Chinese Art in Chicago

The shared exhibition The Allure of Matter: Material Art from China will be on view at Wrightwood 659 (659 W Wrightwood Ave, Chicago, IL 60614) and the Smart Museum of Art at the University of Chicago (5550 S Greenwood Ave, Chicago, IL 60637) through May 3, 2020.

RAAMP Video Practicum: Integrating Curricula and Exhibitions

Issa Lampe, Director of the Feitler Center for Academic Inquiry, Deputy Director for Academic and Curatorial​ Affairs, Smart Museum of Art at the University of Chicago, and Berit Ness, Assistant Curator of Academic Initiatives, Smart Museum of Art at the University of Chicago, present the exhibition series “Smart to the Core” at the Smart Museum of Art in connection with the Feitler Center for Academic Inquiry and courses at the University of Chicago.

Also featuring John Kelly, Christian W. Mackenauer Professor of Anthropology and Social Sciences at the University of Chicago, Jessica Kirzane, Lecturer at the University of Chicago, and David Levin, Addie Clark Harding Professor in the Department of Germanic Studies, the Department of Media and Cinema Studies, the Committee on Theater and Performance Studies, and Senior Advisor to the Provost for Arts at the University of Chicago.

University of Chicago Students Make Acquisition for Smart Museum

With the input of ten undergraduate and graduate students from the University of Chicago, the Smart Museum of Art acquired several three new works of art from Viennacontemporary, Austria’s largest art fair. The fair founder, Dmitry Aksenov, invited the Smart Museum of Art to bring a group of students to choose works from the fair to add to the museum’s permanent collection.

Gearing up to the trip, the students read and discussed scholarship about the art market and fairs with Smart Museum staff members. They also researched the Smart’s collection. Art history graduate student Maggie Hire said that they were “especially interested in considering the ways in which a work of art would dialogue with other artworks from the collection and how that dialogue might promote learning moments.” [The Chicago Maroon]


Assistant Director of University Arts Engagement – University of Chicago


5061210 Logan

About the Unit

The Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts provides an environment that catalyzes creative inquiry and supports the arts practice and scholarship of our students, faculty, and staff often in partnership with the broader community. The 180,000-square-foot multidisciplinary University arts center is designed to encourage collaboration across the artistic spectrum. With classroom and performance spaces supporting a full range of disciplines—cinema, creative writing, dance, music, theater, and visual art—the Logan Center houses a media center, more than 90 individual rehearsal rooms, workshops, studios, and classrooms, a 474 seat performance hall, a 100-seat proscenium theater, a public art gallery, a 150 seat black box performance space, a 129 seat film screening room, the performance penthouse, and a café. The Logan Center also partners with a number of south side and citywide artists and arts organizations to create sustained partnerships between the University and the City. To learn more please visit

Job Family

Administration & Management

Responsible for planning, directing, coordinating and managing daily operations individual organization units, clinical research facilities, centers or academic departments. Responsibilities are diverse and general in nature and may reflect more than one functional area.

Career Track and Job Level

Program Administration

Manages the daily operations of an established program, primarily in the areas of financial, events, and support services management. Programs may be academic or non-academic in nature. Ensures stability and growth of program by focusing on accomplishment of strategic objectives of program.P2: Requires knowledge and experience in own discipline; still acquiring higher-level knowledge and skills. Builds knowledge of the organization, processes and customers. Solves a range of straightforward problems. Analyzes possible solutions using standard procedures. Receives a moderate level of guidance and direction.

Role Impact

Individual Contributor


The job manages academic, research, clinical or administrative programs of the University. 1) Uses moderate/solid understanding and experience to administer the delivery of services to program participants and/or beneficiaries., 2) Sets and communicates program priorities and performance standards and assesses operations using these criteria. Plans and conducts quality assurance reviews and recommends changes as appropriate., 3) Analyzes program budgets and recommends or makes budgetary recommendations., 4) Has moderate/high levels of interactions with faculty, researchers and staff for committee work or information., 5) Performs other related work as needed.

Job Summary

The Assistant Director of University Arts Engagement co-leads our efforts to enhance arts engagement by working in partnership with faculty, students, staff and other partners from across the University and the City of Chicago to develop, enhance, and support collaborative arts projects and programs that contribute to the creative environment at the University and support the artistic work of our students and faculty. As a key member of the Logan Center programming team, this position develops sustainable partnerships with UChicago departments and faculty and collaborates closely with University and non-University based arts partners. This role leads the Logan Center’s student arts engagement efforts and provides oversight for the UChicago ArtsPass program and other key on-campus programs with direct support in the planning, scheduling, communication, implementation, staffing, and documentation of these endeavors.   The Assistant Director reports to the Senior Director for Programming and Engagement at the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts and plays a leadership role in the coordination and event management of a number of programs co-presented by the Logan Center including residencies, exhibitions and performances. This position also works very closely with marketing and communications around efforts of engagement, outreach and audience development.

