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RFQ: Curatorial Assistance Services, Architecture and Design, at NMAAHC

CURATORIAL ASSISTANCE SERVICES (ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN)
OFFICE OF CURATORIAL AFFAIRS
NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY AND CULTURE

This Request for Quote (RFQ) is issued by the Smithsonian Institution (SI) National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC).

SCOPE OF WORK

NMAAHC needs professional, non-personal, work-for-hire services to provide curatorial research assistance for the Office of Curatorial Affairs (OCA) in support of the curator of Architecture and Design. The purpose of this contract is to assist the curator of Architecture and Design in performing and undertaking curatorial activities. The contractor will assist with research and writing related to collections, exhibitions, publications, public programs, and digital products. The contractor scope of work includes assisting the curator with tasks related to collecting archives and other materials from black architects; collecting contemporary design, including furniture; collecting graphic design; collecting architectural sketches and drawings; collecting ephemera from conferences and exhibitions focused on black architects and designers; collecting and preserving design-related materials in digital-only format. The contractor may also contribute to new interpretive and educational content in this area.

The Contractor will work with the curator to research architects and designers; research architectural representations; write about architects and designers; engage in correspondence about curatorial projects; provide administrative and clerical support; provide exhibition, publications, and program support; assist with digital collecting and other collections offers, acquisitions, and loans; provide scholarly research and other program and research support as assigned by the curator of Architecture and Design. The span of these responsibilities, specified below, encompasses research and writing background papers, information management and tracking, high-level communication with donors, and frequent communication with museum curators and museum specialists.

The period of performance will be on or about March 1, 2022 to February 28, 2023.

Contact Michelle Wilkinson(WilkinsonM@si.edufor bid package.  Please indicate your interest by 5:00 PM, January 24, 2021.

FEL: Terra Foundation for American Art Exhibition Grants

Letters of Inquiry due March 8, 2022
Open to organizations worldwide

Recognizing current and historical inequities in the presentations and understandings of American art history, the Terra Foundation encourages temporary exhibitions that address these imbalances and exclusions.

To expand histories of American art, we seek projects that reflect inclusive and equitable research and curatorial practices; generate new scholarship and interpretive frameworks; employ critical methodologies and innovative models; and/or engage diverse partners and audiences.

Grants will offset planning and/or implementation costs for:

Temporary exhibitions primarily comprising artworks that are not part of the institution’s permanent collection
Research and planning for temporary exhibitions (e.g., convenings, travel, research fellows or assistants, advisory groups)
Grant support through this program is offered once yearly, with a board vote in October of each year.

Visit our website to learn more and apply.
www.terraamericanart.org/what-we-offer/grant-fellowship-opportunities/exhibition-grants/

JOB: Program Manager @ Black Trustee Alliance for Art Museums

PROGRAM MANAGER

JOB DESCRIPTION

WHO WE ARE

The mission of Black Trustee Alliance for Art Museums (BTA) is to increase the inclusion of Black perspectives and narratives in North American art museums to make these institutions more equitable and excellent spaces of cultural engagement. BTA was founded on the belief that building a cohesive community of Black trustees to share ideas and collectively problem solve would make these trustees more effective, not only as board members but also as resources for the broader community of Black artists, curators, and museum leadership. BTA is focused on barriers to entry and advancement for Black staff and leadership; underrepresentation of Black narratives in exhibitions, collections, and programming; and limited patronage of minority-owned vendors, contractors, and service providers. The Black Trustee Alliance for Art Museums (BTA) is a sponsored project of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors.

Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors (RPA) is a nonprofit organization that currently advises on and manages more than $400 million in annual giving by individuals, families, corporations and major foundations. Continuing the Rockefeller family’s legacy of thoughtful, effective philanthropy, RPA remains at the forefront of philanthropic growth and innovation, with a diverse team led by experienced grantmakers with significant depth of knowledge across the spectrum of issue areas. Founded in 2002, RPA has grown into one of the world’s largest philanthropic service organizations and, as a whole, has facilitated more than $3 billion in grantmaking to nearly 70 countries. RPA serves as a fiscal sponsor for more than 90 projects, providing governance, management and operational infrastructure to support their charitable purposes. For more information, please go to www.rockpa.org.

