Exhibition Manager – Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, California College of the Arts

The Exhibitions Manager works with the Wattis Curator and Director/Chief Curator to produce and manage all exhibitions at the Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts at the California College of the Arts. S/he participates in and supports all aspects of an ambitious schedule of exhibitions, including research, preparation, execution, communication, and fundraising. S/he proposes and curates exhibition-related public programming, and provides support for all curatorial initiatives. This full-time position reports to the Director and Chief Curator.



  • Supports Wattis Curator and Chief Curator in the research and development of exhibitions.
  • Establishes schedules and project-manages the production, coordination, installation, and de-installation of all Wattis exhibitions, as directed by the Curator/Chief Curator and in collaboration with the Head of Installation and Exhibition Design.
  • Manages communication with all artists in Wattis exhibitions and artists-residents, including exhibition preparation, documentation, fundraising, contracts, visas, and any other subject.
  • Oversees and manages shipping, insurance coverage and claims, condition reporting, loan forms, custom clearances, and all registrarial duties related to all Wattis exhibitions.
  • Assists Curator and Head of Installation and Exhibition Design in the design and layout of exhibitions, liaising with artists as directed.
  • Prepares a “de-brief” document to Wattis Curator and Chief Curator following the close of each Wattis exhibition, with notes on any obstacles or successes that can help inform future projects.
  • Establishes and manages schedules, work-flow, and deadlines for longer-term curatorial planning, as directed by Curator/Chief Curator.


  • Compiles, composes, lays out, and produces vinyl wall texts, signage, and wall labels for all exhibitions.
  • Works with Wattis Curator/Chief Curator in editing and producing exhibition-related brochures or pamphlets.
  • Works with Wattis Curator, Chief Curator, and CCA Development staff to prepare grant proposals (including written and image materials, as well as budgets) necessary for exhibition fundraising
  • Provides images and information for all Wattis exhibitions to all CCA academic departments, as well as Marketing and Communications
  • Supports Head of Publications in the research and the preparation of materials related to all exhibition-related catalogues or books.


  • Conceives, proposes, curates, and produces all exhibition-related public programming, including lectures, screenings, performances, and other events.
  • Oversees the promotion of all exhibition-related public program events, including website updates, email announcements, social media
  • Oversees the audio/video documentation and archiving of all exhibition-related public programs.


  • With oversight from exhibition curators and Wattis Deputy Director, manages, monitors, and updates exhibition budgets for all Wattis exhibitions.


  • Schedules, manages, and distributes documentation of all Wattis exhibitions
  • Arranges accommodation, travel, and per diems for artists, speakers, and other exhibition-related contributors.
  • Coordinates with CCA’s Fine Arts program in the integration of an annual Capp Street Artist-in-Residence, arranging a teaching schedule and overseeing hospitality for resident.
  • Acts as liaison with all Wattis and CCA departments including Communications, Education, Publications, Development and Operations to secure a smooth flow of information related to Wattis exhibition program
  • Maintains files and correspondence as well as archiving past exhibition files
  • Gives tours of all exhibitions to visiting guests, including patrons, students, faculty, press, and others.
  • Compiles guest lists for exhibition invitations and plans post-opening dinners, in collaboration with Curator, Chief Curator, and development staff.
  • Assembles “thank you” packages of images, press, and printed materials for each exhibition and distributes to artists, galleries, and patrons following the close of each exhibition


  • MA in Studio Art, Art History, Curatorial Studies, or minimum 3 years professional experience in the field of exhibition production.
  • In-depth knowledge of international contemporary art.
  • Excellent writing and editing skills.
  • Ability to work with close attention to detail.
  • Ability to take initiative and prioritize tasks; excellent time-management, and problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to follow through and meet deadlines while coordinating many current and long range projects simultaneously.
  • Ability to support management decisions in a positive, professional manner.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Comfortable working in a fast-paced environment with a small team.


San Francisco

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Application Instructions

Applicants are required to attach a cover letter and resume. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Recommended document file formats are Word or PDF.  If there are multiple attachments, we recommend compressing/zipping your files into a zip format file. There is also a place in the application for you to provide a link to large documents. Please submit an application form for each position for which you believe you are qualified. Applications are not kept on file for future positions.

Application Deadline

For staff positions, screening begins immediately and continues until the position is filled.

For more information and to apply: https://cca.wd5.myworkdayjobs.com/en-US/CCA/job/San-Francisco/Exhibitions-Manager_R505365

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