Studio Manager and Visual Art Program Specialist – University of Tulsa, Gilcrease Museum

Position Summary

The Studio Manager & Visual Art Program Specialist reports directly to the Director of Learning and Community Engagement at Gilcrease Museum and is responsible for developing, implementing, managing and maintaining studio programs, spaces and supplies, overseeing part-time teaching artists and working with outside artists to develop and implement programming.

Characteristic Duties

  • Plans, coordinates and implements innovative onsite and outreach educational programming connected to studio or artist-led experiences for a variety of audiences
  • Interfaces with the public as well as academic groups in a teaching role both within the museum and at outreach sites as needed
  • Coordinates and communicates with staff teaching artists and contracted artists to ensure that studio-based activities are delivered at the highest standards
  • Facilitates installation and maintenance of student/community art gallery
  • Oversees organization and operation of studio spaces and generates a running inventory of supplies and equipment
  • Orders and maintains supplies for programs and the studio
  • Oversees and maintains budget for studio programming and provides regular progress reports
  • Works cooperatively with other Museum departments (curatorial, collections, marketing, exhibitions, and visitor services), part-time staff and volunteers to effectively plan and facilitate the delivery of programs
  • Serves as a liaison for the museum to program presenters and other community/external entities
  • Collaborates with staff to generate interpretive content for exhibition galleries, the online collection and special groups such as educators
  • Develops evaluation tools and implements an ongoing evaluation process
  • Supports Education department programming as needed and assigned
  • Participates in regular staff and department meetings and professional development opportunities
  • Performs other duties as needed/assigned

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in Studio Art, Art History, Art Education or related field; minimum one year of experience teaching art to youth and adults and developing studio and artist-led programming; demonstrated ability in managing a budget, overseeing operation of studio spaces, and ordering supplies; must be creative, collaborative, flexible, organized, and sensitive to working with diverse audiences; ability to work effectively in a team and possess excellent communication and interpersonal skills; must be proficient in PC or Mac software applications, including Word, Excel, and Outlook.

Physical Requirements

Physical dexterity sufficient to use a keyboard and telephone; carrying, pushing, and pulling up to 50 pounds; may be subject to extended periods of walking, standing, sitting, reaching, balancing, bending, kneeling, handling, climbing, and twisting; must have visual acuity to closely examine small objects, speech and hearing sufficient to perform interact with co-workers and to communicate well with professional and general audiences.

Preferred Qualifications

Master’s degree in art education or related field; evidence of grounding in American art, history or cultures; demonstrated success with sensitive engagement of historical and anthropological content.  Multilingual ability, particularly in Spanish, is a plus. Experience working in a museum setting.


Hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.; occasionally working evenings or weekends may be required; occasional travel may be required.

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