The Visual Arts Center of Richmond, located in Richmond, Virginia, engages the community in the creative process through the visual arts. The center promotes artistic creativity, education in the arts and a variety of outreach programming. VisArts has one of the largest professional studio-class programs in the Commonwealth of Virginia, offering more than 1,000 adult and youth classes and engaging more than 7,000 students annually.
The Center is also the home of the True F. Luck Gallery which hosts inspiring and thought-provoking exhibitions featuring both emerging and established artists, and focuses on the ways artists are innovating the materials and processes taught in VisArts’ 15 professional media-specific studios. Recently, the center has launched a series of artists residencies, bringing nationally recognized artists to Richmond to engage with the VisArts community and make new works through VisArts' comprehensive studio program.
Reporting to the executive director, the director of exhibitions and residencies holds a key leadership role responsible for the programming and daily operations of the True F. Luck gallery and VisArts’ growing residency programs. They set the artistic vision for these programs relative to the gallery’s mission of highlighting the ways artists are innovating the materials and processes taught in the VisArts studios. This position collaborates closely with the director of education and programs to plan for fellowships, visiting artists and other public programs that relate to the studio education program at VisArts.
- A Master’s degree in a directly related area of specialization and four years of experience directly related to the job functions, or a Bachelor’s degree in a directly related area of specialization and six years of experience directly related to the job functions.
- Preference given to applicants with specialization in 21st century art and demonstrated understanding of trends in craft media.
- Experience engaging the public through creative and innovative programming.
- Strong record of curating exhibitions.
- Excellent written and oral communication skills.
- Proven experience in cultivating relationships, collaborations, and partnerships with regional, national, and international communities.
- Excellent organization and time management skills with the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously.
- Knowledge of professional procedures of handing works of art.
- Ability to work with Development on grant and sponsorship proposals.
- Ability to multitask, excellent organizational skills and strong attention to detail.
- Ability to work a flexible schedule, including evenings and weekends, as needed.
Essential functions, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include the following tasks, knowledge, skills and other characteristics. This list of tasks is illustrative ONLY and is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and tasks performed by positions in this class. It does not imply that all positions within the class perform all the duties listed, nor does it necessarily list all possible duties that may be assigned. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
- Works closely with the executive director and director of education to plan and set an annual calendar of exhibitions; aligns exhibitions programming with strategic plan and educational priorities.
- Writes and manages the exhibitions budget.
- Writes and manages all contracts with artists, galleries and lenders.
- With assistance from marketing department, creates and/or coordinates all written content related to exhibitions including press releases, invitations, web content, exhibition publications and didactics.
- Facilitates the shipping, receiving, packing and storage of artwork.
- Hires and manages all contract staff for install and de-install periods.
- Manages traveling exhibitions.
GALLERY EDUCATION (ENGAGE)
- Plans and organizes all gallery related programming including artists’ talks, panels and tours.
- Works closely with marketing department to develop and realize all educational materials including Engage guide, station and video.
- Works alongside education department to plan and realize Engage tours.
- Trains a team of volunteer docents to host and lead Engage tours.
- Invites artists annually to participate in the Quirk+VisArts residency, where they make new works for exhibition or for other outreach opportunities.
- Writes and manages the budget for resident artist programming.
- Writes and manages all contracts with artists.
- Oversees visiting fellows program including process calls for entry, review, and recommendation as well as scheduling and housing logistics.
FUNDRAISING and RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT
- Assists the executive director and director of development with annual fundraising plan for exhibitions and residencies.
- Helps organize artwork and exhibition for annual art auction, Collectors’ Night.
- Writes exhibition and residency related grants in collaboration with director of development.
- Gives donor tours of gallery and assists development department with strategic donor engagement related to gallery and residency programs.
- Represents the organization as a key artistic director at key local and national art and craft related events.
- Job mastery and continuous learning.
This position will oversee interns, a team of volunteer docents and contract gallery help.
This job operates in a professional office environment within a creative art center. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets and fax machines. Regular special event attendance and support is required.
This is largely a sedentary role; however, there can be physical demand to move objects, art, and use gallery tools and equipment. This role can be required to climb ladders or scaffolding. Special event attendance and support is required. Applicants must have the ability to lift up to 40 pounds, set up exhibitions/booths/stations/events and bend or stand as necessary.
Position Type and Expected Hours of Work
This is a full-time position. Days and hours of work are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Regular evening and weekend work is required as job duties demand.
Average Hours of Work per week
45 hours per week
Some travel is expected for this position.
Required Education and Experience
5+ years of curatorial and gallery management experience.
Bachelor’s degree. Master’s degree preferred.
Knowledge of and experience with Microsoft Office Suites.
General aptitude/proficiency with technology and systems support.
Additional Eligibility Qualifications
Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.
EEO / AA Statement
The Visual Arts Center of Richmond 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. In addition to federal law requirements, Visual Arts of Richmond complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.