1) Reporting to the Curator of Global Contemporary Art, the Curatorial Research Assistant - 2 year position: will coordinate and manage exhibition research, logistics, and production.
2) Working with the curator and exhibition coordinator, manage and track exhibition progress. Provide logistical and administrative support for exhibitions.
3) Coordinate and schedule meetings. Draft and circulate agendas and meeting materials.
4) Compile, draft and update exhibition checklists.
5) Oversee and track exhibition loans.
6) Manage correspondence and communication with UChicago and Smart Museum employees, and with galleries, artists, and collaborating institutions. Draft and circulate announcements.
7) Draft exhibition texts including gallery texts and label copy, exhibition introductions, and other didactic texts.
8) Work closely with the Museum's external relations team to develop plans to promote exhibitions and related programs to diverse audiences on campus, throughout the south side, across Chicago, and beyond.
9) Work collaboratively with education and interpretation colleagues and with faculty, students, staff, and civic partners to organize workshops, seminars/webinars, conferences, and other collection and exhibition related programs. Plan, execute, and staff select exhibition related events.
10) Conduct research at varying points throughout the development of the exhibition. Develop exhibition bibliographies.
11) Exhibition administration as needed, including but not limited to expense reporting and budget tracking.
12) Working with the Curator of Global Contemporary Art, assist in collections research and management.
13) Maintain object files.
14) Research collection objects, especially new acquisitions.
15) Draft acquisition justifications, object labels, and other didactic texts.
16) Assist in the re-installations of permanent collections galleries, with an emphasis on diversifying the presentation of our permanent collection and expanding the narratives told through the collection.
17) Coordinate travel for Curator of Global Contemporary Art and visiting artists and scholars.
18) Book travel.
19)Develop travel itineraries.
20) Process receipts and generate expense reports in the Universityâ™s GEMS system.
21)The Curatorial Research Assistant is encouraged to continue to advance their own scholarly research.
22)Perform other duties as assigned.
1) Strong organizational and analytical skills.
2) Demonstrated fluency in Microsoft Office products .
3) Outstanding interpersonal and communications skills, characterized by the ability to listen, to speak, and to write well, with a strong commitment to customer service.
4) Ability to manage confidential information with discretion and tact.
5) Flexibility and adaptability to new programs in an emerging and changing environment.
1) May require some travel as necessary for specific exhibition research and/or as a courier.
2) Willingness and ability to travel to campus sand/or non-campus locations for museum business.
1) Master's degree or higher
2) Minimum three years of professional work experience in higher education, museum, non-profit arts sector, marketing, public relations, arts administration, or similar professional work experience
3) Previous experience in a university or similarly complex institution
4) A background related to the arts or higher education
Technical Knowledge, Skills or Certifications
1) Organizational and human relations skills with ability to collaborate well and supportively and cultivate good relationships with colleagues within the Museum and its many collaborators.
2) The temperament to work with a diverse and demanding population is expected.
3) Must be self-directed and self-motivated, able to set goals and develop projects.
4) Clear, effective, and tactful oral and written communication skills; ability to handle sensitive information with discretion.
5) Ability to prioritize and execute multiple tasks simultaneously with an ability to view a project in its entirety
2) Cover letter
3) List of References
NOTE: When applying, all required documents MUST be uploaded under the Resume/CV section of the application
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