WHO YOU ARE

BTA is seeking a Program Manager to support the Executive Director and Advisory Board Co-Chairs in building out this nascent organization’s programming and operations. The Program Manager will work directly with the Executive Director to conceptualize, develop, and execute Black Trustee Alliance member programming; to communicate with internal and external stakeholders; and to lead administrative activities.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES

Administration & Operations

● Manage day-to-day operations and administrative activities including maintenance of all files/organizational systems, and monitoring of the administrative inbox

● Meet regularly with the Executive Director and Advisory Board Co-Chairs

● Handle meeting documentation, project tracking and management

● Draft presentation materials for Board/Committee meetings and speaking engagements

● Coordinate with institutional partners

● Oversee website development (in partnership with web designer) and manage website content (WordPress)

● Contract vendors and process invoices for payment

● Maintain consistent communication with fiscal sponsors to ensure compliance

Programming & Communications

● Propose and support program content development

● Manage technical and operational aspects of (virtual and in-person) BTA events

● Support planning and logistics of annual BTA Convening (in partnership with event producer)

● Create and oversee online platforms (Eventbrite, MailChimp, Zoom, Paperless Post) for tracking communications, RSVPs, and engagement surveys related to BTA programs

● Draft internal and external communications, including Advisory Board communications, event invitations, quarterly newsletters, and press releases

● Monitor BTA social media accounts and news sources for relevant updates in the field

Membership & Development

● Manage and maintain constituent database (AirTable)

● Manage membership enrollment, and processing of gifts and renewals

● Research funding opportunities, and prepare grant and sponsorship proposals

● Represent BTA at member programming and events

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS

● B.A. or commensurate experience

● Minimum of three years related professional experience

● Strong writing, organization, and design skills

● Creative thinking with strong research and analytical skills

● Keen attention to detail

● Fluency with Google Workspace and Microsoft Office

● Familiarity with the cultural sector preferred

Job Type

Full-time, remote

Benefits

Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors offers a competitive compensation and benefits package including health coverage, retirement benefits, paid sick leave, vacation and holidays.

Application Process

Complete applications will be reviewed as received. In order to be considered, all applications must include a resume/CV, a detailed cover letter describing your interest in and qualifications for this position and one writing sample. Application materials should be sent to: admin@blacktrusteealliance.org.

JOB: Postdoc, Center for the Art of East Asia at UChicago

The Center for the Art of East Asia is pleased to announce a position opening for a Postdoctoral Instructor in East Asian art in the Department of Art History at the University of Chicago. The one-year position is expected to begin July 1, 2022 and is benefits eligible, with possibility of extension for an additional year upon satisfactory review. The position holder will conduct research in a stated field of concentration under the mentorship of a faculty member affiliated with our Center for the Art of East Asia. In order to maximize the diversity and inclusivity of the applicant pool, we strongly encourage you to circulate the attached announcement widely to your networks.

Application materials must be submitted at the online at the UChicago’s Academic Recruiting site http://apply.interfolio.com/100629 no later than 10:59 pm Central Time on February 15, 2022.
Please contact Akari Rokumoto (arkumoto@uchicago.edu) with questions about this position.

JOB: Asst Dir of Community Engagement and Learning @ Krannert Art Museum

 Krannert Art Museum seeks candidates for an Assistant Director of Community Engagement and Learning. The primary function of this position will be to design and implement the museum’s community engagement and learning initiatives. This position has an integral role in establishing the agenda for public and campus engagement and collaboration in developing in-gallery, off-site, and digital programs, and interpretation. The candidate will work closely with the Director and other staff members to ensure that the museum’s strategic goals are achieved. 

