The University of Washington School of Art + Art History + Design has a unique opportunity for Director + Curator of the Jacob Lawrence Gallery. The Gallery Director reports to the School Director and consults with the School’s Gallery Committee.
The Jacob Lawrence Gallery is a space devoted to education, social justice, and experimentation that honors the legacy of one of the 20th century’s greatest artists, Jacob Lawrence, who taught at the University of Washington from 1970–1985 and served as Professor Emeritus until the end of his life in 2000. The gallery is a tangible, living legacy of Lawrence’s exemplary life and practice.
The Gallery’s primary mission is to showcase the work of faculty, graduate, and undergraduate students, rounding out this programming with an ambitious program of unique exhibitions, lectures, performances, screenings, and discussions. Situated in the University of Washington’s Art Building, the Gallery is a diverse site of knowledge production that serves over 8,000 visitors each year.
As part of its commitments as a training ground for future arts workers, the Gallery has been W.A.G.E. certified since 2017. The Gallery’s internship program offers students the opportunity to learn about curatorial practice and gallery practice, and they gain hands-on skills in developing, installing, and programming exhibitions. The gallery routinely partners with on- and off-campus entities, including The Black Embodiments Studio, Northwest Film Forum, SOIL Gallery and the Seattle Art Fair.
The Director provides curatorial, operational, and administrative leadership for the gallery, along with publicity and installation oversight. Gallery programming can involve the production of publications. The Director will supervise a 50% FTE graduate student fellows, student assistant curators, interns and monitors. This position has a significant outreach role to enhance the profile of the School of Art + Art History + Design by liaising with other campus partners and institutions on both the local and national level.
The gallery moved into a newly created, state-of-the-art exhibition space in March 2023, significantly raising its profile on campus and allowing it to better realize its mission.