Gallery Director/Joseph F. Gross Endowed Curator – University of Arizona

The School of Art (SoA) at the University of Arizona invites applications for the Gallery Director/ Joseph F. Gross Endowed Curator position. This full-time, benefits-eligible Appointed Personnel position oversees planning, coordination, and logistics for SoA exhibition programming and operations. The School is home to two dedicated galleries: the Joseph Gross Gallery showcasing 4-6 curated exhibitions per year, and the Lionel Rombach Gallery, showcasing student work. These galleries exist within the broader environment of museum and exhibition spaces across campus and in the greater Tucson Community, including the University of Arizona Museum of Art, the Center for Creative Photography, The Poetry Center, the Tucson Museum of Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art Tucson. The Endowed Curator coordinates and oversees promotion of public events; supervises student interns and/or teaches one course per year in Gallery Management; collaborates with on-and off-campus partners and organizations; serves as the public face of SoA galleries. The ideal candidate will have demonstrated experience in contemporary curatorial practice as well as a track record building institutional and community collaborations and partnerships.

The University of Arizona’s recent designation as a Hispanic Serving Institution reflects our increasingly diverse student population, and the successful candidate must effectively demonstrate the ability to contribute to inclusive programming for our students and the broader Tucson community. We especially encourage applications from groups historically underrepresented in academia.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Position Responsibilities:

  • Curate and/or collaborate with curators on gallery exhibitions and curatorial projects, primarily in the SoA Galleries and at venues on and off-campus, such as annual performance festivals and special events and exhibitions
  • Develop and/or co-develop and oversee co-curricular and public programs with SoA faculty and students, civic and community partners, and other professionals in the field
  • Develop and supervise internship experiences for student assistants, while teaching concepts and skills and providing daily guidance and mentorship
  • Act as liaison to speakers, artists, performers, and other visitors sponsored by SoA, handling logistics and other requirements
    Manage annual gallery program budget, making sure protocols are followed and appropriate accounting records are maintained
  • Coordinate the annual MFA Thesis Exhibition and Biennial Faculty Exhibition, both held in partnership with the University of Arizona Museum of Art
  • Coordinate the annual BFA exhibition
  • Oversee marketing and public relations for events related to gallery programs (including website, posters, fliers, press releases, and other announcements) in coordination with the Director and with Communications staff in the College of Fine Arts
  • In coordination with the SoA Assistant Director, maintain the Galleries website, including an active, current online calendar 
  • Participate in setting and achieving goals for the SoA as an integrated academic and administrative unit that serves the student body and faculty, Tucson art community, and the contemporary art field
  • Developing mailing lists of individuals interested in SoA Exhibition and Artist programs across alumni and the public

Salary Range: $47-51K

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:

  • Strong writing skills
  • Desire for collaborative projects in and out of the institution

Minimum Qualifications

  • M.A. or M.F.A degree in Art, Art History, Art Education, Museum Studies or related discipline
  • Demonstrated experience in public programming and outreach
  • Minimum of 2 years administrative experience in a public gallery, museum, or equivalent required
  • A broad art historical foundation in 20th and 21st-century art
  • Experience in developing programming that recognizes and supports diverse communities

Preferred Qualification

  • Experience teaching and/or coordinating programming in an academic setting
  • Management or supervisory experience
  • demonstrated experience in contemporary curatorial practice as well as a track record building institutional and community collaborations and partnerships

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