Deputy Director for Curatorial and Educational Affairs, Institute for Contemporary Art
Mission or goal of unit
The Institute for Contemporary Art will be a non-collecting art museum that provides a new environment for artists to explore the most critical issues of our time. This dynamic institution, designed by one of the world’s most important living architects, Steven Holl, will engage local, national, and international communities through dynamic and challenging exhibitions, programs, and special projects that encourage critical thinking about the world we inhabit. The Virginia Commonwealth University Institute for Contemporary Art (ICA) will be the newest institute for contemporary arts and design in the United States. Unlike a museum with a permanent collection, the ICA will be a non-collecting contemporary art institute dedicated to flexible and responsive exhibitions and performances that examine art, design, and performance from multiple interdisciplinary perspectives. Associated with the number one public art school in the country and set within a comprehensive major urban, public research university, the ICA will be the linchpin of a vibrant arts district in Richmond that links VCU’s campuses, serves as a gateway to the city, and provides opportunities for people to investigate the central issues of our time. It is a major initiative for VCU that will enhance the creativity of the entire university and serve as a resource for the city of Richmond and beyond.
Chief purpose of this position in support of above mission or goal
The Deputy Director of Curatorial and Educational Affairs is a dynamic, visionary curator with an international profile who will develop, oversee, and implement the artistic and educational vision for the newest non-collecting contemporary art museum in the United States. Scheduled to open in late 2015, the new Institute for Contemporary Art (ICA) is being designed by the renowned architect Steven Holl. The Deputy Director will work closely with the ICA Director, internationally recognized colleagues throughout VCU and its acclaimed School of the Arts, and community and international partners, to develop an ambitious, experimental, and innovative interdisciplinary program that brings together visual arts, music, performance, design, dance and theater in exhibitions, commissions, public events, special projects, publications, and artist residencies that engage the University, students, faculty, the broader Richmond community, and beyond.
- Plans, coordinates, and prepares contemporary, ambitious, experimental, and innovative interdisciplinary programs that bring together visual arts and live performance in exhibitions, commissions, public events, special projects, publications, and artist residencies that engage the University, students, faculty, the broader Richmond community, and beyond.
- Supports the supervision, development, and evaluation of a growing number of talented ICA professional staff and interacts with students, faculty, donors, volunteers, and the public.
- Ensures goals and strategies for exhibitions and educational programs are consistent with the ICA mission and overall strategic planning.
- Responsible for executing exhibitions, projects, and events that expand audiences and increase the visibility of VCU and the ICA.
- Works closely with the communications and marketing office to communicate, promote, and publicize the ICA’s exhibitions and programs.
- Partners with the development office to assist with fundraising activities for exhibitions and programs including securing grants, planning of fundraising events, sponsorship, and gifts.
- Develops and oversees a strategic approach to the development of community partnerships to extend the reach of the ICA into the city’s various communities and surrounding areas.
- Develops innovative educational programs and provides guidance in the implementation and effectiveness of educational activities.
- Routinely engages key constituencies including students, faculty, the community, including local business, industry, and non-profit leaders, artists, designers, performers, board members, and volunteers and encourages service on ICA committees to foster community partnerships and engagement.
- Actively supports the Director of the ICA and all other key constituencies in regard to the envisioned ICA.
- Develops, evaluates, and maintains strategic goals, policies, and objectives related to exhibition management.
- Performs all other duties in support of the Director and ICA, as needed.
- Ensures that all exhibition and educational functions of the ICA administrative office comply with State, federal, School, and University policies and procedures;
- Exercises an understanding and sensitivity to the unique body of faculty, staff, students, artists, performers, and board members, and exhibits professional ethics for working with this deeply diverse constituency;
- Makes routine decisions using discretion and judgment and shows initiative with little outside direction;
- Assesses and determines proper course of action for all sensitive situations and recognizes when issues need to be elevated to the Director of the ICA.
Master of Arts or PhD in modern/contemporary art history is required.
- Minimum of ten (10) years of high level experience working in major museums.
- Experience working in a senior leadership capacity to develop long-range strategic plans along with oversight and management of direct reports in the areas of curatorial, education, registration, and art preparation.
- Experience managing operating budgets up to $2 million dollars.
- Practical, hands-on project management of exhibitions, publications, and programs from conceptualization through execution.
- A distinctive record of original exhibitions, publications, lectures, articles, etc. demonstrating engagement with broad contemporary issues.
- Evidence of strong working relationships with a diverse range of contemporary artists, dealers, curators, scholars, collectors, and journalists.
- Familiarity with current market for contemporary art and an awareness of current ethical practices and laws regarding contemporary art
- Successful track record with donor cultivation, grant writing, marketing and public relations initiatives.
- Experience collaborating with key constituents to build strong campus, local, regional, national, and international relationships.
- Demonstrated experience working in and fostering a diverse faculty, staff, and student environment or commitment to do so as a faculty member at VCU.
- Proven ability working within a diverse university setting and engaging students and faculty to ensure alignment of exhibition program and thematic investigations in relation to research and teaching priorities across diverse disciplines.
- Excellent verbal/written communication and customer service skills.
- Proven flexibility and willingness to perform a wide range of tasks as necessary.
- Ability to anticipate needs of those contacting Director and tactfully diffuse difficult interactions.
- Ability to problem-solve using sound judgment and professional discretion.
- Proven ability to develop presentation materials for conferences, lectures, and other essential meetings.
- Demonstrated ability to work independently and take initiative.
- Demonstrated strong work ethic and time management skills.
- Strong organizational skills required and ability to attend to details.
- Demonstrated ability to prioritize work, handle multiple tasks and meet deadlines.