Gallery Manager – Herron School of Art and Design, IUPUI

Location: Indianapolis, IN

Position Type: Part-time (up to 29 hours per week)

Reports to: Gallery Director

Salary: Up to $18.50/hour (salary commensurate with experience)

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Position Duties:

Responsibilities include assisting the Gallery Director in administrative areas including artist contracts; exhibition insurance; shipping of exhibitions; creating visiting artist accommodations; organizing and managing events associated with visiting artist lectures; maintaining gallery calendars; documenting exhibitions; purchasing goods and services; reconciliation of accounts; and answering inquiries related to exhibitions. In addition, this position will assist the Gallery Director with faculty and student engagement efforts.

The Gallery Manager will have a lead role in creating and implementing exhibition layouts while supervising work study students and graduate assistants to prepare for gallery exhibitions and working with visiting artists to install and de-install exhibitions. Some travel to and from artist studios, museums, and galleries may be required.

This position oversees scheduling and directs the work of work study and hourly workers and serves as supervisor of employees.

Position Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts or Art History
  • 1-2 years’ experience in a professional gallery or museum administration role with duties associated with works of art
  • Experience in exhibition design, lighting design, in-gallery multimedia design and implementation, in-gallery graphic design and production (computer-generated vinyl signage, Photo Tex label and didactic signage)
  • Strong writing and editing skills
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office products (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and Adobe Creative Suite (Acrobat Pro, Photoshop, Lightroom, InDesign, Illustrator)
  • Experience drafting content for various social media outlets
  • Ability to drive a box truck for hauling artwork preferred
  • Prior work experience in student and volunteer management preferred
  • Bookkeeping skills are a plus

Work Conditions:

This role requires both sedentary work and the ability to move about for long periods of time. The ability to move heavy objects (up to 50 lbs.), provide support for heavy objects (while hanging and removing artwork), and perform strenuous labor is required. Some use of tools/machinery to prepare signage, adjust lighting, touch-up and paint walls, use a scissor lift, and complete minor construction projects is required. Occasional travel may be required. The person in this role must be able to perform the essential tasks with or without an accommodation.

Gallery Mission:

The mission of the Galleries at Herron School of Art and Design is to complement the educational and community outreach goals of the school. The galleries serve as a forum for the evolving dialogue of contemporary art, design, and culture and feature work created by regional, national, and international artists and designers. Gallery exhibitions are often coupled with public artist lectures and workshops to foster connections to the regional communities and to encourage new and diverse audiences to become engaged with Herron.

About the Galleries:

Herron has three gallery spaces within Eskenazi Hall. The Berkshire, Reese, and Paul Galleries (approximately 3,000 sq. ft. and 500 sq. ft. respectively) primarily serve students, faculty, and alumni exhibitions and special project installations. The galleries hot several endowed lectures including three MacArthur Fellows as guest speakers in the 2018-2019 academic year. Herron has three additional galleries in Eskenazi Fine Arts Center on Indiana Avenue. The Gallery Manager will oversee scheduling of this space, coordinate wall repairs and painting, and has oversight for school-wide functions in these galleries.

Organization Overview:

Herron School of Art and Design provides professional education in the visual arts for degree-seeking students and offers opportunities for creative exploration for the broader community. Herron’s programs add value to our culture and economy, enhance the quality of lives of those they serve, and contribute to the development of society.

Herron prepares its graduates to become leaders in a world that requires a unique combination of creativity, conceptual skills, and technical abilities. Through its distinctive academic programs, unique community collaborations, faculty research, and creative activity, Herron continues to expand its role as leader in the visual arts for the state of Indiana, across the country, and throughout the world.

The school currently enrolls over 650 degree-seeking students and 1,200 non-art majors and community members including nearly 500 youth. A second facility, the Eskenazi Fine Arts Center located at 1410 Indiana Avenue, houses the school’s sculpture and ceramics programs, graduate studios, and gallery space.

In addition to providing high-quality education to its degree-seeking students at the undergraduate and graduate levels, the school serves central Indiana through its community outreach program. Herron’s location next to White River State Park/Cultural District, provides greater public access to Herron Galleries (7,700 visitors annually), sculpture gardens, the Herron art library, visiting artist lectures and Community Learning Programs: Youth Art Camp, Saturday School, and the Honors Art and Design Program.

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