Unit-Specific Responsibilities

1) Co-lead the Logan Center’s University Arts Engagement efforts.
2) Work closely with faculty and students to support, encourage, and develop collaborative programs that enhance artistic practice, teaching, and scholarship.
3) Lead coordination and event management of key programs presented and co-presented by the Logan Center; including but not limited to jazz programming, a new experimental music series, visiting artists and longer-term artist residencies, as well as, satellite exhibitions and public presentations from a range of artists who are at different points in their careers—from students and emerging artists to international visionaries.
4) Work with other UChicago Arts Initiative programming colleagues to ensure that the Logan Center effectively supports their programming efforts; partners include Arts/Science and Culture, Arts + Public Life, Gray Center, Logan Exhibitions, Logan Community Engagement, Art History, Cinema and Media Studies/Film Studies Center, Creative Writing, Department of Visual Arts/OPC, Theater and Performance Studies/Chicago Performance Lab, the Department of Music / UChicago Presents, Court Theatre and the Smart Museum.
5) Oversee Logan Center Student arts engagement efforts and support vibrant student led co-curricular arts programs.
6) Under the leadership of the Senior Director of Programming and Engagement, serve as a liaison to arts based student groups and individual students with arts projects.
7) Develop and implement programs that engage University of Chicago students in the arts and attract students to the Logan Center; includes the quarterly Logan Cabaret Series, as well as yearly orientation activities.
8) Work closely with Theater and Performance Studies, the Department of Music Student Performance Programs, UChicago Careers in Journalism, Arts, and Media, and Campus and Student Life to support and engage student use of the Logan Center.
9) Provide leadership to the student-led Arts Liaisons program.
10) Oversee the UChicago ArtsPass Program and UChicago ArtsPass Events.
11) Secure new partner organizations and strengthen current partnerships, track participation and encourage enhanced student engagement with each partner.

12) Work in partnership with Careers in Journalism, Arts and Media, Chicago Studies, Center for Leadership and Involvement, UGRAD, College Housing and other partners to organize UChicago ArtsPass events and engage faculty and advanced graduate students in leading these programs.
13) Develop, design and implement a quarterly calendar of events with on campus and off campus partners.
14) Oversee the ArtsPass website and marketing efforts.
15) Work closely with the Logan Center Arts Marketing and Communications department to promote events at the Logan Center and ArtsPass Programs.
16) Maintains mailings, web-based media campaigns and social media in order to provide regular, consistent and accurate program information to the Logan Center’s many audiences.
17) Assist Communications in defining outreach strategies for a range of programs presented by the Logan Center, often developed with faculty, community and UChicago Arts partners.
18) Hire, train, supervise and evaluate the Logan Arts Programming student intern.
19) Train the student intern to lead the Arts Liaisons; includes staffing, marketing and evaluation of the program; assist with the UChicago Arts Pass partnerships, website and development and marketing of off-site programs.
20) Serve as a member of the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts to help implement the strategic framework that provides goals and strategies for the next 3 years.

21) Collaborate closely with staff and assist with various programs and projects; includes coordination with the broader UChicago Arts Initiative, representing the Logan Center on various arts-related committees both within the University and beyond.

Unit-Preferred Competencies

1) Institutional Understanding.
2) Decisiveness and Accountability.
3) Business Acumen.
4) Partnership and Collaboration.
5) University Stewardship.

6) Demonstrated ability in financial/budgetary processes (analysis and reporting).

7) Demonstrated success in building collaborative relationships with diverse constituencies. 

8) Exceptional organizational skills; oversee complex projects and schedules, maintain deadlines, work within budgets, set priorities and manage several projects simultaneously; view project in its entirety.

9) Manage a workload that balances long-range planning with the unanticipated daily demands of art programming spaces.

10) Excellent written and spoken communication skills; clear, effective, and tactful oral communication skills; handle sensitive information with discretion; synthesize and accurately present relevant information.

11) Organizational and human relations skills; collaborate well and cultivate good relationships with various constituencies; temperament to work with a diverse and demanding population.
12) Must be self-directed and self-motivated, able to set goals and develop projects.

Working Conditions

1) Willingness and ability to work evenings and weekends.

2) Conduct regular building rounds and stand for extended periods of time; successful oversight of collaborative programming in a 180,000 sq. ft. facility.

3) Considerable office work.
4) Occasional pushing and lifting of equipment; some light lifting (10 to 50 lbs).
5) Drive off-site to local vendors, arts pass partners, etc.
6) Occasionally travel out of town.

Education, Experience, and Certifications

Minimum requirements include a college or university degree in related field. Minimum requirements include knowledge and skills developed through 2-5 years of work experience in a related job discipline.

Preferred Qualifications


1) Graduate degree, preferably in an arts or arts administration related field.

1) Five years of arts administration experience with at least two years of arts program development experience.
2) Experience with arts communications and marketing.
3) Experience working in higher education institutions.
4) Experience working closely with faculty, students, staff, and arts organizations.

5) Expertise in digital communications including developing web content, social media posts, and eblasts related to collaborative programming.

Required Documents
1)    Resume
2)    Cover Letter
3)    References  

NOTE: When applying, all required documents MUST be uploaded under the Resume/CV section of the application.

FLSA Status


Pay Frequency


Pay Grade

Depends on Qualifications

Scheduled Weekly Hours


Benefits Eligible


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