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Associate Director of Visual Arts

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Position Information

Position Information

Job Posting Number S00473
Position Title Associate Director of Visual Arts
Department Zilka Gallery-1222
Job Category Staff Posting
Position Type Full-Time
Position Details

Reporting to the Director of the Center for the Arts (CFA), the Associate Director of Visual Arts is responsible for planning, publicizing, and presenting visual arts exhibitions at Wesleyan University. This work includes curating some shows unique to Wesleyan, working with visiting curators to develop other exhibitions, and teaching student curators how to cultivate their own exhibitions. Some of these exhibitions will draw on Wesleyan’s own talent and resources, such as the faculty and students of the renowned Art and Art History department and the many collections on campus, particularly the Davison collection of more than 25,000 prints, drawings, and photographs, and the Freeman collection of East Asian art. Other exhibitions will take advantage of Wesleyan’s involvement in the prominent regional art scene centered on New York, just 100 miles from Wesleyan,while others will involve national and international collaborations.

The Associate Director of Visual Arts will have primary responsibility for four exhibition spaces. The Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery is a national recognized contemporary art gallery and the 3500 sq. ft. showpiece of Wesleyan’s Center for the Arts. The College of East Asian Studies (CEAS) gallery is the 500 sq. ft. exhibition space of Wesleyan’s prominent Mansfield Freeman Center. The Davison Gallery, and the South Gallery attached to the main Zilkha gallery, are both flexible spaces, especially suitable for student thesis shows, student curatorial projects, or pop-up exhibitions.

The Associate Director of Visual Arts works collaboratively with the entire campus to develop and promote engagement with the visual arts. Particularly close colleagues include the Art and Art History Department, the curator of the Davison collection, and the College of East Asian Studies
The Associate Director supervises the Gallery Supervisor and the Program Manager.

Responsibilities include:

Determine and establish, with the CFA director and in consultation with stakeholders, a comprehensive strategic vision for visual arts exhibitions on campus.

Develop a curatorial plan for all gallery spaces, and create a robust exhibition program through a combination of curation, traveling exhibitions, visiting curators, and student curatorial projects.

In conjunction with the Director of the CFA, other stakeholders, and University Relations, work on fundraising for the university’s exhibition program.

Oversee publications accompanying exhibitions.

With the program manager, design and bring to fruition a range of companion public programs such as artist talks, panels, gallery discussions, and workshops.

Work with Wesleyan faculty to support inter-departmental collaborations and interdisciplinary curricular engagement with exhibitions and programs.

Engage with students interested in learning about curating visual arts exhibitions, through teaching courses, running tutorials, training student curators, and/or overseeing student staffing.

Work with faculty and staff to publicize exhibitions across campus and beyond.

Maintain an active knowledge of current artist practices and exhibitions in the art world.

Assume other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree and 5 years experience in the visual arts, either independently or within an organization, or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.

Extensive knowledge of and passion for contemporary art and a strong track record of curation, exhibition management and/or related work.

Interest in working with students to advance their learning.

Proven collaborative leadership skills.

Superior communication skills, analytical and problem solving abilities.

Strong organizational and project planning skills and experience

Proven knowledge of budget planning and a demonstrated understanding of marketing and publicity.

Excellent public speaking skills.

Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

Excellent Microsoft Office skills including Word and Excel.

Ability to work independently and prioritize multiple projects with competing deadlines.

Demonstrated commitment to work within a diverse environment and interact openly with
individuals of different backgrounds.

Must be able to work a flexible schedule including evenings, nights, weekends and holidays as needed including occasional travel.

Preferred Qualifications

Advanced degree in Art, Art History, or related field strongly preferred.

Knowledge of East Asian art and art history.

Prior supervisory experience strongly preferred.

Demonstrated effectiveness in working with students.

Experience in integrating the arts across disciplines.

Demonstrated record of success in securing grants.

Management Competencies Build effective teams, Innovation management, Managerial courage, Project management, Staff development
Competencies Business acumen, Composure, Creativity and innovation, Dealing with ambiguity, Decision quality/ judgment, Organizational skills, Peer relationships, Planning/priority setting, Presentation skills, Project management, Respects diversity, Commitment to sustainability
Special Instructions to Applicants
Additional Information

Any and all offers to external applicants are contingent on the candidate’s completion of a pre-employment background check screening to the satisfaction of Wesleyan University

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Describe an exhibition you curated, from curatorial vision to execution. What challenges did you overcome? What impact did it have?

    (Open Ended Question)

  2. * How do you connect an exhibition with a community or audience? Describe some strategies you have used with previous exhibitions or programs.

    (Open Ended Question)

  3. * Describe a project in which you managed the interests of multiple stakeholders. How did you find a balance? What might you have changed about the process?

    (Open Ended Question)

  4. * Please tell us how you specifically heard about this position? ( e.g CareerBuilder, LinkedIn, Higher Ed, InsideHigher Ed, CT.Jobs etc.)

    (Open Ended Question)

Optional & Required Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
Optional Documents