Gallery Director

Delaware Valley Arts Alliance

The Delaware Valley Arts Alliance (DVAA) is seeking dynamic applicants for the permanent part-time position of Gallery Director.

This is an exciting time for arts programming in the Upper Delaware Valley/Sullivan Catskill region with immense talent that is both locally based and engaged in the area. Our audiences are informed and curious, with a strong interest in high-caliber offerings. DVAA’s visual arts programming has served as one of our flagship programs since we were founded.

Responsibilities

The Gallery Director coordinates DVAA’s year-round visual art programming. This includes;

  • Managing and implementing the annual calendar of 12-14 exhibitions (including solo, two-person, and curated group shows), presented in DVAA’s two primary gallery spaces;

  • Communicating with artists and guest curators;

  • Coordinating installation and event volunteers as needed;

  • Editing text provided by artists and/or curators;

  • Producing interpretive materials including gallery-related signage;

  • Scheduling special events including gallery talks;

  • Assisting in the marketing efforts including print and social media;

  • Overseeing committee selection for annual review of exhibition proposals;

  • Maintaining program records;

  • Nurturing relationships with the region’s ever-growing and evolving artist community;

  • Assisting in the organization of the annual Riverfest Poster Auction and artisan vendors;

  • Supporting program-related fundraising efforts;

  • Working with the Executive Director, identify new opportunities and special projects to advance the voice of visual artists in the region;

  • Other tasks as needed.

A successful candidate will be innovative, energetic, personable, and passionate about the visual arts and bringing compelling exhibitions and related programs to small and engaged communities. They should be excited about contributing to a creative collaborative environment. A background in exhibition installation and gallery management is desirable.

Requirements

Candidates should possess strong skills in the following areas:

  • Knowledge of Art history and contemporary art practice

  • Best practices for handling and packing of artwork;

  • Experience installing and administering exhibitions;

  • Communication and organizational skills;

  • Ability to manage projects independently and as part of a team;

  • Research, writing, and editing skills, including press releases and web content;

  • Attention to detail, and ability to follow through on multiple priorities;

  • Ability to lift 30 pounds and climb ladders;

  • Mac and Windows proficiency;

  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office, social media, and email marketing software;

  • Marketing & Outreach;

  • Valid Driver’s License and reliable mode of transportation.

Familiarity with the following area will be a plus:

  • Curatorial and art-writing experience;

  • Public speaking experience (moderating panel discussions, introducing artists, curators, etc.);

  • An understanding of the valuable role the (visual) arts play in the social and economic fabric of the Upper Delaware Valley/ Sullivan Catskill region;

  • Volunteer Coordination.

SCHEDULE

This is a two-day per week position.

ABOUT DVAA

Founded in 1976, DVAA is a 501©3 nonprofit arts organization. Located in Narrowsburg, NY, DVAA supports artists and arts organizations in the Upper Delaware Valley and throughout Sullivan Catskill region. DVAA presents engaging programs in the visual, performing and community arts, and arts resources. Through year-round exhibitions and performances, as well as popular annual events including the Big Eddy Film Festival and Riverfest, DVAA provides access and exposure to the arts within a decentralized rural region amidst engaged and passionate audiences.

As the Arts Council of Sullivan County, DVAA is committed to advocating on behalf of and strengthening the County’s cultural community and provides vital regrant programs.

How to Apply

Please submit a letter and resume or C.V. (electronic submissions preferred) with a summary of demonstrable accomplishments. A portfolio demonstrating past relevant experience is also welcome.

Applications will be reviewed upon receipt and will continue until a successful candidate is identified and selected. DVAA seeks to fill this position as soon as possible.

All applications and inquiries should be directed to jobs@delawarevalleyartsalliance.org.

DEADLINE:

Applications will be accepted through February 3, 2020.

The Delaware Valley Arts Alliance provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, or genetics.

Posted on January 14