Art Gallery Curator

McHenry County College

Maintain a diverse and growing MCC Permanent Art Collection and work collaboratively with the Art Department and the Friends of MCC Foundation to meet the needs of the College community


Maintain and develop a diverse and growing MCC Permanent Art Collection, and oversee all aspects of the Liebman donation, the Portrait in Print Collection, including purchases, donations, and installations; conduct condition assessments, determine appropriate conservation standards and practice; create and maintain related inventory/database and collection records

Plan and manage Art Gallery budget and Permanent Art Collection budget

Organize and install rotating exhibits in College Galleries

Maintain galleries and exhibit equipment

Establish permanent exhibitions in College Library and other non-gallery areas of the College

Determine appropriate locations and implement design plan for installation/reinstallation of artwork

Create promotional educational materials (such as catalogs) in support of gallery programs in conjunction with the Office of Marketing and Public Relations

Secure copyright permissions for image use, and solicit funding for catalog production

Coordinate treatment plan(s) with professional conservators, authorize proposals, funding and transportation of artwork

Function as liaison with the Friends of MCC Foundation, and manage professional appraisal of Portrait in Print Collection, in conjunction with MOU; collaborate with donors on Art Collection donations and related special projects

Coordinate activities pertaining to the Skyway Art Conference, and direct MCC Skyway Committee during Host School rotation planning

Hire, train, and supervise work-study student workers for the Art Galleries with the assistance of Art Department faculty members

Direct the development and implementation of art programs for College-sponsored fundraising events, including procuring/organizing art donations, volunteers, and demonstrations, in conjunction with Administration and/or Friends of MCC Foundation

Lead art tours and presentations for employees, community groups, and other visitors to campus; work with community partners

Assist Art Department faculty in maintaining art studios, including, but not limited to, light repairs and maintenance, cleaning of equipment and tools, and mixing photo chemicals and ceramic glazes

Assist in preparing studios for classes, organizing and inventorying supplies, including basement storage, and coordinating student locker rentals


Required Education

Bachelor’s Degree from a regionally accredited institution

Other Required Qualifications

Two years relevant career experience, preferably in a college gallery setting or museum

Record of success in the design, planning, coordination, and execution of college gallery exhibit operations

Desired Qualifications

Master of Arts in Museum Studies from a regionally accredited institution

Teaching experience in college-level studio or art history courses

Experience in the conservation field, especially with works on paper

Skills and Specifications

Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite and internet

Ability to learn technological applications

Ability to grow with technology and philosophical directions implemented by the College

Knowledge of installation practices for all visual media (2D, 3D, video), security measures, gallery maintenance practice, computer skills, publicity, and exhibit documentation practice

Excellent interpersonal, writing, and research skills

Willingness and ability to provide students and the public with information regarding the art collections, gallery exhibits, and curatorial practice

Organization skills

Ability to work in a dynamic environment that requires being sensitive to change and responsive to changing goals, priorities, and needs

Ability to safely lift 50 pounds unassisted

Ability to see and perceive color, depth and texture

Commitment and respect for inclusion and diversity

Commitment to the College mission and goals

Ability to perform all of the essential functions, skills, and specifications of the position

How to Apply

Documents Needed to Apply:

Required Documents


Cover Letter/Letter of Application

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Posted on May 4