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Curator of Exhibitions - Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts

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Transcript 1(Required): Applicants must attach a copy of unofficial transcripts of Bachelor's degree. Transcripts must include: Institution name, applicant name, date degree attained, degree awarded. Finalist will be required to submit an official transcript.

Position Details

Position Details

Position Title Curator of Exhibitions - Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts
Advertised Salary Salary is commensurate with qualifications.
Posting Number A0001652
Location Kendall - UICA - Grand Rapids
Number of Positions Available 1
FLSA Exempt
Part-time/Full-time Full-time
Position Type Administrative
Summary of Position

Since its incorporation 40 years ago, the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts (UICA) has offered the West Michigan community innovative experiences in the latest art forms and exposure to the newest creative ideas. Today, we present programs in visual arts, film, dance, literature, performance art and music, and provide artists with exhibition space, sales support, and educational opportunities all under one roof. UICA provides a forum for inclusive community dialogue, challenges stereotypes, and promotes arts and cultural awareness. UICA’s new building at 2 Fulton West features unique galleries on four floors, a state-of-the-art movie theatre, a 1,000 sq. ft. Youth Studio, and a 3,000 sq. ft. Art Commons.

In 2013, UICA merged with Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University (KCAD). This partnership allows UICA to operate as a wholly owned subsidiary of KCAD, which lends operational and administrative support for its programs and events. UICA retains its own Directors and staff of program professionals who are responsible for curation, implementation and development.

UICA seeks an innovative and ambitious Curator to join a small, dedicated team of arts professionals committed to fostering new forms of expression, promoting community collaboration, and providing genuine experiences with contemporary art. The Curator is a liaison for UICA and responsible for engaging with a diverse cross section of the community on a consistent basis. As a core member of the leadership team at UICA, the Curator will assist in fulfilling the mission to build a creative community in Grand Rapids. The Curator creates, plans, and executes all exhibition programming and oversees the production of content designed to engage audiences in the artistic programs.

The Curator serves as a representative of UICA to the regional, state and national arts community.

Posting Date 12/19/2017
Initial Application Review Date 02/06/2018
Closing Date
Open Until Applicants are Selected, Selected for interview, or Position Filled Yes
Special Instructions to Applicants

Transcript 1(Required): Applicants must attach a copy of unofficial transcripts of Bachelor’s degree. Transcripts must include: Institution name, applicant name, date degree attained, degree awarded. Finalist will be required to submit an official transcript.

Required Qualifications

Required Education

Bachelor’s degree in art, design, museum studies, or related field.

Required Work Experience

At least three years museum and/or gallery experience curating, organizing, and installing exhibitions.

Required Licenses and Certifications

Additional Education/Experiences to be Considered

Additional Education/Experiences to be Considered

Master’s degree in art, design, museum studies, or related field with 4-5 years of museum and/or gallery experience curating, organizing, and installing exhibitions.

Duties

Duties

Duties

Develop and implement exhibitions and supporting programming to align with UICA’s commitment to equity and accessibility.
Work with Development department on development of written and visual materials in support of funding initiatives.
Manage the operation of the galleries, including but not limited to: preparing and managing budgets, developing materials, maintaining insurance, supervising shipping and crating activities, installing and removing exhibitions, and other activities associated with the exhibition program.
Plan and implement lectures, programs, and other gallery-related events open to the public.
Work with artists, organizations, and institutions on the loaning, installation, and logistics of artwork for exhibitions.
Work with Marketing Department on printed exhibition materials such as catalogues, advertisements, and mailings and on web-based media and social media.
Attend events and community gatherings as a representative of UICA.
Assist the Executive Director in assembling and managing the UICA’s Exhibitions Advisory Committee.
Execute contracts for artists and exhibitions.
Schedule, supervise, and train preparators, interns, and student employees.

Essential/Marginal Essential
Duties

Manage and maintain the UICA brand and communicate the mission.
Assist Senior Management team in executing art related programming and fundraising events.
Manage the digital archives.
Develop policies and implement procedures for the operation of the galleries and exhibition spaces.
Communicate with media.

Essential/Marginal Marginal

Responsibilities / Skills and Abilities

Responsibilities

Responsibilities

Responsible for all matters pertaining to the UICA galleries, exhibitions and exhibition-related programming. Reports directly to the Executive Director of UICA.

Required Physical Abilities

Required Physical Abilities

Ability to lift at least 40 pounds.
Ability to climb a ladder.
Ability to reach hands above shoulder-level.
Ability to stoop, bend, and kneel.
Ability to stand for four (4) hours a day.
Ability to operate hand and power tools and other equipment and machinery without requiring supervision.

Required Skills and Abilities

Required Skills and Abilities

Ability to produce high quality exhibitions.
Ability to work with diverse staff and community.
Ability to work independently in a fast-paced environment .
Experience working in a collaborative environment.
Excellent written and oral communication skills.
Interpersonal, organizational, design, and computer skills.
Excellent time management skills.
Knowledge of contemporary art and artists.
Knowledge of contemporary curatorial practice.
Public speaking experience.
Knowledge of best practices for art handling.
Well-versed in Microsoft Office and Adobe Creative Suite.

Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Transcript 1
Optional Documents

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