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JOB POSTING: ASSISTANT CURATOR
DiverseWorks is conducting a search for the position of Assistant Curator to play an essential role in the presentation of its multidisciplinary exhibitions, performances, and community programs. A non-profit contemporary art center located in the walkable Midtown area of Houston, Texas, DiverseWorks’ mission is to commission, produce, and present new and daring art in all its forms through innovative collaborations that honor each artist’s vision without constraint. DiverseWorks is looking for a creative thinker who is familiar with a broad range of contemporary art practices and genres, is excited to work with artists and community members on challenging social and cultural issues, and has a desire to work in a fast-paced, team-focused environment.
Reporting to the Executive Director, the Assistant Curator also works closely with the Deputy Director and contract staff in a programmatic and administrative capacity to realize a full range of visual, performing, and public arts programming. In addition, the Assistant Curator manages the Diverse Discourse Lecture & Studio Visit Series and The Idea Fund, a re-granting program presented in partnership with Aurora Picture Show and Project Row Houses and funded by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. The Assistant Curator will actively contribute to current discussions with the staff, governing board, artist advisory board, and community members to create a progressive and forward-thinking strategic plan for 2018-2021. This position provides an exceptional opportunity for an individual to gain substantive curatorial experience and develop skills and knowledge in presenting experimental visual and performing arts
- Assist with exhibition, performance, program and event production (planning, accommodation research, confirming crew/install assistance, monitoring and hands-on with installs and production, conditioning artwork, arranging, scheduling and receiving shipments, purchasing supplies and materials and procuring quotes for fabrication as needed).
- Conceive and organize exhibitions, performances and other projects.
- Coordinate The Idea Fund program, including serving as liaison to partner organizations, maintaining grantee contact, coordinating programs and services, and monitoring budgets and reports.
- Coordinate the Diverse Discourse Lecture Series.
- Manage interns and volunteers.
- Assist in grant research, writing and reporting.
- Serve as liaison to the Artist Advisory Board.
- Develop community and outreach programs in collaboration with DW staff.
- Represent DiverseWorks on panels, juries and at conferences and other public events.
- Minimum B.A. or B.F.A degree in studio art, art history or other related field; M.A. preferred
- 4 years experience working in an artist-centered organization, art gallery, museum, performance venue or other cultural organization on exhibition and performance planning and production
- Ability to work 5 days per week, and some Saturday and weekday evening hours
- Excellent written and interpersonal skills; proven ability to work with a range of colleagues
- Must be familiar with basic tools, be able to lift items of 50 lbs. and climb ladders
- Passionate interest in the role of art in society and creating a more equitable world
This position is a 40-hour per week, full-time position with full benefits. Salary range provided upon request.
Please submit a cover letter, resume/CV (Word or PDF), and two writing samples via email to email@example.com or mail to DiverseWorks, 3400 Main, Suite 292, Houston, TX 77002 by February 5, 2018. Only those applicants selected for interviews will be contacted. No drop-ins or phone calls, please.
DiverseWorks is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE) that values workplace diversity. DiverseWorks does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, age, gender, gender identity or expression, national origin, religion, ancestry, disability, marital or partnership status, or veteran status.
Arts Administration & Gallery Internships
INTERNSHIP OVERVIEW: Interns play a critical role in the administration and production of DiverseWork’s overall programs and events. Selected interns will be provided the opportunity to explore several areas of a non-profit arts organization by assisting staff members with projects in the office related to curatorial, gallery management, development, and administrative departments. This internship is an exciting opportunity for anyone interested in a future career as a curator, artist, or arts administrator. 2-3 interns are engaged each semester.
RESPONSIBILITIES include assisting with artist research for upcoming programs and events, assisting with promotional and marketing tasks, updates to the membership database and mailings, general administration office duties, assisting with gallery maintenance and preparing for evening art performances, events and exhibition openings. Interns also participate in a reading group in order to get to know one another and facilitate a deeper understanding of contemporary art spaces and practices.
IDEAL CANDIDATES: Strong background in art history, theater, dance, studio art, or literature and a devoted interest in contemporary art, issues, and visual culture; great writing and computer-based research skills; ability to verbally communicate in an efficient manner; ability to interact with diverse populations with respect; excellent time management skills; ability to work individually and with a team; accountability; proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint; fluency in Spanish a plus.
Internships are volunteer positions, last for one semester, and are competitive. Preference is given to college students seeking academic credit. Work schedule is generally two days a week, five hours a day plus occasional evening and weekend events.
To apply, email a resume AND cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org
2017-18 Internship Application Deadlines
Fall Semester (Sept – Dec): August 7, 2017
Spring Semester (Jan – May): December 4, 2017
Summer Semester (May – August): April 2, 2018
DiverseWorks is always looking for enthusiastic volunteers to assist with exhibition openings, special events, and exhibition installation. To be added to our volunteer email list, please email DiverseWorks with the word Volunteer in the subject line.