JOB ANNOUNCEMENT: CURATOR
The Curator works closely with the Wattis Director/Chief Curator to provide curatorial leadership for the Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts at California College of the Arts. With a new artistic program and institutional identity launching in September 2014, the Curator will play a central role in defining and developing a new curatorial vision for the institution. S/he participates in and manages all aspects of an ambitious schedule of contemporary exhibitions and publications, including research, preparation, implementation, and fundraising. S/he curates exhibitions and events, as well as providing support for all curatorial initiatives. S/he conceives and oversees the Wattis’s public programming and publications. This is a newly created full-time position reporting to the Wattis Director/Chief Curator.
Duties and Responsibilities
• Works with the Wattis Director/Chief Curator on conceptualizing all aspects of the exhibition program, including long-term visioning and planning.
• Curates exhibitions in both the Main Gallery and the Rear Gallery.
• Provides curatorial and administrative leadership for newly expanded public programing, including lectures, conferences, performances, screenings, readings, book launches, research forums, and other events.
• Works closely with all artists involved in the exhibition, residency, and research programs.
• Writes and edits exhibition texts, including gallery guides, wall text, website content, grant applications, and catalogue essays.
• Works with Wattis Director/Chief Curator and development staff to raise funds in support of all aspects of exhibition and event programming.
• Works with the Wattis Director/Chief Curator to develop budgets for exhibitions, public programs, and publications, including revenue and expenses.
• Teaches and advises students in CCA’s Curatorial Practice Program.
• Helps secure public, private, and institutional partnerships for the creation and presentation of new work and publications.
• Represents the institution to artists, colleagues, donors, board members, students, volunteers, and the general public.
• Provides logistical and administrative coordination for exhibitions.
• Supervises Curatorial Fellow and curatorial interns.
• MA in Art History, Curatorial Studies, or minimum 5 years professional experience in the field of contemporary art.
• In-depth knowledge of international contemporary art and theory, with an extensive network of artists and colleagues.
• Excellent writing and editing skills.
• Teaching experience in art history, exhibition history, critical studies, and/or curatorial studies.
• Ability to work with close attention to detail.
• Ability to take initiative and prioritize tasks; excellent time management and problem-solving skills.
• Ability to follow through and meet deadlines while coordinating many current and long-range projects simultaneously.
• Ability to support management decisions in a positive, professional manner.
• Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
• Comfortable working in a fast-paced environment with a small team.
• Willingness to work evenings and weekends.
Salary commensurate with experience, position includes a comprehensive benefits package. Applicants are requested to state salary history and requirements.
Please include the following in your application:
• A letter of interest.
• A CV that includes a list of curated exhibitions and events (for group shows, please include full artist lists) as well as teaching experience (please list topics/classes taught).
• At least three writing samples of varying lengths (press releases, wall texts, catalogue essays, magazine articles).
• Name and contact information for at least two professional references.
Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis through April 18, 2014. Candidates are encouraged to apply as early as possible.
Please email applications to firstname.lastname@example.org (reference job #2222).