Position Summary:The Gallery Assistant lends assistance to the Creative Director--through project-based creative problem-solving and planning support-- in the operation and programming of the Herndon Gallery and in building the broader arts umbrella: Arts at Antioch in a mentored and collaborative environment. A strong personal motivation is expected in learning non-profit arts organization coordination and academic gallery management through: exhibition planning, exhibition design, gallery lighting, installation, research/preparation/formatting of wall text, de-installation, and through personal research to better understand and interpret contemporary artists/works of art/and current exhibitions to facilitate a positive and informed visitor experience with each exhibition. Strong academic interest in the arts/a declared arts focus/arts management co-ops are strongly preferred.
Essential Responsibilities of the Position:
The Gallery Assistant assists the Creative Director with exhibition and arts event planning support, creative problem-solving, creative research, punchy social media content creation and distribution of gallery print materials, database creation and input, image-rich file collection and sharing, public outreach campaigns in the daily creative planning and operations of the gallery.
The Assistant will also help ensure open hours in gallery, serve as a gallery docent by facilitating understanding/interpretation of the exhibition with visitors, participate in the Arts at Antioch Committee and actively assist the gallery director during the “busy times” in the rhythm of the exhibition cycle: de-installation (sensitively taking down works of art, preparing artworks for shipping, deconstructing built walls and objects, patching walls, sanding, painting) and exhibition space planning and installation of exhibitions (learn to measure and calculate placement of works, prepare and hang works of art of a variety of media per artist/gallery standards, organize and format wall text, exhibition statements, install lighting, operate a power drill, climb a ladder, photographic documentation of exhibitions, etc.)
Gallery Assistant assists in hosting events, hospitality, assists with visiting artist arrangements and assists with the Artist-in-Residency orientation (pending AIR funding support).
Must be punctual, reliable and professional with social media savvy and very strong written and verbal communication skills. Must have a warm, welcoming presence and desire to assist visitors in fully experiencing and understanding contemporary art. Flexibility in your schedule is also highly desirable. *(2nd or 3rd year arts majors preferred for Spring Quarter hires to assist with Senior COLLOQUIA exhibitions, screenings, performance series; COLLOQUIA catalog content preparation; networking events.)
Additional desirable skills include: Print/poster design (InDesign), photography and photo editing (Photoshop) to assist with documentation of exhibits/print materials, adeptness with Excel Spreadsheets and flexibility in schedule. (Woodshop certified). Additional skillsets offer opportunities to participate in more advanced gallery projects, which may help build resume.
Required Physical Abilities:
Ability/willingness to do manual labor to repair gallery (climb ladders, sand/paint, build as needed near mid-quarter install/de-install).
May occasionally need to lift up to 40lbs
Ability to stand or walk frequently
Ability to bend, squat, climb stairs and lift frequently
Able to manipulate small hand tools
Will climb ladders and work off elevated surfaces on an occasional basis
Some exhibitions may contain flickering lights or dissonant sound/videos.
Number of Positions Available (per term): 1-2
Hours per Week: ~ 10 hours/week
Weekends Required: Saturdays (Hired students may coordinate/trade days)
Evenings Required: Gallery Talks & Special Events (usually Thurs 2-3 times per quarter)
Flexible Schedule: Flexibility is desirable
Term Position is Available:
Fall, Winter, Spring, a possibility for some hours in Nov/Dec Block and/or Jul/Aug Block
Herndon Art Gallery
Immediate Supervisor Name:
Jennifer Wenker, 937-319-0114, email@example.com
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