Exhibitions & Curatorial Projects Manager

Art League Houston

The Exhibitions & Curatorial Projects Manager is responsible for managing multiple projects within the Exhibitions Department, a key area of Art League Houston’s mission. This position is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the exhibition process, including installation, exhibition management, curatorial organization, and administrative aspects of exhibitions at ALH, with the goal of implementing exhibitions and installations that fulfill the organization’s mission. Additionally, this position also oversees all aspects of ALH’s public art project endeavors.

The Exhibitions & Curatorial Projects Manager works closely with the ALH Executive Director and other department coordinators. The duties of this position are fast-paced and complex in nature, and the ideal candidate must have significant installation and exhibition management experience, and be highly organized, have excellent communication skills, be professional, pleasant, proactive, an outstanding problem solver, and have the energy and ability to balance multiple tasks.

An essential function of the Exhibitions & Curatorial Projects Manager’s work is to facilitate the exhibition planning and implementation process for all exhibition installations, while also ensuring that numerous day-to-day details are taken care of, often handling multiple installations, exhibitions, and projects at once. Key areas of coordination include creating, tracking, and maintaining multiple project/exhibition schedules, processing and organizing project invoices and documents, tracking exhibition budgets, keeping the Executive Director informed as to any issues or changes in project scope, and ensuring all inter-departmental communications are clear, timely, helpful, and documented.

The Exhibitions & Curatorial Projects Manager works four days a week, with occasional night and weekend hours during exhibition installation, opening receptions, artist talks, community events, and fundraisers.

Responsibilities

Primary Duties

  • Exhibition & Curatorial Management

  • Manage all exhibition and special project logistics, research and schedule artist travel and accommodations, lead and work with installs and production, condition artwork, arrange, schedule, and coordinate shipments, purchase supplies and materials, and procure quotes for fabrication (as needed) in collaboration with exhibiting artists

  • Organize and curate the Annual Texas Artist of the Year and biannual Lifetime Achievement Award exhibitions

  • Organize (in collaboration with the ALH Director of Community Engagement and the ALH Director of Education) the installation of outreach program exhibitions: Healing Art/ArtBound/Teen/Student/Instructor exhibitions

  • Create and maintain individual production schedules for each exhibition

  • Create and maintain up to date annual exhibition schedule

  • Manage and monitor budgets and budget forecasts for all exhibitions

  • Generate artist contracts and/or loan letters, follow up on queries and provide progress information on individual loan requests as required

  • Schedule in-coming/outgoing shipment via art shuttles in a timely matter

  • Organize all opening receptions and artist talks (including artist introductions at talks)

Installation

  • Manage exhibition de-installation and installation (hands on and active in the galleries)

  • Facilitate gallery maintenance including wall repair, painting, lights, etc.

  • Unpack and condition all exhibition artwork

  • Pack works for shipment and/or pick-up as needed

  • Manage gallery light inventory and light all exhibitions

Fundraising

  • Assist the ALH Executive Director with grant research, writing and reporting

Design & Communication

  • Oversee design, production, and printing of postcards, banners, and vinyl designs for all exhibitions

  • Oversee the design, production, and printing of the annual Texas Artist of the Year and biannual Lifetime Achievement Award in the Visual Arts catalogues (including content and image research/coordination in conjunction with the artist)

  • Send relevant information to ALH Communications Manager to promote exhibition-related press releases, e-blasts, and social media content/schedules for each exhibition

Additional Duties

  • Manage all logistics for the annual Gala Silent Art Auction

  • Assist with all ALH fundraising efforts and events (including the annual MARTY Healing Art fundraiser and annual Gala)

  • Manage and serve as liaison to the Artist Advisory Board

  • Manage the open call for exhibition proposal process, including management of submittable.com, serve as a liaison to the artist advisory board, manage applicant contacts, and coordinate selection committee meetings

  • Represent Art League Houston on panels, juries and at conferences and other public events

Requirements

Requirements

  • Minimum B.A. or B.F.A. degree in studio art, art history or related field (M.A. preferred)

  • Minimum 4 years’ experience working in exhibition planning and production at an artist-centered organization, art gallery, museum, or other cultural organization

  • Ability to work 4 days per week (and occasional nights and weekends for exhibition installations, openings, talks, fundraisers, etc.)

  • Excellent organization, writing and time management skills

  • Strong attention to detail

  • Significant art installation/handling experience required

  • Must be familiar with basic tools, be able to lift objects of 50 lbs. and climb ladders

  • Passionate interest in contemporary art exhibition management and the role of art in community

How to Apply

Please submit a cover letter with applicants earliest and preferred start date, along with a resume/CV with three professional references (Word or PDF format), and two writing samples via email only to jobs@artleaguehouston.org. Additionally, please list applicant’s earliest start date. Only those applicants selected for interviews will be contacted. No drop-ins or phone calls, please.

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Posted on November 17