Head of Exhibitions

Aspen Art Museum

The Head of Exhibitions provides exhibition support to the Curatorial team and the Director of Operations. This position participates in all aspects of administration, documentation, installation and care of AAM’s exhibitions. Duties and responsibilities include implementing an ambitious schedule of contemporary art exhibitions in the museum galleries and occasional off-site exhibitions.

The salary for this position is $100,000 to $115,000 annually depending on experience, performance, and housing assistance. The Aspen Art Museum offers a competitive package of benefits.

Aspen Art Museum is an artist-founded institution dedicated to supporting artists in the development of bold ideas to shape our museum and the field of art today. We are both a platform and a place, highly attuned to the advancement of the vital ecosystem of art and the critical discourse surrounding it within the context and community of Aspen and beyond. As an exhibition-focused, non-collecting museum, we are positioned to make strong commitments to meaningful exchange, both responding to—and driving—cultural change.

Responsibilities

Registration & Logistics:

Develop and implement policies and procedures for the documentation, care, and management of artworks, aligning with industry best practices.

Oversee the organization and maintenance of digital and physical records related to loans, exhibitions, and artist contracts.

Coordinate the logistics of incoming and outgoing loans, encompassing insurance, packing, shipping, and condition reporting.

Cataloging and condition reporting high-value and fragile objects in a variety of media.

Collaborate with curatorial and exhibition teams to plan and execute exhibitions, ensuring artworks are displayed in accordance with conservation standards.

Manage shipping logistics including local, domestic, and international, including facilitating up to date insurance.

Execute exhibition-related documentation, encompassing contracts, loan agreements, and condition reports.

Exhibition Planning: 

Lead end-to-end logistics for exhibition installations, overseeing art transport, installation schedules, and gallery layouts.

Promote collaboration among artists, lenders, and the Curatorial team to effectively realize exhibition concepts.

Collaborate closely with the Curatorial and Executive departments to create and monitor exhibition budgets.

Generate regular financial reports detailing exhibition-related expenses and propose cost-saving measures as needed.

Coordinate all aspects of assigned exhibitions, fostering teamwork with curatorial and installation teams.

Develop and oversee project schedules, ensuring timely completion of all exhibition elements.

Maintain accurate and up-to-date records pertaining to exhibition planning, budgets, and project timelines.

Cultivate and sustain connections with expert contractors possessing specialized skills to enhance internal capabilities with special focus on Art Handling Services and Fabrication.

Leadership and Team Collaboration:

Showcase a track record of adeptly leading and inspiring teams to achieve outstanding results.

Demonstrate a proven ability to navigate and thrive in a collaborative environment, fostering synergy with cross-functional teams and external partners.

Demonstrate adaptability to swiftly respond to evolving priorities and navigate rapidly changing workflows.

Willingness to work occasional evenings and weekends, especially during exhibition installations and events.

Requirements

Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in museum studies, art history, or a related field.

Minimum of 5 years of experience in registrar and exhibition management roles within a museum or gallery setting.

Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, Google Suite, FileMaker, and Sketchup/Rhino preferred.

Strong organizational skills, attention to detail, and excellent written and verbal communication skills.

How to Apply

All applications must be accompanied by a cover letter and résumé. Cover letters should be responsive to the mission of Aspen Art Museum and the responsibilities presented herein, as well as your specific qualifications for the Head of Exhibitions role. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the successful candidate has been selected. All inquiries will be held in confidence. Aspen Art Museum is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applicants from diverse backgrounds. We are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. 

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Posted on January 31