Clay Studio Exhibition Project Coordinator – Making Place Matter
This Deadline Expired: Monday, February 17, 2020
Making Place Matter will be an ambitious and experimental exhibition, symposium and publication that will inaugurate The Clay Studio’s (TCS) newly built home in the Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia, set to open in Spring 2021. As TCS begins this new chapter in its own history, the idea of ‘place’ takes on critical importance as we seek to understand and grow into our new home. Building a resonant conversation between clay, artists and audiences in our new gallery, Making Place Matter will be organized around the complex meanings of place in our contemporary social conversation.
As a new member of a culturally rich neighborhood that is experiencing the challenges of rapid growth, The Clay Studio must work to demonstrate our commitment to being a positive force within this changing environment. We are responsible to our existing community, and to the local, national, and international art spheres as a place to experience the best of ceramic art. With this project we have the opportunity to thoughtfully advance our methodological approach to reflect the founding principle of The Clay Studio: collaboration and creative expression.
Engaging community members in the planning and implementation of Making Place Matter (and future exhibitions), is integral to forming a robust long-term relationship. As such, we will develop an Exhibition Council for Making Place Matter, bringing together the voices of many constituent groups. This widely encompassing Council will design and create programming for a Visitor Engagement Gallery adjacent to the main gallery. Visitors will have the opportunity to respond through art making activities designed to connect their own ideas of place to the exhibition, and interact with Kukuli Hatch, Ibrahim Said, and Kukuli Velarde during each artist’s short residency in the Visitor Engagement Gallery.
- Work with the Curator of Artistic Programs and Consulting Curator to manage planning and production of major inaugural exhibition, Making Place Matter.
- The exhibition constituents are: 3 Lead Artists, Community Advisory Committee, Community Partner, including Tiny WPA, and the Exhibition team: TCS Curator, TCS COO, Consulting Curator, Project Coordinator, Community Organizer
- Coordinate studio visits, meetings, and registrarial paperwork for 3 Lead Artists
- Assist Curator to keep project on schedule and within budget
- Assist in assembling images, didactics, and other materials for publication as well as web module, social media, press release, exhibition wall text, etc.
- Support all facets of organizing exhibition, publication, events, track expenses and related record keeping
- Provide general administrative support including note-taking, filing, scheduling meetings, preparing presentations, and other tasks as needed
- Research related projects and compile filing system for research and working documents
- Assist with grant reporting writings and paperwork
- Assist with planning, attend and provide support at events, with some evening and weekend hours
Desired Skills and Experience
- Bachelors or Masters (preferred) in art history, museum education, community arts, social practice art, or related field
- Experience with research, audience engagement, exhibition planning (at least one)
- Ability to assess, prioritize, and manage multiple aspects of the project
- Exceptional organizational skills, advance planning capabilities, and attention to detail
- Ability to work collaboratively is essential
- Spanish Language Skills
- Strong writing and editing skills
- Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
Schedule – March 2020-November 2021 Average 15 hours/week (variable 10-20) Compensation:$23/hour
To Apply (deadline February 17):
- Please send cover letter, resume, and 2 references to Jennifer Zwilling, Curator of Artistic Programs at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Write in the subject line: MPM Exhibition Project Coordinator
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