University Gallery Director – The University of Hawaii

The University of Hawaii seeks a talented and creative University Gallery Director. In addition to managing the Department of Art and Art History’s exhibition spaces (Art Gallery, Commons Gallery, John Young Museum), this position offers opportunities for the planning and development of original exhibitions, and for working in active partnerships with university faculty, graduate and undergraduate students, artists and scholars, and the greater community. Located in one of the country’s most diverse urban centers, we especially welcome applicants interested in expanded notions of art, identity, locality, and culture, including regional and international research across media. This is a tenure track, full-time, 11-month, to begin August 2019 or January 2020, pending position clearance and availability of funds. Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. For complete information:

The successful candidate will:

  • Be responsible for all aspects of the department’s exhibitions and programming (supervise staff and student workers; oversee facilities and equipment, public relations, fundraising, budget, and development);
  • Develop original curatorial projects for the university and beyond;
  • Teach two courses a year in gallery management or pertinent area of specialization;
  • Participate in the governance of the department; and assume other duties as assigned by the Department Chair.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • MFA in studio art, MA in Curatorial Practice or Museum Studies, or MA in Art History with additional 30 credits of graduate study from a recognized college/university in a field relevant to the position
  • College-level teaching experience, and at minimum, three years of experience in museum/gallery management.

Desirable Qualifications:

  • Certificate in Museum Studies, MEd, MBA, or PhD in Art History or related field.
  • Experience in gallery/museum practice including curatorial projects, exhibition design, web/print publications, budget, fundraising, and development.
  • Demonstrated communication and leadership skills, ability to act as a spokesperson with the media, arts organizations, and the greater community in cultivating a public profile for an institution.
  • Record of fostering collaborative projects between university departments and/or cultural institutions.

Internal Number: 0083066

About the University and the Department-

The University of Hawaii at Mānoa is located in a lush tropical valley within a primarily residential neighborhood of Honolulu. Our campus is the flagship of the ten-campus University of Hawaii system, and enrolls about one-third of the system’s over 50,000 students.

The Department of Art and Art History is a comprehensive and diverse center in the Asia/Pacific region for the study of visual art and art history. Comprising seven studio areas plus art history, the department combines seasoned faculty expertise with state-of-the-art facilities to provide an outstanding locus for undergraduate and graduate study in the visual arts. We are one of the largest departments on campus, with nearly 300 undergraduate majors, housed in our own building, which is centrally located on the campus. Our Art History program is unique in the US for its primarily Asia-Pacific focus. The department is committed to research and teaching in the visual arts with awareness of Hawaiiʼs unique role in the Asian-Pacific region and with the aim of cultivating critically, technically and historically informed scholars, practitioners and audiences of the visual arts.

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