Job Title: Curator
Hours: 30-40 hours per week
Rate of pay: Depends on experience
Time period: April 2022 – November 2023 (20 months, or longer)
ABOUT 516 Arts: Founded in 2006, 516 Arts is the only non-collecting, contemporary art museum in Albuquerque. Our mission is to connect contemporary artists and diverse audiences. 516 Arts presents exhibitions and related public programs and collaborations featuring local, national, and international artists, which seek to inspire curiosity and creative experimentation and which focus on relevant themes. Learn more at 516arts.org.
JOB SUMMARY: The Curator is responsible for developing contemporary art exhibitions and public programs that are accessible to the general public and appropriate for all ages. This position emphasizes, but is not limited to highlighting Native American artists and providing outreach to Native communities in New Mexico. This is a temporary position, funded in part by a grant from the Henry Luce Foundation in the area of Native American Intellectual Leadership. The position may continue beyond this 20-month period and evolve in new directions, depending on funding. The Curator must have expertise working with contemporary art practices, familiarity with Native American artists and communities in New Mexico, and have experience curating exhibitions and organizing public programs. The focus of this position is on showcasing Native American artists and serving Native communities in New Mexico within the broader context of 516 Arts’s exhibitions and programs. The staff of 516 Arts works in a small team, valuing open communication and collaboration in an efficient and positive work environment.
Exhibitions & Programs
– Develop and plan exhibitions and accompanying programming with 516 ARTS staff and participating artists to satisfy the organization’s mission.
– Make selections of artwork and communicate directly with artists, galleries, collectors and other institutions and organizations to secure artwork loans and other resources for exhibitions and special projects.
– Seek out, evaluate, and review artwork, artist proposals, and portfolios.
– Seek out and develop partnerships with other organizations.
– Participate in programming and design decisions.
– Write essays for catalogs, descriptions of exhibitions and programs for publicity, wall labels, and intro panels.
– Conduct studio visits to plan and discuss potential opportunities with artists.
– Provide written material for grant proposals and reports.
– Arrange translator services as necessary.
– Write articles for 516 Arts publications.
– Work with Education Manager to develop and run programs in Native communities around NM. – Introduce special events and speak to the general public in a variety of educational and fundraising contexts.
– Lead or participate in selected educational tours for schools and special groups.
Administrative & Financial
– Negotiate artist fees, budgets, shipping, and timelines and manage deadlines to keep projects on schedule.
– Generate and execute agreements with artists, speakers, teachers, and others for exhibitions and programs.
– Maintain files, archives, and record-keeping relating to exhibitions, programs, and related budgets.
– Provide regular project status updates to the Executive Director.
– Alert Executive Director immediately when there is a problem and determine appropriate responses.
– Contribute to a positive workplace environment by demonstrating superior skills in dealing with coworkers, colleagues, and the general public, speaking positively when referring to 516 Arts, and acting and speaking in a courteous and professional manner at all times.
EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE
– Master’s degree and/or five years related experience and/or training.
REQUIRED SKILLS, KNOWLEDGE, AND ABILITIES
– Strong organizational skills; ability to handle multiple tasks.
– Excellent oral and written communication skills.
– Demonstrated excellent interpersonal communication skills.
– Demonstrated experience with a wide variety of constructive and creative problem-solving with regard to exhibition space and limits.
– Proficient knowledge of MS Office software; PhotoShop and InDesign a plus, learn other programs as needed.
– Must be able to drive, have a valid driver’s license and have a good driving record accompanied by insurance.