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer that recruits and hires qualified candidates without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity,age, national origin, disability, or veteran status. For more information, visit http://go.illinois.edu/EEO

As the museum’s principal educator and programmer, the Assistant Director will collaborate with a team to reconceive museum education and community engagement at KAM – on site, online, and in community. A core member of the museum’s leadership team reporting to the Director, the Assistant Director of Community Engagement and Learning will ensure that the museum’s strategic goals are achieved, particularly those involving diversity, equity, accessibility, and sustainability. An overarching commitment to inclusion and a culture of care is central to the museum’s identity, and this position is a keystone of that ongoing work. 

Doing this work requires dismantling systemic barriers of exclusion, centering welcome for all visitors, and gaining the trust of long marginalized communities. The Assistant Director will lead a team of education coordinators, graduate assistants, and student employees while working collaboratively with curators. Student engagement and developing sustainable and deep relationships with our communities are priorities, building on recent work with regional Black communities as well as students and community members with disabilities. Shaping the future with existing strong collaborations with the Champaign, Urbana, and Rantoul Public Schools (all diverse, and a substantial number of households at or below the region’s ALICE threshold) will be key, especially considering the public schools’ changing needs and our commitment to center anti-ableism and anti-racism in museum’s public engagement and teaching. 

Fundraising collaboratively is a key aspect of the position, and the Assistant Director will develop grant proposals and cultivate private support under the guidance of the Senior Director of Advancement and the Director. Furthering current initiatives and building on areas of strength is critical. Among the most significant include: 1) the indigenous arts of the Americas; 2) Black arts research, particularly in support of the College of Fine and Applied Arts’s Black Arts Research Initiative; 3) the museum as a crucial site for wellness; and 4) building on the university’s illustrious history around access, our wide-ranging work in disability, Crip Theory, and the arts, including collaborations with Illinois’s student service organization, regional community organizations, and the University of Illinois Chicago. 

The Assistant Director will build productive partnerships with the Department of Art Education, the Community Fab Lab, the College of Education, the recently opened Siebel Center for Design, the Spurlock Museum of World Cultures, Japan House, the campus cultural houses, and Allerton Park and Gardens. A rich array of student organizations and a vibrant artist community on and off campus also offer fertile ground for collaborations. 

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITES 

Program Development • Manage and creatively develop all museum learning experiences, including public programs, curricular-based offerings, teaching on and off-site, K-12 school programs, family events, student engagement programs, docent training, and the Giertz Education Center. • Create and direct a collaboratively developed community engagement program. • Shape visitor experience at the museum and implement improvements. Management and Administration • Recruit, select, train, and supervise education staff members, undergraduate and graduate students, interns, hourly workers, and volunteers. • Develop and coordinate all museum educational activities. • Develop and administer budget and financial commitments for public programs, engagement, and learning activities. • Develop grant proposals for education and public engagement initiatives and steward donors. 

Teaching • Teach and actively engage in co-creating museum learning programs in the museum galleries, off-site, and online. Other Collaborative Duties • Participate actively in the Krannert Art Museum’s diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility initiatives • Represent the museum on administrative committees internally and externally and actively engage in the College of Fine and Applied Arts and campus communities • Build productive relationships with community members and organizations, faculty, students, university staff, schoolteachers, and other museum professionals. 

QUALIFICATIONS Required • Bachelor’s degree in Art Education, Art History, Community Organizing and Advocacy, or related field. • Four years of progressive work experience, including three years leading teams. Previous experience in museums or arts organizations. Practical experience in education, social engagement, and community programming. Preferred • Master’s degree in Art Education, Art History, Community Organizing and Advocacy, or related field. Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: • Commitment to delivering programs and managing teams that align with the museum’s vision for diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility. • Demonstrated excellence in planning, organizational, project management, and time management skills. Capacity to lead projects while using independent judgment and discretion. • Excellent oral and written communication skills. • The ability to promote collaboration, creativity, and open communication both within the education team and with museum staff, academic departments, and external groups. 

