Curator

NINE dot ARTS

We are looking for an Art Curator who is inspired by the opportunity to design and curate world-class art collections with one of the country’s premier Art Consulting companies. We prioritize unique, original art, and ensure all staff members have the time to explore art & design trends in their project locations, research new and emerging artists, and elevate narratives and artists from historically marginalized communities.

Each Curator manages their own portfolio of projects, with clients ranging from hotels and corporate offices to Community Arts Plans and public art projects. Curators are responsible for joining early sales meetings to explain our process and help set a realistic budget and timeline for projects; fully own the first two stages of our four stage process by developing a vision and project roadmap that meets the client’s unique needs, and curating an incredible art collection; and partnering with an Acquisitions Lead who will ensure the collection is accurately purchased, prepared, and installed.

The person in this role will be managed by the COO, Adele Grundies, and will be mentored by our Chief Curator, Molly Casey. The Curator can work remotely from any of the following areas: Seattle, WA; Atlanta, GA; and Charlotte, NC. We are headquartered in Denver and are looking to expand our staff presence into our target markets. Our beautiful Seattle office, a houseboat on Portage Bay, is available for workspace or client meetings. Some travel is required for out-of-state projects.

Responsibilities

Company Leadership

Manage two Associate Curators or Studio Associates

  • Associate Curators are training to be Curators, with their own portfolio of projects that they fully manage

  • Studio Associates are learning the lifecycle of our project work, and provide support as needed to any member of the Studio, including Curators and Acquisition Leads

Incorporate diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEIB) goals into your project work and annual performance goals.

  • Demonstrate the values outlined in our paper, The Art of Representation

Heighten name recognition for NINE dot ARTS in local, regional and national art communities

Project Leadership

Oversee project portfolio of $1M/year, typically 10-15 projects at one time

  • Partner with an Acquisitions Lead for each project, providing them with all of the information they need to acquire and install each art collection

  • Utilize office support resources such as our talented Studio Associates to best manage your workload while training them on the project lifecycle

  • Work with the client to identify taste and vision

  • Work with the design and architecture team to understand the layout and site plan

  • Lead large art committee meetings and coordinate additional stakeholders as needed

Project examples include:

  • Hotel with 200 guest rooms, lobby, and pre-function space

  • Multi-year Community Arts Plan for 50+ acre mixed use development site

  • Corporate Office with a strong art collection that hired us to critique existing art inventories and create programs for inventory disposal, donation and/or reuse

  • Own project from vision to curation, and support project through acquisitions and installation

  • Define project vision—identify project goals and selection criteria, art locations and budget strategies

  • Provide detailed explanations of art in visual preference surveys, proposals and existing inventories

  • Maintain excellence in art program curation and design on multiple scales, aesthetics and environments

  • Communicate art collection to client through written, oral and in-person presentations

  • Manage client expectations and push their boundaries for innovation of art programs

  • Actively participate in early sales & marketing meetings, building art budgets and providing project details to our marketing team

  • Appeal to a diverse type of clients, modifying approach for each client as needed

  • Ensure high client satisfaction with both the project process and final art experience

COMPENSATION

Base salary: $65k-$85k for candidates, plus eligible for significant profit share ($15k+ annually), which will increase as our company grows.

Company Benefits:

  • Paid time off (begins accruing on first full pay period)

  • Company holidays (9/year)

  • Flex days (6/year, begin accruing immediately)

  • Full health benefits, dental, vision and life insurance (eligible the first of the month following 60 days of employment)

  • 401(K) Plan with Employer Match (eligible after 90 days of employment)

  • Parental leave (eligible after 1 year of full-time salaried employment)

  • Continuing Education budget

  • Company Retreat

  • Sabbatical Program

  • Flexible Work Arrangement

NINE dot ARTS is an equal employment opportunity employer committed to maintaining a non-discriminatory work environment. Diversity on our team makes our work stronger, and we encourage minority candidates to apply.

Requirements

SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS

  • 10+ years of professional experience

  • Curation: Expertise in developing and installing innovative art collections, with a track record of elevating the artwork of communities historically marginalized by the art world, including BIPOC and LGBTQ+ artists

  • Client Management: Experience surpassing client expectations in bringing their vision to life through art curation and delivery

  • Project Management: Ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously and meet all deadlines and budgets

Examples of additional relevant experience include:

  • Staff Management: Experience supporting growth and development of staff

  • Experience in creative placemaking or large-scale Community Arts Plans

  • Experience working in professional services and consulting, particularly experience with our key client industry of commercial real estate development, including adjacent services such as architecture, design, construction, development or finance

  • Formal studies in art or art history are required. Degree in business, liberal arts, fine arts, studio arts, art history or art management are preferred.

How to Apply

Please apply on our website using the link on this posting.

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Posted on August 19