Curator of Student Exhibitions and Programs for VCUarts

Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts
Position FAE640
Full-time, 12-month professional faculty position beginning January/February 2017.

Review of Applications:
Begins November 30, 2016, and continues until position is filled.

The Opportunity:
The highly ranked Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts (VCUarts) seeks a dynamic curator/mentor to conceptualize a unique, student-centered approach to curating student exhibitions and programs in the VCUarts Anderson building, which offers variously configured exhibition/programming spaces that total 6,200 square feet. A clearly articulated, innovative vision for the Anderson building is expected to appeal to students in all disciplines within VCUarts, compel them to think deeply and critically about what they create and how they present their work, support their professional development, and celebrate their highly inventive creative energy.

VCUarts (arts.vcu.edu) is comprised of over 3,000 students and 16 nationally recognized programs in design, visual and performing arts. U.S. News & World Report ranks VCUarts as having the top public university art and design graduate programs in the nation. VCUarts is located on the university’s 75-acre Monroe Park campus situated in Richmond’s historic Fan District. The new VCU Institute for Contemporary Art (ICA), designed by award-winning architect Steven Holl, is poised to open in 2017 and will be dedicated to flexible and responsive exhibitions and performances that examine art, design, and performance from multiple interdisciplinary perspectives (ica.vcu.edu). VCUarts is within walking distance to the Richmond Arts District and the nationally-recognized Virginia Museum of Fine Arts is one mile from campus.

The school’s newest facility, The Depot Building, which includes the main building at 814 W. Broad Street and the annex behind it, offers 6,000 sq. ft. of facilities for Dance, Kinetic Imaging, and interdisciplinary collaboration. Focused on increasing interdisciplinary opportunities, The Depot, is a programmatic and resource-rich facility focused on the exploration of new disciplines through collaboration, discovery, exploration, creativity, originality, inventiveness, and talent in order to build and foster a network that connects students to the faculty, alumni, and community. In addition, the site also houses a sound stage, motion capture, and other state-of-the-art features.

Major Responsibilities:
• Enact a pedagogically innovative approach to articulate a mission for the VCUarts Anderson building;
• Based on a newly articulated mission, schedule a relevant balance of exhibitions and programs that feature student artworks, performances, curatorial projects, and other student endeavors;
• Facilitate all aspects of exhibitions and program requirements including insurance coverage, transportation of art works, documentation of art works, announcements and press releases;
• Manage yearly budget and budget for each show and program;
• Develop and teach one undergraduate course, offered at least once a year, which focuses on history and theory of curating exhibitions while also guiding students through the conceptual development and practical considerations of curating exhibitions;
• Recruit, hire, train and supervise student gallery attendants;
• Mentor student interns;
• Coordinate the annual juried undergraduate exhibition: contract juror, coordinate submissions and jury process, direct exhibit installation, oversee marketing & promotion;
• Schedule, plan and direct the installation of MFA exhibitions, some of which may be presented in off-campus venues;
• Maintain appropriate mailing, email, facebook and other media contact lists;
• Supervise part-time employees, including student employees;
• Maintain files accurately, in paper and in software programs;
• Perform other job-related duties as assigned.


Professional Qualifications and Qualities:
The Curator of Student Exhibitions and Programs must have:
• Master’s degree in Art History, Museum Studies, Curatorial Studies, Studio Art or an equivalent related degree; PhD preferred;
• Three years of curatorial experience in an art gallery, center or museum; experience in a university gallery or museum preferred;
• The faculty member must have demonstrated experience working in and fostering a diverse faculty, staff, and student environment or commitment to do so as a faculty member at VCU;
• Excellent interpersonal skills and professionalism to interact with a wide range of individuals within the School of the Arts, university and community;
• Exceptional written and verbal communication skills, as well as demonstrated presentation skills;
• Knowledge of scholarly discourse in curatorial/museum studies;
• Demonstrated team-building and project management skills;
• Ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously;
• Ability to personal computer and associated software;
• Demonstrated ability to build effective long-term relationships both internally and externally and the ability to clearly articulate and advocate the goals of VCUarts.

Application Instructions:
Submit the following application materials via VCU eJobs at vcujobs.com:
• Letter of Interest that describes your relevant professional experience and describes lived experiences and/or professional service that inform worldviews and/or perspectives about minority group status, to include race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, religion, and disability.
• Curatorial/Educational Philosophy Statement
• Curriculum Vitae
• List of three professional references including names with titles and contact information (references will not be checked prior to candidates’ approval)

Only electronic applications submitted via VCU eJobs will be accepted.

The Letter of Interest and Curatorial/Educational Philosophy Statement should be submitted as one PDF in the “Cover Letter/Letter of Application” section in eJobs; the CV should be submitted as one PDF in the “Curriculum Vitae (CV)” section of eJobs; and the list of References should be submitted as one PDF in the “Other Document” section of eJobs.

Review of Applications: Begins November 30, 2016, and continues until position is filled.

To read more about VCUarts: arts.vcu.edu

Virginia Commonwealth University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action university providing access to education and employment without regard to age, race, color, national origin, gender, religion, sexual orientation, veteran’s status, political affiliation or disability.

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