Studio Manager

Trevor Paglen Studio

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We are looking for a highly motivated, flexible and detail-oriented person to join us in working on international exhibitions, performances, and productions.

The ideal person probably has a background in art, film, or theater production and is used in a dynamic production-oriented environment. The person should be self-motivated and able to anticipate studio and project needs with minimal guidance. They should be a creative problem solver, a good communicator, and have a good sense of humor and sense of purpose.

We’re not going to lie: the job can not be done in a hurry, especially when we’re in crunch mode. As such, the Studio Manager should have the flexibility to work overtime and weekends on short notice as needed (this does not happen that often). What’s more, we develop projects all over the world and sometimes have to make requests and meetings at odd hours because of time zones. Occasional travel may be expected. The artist is often traveling and out-of-town.

The job requires fluency in written and spoken German and somewhat professionally. The Studio Manager mostly works independently and reports to the Studio Director. Salary is commensurate with experience and skill base.


Administrative Responsibilities Include:

  • Acting as the interface between the studio, galleries, press, external fabricators, exhibition spaces, etc.

  • Act as main point-of-contact for the studio, including managing email and phone

  • Oversee day-to-day studio maintenance and operations including shipping and receiving, meeting visitors, etc.

  • Keeping stocks of studio materials

  • Maintaining database and inventory

  • Tracking and managing payments and invoicing

  • Maintain artist’s schedule and travel arrangements

  • Maintain press archive and bibliography

  • Maintain office equipment

Project Management Responsibilities:

  • Create, maintain and track project budgets

  • Create and oversee production schedules for various projects

  • Manage exhibitions including coordinating with galleries and museums

  • Support the work of the production team

Production Responsibilities:

  • Research materials, fabricators, suppliers

  • Procure quotes and materials samples

  • Assist in art production as necessary

  • Oversee fabrication


Required software skills:

  • Basic to moderate Photoshop and Illustrator

  • Office suite

  • Familiarity with Sketchup is a big help if you know it


  • Speak English in the studio for everyday operations

  • Studio Manager should probably evaluate this on a case-by-case basis

How to Apply

Please send applications to (at) and include a resume, a cover letter that specifically addresses your experience in production environments, three professional references, and any relevant documentation of your projects role in them.

We are looking to conduct interviews in July and August and have some start in late August or early September. The studio manager wants to get in touch with the current studio manager for one month.

Posted on July 8