Position: Director of Galleries
Position Designation: EHRA Non-Faculty
Employment Type: Permanent – Full-time
FLSA Status: Exempt
Department: Col of Arts & Architecture (Col)
Primary Purpose of Department: The College of Arts + Architecture is a community of visual & performing artists and design professionals who work in both intellectual and material practices. Through education, expertise, and leadership the College models excellence in teaching, scholarly and creative research, and performance in five creative disciplines: Architecture, Art and Art history, Dance, Music, and Theatre. The College is a vessel for curious individuals and skilled problem solvers who care about the impact of our work on people and the complex social challenges we face.
Primary Purpose of Position: The College of Arts + Architecture (CoA+A) at UNC Charlotte seeks an individual to develop an integrated exhibition strategy for four College galleries: Rowe Arts (Upper and Lower Galleries), Storrs Building, and in the Projective Eye Gallery at UNC Charlotte Center City. The Director of Galleries works across all the College’s academic units (School of Architecture, Department of Art & Art History, Department of Dance, Department of Music, and Department of Theatre) in developing a robust, stimulating exhibition agenda that supports the interdisciplinary, diverse and creative work of the CoA+A. Reporting to the Dean of the College, the Director of Galleries position is critical to the goal of presenting unique opportunities for education and cultural leadership through the College and University, as well as creating and maintaining professional partnerships with institutions and organizations that enhance our mission.
The Director will be responsible for initiating, designing, producing, and reporting on education programs in CoAA Galleries – Projective Eye Gallery (Center City Building), Storrs Building Gallery, and Rowe Arts Building Galleries, by developing exhibitions, workshops, seminars/webinars, conferences, performances and other activities to advance the mission of the College and provide venues for public engagement.
The theme of the galleries is to project our work, ideas, and educational methods. The College Galleries serve not only to expand public programming and outreach with local-to-international audiences but also to be a catalyst that draws the scholarly interests and networks of our faculty and students into public view.
Working closely with the College’s Director of Communications & External Relations, the Director of Galleries will develop and manage a marketing and communications plan that will include exhibition and media efforts, non-traditional and social media strategies, internal communications, presentations, briefings, editorials, articles, catalogs, and other materials. The Director will serve on the College Executive Council and will collaborate with academic units, peer directors, and associate deans in establishing schedules, exhibition dates, and programming. The Director must be skilled in representing the College in meetings, conferences and other public forums and in managing sensitive issues with both internal and external constituents.
Summary of Position Responsibilities: The successful candidate will possess curatorial skill with experience in art and design, art production processes, art installation, communications, print and non-print marketing media, and cataloging and archive processes. The Director of Galleries will have a proven ability to lead a non-collecting academic gallery in the 21st century and will demonstrate a strong interest in how arts and architecture practices cross boundaries, instigate new visions, confront and present new directions, and project alternative solutions to creative inquiry and production.
Curatorial, Exhibition Design, Art & Design Management:
- Leads the development and implementation of an integrated College-based program of exhibitions in four galleries that complement and provoke engagement between diverse art audiences;
- Provides leadership in developing, managing, and sustaining strong public exhibitions and programs that contribute a unique voice in Charlotte’s cultural landscape;
- Surveys contemporary art and architecture landscape and develops exhibition schedule based on thematic concepts and curricular agendas.
- Identifies and maintains effective relationships and communication with discipline-specific organizational and institutional partners and create opportunities to promote and highlight
scholarly research, exhibitions, and performances to build audience and awareness.
Galleries Operation and Management:
- Develops and maintains annual budget and full suite of College materials in coordination with College Director of Communications & External Relations, Director of Collaborative Works, Director of IT, Arts Education Specialist, and unit heads;
- Facilitates and manages extramural contracts, liability, shipping/receiving and insurance arrangements;
- Coordinates all operations with Rowe Art & Art History Faculty, School of Architecture Faculty in Storrs, and Center City Building staff, including the College Director of Collaborative Works;
- Supervises one (full time, term-limited) Assistant Director of Galleries, one (part time, term-limited) admin assistant, one (full time, permanent) Supervisor of Installations, and 2 (part-time, term-limited) installer/preparators for exhibition and operational support.
- Supervises College web/social media content related to College galleries;
- Develops College annual news and fundraising communications documents;
- Coordinates College presentation materials;
- Attends both College and Community events directly supportive of and connected to the College mission;
- Represents the College on University, regional, and national arts/design communications committees and associations.
Minimum Education/Experience: A Master’s degree in art, art history, architecture, design, museum studies or related field is required. Candidates must have demonstrated expertise in writing and digital communications/technology.
Preferred Education, Knowledge, Skills and Experience: Candidates should have experience in one or more of the fields of art, design, and electronic media plus marketing and communications, budget management, grant writing and proven experience as a spokesperson working with the media.
A Master’s degree in art, art history, architecture, design, museum studies or related field is required.
Candidates must have demonstrated expertise in writing, digital communications/technology, and public speaking.
To Appy: Apply online by March 30, 2018.
Special Notes to Applicants: Attach with the online applications:
- two writing samples: a 200-word concept paragraph, and a 1500-word essay; and
- two bibliographic references to the most important article or essay describing effective exhibition practices published in the past 24 months.
Applicants should also include in their application:
- a web-link to a digital portfolio of up to 12 images presented as a “curator’s eye” addressing any concept of the applicant’s choosing; and
- three original letters of recommendation addressing this specific position.
The finalist will be subject to a criminal background check.