Instructor/University Gallery Director – Indiana State University, Terre Haute, IN

Instructor/University Gallery Director

The Department of Art and Design at Indiana State University seeks a full-time University Gallery Director. This is a Faculty (non-tenure track) position, with responsibilities focused on working collaboratively with university and community arts partners to develop programming that enhances and supports the mission and vision of Indiana State University, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the Department of Art and Design. 

We seek a dedicated and collaborative professional able to work with University and community members to create meaningful and innovative community engagement and professional experiences for our students, the University, and our community.

This position is a probationary, 3-year, renewable contract. The possibility exists for a successful incumbent to transition to a tenure-track position in the future. Salary is commensurate with experience.

Duties include teaching one Curatorial Studies course and a one-credit Professional Practices class for exhibiting seniors per semester. The position has primary responsibility for successfully developing, curating, and installing exhibitions for several art galleries within ISU’s College of Arts and Sciences.  These include:

The 2,000 square-foot University Gallery, located in the Landini Center for Performing and Fine Arts. This is the flagship gallery space at ISU, where shows of national and international contemporary art in all media, exhibitions from the ISU Permanent Art Collection, and undergraduate and graduate student final and juried exhibitions are presented. The University Gallery typically hosts 6 exhibitions per academic year. Visiting Artists, art historians, and art critics exhibit their work, give workshops, critiques and lectures related to Gallery programming.

The Turman Galley is located in the Fine Arts Building, which was originally built in 1940 and recently underwent a $15M renovation. This gallery hosts 5 – 6 exhibitions per year in traditional and new media that are proposed and developed by students, faculty, and local and regional artists.

Located in historic Fairbanks Hall, the Bare-Montgomery Gallery, an intimate exhibition spacelocated under the building’s original stained-glass dome, is managed and run exclusively by students. 

The successful candidate will have at least 2 years of gallery or museum experience, excellent communication and organizational skills, and the ability to work independently on multiple priorities. A successful record of grant writing and management is essential, as is the ability to work professionally and collegially with department faculty and staff, university administration, visiting artists and community members. A post-baccalaureate degree in visual arts, art history, museum studies or a closely related field is required.   

Please include as part of the application process on the ISU Human Resources site: 

1. Cover letter (pdf format) 

2. URL direct link to information about and images of your curatorial or museum experience, in terms of exhibition and programming experience. 

3. CV (pdf format)

4. Teaching philosophy (pdf format)

5. Name, address, phone, email of 3 references (pdf format); please indicate your relationship to each reference.

Review of applications will begin on March 1, 2022 and continue until the position is filled. The person hired for this position must be able to start August 1, 2022.

Indiana State University is recognized for an emphasis on Community Engagement. Particularly desirable are candidates who are able to demonstrate successful community interaction and service in addition to their academic duties.

About the Institution: Indiana State University has been recognized by Forbes as one of America’s Top Colleges and by the Princeton Review as among the best in the Midwest. Located in Terre Haute, Indiana, its pedestrian friendly and beautifully landscaped campus has earned a Tree Campus USA designation and has been recognized by Princeton Review as one of the most environmentally responsible college campuses.
Located in the heart of Terre Haute’s downtown, Indiana State’s campus is within walking distance to local shops and restaurants. Situated near the Indiana-Illinois border, the campus is about an hour’s drive from Indianapolis and within a few hours of other major metropolitan areas including St. Louis, Chicago, Cincinnati and Louisville.
The Indiana State student body represents all 50 states and more than 65 countries and is among the most diverse in Indiana. The University is ranked number one among Indiana’s public and private institutions on CollegeNet’s annual social mobility index. There are more than 250 student-run organizations offering activities and entertainment throughout the year along with 15 NCAA Division I athletic teams, a first-rate student recreation center with numerous classes and recreational sports programs, and a Performing Arts Series and University Speakers Series which bring national touring productions and speakers to campus.

Indiana State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All are encouraged to apply including women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and protected veterans.

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