Designer

Albright-Knox Art Gallery

About the Albright-Knox Art Gallery

Founded in 1862 as The Buffalo Fine Arts Academy, the Albright-Knox Art Gallery is the sixth-oldest art museum in the United States and one of the oldest anywhere dedicated to modern and contemporary art. As one the most prominent cultural institutions in Western New York, the Albright-Knox serves tens of thousands of students, families, tourists, and art lovers each year.

In 2019, the museum broke ground on a transformative campus development and expansion project. Upon completion of construction, the museum will open in 2022 as the Buffalo AKG Art Museum. At the same time, the museum has been engaged in a wholesale reevaluation of its institutional identity, with a particular focus on making the Buffalo AKG a more inclusive, diverse, equitable, and accessible institution.

Position Overview

An integral part of the Albright-Knox’s Publications & Digital Content Department, the Designer designs and produces a wide variety of materials in support of the museum’s brand and activities.

Responsibilities

Duties and Responsibilities

Print

  • Design and produce print materials that support the museum’s day-to-day activities, including invitations, brochures, members’ calendars, rack cards, newsletters, advertisements, signs, and posters

  • Participate in meetings with colleagues across the museum to discuss scope, concept, design, budget, and schedule of projects

  • Prepare and present preliminary designs, comprehensives, and complete layouts for review and approval by colleagues

  • Revise projects as needed through subsequent rounds of review

  • In collaboration with the Head of Publications & Digital Content, identify vendors to provide printing and other services, assign projects to vendors, and manage project schedules

  • Provide quality control of all projects by overseeing approvals of printer’s proofs and attending press checks, as required

Digital

  • Design digital advertisements, invitations, and newsletters

  • Provide art direction for online shop photography

  • Identify and crop images for the AK’s website

  • Create graphics for the website, social media, and emails

  • Maintain and update email templates and produce emails

  • Help with visual QA for the website and emails

  • Establish templates for videos and video series, including title screens, text overlays, and credit screens

Exhibitions

  • In collaboration with curators and editors, develop and design exhibition graphics, including overall exhibition identities, title walls, and wall texts

  • Work with colleagues and vendors on preparation and installation of exhibition graphics

  • Design and produce gallery guides, family guides, and booklets

Requirements

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in graphic design or a related field

  • Five or more years work experience, preferably in a museum setting

  • Solid understanding of design and production and mastery of associated tools, including Adobe Creative Suite for Mac

  • Excellent skills in pre-press, file preparation, and specification for diverse forms of production

  • In-depth knowledge of offset and digital printing and print production

  • Understanding of relevant design standards regarding accessibility for all audiences

  • Ability to advise on color correction of photographs for print and web

  • Good communication skills and desire to function as part of a close-knit team

  • Ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously and meet deadlines