Associate Registrar and Coordinator for Exhibitions – Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Vassar College

Department: Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center

Duration of Position: Full year / Full time

Position Type: Administrator

Posting Removal Date: Open Until Filled

Posting Number: 1001729

About Vassar College
Located in the scenic Mid-Hudson Valley, Vassar College is a highly selective, residential, coeducational liberal arts college. Vassar is strongly committed to fostering a community that reflects the values of a liberal arts education and to promoting an environment of equality, inclusion and respect for difference. Vassar College is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer, and applications from members of historically underrepresented groups are especially encouraged. Vassar College is a smoke free/tobacco free campus.

Position Summary and Responsibilities

Reporting to the Registrar and Collections Manager, the Associate Registrar and Coordinator for Exhibitions is one of five members of the collections and exhibitions management team charged with the functional care of 22,000 works of art and associated intellectual data. The Art Center’s collection spans all media ranging in date from antiquity to contemporary. The team is also responsible for the installation/deinstallation of exhibitions (both permanent collection works and loans) as well as the documentation of all transactions and movement of objects according to professional museum standards.

The Associate Registrar and Coordinator for Exhibitions is primarily responsible for the organization and implementation of temporary exhibitions, permanent collection installations and gallery rotations. The position is also responsible for organizing and managing in-house traveling exhibitions.

Responsibilities:

  • Uses TMS to manage all aspects of exhibition planning and production; enters and maintains exhibition related information; works with curators to establish working checklists in TMS; works with database administrator to maintain integrity of data as currently established;
  • Prepares loan agreements and receipts, certificates of insurance, and other legal documents as required (applications for Immunity from Seizure, US Gov’t Indemnity proposals, etc.);
  • Reviews exhibition contracts and lender loan agreements;
  • Establishes production schedules for exhibition prep and installation in conjunction with curators and preparator;
  • Assures compliance with lender conditions including courier requirements;
  • Writes condition reports on incoming, non-FLLAC works of art and exhibition loans; works with couriers as required;
  • Coordinates gallery label + didactic panel in-house production;
  • Produces reports as needed for grants and fiduciary accountability;
  • Arranges packing/unpacking, shipping, couriers and insurance for exhibition loans to and from the Art Center;
  • Supervises and mentors 2+ students per semester;
  • Occasional courier duties;
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

  • BA in Art History/BFA, MA/MFA preferred;
  • A minimum of three to five years’ experience as an Assistant/Associate Registrar organizing domestic and international loans;
  • Proficiency in TMS;
  • Knowledge of art handling best practices and art and artifact collections care in a museum environment;
  • Experience making shipping and courier arrangements, and writing condition reports;
  • Ability to work under pressure and in a collaborative team environment;
  • A high degree of organization and self-motivation, including ability to take initiative, anticipate actions needed, and exercise independent judgment;
  • Demonstrated ability to prioritize tasks and to meet competing deadlines in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment;
  • Excellent problem-solving, organization, and time-management skills; comfortable working on multiple projects at any one time;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to communicate clearly in verbal and written forms;
  • Ability to work with/mentor part-time work-study students from diverse backgrounds;
  • Art handling and installation skills a plus.

Required Applicant Documents
Resume
Cover Letter
Contact Information for 3 References

Optional Applicant Documents

Special Instructions to Applicants
To complete your on-line application, you will be required to attach your cover letter, resume, contact information for 3 professional references. All attachments must be in PDF format. Review of applications will begin immediately. This position will remain open until filled.

APPLICATION INFORMATION

Contact:
Vassar College
Fax:
(845) 437-7729

Collection Assistant – Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Vassar College

Department: Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center

Duration of Position: Temporary

Position Type: Administrator

Posting Removal Date: Open Until Filled

Posting Number: 1001730

About Vassar College
Located in the scenic Mid-Hudson Valley, Vassar College is a highly selective, residential, coeducational liberal arts college. Vassar is strongly committed to fostering a community that reflects the values of a liberal arts education and to promoting an environment of equality, inclusion, and respect for difference. Vassar College is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer, and applications from members of historically underrepresented groups are especially encouraged. Vassar College is a smoke-free/tobacco-free campus.

Position Summary and ResponsibilitiesReporting to the Registrar and Collections Manager, the Collections Associate (CA) is one of five members of the collections and exhibitions management team charged with the functional care of 22,000 works of art and associated intellectual data. The Art Center’s collection spans all media ranging in date from antiquity to contemporary. The team is also responsible for the installation/deinstallation of exhibitions (both permanent collection works and loans) as well as the documentation of all transactions and movement of objects according to professional museum standards.

The Collections Associate supports curricular object-based study in the museum. The CA assists with maintaining accurate up-to-date information in the Art Center’s collections management database, TMS. The Collections Associate is responsible for making all objects accessible and for providing proper accounting practices.

This position is full time for the full year with a two-year term with the possibility of renewal/extension.

Responsibilities:

  • Coordinates with Curator of Academic Programs and Preparator to manage Project Gallery (laboratory for object-based study) installations;
  • Coordinates with Exhibitions Registrar and Preparator to pull and prepare works for in-house exhibitions prep;
  • Primary person to pull and re-house works of art for all purposes (class use, exhibition, examination, preparation, loan) and tracks all movement in TMS; produces object packages and
    reports, as needed; works with Database Administrator to maintain integrity of data as currently established;
  • Conducts inventory of 22,000 objects on a systematic basis (each full inventory is currently a three-year project) as well as quarterly location spot-checks to include all classifications of
    works of art within a single year;
  • Provides assistance with ongoing TMS data clean-up and management projects;
  • Supervises and mentors 2+ students per semester;
  • Occasional courier duties;
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

  • BA in Art History/BFA, MA/MFA preferred;
  • Knowledge of art handling best practices and art and artifact collections care in a museum environment;
  • Minimum 2 years experience working with an art museum collection or gallery;
  • A high degree of organization and self-motivation, including ability to take initiative, anticipate actions needed, and exercise independent judgment;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to communicate clearly in verbal and written forms;
  • Experience using TMS (The Museum System) collections management software;
  • Comfortable working on multiple projects at any one time;
  • Ability to work under pressure and in a collaborative team environment;
  • Ability to work with/mentor part-time work-study students from diverse backgrounds;
  • Art handling installation skills a plus.

