Employment at the Asheville Art Museum:
Thank you to all who submitted applications for the recent vacancy for Adult Programs Manager. The application period for this position has closed.
PLEASE NOTE: THE FOLLOWING JOB DESCRIPTION WAS LAST UPDATED 4/30/13 AT 5:00 P.M.
Title: Curatorial Assistant
Temporary, part-time contract position (20 hours/week)
TO APPLY: Email cover letter, professional references, salary history and a current resume to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “CURATORIAL ASSISTANT”. No calls please.
The Curatorial Assistant works with Museum Curators and consultants to implement an exhibitions program and collections management plan that reflects the Museum’s commitment to American art of the 20th and 21st century.
Primary Responsibilities / Essential Functions:
- Assists Curators and consultants in the organization of special exhibitions. Under the supervision of Museum Curators, responsibilities may include writing exhibition script, conducting research, drafting loan requests, contacting lenders, composing checklists and coordinating exhibition details with other departments.
- Collaborates with Curatorial Team and Education department to create exhibition related programming as needed
- Periodically gives exhibition and collection related gallery talks
- Helps manage traveling exhibitions including correspondence with venues, drafting contracts and answering questions
- Assists Curatorial Team in identifying works for acquisition and develops relationships with collectors, sponsors, artists, donors, etc.
- Assists Curatorial Team in development of content for exhibition related printed materials
- Works with Curatorial Team to provide Development department with content for grant proposals
- Works with Curatorial Team to conduct research on permanent collection and exhibition related topics
Skills, Knowledge and Abilities & Education and Experience:
- Post-secondary degree in Art History, Museum Studies or related field with an emphasis on American art of the mid-20th century to the present, particularly contemporary craft, design and decorative arts; strong research and writing ability as well as strong background in computers, particularly Windows operating system and MS Office.
- Self-motivated with ability to work in a team setting.
While performing the responsibilities of Curatorial Assistant, the employee is required to talk and hear. The employee is often required to sit and use their hands and fingers, to handle or feel and to manipulate keys on a keyboard. The employee is occasionally required to stand for long periods of time. Vision abilities required by this job include close vision. Physical functions of this position include the ability to move metal chairs and tables weighing over 30 lbs.
The Curatorial Assistant should be able to assist in the installation of exhibitions and manage collections-related work.
Working Conditions: Position requires after hours participation in Museum events, exhibition openings, lectures etc. Position may also require local and non-local travel (valid driver’s license required).
This job description is intended to convey information essential to understanding the nature of the Curatorial Assistant position and it is not intended to be an exhaustive list of the duties, responsibilities, skills, abilities or working conditions associated with the position. The Executive Director reserves the right to add or change the duties and responsibilities required for this position, and the performance of additional duties and responsibilities will be required from time to time to meet the Museum’s needs.
Job description last revised: April 30, 2013.
2013 INTERNSHIP PROGRAM:
We welcome applications for the 2013 Internship Program. Please send current c.v. or resume, a list of relevant courses, writing sample and letter of interest to Nancy Sokolove, Adult Programs Manager, email@example.com. Additional details for specific departmental internships in 2013 follow below:
NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS:
Year-round / Semester / Summer
While all departmental internships are unpaid, we are happy to coordinate with academic programs as needed to ensure due credit is received by student interns working at the Museum. Continue reading below for specific application instructions and details for internships by department.
We are also actively recruiting for interns who receive services through their college’s office or department of disabilities. Through a grant we have received from the Rosemary Kennedy Internship Initiative, we have additional resources available for students who qualify. Students (or their faculty) can contact me directly to discuss the requirements and availability of these internships.
The deadline to apply for the Rosemary Kennedy Internship has been extended to May 31, 2013.
SUMMER 2013 INTERNSHIPS
Deadline to apply: March 15, 2013
Communications & Public Relations
The Communication & Public Relations department expands public awareness of the Museum and aims to increases attendance and revenue. The Department produces the Museum’s media releases; circulates images for reproduction, places advertisements, produces newsletters and other promotional materials, updates Web site and social media sites. Interns will assist in producing media and updating online media and in coordinating special events. Writing sample required.
The Curatorial Department researches and organizes upcoming exhibitions, including the development of timelines, checklists, and signage; produces exhibition catalogues; corresponds with artists, curators, galleries and museums. Interns will be introduced to issues relating to art history and will obtain administrative and curatorial skills in organizing art exhibitions. Writing sample required.
The Development department is responsible for all grants from government, foundation, and corporate sources; the membership program; contributions to the Museum; and the capital campaign for building and endowment needs. Interns will assist in researching prospective donors, program planning, membership events and grants writing.
Education internships offer college art and art education students the opportunity to experience and develop skills in all aspects of arts education in a contemporary arts organization.
The Museum’s education staff will work closely with interns, mentoring such skills as interacting with groups of varying ages, assisting with exhibition/curriculum based art projects for various age groups, collaborating with our summer arts program teachers in the studio and more.
General requirements: Interns will be assisted by Education Department with administrative tasks and are expected to be involved with the stimulating and creative activities of our program. We are looking for congenial, energetic, highly motivated and creative individuals. Applicants should be familiar with a variety of art materials. Most importantly, you must have a positive enthusiastic attitude towards interacting with young people.
Museum Store & Visitor Services
The Museum Store complements the Museum’s exhibition schedule by providing a stunning assortment of art related titles and objects for sale. Interns will gain experience in the day-to-day operations of a retail space, budgeting, visual merchandising, marketing, visitor services and special events.
The Asheville Art Museum is seeking a law student for an unpaid summer internship. The focus of the internship would be nonprofit corporate governance and other legal issues facing nonprofit entities. This intern would research specific projects related to Human Resources (personnel and employment compliance), non-profit management documents including By Laws (revisions), Articles of Incorporation and more. In addition, the intern would review the Museum’s corporate documents and policies. This internship would be for a minimum of six weeks in the summer of 2013. Second and third-year law students are welcome to apply. Please submit a cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.