Information & Responsibilities
California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) seeks a Gallery Director and Curator for the 3,000 sq.ft. art gallery located within REDCAT (Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater), an interdisciplinary performance, media and exhibition center located in the Walt Disney Concert Hall complex in downtown Los Angeles.
This full-time, salaried position will further the experimental and international vision of the gallery’s operations in concert with the Executive Director of REDCAT, mounting an innovative and diverse program of exhibitions and events to advance REDCAT’s goal of playing a significant role in the evolution of contemporary art.
The Gallery Director is encouraged to develop projects that go beyond traditional exhibitions, to pursue an advanced, interdisciplinary approach to the creation and presentation of contemporary art, and to build critical discourse and conversation around exhibitions. The Gallery currently publishes an average of two catalogs per year.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS (include but are not limited to):
Lead and direct programs for the Gallery, including curating exhibitions, organizing commissions and residencies; hiring guest curators and identifying traveling projects; and providing overall vision and management. Must be committed to working collaboratively with different constituencies, including the CalArts community, outside advisors and committees, and internal REDCAT team/staff
Develop and curate a visionary program that pushes the scope of curatorial practice, engages critical discourse and conversation and provides a unique international perspective on contemporary art developments.
Budgetary oversight and fundraising, in collaboration with the Executive Director of REDCAT and the Office of Advancement at CalArts.
Oversee the Gallery’s publications program, ranging from modest brochures to substantial catalogs, developed in close dialogue with artists and in cooperation with freelance graphic designers, editors and translators.
Build relations with arts community in Los Angeles including artists, galleries, collectors and donors to advocate and to seek support for the Gallery’s programs.
Act as liaison between the Gallery and the School of Art at CalArts, as well as the other CalArts Schools, including Music, Film/Video, Dance, Theater and Critical Studies.
Demonstrated passion for contemporary art and art-making.
Deep knowledge of international developments in contemporary art.
Demonstrated ability working intensely and productively with artists within budgetary and time constraints is a must.
Extensive experience in curating and working to advocate on behalf of artists and artistic production, arts administration, and fundraising for contemporary art programs, and academic credentials suitable to a leadership position within a college-sponsored cultural center.
At least three to five years of professional experience in a non-profit visual arts program is desired.
How to Apply
This position is available beginning August 1, 2011. Please submit a cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org or fax to (661) 222-2796. Please indicate in the subject line: Gallery Director.
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