Required Applicant Documents
Resume
Cover Letter
Contact Information for 3 References

Optional Applicant Documents

Special Instructions to Applicants
To complete your on-line application, you will be required to attach your cover letter, resume, contact information for 3 professional references. All attachments must be in PDF format. Review of applications will begin immediately. This position will remain open until filled.

To Apply
All applicants must apply online at: https://employment.vassar.edu.

Vassar is strongly committed to fostering a community that reflects the values of a liberal arts education and to promoting an environment of equality, inclusion and respect for difference. Vassar College is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer, and applications from members of historically underrepresented groups are especially encouraged.

For more information and to apply: https://employment.vassar.edu/applicants/jsp/shared/frameset/Frameset.jsp?time=1572273253469

Deknatel Curatorial Fellow in Photography – Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Vassar College

About Vassar College

Located in the scenic Mid-Hudson Valley, Vassar College is a highly selective, residential, coeducational liberal arts college. Vassar is strongly committed to fostering a community that reflects the values of a liberal arts education and to promoting an environment of equality, inclusion and respect for difference. Vassar College is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer, and applications from members of historically underrepresented groups are especially encouraged.

Vassar College is a smoke free/tobacco free campus.

Position Summary and Responsibilities

Founded in 1861 as one of the earliest women’s colleges (and the first to become co-educational in 1969), Vassar College opened its doors with both an art gallery and an observatory, signaling Vassar’s enduring educational philosophy of sending students “to the source.” Today’s Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, designed by César Pelli, is an accredited modern museum whose collections originated with a superb acquisition of Hudson River School paintings at the College’s inception. Between then and now the collection has grown to more than 22,000 works, charting the history of art from ancient Egypt to the present, and featuring important examples of modern and contemporary painting, sculpture and photography as well as Old Master paintings and works on paper. To date, there are approximately 4,500 photographs in the collection, tracing the history of the medium from its beginnings in the mid-nineteenth century to the present. The Art Center’s rich and varied collection includes classical and unconventional photography that uses unusual darkroom techniques and digital alterations. It traces the progression of the medium through
significant works and encompasses a wide range of styles, genres, and methodologies. In recent years, the collection has broadened to include not just fine art but also the full spectrum of different but overlapping photographies including fashion, photojournalism, and vernacular photography. The collection supports the educational mission of the Art Center through faculty and student use as well as an ambitious schedule of exhibitions offered to all of our audiences.

The Art Center seeks a full-time, two-year (with the possibility of renewal/extension) Curatorial Fellow in Photography who will work primarily with the Museum’s expansive permanent collection of photographs and will participate in all aspects of curatorial work. The Fellow will provide curatorial support and research assistance with the aim of deepening public awareness and access to the collection, as well as help curate small focused exhibitions of photography.

This position is an exceptional opportunity to work with a broad range of material, as well as receive invaluable curatorial experience in collection research, as well as in exhibition planning and curation. Applications will be reviewed beginning November 15, 2019 and the position will remain open until filled. Candidates from underrepresented groups in higher education and museums are encouraged to apply.

Responsibilities:

  • Research photographs in the permanent collection with an eye to improving the accessibility of the collection;
  • Assist in classifying works in the collection based on subject matter, style, specific medium, and other identifying characteristics;
  • Contribute on both scholarly and programmatic levels to support exhibitions, faculty use of the collection, and other projects that bring strengths of the photography collection to light;
  • Coordinate internal projects with collections management team, Advisory Council members, faculty, students, and other stakeholders;
  • Participate in organizing exhibitions, installations, and digital displays, including writing and reviewing interpretive texts, collaborating with staff and project partners, and performing additional duties as needed;
  • Provide general curatorial support to the Curator and Assistant Director for Strategic Planning, including cataloguing, managing related data entry, assisting with loans, supporting gallery rotations, and responding to inquiries about the collection;
  • Research and write on proposed acquisitions for the collection.

Qualifications:

  • BFA or BA in art history or related field; MA in art history or related field. PhD preferred;
  • Broad knowledge of the history of photography; interest in and familiarity with contemporary Photography;
  • A demonstrated commitment to scholarship, accuracy, and attention to detail;
  • Excellent skills in research, writing, and verbal communication (foreign language/s desirable);
  • Knowledge and aptitude in art handling best practices and safe handling of photographs in a museum environment;
  • Prior experience in a collecting museum environment or similar visual art institution;
  • Prior experience with collection management software, The Museum System (TMS), preferred;
  • Technical proficiency with personal computers and Microsoft Office suite;
  • A high degree of organization, self-motivation, ability to take initiative, exercise independent judgment, manage projects with minimal supervision, and adjust as new projects are assigned;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to work collaboratively with a wide variety of constituents including faculty, artists, patrons, and the public in a knowledgeable and
    professional manner;
  • Ability to exercise discretion and to be a team player in an active office environment.

To complete your on-line application, you will be required to attach your cover letter, resume, contact information for 3 professional references. All attachments must be in PDF format. Applications will be reviewed beginning November 15, 2019. This position will remain open until filled.

For more information and to apply: https://employment.vassar.edu/applicants/jsp/shared/frameset/Frameset.jsp?time=1571679698163