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Allison Lacher

Gallery Manager - Curator of Arts II

University of Illinois Springfield
Gallery Manager - Curator of Arts II

Deadline: 6/14/2024

Minimum starting salary: $20.77 per hour/7.5 hour workday


This position will perform all duties related to exhibition preparation including, but not limited to installation, de-installation, shipping and receiving artwork, and coordination of necessary staff and materials. The Gallery Manager must have excellent time and project management skills, as well as the ability to work independently or within a team. This is a significant position, integral to the function and excellence of the operation of the gallery.

Duties & Responsibilities:

Installation/de-installation of exhibitions (i.e. hanging artwork) and lighting, plus deliveries to clients, framers, conservators, auction houses, galleries, etc.

Develop promotional materials, including press releases, postcards, and HTML emails for exhibitions

Work with the Gallery Director to develop new sources of funding support for programming, including grant co-writing

Oversee student worker for gallery visiting hours

Coordinating catering, alcohol waiver, and overseeing receptions

Packing, crating and shipping both framed and unframed artworks of high value domestically and worldwide

General maintenance/stocking of installation and packing materials

Serve on the Art and Artifact Collection Committee and help oversee the loaning of work from the permanent collection and maintaining an active catalog of works, their condition and location, including conducting research on objects in permanent collection as well as objects proposed for acquisition

Minimum Qualifications:

1. Any one or any combination totaling three (3) years (36 months) from the following categories:

A. college coursework in art history, studio art, or a closely related field as measured by the following conversion table or its proportional equivalent:

- 30 semester hours equals one (1) year (12 months)

- Associate’s Degree (60 semester hours) equals eighteen months (18 months)

- 90 semester hours equals two (2) years (24 months)

- Bachelor’s Degree (120 semester hours) equals three (3) years (36 months)

B. work experience that provided knowledge of art history and the techniques used in the preservation, restoration, and/or exhibition of museum collections.

2. One (1) year (12 months) of work experience in the profession of art curation including the development, storage, security, and exhibition of art objects.Note: A Master’s Degree in Art History or a closely related field may be substituted for one (1) year (12 months) of experience.

Preferred Qualifications:

- At least 2 years experience as a preparator in a gallery, museum setting, or arts organization

- Experience overseeing staff

- Experience with art handling, storage, packing, crating, and installation

- Experience in carpentry and safe handling of power tools

- Knowledge, Skills & Abilities: Demonstrated knowledge of gallery installation techniques

- Familiarity with Mac computer systems and software

- Able to lift heavy objects (50 lbs+)

- Ability to work evenings and weekends on occasion

Full position details can be found here:

About UIS: Located in the state capital, the University of Illinois Springfield is one of three members of the University of Illinois system. The University serves more than 4,000 students in 44 graduate and 56 undergraduate programs. You are encouraged to visit the university web page at

Job Type: Permanent
Compensation: $20.77 per hour
Location: Springfield, Illinois