School/Unit: Academic Affairs
Department: Institute for Contemporary Art
Purpose of Position:
The Assistant Curator will collaborate closely with the ICA Director, the ICA Curator, internationally recognized colleagues throughout VCU and its acclaimed School of the Arts, and community and international partners, to develop an ambitious, experimental, diverse, and innovative interdisciplinary program that brings together visual arts, music, performance, design, dance and theater in exhibitions, commissions, public events, special projects, publications, and artist residencies that engage the University, students, faculty, the broader Richmond community, and beyond.
The Assistant Curator will partner with permanent ICA curators and guest curators on exhibitions organized by the ICA or traveling from other institutions. The Assistant Curator will focus on developing temporary exhibitions and related publications and programs. An integral member of the curatorial team, the Assistant Curator will work closely with staff in all areas of the ICA's operations, with faculty and students across disciplines, and with campus administrative staff. The position will foster relationships with the local, national, and international arts communities.
The assistant curator will have the opportunity to teach courses that support the mission of ICA and VCU, especially related to curatorial studies and special contemporary topics. The assistant curator’s skills and interests will complement and expand the existing expertise of the faculty and staff of ICA and VCUarts and will foster a diverse faculty, staff, and student environment.
Position Responsibilities:Conceptualizes, researches, coordinates, and develops contemporary exhibitions, commissions, public events, special projects, publications, and artist residencies that engage the University, students, faculty, the broader Richmond community, and beyond.Develops exhibitions, projects, and events that expand audiences and increase the visibility of VCU and the ICA and ensures goals and strategies for exhibitions and educational programs are consistent with the ICA mission and overall strategic planning.Researches and writes about exhibitions including drafting and editing text for catalogues, brochures and exhibitions, and gallery didactics including text panels, labels, and other explanatory texts as required.Creates and offers formal lectures and informal gallery talks; participates in events and outreach efforts.Prepares preliminary exhibition checklists; drafts correspondence; researches and locates objects for exhibitions and provides information as necessary to the ICA's registrar for processing loan requests and agreements; prepares presentations; and provides support for the curators in maintaining effective relationships with lenders.Liaises with artists and colleagues to develop sustainable and symbiotic relationships that will propel the museum's reputation and image.Enables guest curators, exhibition and graphic designers and other consultants to be successful by providing them with information as directed by the curators.Provides information to the registrar and exhibitions manager as requested; works as a team with staff in curatorial, education, community engagement, academic affairs, digital media, marketing, visitor services, operations, communications and development to ensures that strategies for interpretation, promotion, audience development and fundraising have required information.Contributes to the organization of exhibition affiliated public programming, working with Director of Education and key staff to develop strategic community partnerships and educational programs to extend the reach of the ICA into the city’s various communities and surrounding areas.Participates in docent training, including walkthroughs and slide-lectures in consultation with education department.Contributes to planning and execution of travelling exhibitions; helps prepare budgets, materials, and instructions for exhibitions and objects to travel.Interviews and supervises interns and temporary employees; assigns tasks and schedules, and monitors work plans.Contributes to planning and agendas for regular department staff meetings.Works with ICA's development team to assist with fundraising activities for exhibitions and programs including securing grants, planning of fundraising events, sponsorship, and gifts.Performs administrative functions in connection with daily departmental business.Actively supports the Director of the ICA and the ICA Curator and all other key constituencies in regard to the envisioned ICA.Performs all other duties in support of the Director and ICA, as needed.The assistant curator will have the opportunity to teach courses that support the mission of ICA and VCU, especially related to curatorial studies and special contemporary topics. The assistant curator’s skills and interests will complement and expand the existing expertise of the faculty and staff of ICA and VCUarts and will foster a diverse faculty, staff, and student environment.
Required Qualifications:Master's degree in Art History or Curatorial Studies, or a closely related field, and/or professional training and experience that equates to an advanced degree is required. Ph.D. in Art History is a plus.
Appropriate number of years (3-5 years preferred) of experience working in an art museum or comparable organization or institution dedicated to the presentation of contemporary art, performance, and/or design.
Demonstrated record of hands-on experience and project management of exhibitions, publications, lectures, and programs from conceptualization through execution.
Ability to work openly and respectfully within an inclusive university setting and with a flexible and collegial team and must have demonstrated experience working in and fostering a diverse faculty, staff, and student environment or commitment to do so as a faculty member at VCU.
Evidence of strong working relationships with a diverse range of contemporary artists, dealers, curators, scholars, collectors, and journalists.
The successful candidate's skills and interests will complement and expand the existing expertise of the faculty and staff of the ICA and their curatorial activity. Therefore, a strong foundation in contemporary art with a broad knowledge of diverse global art practices and a commitment to underrepresented and under-recognized artists, especially artists of color, is required.
Must possess a deep knowledge of contemporary art and art history, and a familiarity of the international art world.
Proven knowledge of professional museum practices, including an understanding of loan exhibitions, and a history of inventive exhibitions and significant publications.
Excellent oral and written communication skills required as well as the ability to manage projects and deadlines independently and maintain simultaneous priorities.
Proficiency in a digital environment required.
Ability to travel as assigned.
To be considered for this position please visit our web site and apply on line at the following link: www.vcujobs.comVirginia Commonwealth University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution providing access to education and employment without regard to age, race, color, national origin, gender, religion, sexual orientation, veteran's status, political affiliation or disability.