1)Develop the 40th anniversary of the MacArthur Fellows Program Exhibition:
2) Propose original ideas for the exhibitionâ™s key themes. Organize all aspects of the scheduled exhibition, including generating loans, securing partner venues across Chicago, overseeing installations, and researching and writing printed materials and/or wall texts; coordinate the work of guest curators/essayists. Work with museum curators and university faculty and students on exhibition vision and execution.
3) Develop, prepare, and maintain exhibition budgets, working with the exhibition coordinator and administrator; work with external relations staff on press materials and promotion of installations and exhibitions.
4) Work with established deadlines and procedures developed by the exhibitions team.
5) Assist with the development of grant proposals for exhibition projects and publications and help to identify potential sources of support.
6) Work collaboratively with education and academic initiatives colleagues and with faculty, students, staff, and civic partners to organize workshops, seminars/webinars, conferences, and other exhibition-related programs.
7) Work closely with the Museumâ™s external relations team to develop plans to promote exhibitions and related programs to diverse audiences on campus, throughout the south side, across Chicago, and beyond.
8) Work closely with the director and serve as a curatorial liaison to the Collections Committee of the Museumâ™s Board of Governors to support on-going acquisition activity.
9) Participate in scholarly conferences as appropriate that contribute to the Smart Museumâ™s visibility within the field.
10) Assist other staff with regular, ongoing tasks including general collection management and maintenance, research, and the development of collection policies. Advise on photography and conservation needs for the permanent collection. Assist with weekly gallery cleaning. Travel as an art/exhibition courier as needed.
11) Work closely with and serve as a liaison to the Department of Art History, Department of Visual Artâ™s Open Practice Committee, the Renaissance Society, Logan Center Exhibitions, Arts + Public Life, the Gray Center for Arts and Inquiry, the Arts, Science & Culture Initiative, and the Neubauer Collegium to develop appropriate exhibition-related collaborations that provoke engagement between diverse art audiences and contribute a unique voice in the Universityâ™s cultural landscape.
12) Encourage curricular and co-curricular collaboration with the Departments of Art History, Visual Arts and others whose content expertise aligns with contemporary exhibition projects. With the approval of the Department of Visual Arts and/or Art History, the Humanities Division, and the Provostâ™s Office, teach up to one quarter-long course per year, often directly related to the Museumâ™s collection.
13) As a member of the Smart Museumâ™s staff, assist with various programs and projects including coordination with colleagues across UChicago Arts, representing the Smart Museum on various arts-related committees both within the University and beyond, and other duties as assigned.
1) Organizational and human relations skills with ability to collaborate well and supportively and cultivate good relationships with colleagues within the Museum and its many project partners.
2) The temperament to work with a diverse and demanding population is expected.
3) Must be self-directed and self-motivated, able to set goals and develop projects.
4) Clear, effective, and tactful oral and written communication skills; ability to handle sensitive information with discretion.
5) Ability to prioritize and execute multiple tasks simultaneously with an ability to view a project in its entirety
1) The successful oversight of exhibition installations in a 10,000 square foot set of galleries requires the ability to conduct regular building rounds and stand for extended periods of time.
2) Considerable office work.
3) Ability to occasionally travel out of town
1) MA or PhD in Art History
1) Minimum two years of professional museum experience working in a curatorial capacity.
2) Strong knowledge of worldwide contemporary art.
3) Personal skills of high-energy leadership, flexibility, intellectual curiosity, positive attitude, and openness in working with a wide range of staff in a fast-paced environment. Commitment to education and excellence. Discretion, confidentiality, professionalism, and enthusiasm for collaboration.
4) Understanding of and experience with best curatorial practices and museum methodologies.Strong connections in the field.
5) Experience working with living artists on special projects and/or commissions is preferred.
6) Knowledge and understanding of, and commitment to, museum ethics and principles
7) Strong interpersonal skills: Ability to communicate effectively; effective writer, engaging speaker with extensive experience giving talks and speaking in public;
8) Excellent organizational skills and ability to operate in a team-based working environment
9) Experience building and working with museum collections.
10) Demonstrated record of scholarship, connoisseurship, and leadership in acquisitions, exhibitions, and publications
11) Exemplary record of organization and presentation of special exhibitions
12) Experience in project and budget management
13) Experience with fundraising and donor cultivation.
14) Eagerness to work within the unique environment of a research university such as the University of Chicago, where a commitment to rigorous debate, field-changing research, and boundary-breaking collaborations is fundamental, required.
15) A substantial commitment to collaboration of all types, with museum colleagues, students, faculty, and external partners required.
16) Experience teaching in a college and or graduate programs preferred.
17) Exceptional organizational skills required. Must be able to oversee complex projects and schedules, maintain deadlines, and work within budgets. Ability to set priorities and manage several projects simultaneously required. Ability to successfully manage a workload that balances long-range planning with the unanticipated daily demands of art exhibition spaces required.
18) Willingness and ability to work occasional evenings and weekends as required.
3)Must include demonstrated record of academic achievement
4)A short CV listing recent exhibition and loan projects managed
NOTE: When applying, all required documents MUST be uploaded under the Resume/CV section of the application
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