Curator of Outdoor Art – Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, The University of British Columbia, Canada

Part-Time (60%), ongoing appointment (Management & Professional, AAPS)

UBC Job ID JR13192

The priority application deadline is July 5, 2023 11:59 PM.

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The Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery at UBC is mandated to research, exhibit, collect, publish, educate and develop programs in the field of contemporary art. The Gallery is situated on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of the xwməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam) People. The Gallery promotes understanding and discussion of contemporary art and contemporary issues in art history, criticism and curating, with a focus on our region in an international context. As a collecting institution, the Belkin is designated as a Category A institution and houses the University’s art collection of over 5,000 objects, one of the largest public collections of art in British Columbia. The Gallery also holds one of the largest artists’ archives in Canada and oversees the University’s outdoor art collection on the Vancouver campus which includes twenty-five works. Through a program of exhibitions, publications, loans and special projects, the Belkin participates in the national and international community of institutions concerned with contemporary art.  The Gallery operates as a unit in the Faculty of Arts and participates in the training of student curators through the Critical and Curatorial Studies Program in the Department of Art History, Visual and Theory.

Job Summary

The Curator of Outdoor Art is an ongoing, part-time appointment at 60% FTE (21 hours per week).Reporting to Director of the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, the Curator of Outdoor Art is a part-time position responsible for the development and management of the outdoor art program on UBC’s Vancouver campus. The Curator of Outdoor Art works with the Director of the Gallery and the University Art Committee in determining appropriate works for the outdoor art collection, initiates and develops contacts with artists, obtains the permissions required at various levels of the university, and manages the curatorial development and logistical delivery of public art projects. The incumbent works closely with the Gallery’s staff, UBC Campus + Community Planning, UBC Project Services, Musqueam and a variety of external contacts including artists, funders, and vendors to ensure the successful sequencing, management, and integration of new outdoor art on campus as well as ongoing maintenance and conservation of the outdoor art collection. This position prepares and manages project proposals, budgets, schedules, contracts, grants and reports, and participates in fundraising and long range curatorial and strategic planning for the outdoor art collection and the Gallery. The position is expected to participate in the intellectual life of the creative and performing arts at UBC. The incumbent liaises with a variety of University offices and units and represents the Director at meetings as required. As a key member of the team, participates in activities related to institutional planning, growth and development including workshops and staff retreats. 


Master’s degree in a relevant discipline (visual arts, art history, curatorial studies, or museum studies). Minimum of six years of related experience, or the equivalent combination of education and experience.Experience in arts administration and curating, including exhibition coordination, loans and collections management, project management, team leadership, budget development and administration. Demonstrated experience managing public art projects. Demonstrated experience in curatorial practices in contemporary art in the non-profit gallery, museum sector, and/or municipal public art programs. Willingness to respect diverse perspectives, including perspectives in conflict with one’s own. Demonstrates a commitment to enhancing one’s own awareness, knowledge, and skills related to equity, diversity, and inclusion.

The successful candidate will have: Excellent knowledge and understanding of contemporary visual art practices and critical theory, artistic process and art fabrication. Knowledge of post-war art in Vancouver, an understanding of the Belkin Gallery’s collection and how it has evolved, and experience working in a university art gallery/museum environment. Considerable knowledge of best practices used in public art collections and museum management, exhibition methods, and contemporary conservation policies and practices as applied to art exhibitions and art collections. Demonstrated ability to research, plan, budget for, organize and support public art installations, including negotiation of fees, contracts and commissions. Ability to efficiently organize, prioritize, track and manage multiple projects simultaneously. Ability to collaborate in order to establish and maintain effective complex working relationships, and work diplomatically and persuasively with, a variety of internal and external partners and stakeholders and people of varied cultural backgrounds. Ability to establish and maintain effective interdepartmental working relationships and understand the function of diverse UBC departments. Grant writing and fundraising experience. Ability to efficiently work under deadline pressures and budget limitations. Excellent oral and written communication, presentation, interpersonal, and problem-solving skills. Ability to lead, motivate and supervise staff, contractors, and volunteers. Ability to communicate effectively at professional meetings and use discretion and good judgment with sensitive situations. Ability to work in highly organized and independent manner, following policy guidelines, without supervision. Must be able to work flexible hours and be able to travel.

Salary Range:  $6,378.58 – $9,189.17 (Monthly). Compensation range will be prorated accordingly at 60% FTE.

The priority application deadline is July 5, 2023 11:59 PM. The anticipated start date for the position is October 10, 2023.

To apply for this position please submit a cover letter and CV using the following link to view the full posting and apply online:

Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.

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