The University of Texas-Austin announces a two-year position (with an optional third-year renewal) as Chief Curator for Art Galleries at Black Studies’ (AGBS’s) Christian-Green Gallery and Idea Lab Gallery, conceptualizing exhibitions, researching Black Studies’ art archive and acquisitions, and working with guest curators to do the same in coordination with AGBS’s Exhibitions and Collections Manager.
*Lead AGBS efforts to develop and plan upcoming shows and coordinate with AGBS team on developing exhibition schedules.
*Coordinate with AGBS Curator of Public Programs to plan, organize, and execute original public programming germane to ideas and conversations around AGBS’s exhibitions.
*Teach one course per academic year for the African and African Diaspora Studies Department.
*Serve as contributor-at-large for The Narrative, AGBS’s online art zine.
This is a two-year position with an anticipated end date of 5/31/2023. A third-year extension may be offered at the discretion of the Executive Director of Art Galleries at Black Studies.
- Exhibition Planning. Conceptualize and plan design and display of up to three exhibitions in coordination with AGBS’s Exhibitions & Collections Manager and Installation & Facilities Coordinator II. Write acquisition and exhibition proposals. Plan the presentation of artwork and objects. Create labels, interpretive materials, and training docents for other museum staff on exhibition presentation and information.
- Research and Acquisitions for Permanent Collections. Write and publish research and information for journals, catalogues, and books. Write acquisition proposals. Maintain updated knowledge of the art market and in-depth knowledge of AGBS collections and exhibitions.
- Donor Stewardship and Fundraising. Join Black Studies leadership in identifying and visiting prospective, current donors. Participate in team effort to organize and execute gallery events; attend public events to promote programs and represent AGBS. Assist in grant-writing initiatives; coordinate with Grants & Contracts Specialist to write grants. Participate in organizing Visiting Committee. Present at Advisory Committee meetings.
- Course Development and Delivery. Create and teach one course in the spring semester each academic year on curatorial practice and methods or in area of expertise for the African and African Diaspora Studies Department.
- Online Publication Contribution. Serve as contributor-at-large for The Narrative, AGBS’s online art zine.
*Ph.D. degree, ABD status, or terminal Master’s degree in a related field: Art, Art History, Arts Administration, Museum Studies, Black Studies.
*A strong/ promising record of publication and/or editing in one or more of these fields.
*Three years’ experience curating and/or administering exhibition programs for an art gallery, museum, or institution devoted to the exhibition of material culture OR contributing content to or editing a publication devoted to art, art history, arts administration, museum studies, Black studies, or a related area.
*Knowledge of Black Studies, art by people of color, art by people of African descent, or art about social justice/ equity.
*Experience with and an appreciation of working in a diverse environment.
*Willingness to participate in a work environment in which mutual accountability, team work, and an “all hands on deck” work ethic are embraced and expected.
Relevant education and experience may be substituted as appropriate.
*More than three years’ experience curating and/or administering exhibition programs or writing or editing for a publication in the related fields outlined above.
*Experience with online publication management.
$60,000 + depending on qualifications
- May work around standard office conditions
- Repetitive use of a keyboard at a workstation
- 3 work references with their contact information; at least one reference should be from a supervisor
- Letter of interest
- Writing sample of 10 pages or fewer
Important for applicants who are NOT current university employees or contingent workers: You will be prompted to submit your resume the first time you apply, then you will be provided an option to upload a new Resume for subsequent applications. Any additional Required Materials (letter of interest, references, etc.) will be uploaded in the Application Questions section; you will be able to multi-select additional files. Before submitting your online job application, ensure that ALL Required Materials have been uploaded. Once your job application has been submitted, you cannot make changes.
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Employment Eligibility:Regular staff who have been employed in their current position for the last six continuous months are eligible for openings being recruited for through University-Wide or Open Recruiting, to include both promotional opportunities and lateral transfers. Staff who are promotion/transfer eligible may apply for positions without supervisor approval.
Retirement Plan Eligibility:The retirement plan for this position is Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS), subject to the position being at least 20 hours per week and at least 135 days in length. This position has the option to elect the Optional Retirement Program (ORP) instead of TRS, subject to the position being 40 hours per week and at least 135 days in length.
A criminal history background check will be required for finalist(s) under consideration for this position.
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