Exhibition Manager

Prospect New Orleans

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  • Organization: Prospect New Orleans

  • Application deadline: September 6, 2019

  • Start date: October 15, 2019

  • Termination date: April 1, 2021

  • Web Address: prospectneworleans.org

  • Department: Curatorial

  • Compensation: Salary commensurate with experience

  • Benefits: Health insurance and vacation time

  • Relocation Assistance: Not offered for this position

Job Description

Reporting to the Executive Director and working closely with the Artistic Directors and the Associate Curator, the Exhibition Manager is responsible for ensuring a successful Prospect.5 exhibition process and final product. The Exhibition Manager oversees the commissioning/fabrication of new artist projects, relationships with Prospect.5 venues, implementing security and attendant plans for each venue, loan agreements and artwork shipping in association with the registrar, artwork insurance, assembling an installation team, and the installation and deinstallation processes. They will work in coordination with the Associate Curator on the development of artist projects, focusing specifically on budget management, feasibility, and venues.

The Exhibition Manager should have a broad fluency with contemporary art and have experience working with artists as well as institutions and community members. Competitive candidates must have broad experience working on major exhibitions. This position will necessitate flexible hours and it is understood that it may evolve as the organization evolves, as the exhibition cycle unfolds, and depending on the Exhibition Manager’s skills and abilities. Travel may be necessary. All Prospect employees are expected to remain aware of the local, national, and global context for contemporary art; to participate in Prospect’s community-facing events; and to occasionally represent the organization at national and community events as needed.

Please note that this position has a termination date of April 1, 2021.


About Prospect New Orleans

Prospect New Orleans was conceived in the tradition of the great international exhibition, such as the Venice Biennale and the Bienal de SĂŁo Paulo, to showcase artistic practices from around the world in settings throughout the city with an emphasis on site-specificity. Prospect invites residents and visitors to celebrate art and artists as intrinsic to the local landscape and to experience New Orleans as they never have before.

Prospect New Orleans is a citywide contemporary art triennial, formalized in 2008 and now entering its fifth iteration, P.5. Prospect was originally conceived of as a biennial exhibition intended to support the cultural rebuilding of New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Beginning with P.3 (2014), Prospect New Orleans officially transitioned to its current triennial format.


  • Work with the Executive Director, Associate Curator, and Artistic Directors to create timelines and budgets for all Prospect.5 projects

  • Manage the production and fabrication of new work in collaboration with artists, the Artistic Directors, and the Associate Curator

  • Manage timelines and budgets for all Prospect.5 projects

  • Manage venue relationships and venue agreements

  • Work with vendors during exhibition production

  • Manage and schedule installation and deinstallation processes

  • Implement security and attendant plans for each exhibition venue

  • Oversee all loan agreements, artist contracts, and shipping logistics in association with the registrar

  • Bind insurance for exhibited artwork

  • Travel as needed to represent Prospect


  • Attend Prospect board meetings as needed and assist in developing visual materials for presentations and public engagement

  • Assist Executive Director in identifying and overseeing project support

Operations and supervisory

  • Hire and oversee interns and volunteers to assist with exhibition realization

  • Supervise Registrar

  • Maintain exhibitions throughout the triennial period

  • Personable demeanor and ability to work under pressure

  • At least three–five years of relevant experience in a museum, gallery, or similar contemporary art environment

  • Knowledge of museum practices, exhibition management, and curatorial practices

  • Proven ability to meet deadlines and handle multiple tasks simultaneously

  • Proven ability to work both independently and in a team environment

How to Apply

Send cover letter and resume to info@prospectneworleans.org. Applicants may be asked to provide references.

Posted on August 22