The Union for Contemporary Art is committed to strengthening the creative culture of the greater Omaha area by providing direct support to local artists and increasing the visibility of contemporary art forms in our community of north Omaha. In every endeavor, we strive to inspire positive social change. The organization was founded on the belief that the arts can be a vehicle for social justice and greater civic engagement.
POSITION Director of Exhibitions
COMMITMENT Full-time position, 40 hours/week. Hours will be dictated by the needs of the program. Occasional evenings and Saturday hours may be necessary.
COMPENSATION Salary and benefit information available upon request
OVERVIEW In January 2017, The Union for Contemporary Art will open a new facility that includes a 1,700 square foot gallery space. We are seeking a Director of Exhibitions (DE) who will be responsible for developing an exhibition program that reflects The Union’s commitment to inclusion and neighborhood revitalization through contemporary art. The DE will also shape the overall artistic vision, to support and enhance other areas of the organization, including the Fellowship Program, Performing Arts Collective, public projects, and youth engagement initiatives. This position is highly collaborative and requires the ability to work well with multiple staff members. The successful candidate will be a flexible and organized individual with a proven record of exhibition curation and management, as well as solid knowledge of contemporary art and African American contributions to the field. The ideal candidate will already be active in contemporary art discourse at the national level, and abreast of best practices in socially or community-engaged art, art education, and related areas.
- At least five years experience organizing exhibitions and working directly with artists in art museums, art centers, or other art spaces
- Substantial knowledge of contemporary art, including African American contributions to the field, and socially or community-engaged practices
- Demonstrated commitment to community engagement and/or social justice advocacy
- Experience with fine arts procedures, including knowledge of best practices in art handling, shipping, insurance, and registration
- Strong organizational skills and the ability to interact positively and professionally with staff and constituents
- Ability to proactively prioritize, manage time, and meet deadlines while juggling multiple duties and tasks
- Enthusiastic team player with strong verbal and written communication skills, effective and professional negotiating skills, discretion, and diplomacy
- Superb communication skills; personable and diplomatic in working with diverse constituencies and inspiring participation from partners, artists, and community members
- Ability to a generate schedules and budgets
- Comfortable using Microsoft office tools, Photoshop or Illustrator, and G Suite
ESSENTIAL JOB RESPONSIBILITIES
- Facilitate the research, development, and presentation of approximately six exhibitions annually, showcasing a diverse roster of regional and national artists, with emphasis on local representation
- Present exhibitions and other projects at the highest level of professional practice
- Ensure a consistent curatorial voice across the organization
- Oversee scheduling and work orders to maintain daily gallery operations (painting/patching walls, lighting, hanging, installation, exhibition removal)
- Provide direction to preparators and other contractors between exhibitions
- Write accessible wall labels and other interpretive materials to engage a broad audience
- Work closely with the youth engagement team to develop methods for children and families from diverse backgrounds to engage with contemporary art and artists
- In partnership with the leadership team, identify and recruit partners for exhibition activities to overcome barriers to participation through meaningful inclusion
- Collaborate with the Executive Director and staff to set goals and objectives for new projects in support of the mission
- Prepare and monitor exhibition budgets and expenses
- Contribute to long-term planning to positively impact development, marketing, and other organizational efforts
- Further position The Union as a site for innovative and best practices in socially or community-engaged art
- Actively and passionately represent The Union locally, regionally, and nationally
TO APPLY Please send one-page cover letter summarizing your curatorial experience, a resume or CV, and contact information for three references to Brigitte McQueen Shew at firstname.lastname@example.org. Send mailed applications to The Union for Contemporary Art, 2417 Burdette Street, Omaha, Nebraska 68111.
Thank you for your interest in employment opportunities at The Union.Please be advised that we are only able to contact those candidates whose skills and background best fit the needs of the open position.
The Union for Contemporary Art is an equal opportunity employer. We do not to discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of age, race, religion, color, handicap, gender, physical condition, developmental disability, sexual orientation or national origin. Period.