The Krannert Art Museum Krannert Art Museum (KAM) is a public engagement unit within the College of Fine and Applied Arts at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. KAM’s collection of 11,000 works from the fourth millennium BCE to the present represent global cultures and cross all media, with strengths in the art of Europe, United States, the ancient Andes, and Africa. The museum’s historical collections have always been accompanied by an abiding interest in the art of our own day. KAM is free, with all activities open to the public. As a campus public engagement unit, and the only art museum in a region of over 350,000 people, both urban and rural, in east central Illinois, KAM fulfills the university’s land-grant mission of research, teaching, and outreach. We accomplish this work as a laboratory, presenting new research and approaches to object-based teaching; as a sanctuary for the community’s well-being; and as a civic center, a gathering place to explore pressing issues. The museum primarily serves two audiences: the university’s 61,000 faculty, staff, and students, and the ethnically and racially diverse communities of east central Illinois. The region is dominated by the cities of Urbana and Champaign (208,400), surrounded by expansive rural communities. 

APPOINTMENT INFORMATION This full-time, 12-month, Academic Professional appointment. The start date as soon as possible after the closing date. Salary is commensurate with experience. 

To Apply: Applications must be received by January 31, 2022. Apply for this position using the “Apply for Position” button below. If you have not applied before, you must create your candidate profile at http://jobs.illinois.edu. If you already have a profile, you will be redirected to that existing profile via email notification. To complete the application process: 

1. Submit the Staff Vacancy Application. 2. Submit the Voluntary Self-Identification of Disability forms. 3. Upload your cover letter and resume (months and years of employment must be included), and contact information of three professional references. For further information about this specific position, contact Shanitera Walker at walker32@illinois.edu. For questions about the application process, please contact 217-333-2137. 

University of Illinois faculty, staff, and students are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. If you are not able to receive the vaccine for medical or religious reasons, you may seek approval for an exemption in accordance with applicable University processes. 

University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer. Convictions are not a bar to employment. As a qualifying federal contractor, the University of Illinois System uses E-Verify to verify employment eligibility. The University of Illinois System requires candidates selected for hire to disclose any documented finding of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment and to authorize inquiries to current and former employers regarding findings of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment. For more information, visit Policy on Consideration of Sexual Misconduct in Prior Employment. 

FELLOWSHIP OPPORTUNITY: Hoehn Curatorial Fellow for Prints at the University of San Diego

About the Hoehn Curatorial Fellow for Prints at the University of San Diego: the position is intended for those with a background in prints and works on paper, but is open in terms of area of expertise. More information and a link to apply available here.

JOB OPPORTUNITY: African American Art History/African Diasporic Art History, Tenure-track, Open Rank Position at Hunter College of the City University of New York

The Department of Art and Art History at Hunter College of the City University of New York is searching for a faculty member specializing in African American Art History and/or the History of the Art of the African Diaspora. The position is tenure track, and the search is open rank.

Faculty Open Rank – African American/African Diasporic Art History

Hunter College, City University of New York

Job ID: 23350

FACULTY VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT

The Department of Art & Art History at Hunter College invites applications for a tenure-track, professorial position (open rank) in the history of African American Art and/or the art of the African Diaspora. We are particularly interested in a scholar and teacher whose primary research is situated in the Black Atlantic, between 1600 and the 1960s. The successful candidate will join an Art History program with existing strengths in the art histories of the global eighteenth century, and nineteenth- and twentieth-century Latin America, Western Europe, and the United States.

