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University of Massachusetts Amherst Campus Curator, Visual Arts in Amherst, Massachusetts

Campus Curator, Visual Arts

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Work type: Staff Full Time

Location: UMass Amherst

Department:Fine Arts Center


Categories: Professional Staff Union (PSU), Theater/Performing Arts

About UMass Amherst

UMass Amherst, the Commonwealth's flagship campus, is a nationally ranked public research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees. The University sits on nearly 1,450-acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts and offers a rich cultural environment in a bucolic setting close to major urban centers. In addition, the University is part of the Five Colleges (including Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College), which adds to the intellectual energy of the region.

About the UMass Fine Arts Center

Since its founding in 1975, the UMass Fine Arts Center has been a central force in the cultural, social, and academic life of the University, the Five College campuses, and the Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts. The Fine Arts Center's combination of educational, visual, and performing arts programs not only makes us unique, but it also secures a very vital and necessary position for us to meet the diverse needs of scholars, faculty, students, alumni, and the broader community.

Job Summary

TheCampus Curator, Visual Artsrole is responsible for planning, organizing, and directing all exhibits and educational programs held at the Hampden and Augusta Savage Galleries. The Hampden Gallery, located in the Southwest residential complex, provides students and the University community with challenging and diverse contemporary exhibitions that introduce works in new and experimental media. Augusta Savage Gallery, located in New Africa House, is a multicultural and multiarts facility. Its mission is to promote artistic works from a broad spectrum of cultures which enlighten the viewer on such issues as race, ethnicity, class, and cultural identity. Additionally, through strategic partnerships with campus and community stakeholders, this position will develop and support opportunities for and engagement with public art exhibitions and community art making activities across campus.

Essential Functions

  • Envisions and plans innovative artistic, education, and community programs that support the mission of the Fine Arts Center with an eye toward securing bold and exciting exhibitions that enhance student life and bring recognition to the FAC and UMass as a center for arts and culture.

  • Develops, plans and implements artistic programs for Hampden and Augusta Savage Galleries within budget guidelines and in accordance with University policies and procedures. Additionally, actively seeks out opportunities to support and develop public art and community art making activities on campus.

  • Plans and implements educational residencies in cooperation with faculty and community organizations.

  • Secures funding for FAC events from federal, state, public and private organizations and regional sources and works with Director of Development in providing opportunities for donor cultivation and engagement through access to artists and exhibitions.

  • Works to build collaborations with other FAC curators, UMass faculty, academic departments, Student Affairs, the Five College community, and community partners.

  • Responsible for management of Hampden and Augusta Savage facilities, office, and staff including facility’s physical integrity and security.

  • Hires, trains, teaches and supervises Teaching Assistants and student employees in procedures, policies, and professional practices.

  • Works with the Director of Marketing to support the marketing and publicity for the galleries.

  • Oversees the preparatory duties of the galleries, including transporting, installing and striking exhibitions. .

  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Other Functions

  • Performs related duties as assigned or required to meet Department, Executive Area/Division, and University goals and objectives.

  • Contributes toward creating a positive and respectful workplace defined by personal and professional competence, integrity, and collaboration.

Minimum Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure)

  • Master’s degree in arts related field required. Completion of Bachelor’s and active progress towards completion of a Master’s degree in arts related field is acceptable as a substitution for a completed Master’s degree.

  • 5 years of professional experience in gallery or museum exhibition planning and curation.

  • Strong background in contemporary art by artists of African descent.

  • Proficiency with Microsoft 365 and Adobe Creative Cloud.

  • Strong organizational and writing skills.

  • Flexibility with time essential, ability to work nights and weekends.

Preferred Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure)

  • MFA in visual arts.

  • Experience in a higher education environment and/or administration.

  • Experience with media relations and graphic design and production.

  • Experience work with a permanent collection.

  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.

Physical Demands/Working Conditions

Typical office environment activity.

Work Schedule

  • Monday-Friday, 8:30AM-5:00PM

  • Occasional evenings and/or weekends

  • Expected to work evening performances related to FAC events

Salary Information

Level 28

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Special Instructions to Applicants

To apply, please submit your online application and provide a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references by the priority deadline date of July 16, 2021 in order to ensure consideration. Applications may be accepted after the priority date until a suitable candidate pool has been identified.

UMass Amherst is committed to a policy of equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military status, or genetic information in employment, admission to and participation in academic programs, activities, and services, and the selection of vendors who provide services or products to the University. To fulfill that policy, UMass Amherst is further committed to a program of affirmative action to eliminate or mitigate artificial barriers and to increase opportunities for the recruitment and advancement of qualified minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and covered veterans. It is the policy of the UMass Amherst to comply with the applicable federal and state statutes, rules, and regulations concerning equal opportunity and affirmative action.

Advertised: Jun 16 2021 Eastern Daylight Time

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