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Full-time ,
submitted by
Kennon Reinard

Coordinator of Studio Programs

Status: Full-time, non-exempt

Benefits: Yes

Reports to: Manager of Studio Programs

About Marwen:

Marwen educates and inspires young people to nurture their growth and build their futures through art

and community. Founded in 1987, the no-cost studio and pathway programs exist for young people, in

6th-12th grade across Chicago, who want to explore visual arts and do not have access to arts programming due to financial and systemic barriers. Courses are facilitated by teaching artist teams. For more information, visit

Overview of Position:

The Coordinator of Studio Programs provides technical support to Marwen’s courses in six studios: painting, mixed media, ceramics, printmaking, and fibers. This includes setting up and maintaining studios, managing inventory, and communicating with teaching teams to support studio and course needs. The Coordinator of Studio Programs helps teaching artists and young people use the studios in their learning; ensures that Marwen’s traditional art-making studios are well-maintained and ready for use, and supports needs across courses, workshops, exhibitions, and events. The coordinator partners closely with the Program staff as well as the Facility Operations team to ensure the smooth operation of the studios and provides thought partnership in program delivery. Candidates must be able to work year-round onsite, including evenings and weekends during programming terms.


Studio & Program Support

  • Act as main studio support contact for teaching artists in traditional and contemporary studio courses, regularly checking in and supporting daily needs in collaboration with the Manager of Studio Programs and the Coordinator of Technology Programs
  • Support and guide teaching artists in the use of studio equipment available at Marwen
  • Maintain up-to-date knowledge of traditional and contemporary art media and be willing to explore new equipment and media to support Marwen’s programs
  • Participate as a thought partner and committee member in course proposal selections as they pertain to traditional and multimedia-based proposals

Studio Maintenance & Administrative Support

General Set-up and Maintenance

  • Ensure studios are reset and organized after each class and each term
  • Maintain and implement best practices, guidelines, and workflows for the use of traditional and mixed media studios
  • Coordinate and order supplies in collaboration with the Coordinator of Technology to receive supply shipments and distribute them to appropriate tech studios and storage areas
  • Adhere to safety protocols and ensure a safe working environment

Drawing and Painting & Mixed Media Studios

  • Manage and organize painting and mixed media materials, including paints, brushes, canvases and other tools

Ceramics Studio

  • Operate and maintain ceramics Kiln, ensuring correct Kiln settings
  • Provide efficient, timely, and safe kiln firing
  • Mix ceramic materials
  • Reclaim clay
  • Operate the pug mill for clay reclaim

Printmaking Studio

  • Operate and maintain the printing press
  • Coat and strip screens
  • Restock and mix inks

Fashion & Fiber Studio

  • Monitor fashion studio equipment, including sewing machines, sergers, and other specialized tools
  • Coordinate repairs when needed with Manager of Facilities
  • Restock fabrics & sewing materials

Exhibitions Support

  • Collect and organize student work at the end of each term in preparation for exhibition installation in collaboration with the Studio Programs team

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Experience operating a ceramics kiln and experience with fiber arts and/or print making equipment preferred
  • Familiarity with fiber arts and/or printmaking equipment preferred
  • Experience working with traditional visual art mediums, particularly ceramics, printmaking and textiles
  • Familiarity with administrative work in creative or non-profit organizations preferred
  • Ability to learn a variety of art media and equipment
  • Must be able to work a consistent after school program schedule, including evenings and Saturdays during programming terms.
  • Strong interpersonal and organizational skills
  • Experience working collaboratively and efficiently within a team
  • Familiarity with teaching curriculum and/or lesson plans
  • Proven ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously with attention to detail, as well as the ability to work independently
  • Ability to understand project requirements and effectively communicate them to teaching artists, staff and young people
  • Proven ability to solve problems independently and in decisive and creative ways
  • Proficiency with macOS and inventory with Google Drives preferred

The compensation for this position is $45,000 annually commensurate with experience and includes full health benefits, generous PTO, and 403b.

Marwen is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and equity in the workplace. We strongly encourage those who reflect our communities to apply, including bilingual individuals, LGBTQI and/or people of color. Please send a resume and cover letter to with the subject line “Coordinator of Studio Programs.” The deadline for submissions is February 16, 2024.

Contact Info:
Martha Osornio Ruiz
Job Type: Permanent
Location: Chicago