The University of Texas at Austin seeks an innovative Director/Curator for its contemporary art gallery, the Visual Arts Center (VAC), who is inspired by the mission of a university art gallery and who can, in turn, inspire others. We are seeking an individual who can galvanize support for the VAC from within and well beyond UT’s campus. The successful candidate will be a strategic and energetic individual who is collaborative, diplomatic, and (dare we say) ingenious.
The Director works with staff, artists, lenders, and other partners on researching, planning, organizing, and implementing VAC-generated exhibitions, artist commissions, and student shows, including annual BFA and MFA degree exhibitions in Studio Art and Design.
The Director leads a team that includes the Gallery Manager, Chief Preparator, Assistant Preparator, installation crew and three Graduate Assistants with significant responsibilities. The Graduate Assistants include a Curatorial Fellow from the Art History PhD program, a preparator from the Studio Art MFA program, and an art educator from the Art Education MA program. The VAC works in collaboration with a faculty committee from the Department of Art and Art History, and the Director reports directly to the Chair of the Department of Art and Art History.
The Director is an important public face of the VAC, the Department of Art and Art History, and the College of Fine Arts. The Director works with the College’s Development team to build upon the VAC’s endowments and circle of donors. Fundraising experience is a plus, but willingness/ eagerness to fundraise is a requirement.
The successful candidate will have the potential for, or a track record of, thoughtful leadership. S/he will be an enthusiastic team player well versed in contemporary art. The Director will work collaboratively with the Department Chair, VAC staff, and the faculty committee. There is also the potential to teach a course each year in conjunction with VAC programming.
Candidates must possess at least an MA in art history, an MFA in Studio Art, or a graduate degree in a closely related discipline that indicates a depth and breadth of knowledge and expertise in contemporary art. The candidate should also possess museum or gallery experience with a proven track record of producing compelling exhibitions and public programs. We look forward to welcoming a new member to our art community. And did we mention a good sense of humor is an indispensible skill?
Best consideration for applications received by January 3, 2018, but position will remain open until filled.
To apply, please go to https://hr.utexas.edu/prospective/apply. Applicants will need to create an application and obtain a UT EID. The Job Posting number is 17-11-27-01-0419.
The Visual Arts Center is part of the Department of Art and Art History, one of three academic units within the College of Fine Arts. The University of Texas at Austin is a flagship, tier one, research institution, situated in Austin, Texas, a city known for its charm and active engagement with the arts.
The University of Texas at Austin is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity Employer. The University of Texas at Austin maintains a strong commitment to equity and diversity. Given its continued efforts to achieve a diverse and equitable work environment and campus community, the University of Texas at Austin encourages all interested candidates to apply. For further information, please visit www.utexas.edu/finearts/aah
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