Application deadline: April 1, 2017
Carnegie Mellon University
Purnell Center for the Arts
500 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
The Regina Gouger Miller Gallery at Carnegie Mellon University invites curators/educators to apply for the position of Gallery Director. This special faculty* position is an uncommon opportunity for an individual who is committed to the field of art and cultural progress to lead a contemporary art gallery within a fine arts college of nationally ranked schools in one of the most respected research universities in the world.
We see this as a highly specialized, hands-on position that requires an essential understanding of contemporary arts and culture, and the collaborative and communication skills to work effectively across disciplines and to build consensus towards a distinctive intellectual vision for the Miller Gallery. You also should have initiative, be passionate about arts advocacy, be fluent in contemporary arts discourse, have experience in fundraising, and be able to work in collaborative and dynamic ways with a diverse group of faculty, students and staff.
We are especially interested in candidates who share a love for progressive ideas across the arts and sciences, who value working within the broader academic community, and who view art as knowledge and as an indispensable arm of free thought and direct social engagement.
As an artistic hub within a dynamic and diverse community, we foster experimental practices across the arts and design that expand our notion of culture by facilitating conversations related to free expression, expanded practices, innovation, and pedagogy. Charged with generating and sponsoring a yearly series of exhibitions, performances and programming, you will be expected to consider the educational needs and goals of the arts and design domains at Carnegie Mellon as well as actively engage with students, faculty, artists, scholars, alumni, and the public.
The director is a salaried, 12-month position reporting to the dean of the College of Fine Arts and also is a member of the faculty of the School of Art, teaching at least one course annually.
*Special faculty are full-time, non-tenure appointments that confer faculty status and provide full-time staff benefits
–Develop and maintain a dynamic vision for the Miller Gallery
–Model a collaborative, open forum across various interest groups and diverse populations
–Create interdisciplinary programming that serves pedagogical, research & outreach interests
–Work with faculty to integrate Miller Gallery programming into academic coursework
–Lead the effort to generate contributed income from private, public & governmental sources
–Develop and teach a course on contemporary exhibition theory/practice or other topic
–Manage budgets for the Miller Gallery
–Supervise gallery staff
–Maintain a dynamic media presence to promote Miller Gallery
–Serve on the university's Public Art Committee
–MFA in Visual Arts, MA in Museum/Curatorial Studies, MA in Art History/Museum Management/Administration or equivalent
–Record of successful fundraising
–Three to five years of experience in museum or gallery curation or programming
–Experience as a teacher in formal or informal environments
–Hands-on experience with the practical processes of supporting exhibitions from proposal to de-installation
–Demonstrated ability to produce exhibition publications, gallery text and promotional materials
How to apply
Submit application materials at: apply.interfolio.com
Paper applications not accepted. Application deadline April 1, 2017.
Application should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and contact information for three professional references. Please include three statements:
–A programming statement that illustrates your views of an institution as a space of cultural exploration and social interaction, as well as your vision for how you would approach a university gallery's presentation of contemporary art and culture within the contexts of the gallery's university and metropolitan region, and the global space of the international art world
–A teaching statement outlining both your experience and philosophy and
–A diversity statement outlining how you have contributed to, or plan to contribute to, diversity, inclusion, and equity
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