The primary responsibility of the assistant to the gallery director is art handling and installation for six themed and seven satellite exhibitions per year. The assistant to the gallery director also assists in management of the teaching and permanent collections; supervision of students, and; supervision of student exhibitors in two additional student shows per year, as well as; program marketing, and event-set up.
The assistant to the gallery director is a part-time, 25 hour per week position, with a 10-month obligation that coincides with the fall and spring semesters of the academic year.
Major Responsibilities / Duties:
Packs and unpacks artwork utilizing current archival practices and with a thorough knowledge of shipping and insurance standards and practices. Exhibition Installation:
Install six themed and seven satellite exhibitions per year.
Conceive installation structures to best exhibit artwork.
Fabricate and install custom installation structures, when feasible.
Maintain lighting in galleries consistent with the design of exhibitions.
Photograph and document completed exhibitions.
Mat and frame artwork for exhibitions when necessary. Student Support
Supervise students in the design and installation of student exhibitions.
Assist students in the matting and framing of their artwork for Dowd Gallery exhibitions, when necessary. Collections and Gallery Fixture Management:
Installs and de-installs pieces from the permanent collection to campus locations, as necessary.
Design three to five classroom presentations per semester using the permanent collection in collaboration with faculty members across campus
Manage the permanent collection database.
Maintain permanent collection storage.
Maintain gallery fixtures (i.e., pedestals, shelves and display cases, etc.).
Fabricate occasional custom display fixtures.
Effective Interpersonal Skills; including the ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing, and; the ability and desire to work collaboratively with gallery director, students, faculty, staff and leadership.
Ability to interact with all people using good professional judgement; tact;
Knowledge of and skill in appropriate handling, packing, transporting and storage of museum-quality artwork and artifacts.
Ability to follow complex, multi-step, detailed technical instructions and meet deadlines.
Skill and Ability to transport objects as needed.
Record maintenance skills; including proficiency in the use of computers and software (e.g. Microsoft Office Suite and Adobe graphics software) and database maintenance.
Knowledge of exhibit preparation procedures and basic museum processes and procedures
Ability to apply creative methods to solve installation problems with an attention to detail.
Knowledge of digital/electrical art installation techniques
Bachelor's degree in Fine Arts (BFA) or closely related field.
Valid driver's license
Availability and willingness to assist during evening and weekend hours as needed.
Master's degree in Fine Arts (MFA) or closely related field.
Three to five years of related experience in museum or gallery art handling and installation
Matting and framing experience
Gallery fixture fabrication experience
Experience with digital/electrical art installation techniques
Demonstrated proficiency in graphic software (i.e. Illustrator, Photoshop)
Experience training or teaching related professional practices courses
Internal Number: 3648
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