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Positions Available:  

Director of Exhibition

Mentorship Program Manager
 



APPLICATION PROCESS

***Please send cover letter, resume, and two writing samples as a single PDF file.
Name your PDF file "lastname_firstname_application.PDF" and send it to kgilrain@smackmellon.org with “Director of Exhibitions” in the subject line.


To apply, to the Mentorship Program Manager position send the following as one complete PDF file (Word documents will not be accepted):

1. Cover letter
2. Resume
3. One brief writing sample that demonstrates your skills as a writer (3 pages maximum) Name your PDF file "lastname_firstname_application.PDF" and send it to: kgilrain@smackmellon.org with “Mentorship Program Manager Application” in the subject line.

 


 

DIRECTOR OF EXHIBITIONS

Smack Mellon is a nonprofit arts organization located in Dumbo, Brooklyn. Smack Mellon's mission is to nurture and support emerging, under-recognized mid-career and women artists in the creation and exhibition of new work, by providing exhibition opportunities, studio workspace, and access to equipment and technical assistance for the realization of ambitious projects. We see ourselves as a vehicle whereby underrepresented artists can create, explore and exhibit their creative ideas outside the concerns of the commercial art world, offering many artists the exposure and recognition they deserve.

Smack Mellon is currently seeking a Director of Exhibitions to join our small and efficient team of three. Reporting to the Executive Director, the Director of Exhibitions will oversee all activities in the gallery and gallery rentals. Director of Exhibitions will co-curate six to eight solo exhibitions and one or two group exhibitions annually with Executive Director and will be responsible for creating public programming in conjunction with the exhibitions and will lead installs/de-installs.

This position requires high degree of organizational skill and ability to handle multiple projects in various stages of development; demonstrated ability to proactively prioritize and manage time, juggle multiple duties and tasks, and meet competing deadlines. The candidate must be detail oriented, and have outstanding writing and editing skills as well as project management skills. They must be able to lead large-scale artwork installations and must be able to devise safe and effective solutions for unconventional challenges during exhibition installs. Must be a very handy self-starter with a strong work ethic, ability to lift 40lbs, experience installing and packaging artwork, and must not be afraid of heights. At least 5 years of relevant experience managing exhibitions.

Must be proficient with Microsoft Office, Photoshop, Google Drive, CMS. Mac and social media proficient. FileMaker, SketchUp, IT or AV skills a plus. Primary responsibilities and duties include, but are not limited to:

Exhibitions:

• Produce all exhibitions with the opportunity to curate exhibitions.
• Create and update a two year calendar for the exhibition space including exhibitions and rentals and other events in the gallery space
• Plan and manage the operational and logistical aspects of exhibitions, events and performances produced on and off site.
• Lead all artwork installations and de-installations, ranging from group shows to large-scale site-specific solo projects while maintaining safety standards.
• Work with invited guest curators and artists.
• Hire and manage all freelance technicians and preparators.
• Review all incoming proposals, process rejections and initiate communication with new artists.
• Write exhibition text and manage production of all exhibition print and video promotional materials for press and grant applications.
• Package and coordinate artwork shipments.
• Create contracts, pricelists, checklists, group show exhibition maps, public information books.
• Manage all artwork sales.
• Update exhibition webpages with images and content.

Fundraising and Grant Writing and Sales:
• Produce annual fundraising benefit—secure artwork donations; timely correspondence with donating artists about deadlines coordinate deliveries; manage volunteers; assist with program layout; manage tickets and reception lists; draft, prepare, and send follow-up materials to donating artists and ticket buyers.
• Help to secure collectors to purchase silent auction work.
• In collaboration with the Smack Mellon grant writer, conduct research for new funding sources, and help to write requests for support from foundation, government, individual and corporate sources.

General:
• Manage supplies inventory and procure all supplies.
• Organize and manage the storage space.
• Provide administrative support to ED, bookkeeper and grant writer, as needed.
• Maintain artwork and gallery appearance.
• Field all general inquiries.

