity Fellow – Museum Education, Reynolda House Museum of American Art

Summary: The 2020–2021 Reynolda House Museum Diversity Fellowship is a year-long position in the education department at Reynolda House Museum of American Art. This fellowship is a part of the Diversifying Art Museum Leadership Initiative (DAMLI). DAMLI, funded by the Ford Foundation and Walton Family Foundation, seeks to provide professional art museum experience and mentorship to individuals from diverse backgrounds, especially those underrepresented in the museum field. The grant is designed to diversify leadership in art museums; the Fellowship will assist in this goal by providing foundational, entry-level museum experience to recent college graduates.

The Museum will give preference to applicants who express how their background, interests, and professional goals will add to the diversity of Reynolda House and to the work of art museums. Reynolda House does not seek to define or limit what constitutes diversity.

Essential Functions:

  • Schedule, plan, and facilitate tours and art experiences for self-contained, exceptional children’s classes.

  • Lead tours of the historic house, art collection, and temporary exhibitions for diverse audiences including K-12 school groups, visitors with special needs, senior citizens and the general public.

  • Plan and facilitate monthly family studio art workshops for 1st – 6th graders and accompanying adults.

  • Give public talks on objects in the collection.

  • Assist with other educational programming and trainings.

  • Participate in evaluation of the Museum Diversity Fellowship.

  • Represent the museum as a recipient of the Walton-Ford Diversifying Art Museum Leadership Initiative fellowship.

  • Handle registrations for programs.

  • Potentially drive college interns on field trips.

Required Education, Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

  • Applicants must have graduated with a bachelor’s degree in relevant field (e.g. studio art, art history, education, cultural studies, etc.) within the last five years.
  • Ability to work flexible schedule to include evening and weekend hours

  • Strong interest and experience in art making, object-based teaching, and facilitating learning experiences

  • Strong interest in and experience working with children (formal or informal)

  • Sensitivity to the needs and learning styles of individual visitors, with a helpful disposition for interacting with the public

  • Ability to work as a team member and independently on multiple and diverse tasks

  • Ability to appropriately interpret policy and procedures established within the museum

Physical Requirements:

  • Medium physical work.
  • Balancing, stooping, reaching, standing, walking, lifting, grasping, fingering, talking and hearing.
  • Activities occur primarily inside but also outside.

Supervisory Responsibility:

Models instruction for special needs and older adult tours. Provides training, work direction and problem solving for semester college interns, serving as a peer mentor.  Instructs adult volunteers in assignment of duties. Teaches studio art classes for children and adults.

Funding for the position is provided through the Diversifying Art Museum Leadership Initiative. The Walton Family Foundation and Ford Foundation have committed $6 million ($3 million each) over three years, starting in 2018, to support a limited number of U.S. art museums that are developing strategies and programs to diversify leadership in curatorial and museum management.

About Reynolda:

Reynolda, in Winston-Salem, N.C., is a rare gem among the nation’s cultural institutions and historic greenspaces that features a 50-year old American art museum at its center, Reynolda House Museum of American Art. The museum presents a renowned art collection in a historic and incomparable setting: the original 1917 interiors of the country manor of R. J. Reynolds. Spanning 250 years, the collection is an uncompromisingly selective one, a chronology of American art, with each artist represented by one work of major significance. The collection was assembled by the unerring eye of Barbara Babcock Millhouse, granddaughter of R. J. and Katharine Reynolds. The Reynolda estate includes 129 acres of formal gardens and trails, and boutique shopping and dining in more than 25 conserved, historic buildings. A new app available for free download, Reynolda Revealed, shares the stories of Reynolda both inside and out. Reynolda delivers experiences that enlighten the mind and revive the senses, and we prioritize creating an environment where people thrive.

Additional information on the DAMLI initiative:

https://ford-foundation-4.forms.fm/diversifying-art-museum-leadership-initiative-loi 

Hiring Manager and contact: Julia Hood, Manager of School and Family Learning, 336-758-5599, hoodje@wfu.edu

Apply through: Job postings at Wake Forest University, http://www.wfu.careers/

Application Deadline: January 15, 2020

Start Date: July 1, 2020

Salary: $40,000 annually

Benefits: Medical insurance, tuition for a certificate program (Business Essentials for Nonprofit Certificate), computer, and work space.

Required for application:

Cover letter (1-2 pages as PDF), to include:

  • Why you are interested in this position and how your past experience (formal or informal) prepares you for this role
  • How this position would help prepare you for future career goals and how you anticipate this position would help you grow and develop as an arts educator/museum professional
  • As stated above, this position is funded through a grant seeking to increase diversity from underrepresented groups in positions of leadership in museums.  Please address the ways in which you embody diversity and how you see yourself being a leader (both diversity and leadership being broadly defined).
  • Resume or C.V. (as PDF)

Additional Job Description

Time Type Requirement

Full time

Note to Applicant:

This position profile identifies the key responsibilities and expectations for performance. It cannot encompass all specific job tasks that an employee may be required to perform. Employees are required to follow any other job-related instructions and perform job-related duties as may be reasonably assigned by his/her supervisor.

In order to provide a safe and productive learning and living community, Wake Forest University conducts background investigations and drug screens for all final staff candidates being considered for employment.

Wake Forest seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce while promoting an inclusive work environment committed to excellence in the spirit of Pro Humanitate. In adherence with applicable laws and as provided by University policies, the University prohibits discrimination in its employment practices on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, genetic information, disability and veteran status and encourages qualified candidates across all group demographics to apply. 

To apply: https://wfu.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/en-US/Staff_Career_Website_live/job/Winston-Salem-NC/Museum-Diversity-Fellow–Museum-Education–Reynolda-House-Museum-of-American-Art_R0002229