Curator, College of Visual Arts & Design Art Galleries – University of North Texas

The College of Visual Arts & Design (CVAD) Department at the University of North Texas is seeking to hire a Curator to join our team. Responsibilities of the position include, but are not limited to:

  • Function as Director of the galleries.
  • Curate and lead the development of exhibitions, programming, and interpretation.
  • Hire and supervise staff.
  • Collaborate with college and university partners to cultivate donor relationships and seek external support for operations, programming, and endowment.
  • Serve as co-chair of the university’s Art in Public Places Committee.
  • Collaborate with College of Visual Arts and Design stakeholders towards the integration of the gallery in the pedagogical mission of the college.

Minimum qualifications:

The successful candidate will possess the following Bachelor’s Degree in related field and five years of professional related experience; or any equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.

The preferred candidate will possess the following additional qualifications:

  • Relevant graduate degree.
  • Demonstrated experience in leading curatorial projects.
  • Experience working in an academic environment or in collaboration with academic partners.
  • Evidence of successful fund-raising experience.

The CVAD Art Galleries include three recently built or renovated spaces, including student galleries. Non-student-run spaces include a 2,700 sq ft newly purpose built anchor gallery. Other relevant spaces include back of house work preparation space, vault, and adjacent viewing/study space. Reporting staff includes a full-time Registrar, salaried graduate student employees, and hourly student workers.

The College of Visual Arts and Design (CVAD) at the University of North Texas (UNT) in Denton assumes a critical role in building our region into a world-renowned center for culture and education. CVAD fosters creative futures for its diverse student population and the area through rigorous arts-based education, arts- and client-based studio practice, scholarship and research. The college offers 14 undergraduate and 16 graduate degrees.

Established in 1890, UNT is one of the nation’s largest public research universities with 38,000 students. Ranked a Tier One research university by the Carnegie Classification, UNT is a catalyst for the state. As the university has grown, so has its reach and impact. UNT graduated 8,900 students last year from its 13 colleges and schools and offers 101 bachelor’s, 82 master’s and 38 doctoral degree programs, many nationally and internationally recognized. UNT’s world-class faculty are making breakthroughs every day, and its students and alumni are changing the world around them.

UNT is located in Denton, one of the fastest growing American cities. Denton offers cultural expression through local theater, arts, music, and historical venues. It is home to several annual artistic and cultural events that cater to residents and tourists including the Thin Line Documentary Film Fest, the Denton Black Film Festival, and the Denton Arts and Jazz Festival. The city is also well known for its thriving live music scene. Denton is located just north of the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area, which provides opportunities in relationship to many galleries, artists, and cultural institutions ranging from the Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas Contemporary, and Kimbell Museum to the galleries in the Dallas Design District.

The University of North Texas System and its component institutions are committed to equal opportunity and comply with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University of North Texas System and its component institutions do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, religion, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, or veteran status in its application and admission processes, educational programs and activities, and employment practices.

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