School/Unit: School of the Arts
Rank: Assistant Professor
Department: Dean's Office (Arts)
Purpose of Position:
The Curator of Student Exhibitions and Programs will conceptualize a unique, student-centered approach to curating student exhibitions and programs in the VCUarts Anderson building, which offers variously configured exhibition/programming spaces that total 6,200 square feet. A clearly articulated, innovative vision for the Anderson building is expected to appeal to students in all disciplines within VCUarts, compel them to think deeply and critically about what they create and how they present their work, support their professional development, and celebrate their highly inventive creative energy.
Position Responsibilities: Enact a pedagogically innovative approach to articulate a mission for the VCUarts Anderson building;
Based on a newly articulated mission, schedule a relevant balance of exhibitions and programs that feature student artworks, performances, curatorial projects, and other student endeavors;
Facilitate all aspects of exhibitions and program requirements including insurance coverage, transportation of art works, documentation of art works, announcements and press releases;
Manage yearly budget and budget for each show and program;
Develop and teach one undergraduate course, offered at least once a year, which focuses on history and theory of curating exhibitions while also guiding students through the conceptual development and practical considerations of curating exhibitions;
Recruit, hire, train and supervise student gallery attendants;
Mentor student interns;
Coordinate the annual juried undergraduate exhibition: contract juror, coordinate submissions and jury process, direct exhibit installation, oversee marketing & promotion;
Schedule, plan and direct the installation of MFA exhibitions, some of which may be presented in off-campus venues;
Maintain appropriate mailing, email, facebook and other media contact lists;
Supervise part-time employees, including student employees;
Maintain files accurately, in paper and in software programs;
Perform other job-related duties as assigned.
Minimum Required Qualifications:
Education and Experience Master’s degree in Art History, Museum Studies, Curatorial Studies, Studio Art or an equivalent related degree; PhD preferred;
Three years of full-time curatorial experience in an art gallery, center or museum; experience in a university gallery or museum preferred.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Excellent interpersonal skills and professionalism to interact with a wide range of individuals within the School of the Arts, university and community;
The faculty member 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;
Exceptional written and verbal communication skills, as well as demonstrated presentation skills;
Knowledge of scholarly discourse in curatorial/museum studies;
Strong project management skills and the demonstrated ability to build, develop, and energize a team;
Ability to work well under pressure while managing multiple tasks simultaneously;
Ability to effectively utilize a computer and associated software;
Precise attention to detail and the ability to understand and adhere to the policies and procedures of the university;
Demonstrated ability to build effective long-term relationships both internally and externally and the ability to clearly articulate and advocate the goals of VCUarts.
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.