Oversees the administration of the SAIC student-run SITE Galleries (SITE Columbus and SITE Sharp) and project spaces, especially in regard to supervision of student staff, scheduling, resource management, installation planning, and daily operations.
Assists Director of Exhibitions and exhibiting artists with the development and implementation of other exhibitions and programming as assigned.
SITE GALLERIES EXHIBITIONS
Coordinates and chairs student staff meetings to review proposals and make final selection of exhibitions for two SITE Galleries
Oversees student developed process for proposing exhibitions, including workshops and informational sessions, eligibility and guideline development, and jury and studio visit process.
Advises during student staff meetings and studio visits with exhibiting artists
Reviews installation plans with SAIC staff for the assignment of crew, as well as with IRFM and other SAIC staff for safety and security concerns, and communicates with the Art School Considerations Committee when appropriate
Oversees, trains, and advises student staff for installation, media equipment, and other exhibition needs in coordination with the Department of Exhibitions staff. This includes the production of labels, signage, and pricelists for SITE exhibitions.
Oversees and advises student staff to develop PR in coordination with the OIA Communications Department and Department of Exhibitions for all SITE exhibitions and other shows as assigned
Oversees and advises students, faculty, and guest curators to develop and implement programming in coordination with exhibitions in the two SITE galleries
Coordinates the documentation of gallery shows
NON-SITE EXHIBITIONS AND PROGRAMS
Oversees planning and implementation of exhibitions as assigned which currently include annual ArtBash exhibition in consultation with Contemporary Practices Department and annual Chicago Public School exhibitions in consultation with the Department of Admissions
Oversees planning, set-up and oversight for events, workshops, guest speakers, performances, and community/public programing and events as related to SITE or as assigned
Collaboratively manages institutional “On-Campus Installation Form” that facilitates student and faculty requests for display of student work as part of a class or through individual requests
Coordinates requests from faculty for scheduling of on-campus class exhibitions in interstitial spaces
Additionally, the Assistant Director of Exhibitions may propose for review original curatorial projects that can be executed with SITE student staff in a SITE gallery, Sullivan Galleries, or other on or off-campus site, and that can serve as a teaching exercise, while being of interest to the School and public audiences
Keeps informed of current activity in areas of interest through research, gallery and museum visits, studio visits, and publications to bring ideas to student staff.
GENERAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE
Trains and oversees SITE student staff in the development and implementation of exhibitions and gallery operations
Regularly re-examines structure and working methods and recommends and implements changes in consultation with Director of Exhibitions and SITE Advisory Committee
Attends SITE Advisory Committee meetings
Coordinates professional development opportunities for student staff
Interviews potential SITE student staff and conveys recommendations to Director of Exhibitions for final approval
Coordinates exhibition calendar for SITE Galleries and attendant spaces in Neiman Center and assesses viability in consultation with Director of Exhibitions
Assists with the development of exhibition archives including documentation and registrarial records
Updates training manuals for student staff
Manages activity within allotted budget
Performs other duties as assigned
Two years of museum or gallery art handling, exhibition preparation, and exhibition/event management experience. Demonstrated experience with audio/visual technology, computers, and other technologies. Knowledge of art installation methods and supervisory experience in an academic environment. Teaching experience and/or a demonstrated commitment to hands-on mentoring of students. Attention to detail, strong organizational, interpersonal skills, ability to manage multiple tasks/projects on a tight schedule, and excellent written and oral communication skills required. Master degree in fine art, or related field required.
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The Art Institute of Chicago is a world-renowned art museum housing one of the largest permanent collections in the United States. It is encyclopedic in nature with strong holdings across all media, all traditions and all ages. The Art Institute is particularly recognized for its extraordinary Impressionist, Modern, Contemporary and American collections, among other aspects of its holdings. In addition to housing its permanent collection, it typically stages 35-40 special exhibitions a year. In 2014, it was named by TripAdvisor travelers as the number one museum in the world, a remarkable recognition that speaks not only to the quality of the collection but to the entirety of the visitor experience.
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Founded in 1879, the Art Institute grew with the success of Chicago and quickly attained world class stature given the strength of its collection. The Art Institute has expanded several times in its history, most recently and notably with the opening in 2009 of the 264,000 square foot Modern Wing ...designed by internationally acclaimed architect Renzo Piano. The addition has been critically important to the museum as it not only provided much needed gallery space, but also allowed the Art Institute to reorganize its galleries to present the collection in a more logical and accessible fashion. The new addition also includes one of the largest education facilities at any museum and this center has allowed the Art Institute to expand its already impressive array of offerings.