Manager of Exhibitions & Publications

Frye Art Museum

The Manager of Exhibitions and Publications will oversee all administrative aspects of the planning and implementation of Museum exhibitions and exhibition-related publications. The ideal candidate will be highly organized and motivated, have exceptional project management, budget oversight, communication, and interpersonal skills, and be dedicated to continuing and enhancing the artistic excellence of an institution with a deep commitment to both historical and contemporary arts programming. This position will work under the supervision of the Director/CEO and collaborate closely with curatorial staff, head of collections and chief registrar, manager of exhibition design and production, and many other Museum departments and staff.

Responsibilities

Staff Management and Internal Communications

  • Manage and oversee exhibitions and publications staff, interns, vendors, and independent contractors including guest curators in collaboration with the Director/CEO and curator(s).

  • Serve as liaison across all Museum departments as well as artists and guests for all exhibition and publication projects.

  • Create, circulate, and update organizational timelines, procedures, and style guidelines, and lead weekly exhibition department meetings and bi-weekly interdepartmental meetings on upcoming exhibitions and related projects.

Budget Management

  • Assist the Director/CEO in developing and managing project and fiscal year budgets for the exhibitions and publications department.

  • Process invoices and payments to institutions, artists, and vendors in a timely manner.

  • Develop and generate budget reports and projections for the Director/CEO and chief financial officer on a quarterly and as-needed basis.

  • Prepare budget reports and expense summaries on exhibitions for grant reporting as needed.

Exhibition and Publications Project Management

  • Develop and track production timelines for all aspects of exhibition and publication planning, development and implementation in collaboration with department staff, curators, and the Director/CEO.

  • Use Basecamp to internally track, assign and monitor deadlines to ensure projects are completed in a timely and successful manner.

  • Develop, review, and execute artist agreements, exhibition contracts with partner organizations, publication contracts, and contracts with independent contractors and guest curators related to exhibition and publication projects.

  • Monitor all contracts to ensure obligations are met in a timely manner.

  • Maintain and follow exhibition and publication procedures, and update, revise and maintain institutional style guidelines.

  • Draft, maintain and distribute exhibition checklists for internal and external use.

  • Develop and maintain yearly exhibition calendars in collaboration with the Director/CEO, curators and exhibitions department staff.

  • Coordinate and manage relationships with external copyeditors and proofreaders for all exhibition- and publication-related texts.

  • Secure rights and reproductions for images and audiovisual materials related to exhibition and publication projects and track proper use of captions and lender information.

  • Provide approved texts, images, captions and information on exhibition and publication projects to the communications, development, and education departments for use in press releases, marketing, grant applications, and educational materials.

  • Coordinate installation photography of exhibitions and photography needs for special exhibition and publication projects in close collaboration with the Director/CEO, curators, and museum staff.

  • Draft and maintain exhibition credit lines in collaboration with the development department.

  • Maintain and update exhibition-related information in the EmbARK database in collaboration with the collections department.

  • Oversee administration of exhibition and artist proposal review, including coordinating curatorial review and preparing correspondence in collaboration with the curators and Director/CEO.

  • Organize all aspects of travel and hospitality for visiting artists, curators, and other guests.

  • Identify and liaise with co-publishers, printers, distributors, authors, designers, artists on publication projects.

  • Compile front and back matter for publications, including acknowledgments, table of contents, bibliography, notes, copyright page, and index as needed.

  • Manage CIP and ISBN applications.

  • Create and manage distribution list for publications, distribute catalogues internally, and send catalogues to lenders, writers, and other contacts.

  • Answer inquiries from the public via phone and email in a prompt, professional manner.

  • Create, maintain, and archive project files.

Requirements

QUALIFICATIONS, KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES REQUIRED:

  • Attention to detail and excellent organizational, project management, research, writing, and editing skills.

  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills.

  • Ability to work independently and prioritize multiple projects with competing deadlines.

  • Demonstrated flexibility and ability to work well with national and international artists and curators.

  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office software, in particular Word, Outlook, PowerPoint, and Excel.

  • Knowledge of art history, particularly late-19th and early-20th-century European and American art as well as modern and contemporary art is an advantage.

EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE

  • M.A. in Art History, Museum Studies, Arts Administration, or equivalent (defined as at least 3 years prior museum work experience).

  • Experience in exhibition and publication management in a museum context with experience in budget forecasting and management preferred.

How to Apply

Candidates should send cover letter and resume with “Manager of Exhibitions and Publications” in the subject line to jobs@fryemuseum.org. No phone calls please.

This job summary is a summary of the primary duties and responsibilities of this role at the Frye Art Museum. Employees must maintain a high degree of flexibility in our rapidly changing environment and, as such, may be required to perform additional duties beyond the scope described here from time to time.

Posted on October 25