The Director, Exhibitions & Gallery Curator develops, oversees, and promotes Stevenson's exhibitions consistent with the academic, strategic marketing, and public relations goals of the School of Design and the University. Responsible for all administrative and operational aspects of the Stevenson University Exhibition Program, the Director will plan, design, and implement innovative exhibitions and related cultural programs in the University's primary spaces, including the Art Gallery, School of Design Galleries, and St. Paul Companies Pavilion. Working collaboratively with faculty, staff, and students to contribute broadly to the University's academic programs including the campus-wide arts initiative, responsibilities include supporting the University's educational mission, the galleries, stewardship of Stevenson's growing permanent art collection, and seeking external funding. The Director will also be responsible for developing content for promotional materials as well as online and social media communications to support and promote the exhibitions, programming, communications, and marketing initiatives of the galleries. The Director will identify programs to support current curricula in conjunction with visiting or resident artists or scholars, fashion and graphic designers, film makers, high caliber external artists and Stevenson's own art faculty with a goal of increasing opportunities for student engagement and recruitment.
Bachelor's degree in Art, Design, Museum Studies, or related field plus 4 years' experience in promotion of arts and cultural events to multiple constituents; experience using current public relations processes such as social media; writing for publications; and demonstration of attention to details to coordinate and promote multiple activities or equivalent combination of education and experience. Master's degree and/or grant-writing experience preferred.
Ability to use research and digital tools to develop a meaningful and substantive cultural and exhibitions program for Stevenson students, alumni, campus, and external communities.
Functions as an energetic, creative thinker, leader, and self-starter.
Ability to work effectively with a variety of internal and external constituents, including prospective students and families, donors and potential donors, faculty, staff, conference services, facilities, marketing and digital communications team and others.
Ability to lead, use good judgment and make administrative decisions carefully.
Ability to create and manage department budget effectively.
Demonstrate strong written and oral communications skills.
Ability to hire and manage student employees to support department initiatives in a professional manner.
Skills in exhibition design: concept development, curation, design, execution, and maintenance.
Demonstrated knowledge of space planning, museum exhibition best practices and standards, exhibition lighting, and fabrication methods.
Excellent visual design, verbal, and written communication skills.
Proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite and Microsoft Office programs.
Ability to plan, execute, and oversee small and large projects effectively and to track, assess, and report results.
Excellent interpersonal and organizational capabilities.
Ability and interest in working collaboratively with others.
Ability to work evenings and weekends.
Ability to travel amongst campuses.
Coordinate and develop exhibition programs that are consistent with and further promote the mission and goals of both the School of Design and the University presented in multiple venues.
Develop and oversee all aspects of a series of 6+ exhibitions each year: concept, planning, exhibit design, fabrication, production, installation, and maintenance.
Support guest artists and curators with necessary resources, time, energy, professional guidance, communication, and material support necessary to realize exhibition goals.
Provides collaborative, intentional support for School of Design art faculty by offering increased opportunities for students to utilize learned craft and skills.
Develop, implement, and host educational and special events in association with the exhibitions and cultural programs, including, but not limited to, gallery receptions, artist lectures, and class presentations and workshops.
Produce a communication plan to promote all exhibitions and related programs, and coordinate communications, social media, and marketing initiatives including a fall and spring semester calendar, bi-annually. Provide copy and photos/art work for same.
Prepare requisite exhibition and cultural program texts, labels, signage, and catalogs.
Work with faculty and students from all disciplines to advance higher educational engagement with the University's galleries and cultural programs..
Maintain and expand an email list for mailings and e-blasts about upcoming events. Posts regularly on the SU Portal, the SU website, Facebook and other social media forums.
Prepare and manage budget, including tracking exhibition attendance and expenses.
Seek external funding and prepares grant applications and reports for external funding with the Office of Sponsored Programs and Research.
Manage University's growing permanent collection; catalog and care for current items and new acquisitions according to established methods and practices including overseeing database.
Work collaboratively with the Office of Marketing and Digital Communications.
As Maryland's third-largest independent university, Stevenson serves more than 4,400 students pursuing bachelor's, master's, and adult undergraduate degrees in the classroom and online. Founded in 1947 as Villa Julie College, the University is committed to providing a career-focused education and to offering programs that ensure our students' success in an increasingly dynamic job market.
The U...niversity imbues its emphasis on career throughout the educational experience, from coursework to experiential learning. In addition to providing students with a quality liberal arts education, the University also stays true to its tagline, "Imagine Your Future. Design Your Career." Stevenson graduates gain the knowledge and skills that they can apply to not just their first job or graduate course but also carry with them throughout their lives. This promise is made explicit through the Career ArchitectureSM model, which carefully mentors students through a process of learning who they are within a framework of theory, practice, and mentoring. Stevenson has historically high job and graduate school placement rates for its students, helping them find success by starting their careers or by entering graduate school for continuing their education. In 2013, the Maryland Career Development Association (MCDA) recognized the impact of the Career Architecture process by awarding Stevenson with its annual MCDA Organizational Career Planning Award. This award recognizes an institution that has developed an excellent program for career development within the organization.