The Department of Art & Art History at Hunter offers the BA and MA in Art History, and undergraduate and graduate degrees in Studio Art to an ethnically and economically diverse student body that reflects the population of the city of New York. In addition to a strong record of scholarly achievement appropriate to the level of appointment, we are seeking candidates with a commitment to the public university as a vehicle for educational equity, and a strong record of teaching and student engagement at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. The department oversees four exhibition spaces, and offers MA and MFA students the opportunity to pursue an Advanced Certificate in Curatorial Studies; thus, experience with exhibition-making as a mode of art historical scholarship and a willingness to teach in conjunction with curatorial initiatives are desirable.

Responsibilities include ongoing scholarly research in the area of specialization; developing a curriculum in the art histories of the African Diasporas, and teaching those courses on the undergraduate and graduate levels, as well as other foundational courses integral to our program as needed; advising MA theses and undergraduate honors projects; and service in the department, including, but not limited to, committee work, graduate admissions and examinations, and student recruitment and engagement.

QUALIFICATIONS

We seek a scholar with the Ph.D. in hand, in Art History, Africana Studies, American Studies, or related field, with a significant record of art historical scholarship appropriate to rank, and evidence of ongoing research. Strong preference for at least two years teaching experience beyond graduate assistantships.

COMPENSATION

CUNY offers faculty a competitive compensation and benefits package covering health insurance, pension and retirement benefits, paid parental leave, and savings programs. We also provide mentoring and support for research, scholarship, and publication as part of our commitment to ongoing faculty professional development.

HOW TO APPLY

Applications must be submitted online by accessing the CUNY Portal on City University of New York job website http://www.cuny.edu/employment or https://cuny.jobs/ and following the CUNYfirst Job System Instructions. Current users of the site should access their established accounts; new users should follow the instructions to set up an account. To search for this vacancy, click on “Search Job Listings,” select “More Options To Search For CUNY Jobs” and enter the Job

Opening ID number 23350.

Click on the “Apply Now” button and follow the application instructions. Please have your documents available to attach into the application before you begin. Please note that the required material must be uploaded as ONE document under CV/ Resume (do not upload individual files for a cover letter, references, etc.). The document must be in .doc, .docx, .pdf, .rtf, or text format, and the name of your file should not exceed ten (10) characters. DO NOT USE SYMBOLS or DIACRITICAL MARKS.

Incomplete applications will not be considered. Please include:

– Cover Letter

– Curriculum Vitae/ Resume

– Statement of scholarship interests,

– Sample of recent publication,

– Undergraduate and graduate syllabi

– Names, position and contact information of 3 current references

Upload all documents as ONE single file– PDF format preferred.

CLOSING DATE

Review of applications will begin on February 15, 2022, and will continue until position is filled.

JOB SEARCH CATEGORY

CUNY Job Posting: Faculty

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY

CUNY encourages people with disabilities, minorities, veterans and women to apply. At CUNY, Italian Americans are also included among our protected groups. Applicants and employees will not be discriminated against on the basis of any legally protected category, including sexual orientation or gender identity. EEO/AA/Vet/Disability Employer.

https: http://www.cuny.edu/employment/

New issue of liquid blackness

liquid blackness is pleased to announce the publication of a special issue of the open-access journal liquid blackness: journal of aesthetics and black studies (5:2), edited by Alessandra Raengo and Lauren McLeod Cramer on “blackness.”

This special issue is the second of three foundational issues on liquid blackness’s core concepts of “liquidity,” “blackness,” and “aesthetics.” Contributors reflect on how blackness indexes its own processes across sonic, chromatic, and performative registers. The authors approach the idea of “indexing” with jurisgenerative sensibility, showcasing modes of critical engagement that highlight the dynamic, self-reflective, archival knowingness of various object and practices, reaffirming the aesthetic realm as a privileged processing site. Attuned to the liquidity of the black arts, each author offers original insights into the relationship between black object-making and black art-making.

Contributors are Sampada Aranke, Lauren McLeod Cramer, Michael Boyce Gillespie, Kristin Juarez, Homay King, Walton Muyumba, Mark Anthony Neal, Alessandra Raengo, Jared Sexton, and Lisa Uddin.