Events:
• Set up and breakdown all public program events, openings, and special events.
• Plan public events related to the exhibitions.

Hours/Compensation:
30hr/week - regular work days are Wednesday-Friday 10 to 6 with additional days for exhibition install and Saturday/Sunday hours for events. Pay is commensurate with experience. Benefits include health insurance, IRA with matching contribution, paid vacation and sick days.

To Apply: Please send cover letter, resume, and two writing samples as a single PDF file.
Name your PDF file "lastname_firstname_application.PDF" and send it to kgilrain@smackmellon.org with “Director of Exhibitions” in the subject line. 

 

 

 

MENTORSHIP PROGRAM MANAGER

Art Ready is a Mentorship Program designed to give high school students the opportunity to experience first hand what it is like to be a professional working in a visual arts discipline. Participating students go on a series of studio visits and complete mentorships with one professional working artist in New York City. The program runs from November 2017 through May 2018 on Wednesdays from 4:00-6:30pm.

DUTIES INCLUDE:
Outreach to schools to meet art teachers, counselors, and principals to circulate applications and recruit students;

Oversee the application process including fielding inquires, review of applications, scheduling group interviews of students and lead orientation;

Schedule, coordinate, and supervise student visits to six (6) artist studios in November and December and two (2) gallery/museum field trips in January;

Maintain structure in the program by communicating with students, parents, mentors, and school leaders on an ongoing basis as well as address and follow up on absences, latenesses or other issues with mentors and parents;

Coordinate new mentor training session in early January including updating the mentor manual and inventory and distribute art supplies;

Prepare review of mentor choices for students, match students with mentors, prepare and collect signed contracts, write confidential background notes;

Organize and manage two (2) Events for students, parents and mentors (Mentor Match Day and Opening Reception/Awards Ceremony) and one (1) Final Exhibition including conducting six (6) studio visits with mentors before the show.

HOURS:
August thtough January – 6 months, 8 hours/week and February through May – 4 months, 4 hours/week

QUALIFICATIONS:
• Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience;
• Prior work experience in school, museum, or informal learning environments, preferably as an educator or teacher working specifically with high school students;
• Excellent interpersonal communication skills in oral and written form;
• Ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships and adjust to changing situations with grace and good judgment;
• Familiarity with contemporary art, artists, galleries and museums;
• Cultural knowledge of diverse populations of New York City;
• Speaking more than one language is a plus.
Compensation: contract $6500


Smack Mellon’s Art Ready program brings underserved NYC high school aged artists into the studios of NYC’s most innovative and inspiring cultural makers. The program operates during the school year and includes a series of studio visits with emerging and established artists; a series of field trips to museums and galleries; a portfolio prep workshops; and a four-month arts mentorship. Art Ready connects up to twenty-one high school students with seven diverse artists, to gain practical experience working with professionals in a variety of artistic disciplines. There is no fee to participate, and all expenses, including museum admissions, transportation and food, are paid.

Art Ready engages young people in a way no other arts education program does. It pairs students directly with working artists; the students learn firsthand over the course of a school year what it is to be an artist in the artist’s studio. Working as mentors, the artists provide professional and creative guidance as the students make decisions about their futures in the arts. Mentor/teaching artists tutor the students in their creative process, introduce them to new ways of working, and engage them in continuous critical reflection.

Art Ready was developed based on the following premises: that the arts are invaluable, yet still remain under-utilized in public schools; and that New York City youth from low-income and minority backgrounds lack opportunities to realize their passion and potential in the arts. We make a tremendous effort to reach a diverse student population as we work to get the word out about the program each fall. We actively recruit students from schools throughout New York City that have little or no arts education programming.

APPLICATION PROCESS:

To apply, send the following as one complete PDF file (Word documents will not be accepted):
1. Cover letter
2. Resume
3. One brief writing sample that demonstrates your skills as a writer (3 pages maximum) Name your PDF file "lastname_firstname_application.PDF" and send it to: kgilrain@smackmellon.org with “Mentorship Program Manager Application” in the subject line.