Associate Director of Exhibitions
For more than 150 years, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) has been a leader in educating the world’s most influential artists, designers and scholars. Located in downtown Chicago with a fine arts graduate program consistently ranking among the top four graduate fine arts programs in the nation by U.S. News and World Report, SAIC provides an interdisciplinary approach to art and design as well as world-class resources, including the Art Institute of Chicago museum, on-campus galleries and state-of-the-art facilities. SAIC’s undergraduate, graduate and post-baccalaureate students have the freedom to take risks and create the bold ideas that transform Chicago and the world—as seen through notable alumni and faculty such as Michelle Grabner, David Sedaris, Elizabeth Murray, Richard Hunt, Georgia O’Keeffe, Cynthia Rowley, Nick Cave, and LeRoy Neiman.
With the Directors and Executive Director, works on overall annual programming for the Department of Exhibitions, planning assigned exhibitions and programs, on and off-campus, that: (a.) fulfill academic and curricular needs, while also providing other opportunities for learning; (b.) foster civic and community engagement through inter-institutional collaborations and SAIC partnerships; and (c.) rethink the assumptions and practices that surround art and its presentation. Participates in setting and achieving goals for the department as an integrated academic and administrative unit that serves the student body and faculty, Chicago art community, and contemporary art field
PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Oversees the planning and implementation of assigned exhibitions and public programs for the Department of Exhibitions, including curated special exhibitions, annual shows, and thesis exhibitions. In this role, works closely with students, faculty, staff, and guest curators, at times serving as exhibition curator or co-curator, including research, selection of artwork, negotiation of loans, preparation and management of budgets, communications with artists and other project partners, catalogue and didactic materials, coordination of publicity and documentation, and installation. Coordinates team planning meetings for assigned projects to best represent the work of participating artists; review of all safety and security concerns with best resolution within SAIC protocols; archives all materials related to these exhibitions and creates annual assessment for future growth and program capacity.
In coordination with Directors and Executive Director, oversees practicum training and experience both for students working in the Department of Exhibitions and those associated with the Curatorial Studies program. Works with students, serving as supervisor, teaching concepts and skills, coordinating their research activity and assignments, and providing daily guidance and mentorship.
Oversees the publications initiatives of the department, maintaining the highest editorial standards. Works with guest authors, supervising student researchers and serving as chief liaison with designers, publishers, and other professionals, and as editor or supervisor for all trade publications and books. Is responsible for maintaining, tracking, and reporting on budgets for all these publication projects.
In coordination with the Director of Exhibitions, oversees department PR, working with Office of Institutional Advancement to strategize promotional and public representation of exhibitions and program, then giving final approval for PR campaigns and related PR materials, print web and other.
Participates in the strategizing, preparation, management, and reporting of grants for the Department in coordination with the Office of Institutional Advancement
Supports the periodic internal review and assessment of exhibition programming and unit activity
Maintains purchasing account for departmental projects with timely processing of invoices, receipts, and reports within assigned budgets
Attends meetings with other departments, as assigned, for exhibition programs and reports to the full staff, and represents the department at professional meetings in Chicago
On occasion, travels in the US and abroad to perform art historical research, visit artists and exhibitions, or other work on behalf of the department
Performs other duties as assigned
MA in arts related field, MFA or equivalent. Minimum 2 years experience with administration in a public gallery, university arts program, museum, or equivalent with a demonstrated commitment to hands-on mentoring of students required. Strong organizational, communication, writing and research skills are necessary, with the ability to prioritize workload and handle many tasks simultaneously. Proficiency in computer software and administrative practices. Must be able to work a flexible schedule, including occasional evenings, weekends and holidays. The successful candidate should demonstrate a broad art historical foundation in 20th and 21st-century art, as well as expertise or experience in a distinct area or areas relevant to expanding notions of contemporary art.
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