Read the issue at https://read.dukeupress.edu/liquid-blackness/issue/5/2.

JOB: Modern/contemporary @ Rochester Institute of Technology

The School of Art in the College of Art and Design at Rochester Institute of Technology welcomes applications for a tenure-track position in modern or contemporary art history within a global context, with expertise in one or more of the following geographic or cultural areas: African American art; African diasporic art; African art; Native North American art; Asian art; or Asian diasporic art. Engagement with innovative pedagogy is encouraged, and we are especially interested in candidates whose work could foster interdisciplinarity or collaboration with RIT colleagues and/or with communities or organizations across the larger Rochester area. For more information, visit https://www.rit.edu/artdesign/jobs

JOB: Asst Prof, Africa/African Diaspora @ Corcoran/George Washington University

The George Washington University’s Art History Program invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Art History, specializing in the art and/or visual culture of Africa and/or the African diaspora, to begin in Fall 2022. The research focus and period of specialization are open. Candidates whose range of interests and teaching extend across historical periods and address transcontinental exchanges are encouraged to apply. The successful candidate will build on the art history program’s expanding of its geographical and conceptual scope by developing new directions in course offerings at the undergraduate and graduate levels. In the wider context of GWU, candidates may engage through teaching or scholarship with a number of resources, including the George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum, the Africana Studies Program, and the Institute for African Studies. In the larger community of Washington, DC, the candidate may draw upon the National Museum of African Art, the National Museum of African American History and Culture, OAS Museum of the Americas, Library of Congress, and the National Gallery of Art.

About Corcoran Art History & GWU
GW values both scholarship and teaching very highly, has a strong, diverse student body, and offers a generous sabbatical program and competitive salaries and benefits. The Corcoran School of the Arts & Design offers a diverse range of programs, including Art History, Studio Arts, Design, Theatre and Dance, Music, Museum Studies, and Interior Architecture. Part of the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, CSAD faculty work across disciplines to prepare our graduates for multidimensional careers as creative artists and scholars.

Duties & Responsibilities
The teaching load for this position is 2/2. Additional duties include advising and mentoring students, carrying out a program of research, and participating in faculty governance at the school and university level. Three-year renewal of contract is based on scholarly articles in peer-reviewed journals and reasonable progress towards a book-length publication. Tenure and promotion will be evaluated in the sixth year, considering the candidate’s record of teaching, service and scholarship.

Minimum Qualifications
Ph.D. or equivalent international degree (the candidate must have completed the requirements for the degree at the time of appointment). This degree must be in Art History or a related field of study (such as Anthropology, History).

Salary
Salary will be commensurate with experience.

Application Procedure
To be considered, please complete the online faculty application at https://www.gwu.jobs/postings/88334 and upload a cover letter; curriculum vitae; statement of teaching interest; sample of scholarship (approx. 30 pages, published or unpublished). Review of applications will begin on January 15, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled. Only complete applications will be considered.

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The university is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that does not unlawfully discriminate in any of its programs or activities on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or on any other basis prohibited by applicable law.

The university and school have a strong commitment to achieving diversity among faculty and staff. We are particularly interested in receiving applications from members of underrepresented groups and strongly encourage women and persons of color to apply. The program is committed to addressing the family needs of faculty, including dual career couples and single parents. We are also interested in candidates who have had non-traditional career paths or who have taken time off for family reasons, or who have achieved excellence in careers outside academia. For information about potential relocation to the area, please visit: https://facultyaffairs.gwu.edu/relocation-and-moving-allowance-new-faculty

Employment offers are contingent on the satisfactory outcome of a standard background screening.

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Contact Information:
Corcoran Art History Program
801 22nd Street, NW, Smith Hall of Art, Washington, DC 20052
cahist@gwu.edu

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