The Turchin Center for the Visual Arts seeks a curator to provide collaborative leadership and vision in support of the center's mission. The Turchin Center is celebrating its tenth anniversary as Appalachian State University's home for exhibition and education programs featuring a blend of new and historically important artwork by regional, national and international artists. The center's work is guided by the following core beliefs: the arts play vital roles in the development of creative and critical potential, and in experiencing, interpreting, understanding, recording and shaping culture; the arts have an important positive impact on our local and regional economy; interaction with the arts enriches the lives of the participants through experiences that are both educational and therapeutic, and builds an audience that recognizes the cultural and personal importance of the arts; the center should be an accessible place to investigate art's roles by implementing programs that engender and strengthen the Appalachian community's participation in and ownership of the arts, and an emphasis is placed on partnerships with the university's academic areas and with key local education, social service, and economic agencies; the center should be a key regional educational and cultural resource that offers a dynamic space and programs where participants experience and incorporate the power and excitement of the visual arts into their lives, and; programs of the center should reflect the diversity of the world around us through the presentation of regional, national and international artists of significance.
The person in this position is engaged heavily in original scholarship and creative research. She/he will engage in all aspects of program development including: exhibition research and planning, commissioning works/site-specific proposals, interfacing with artists and lenders to research, curate and secure artworks; writing; working with chief curator and support team to develop installation design plans; assisting in the development and design of graphics and gallery materials; collaborating on the development of education and outreach programs; working with the registrar and collections manager to coordinate the exhibition of works from the center's permanent collection; assisting the director in establishing policy related to long-range goals and strategic advancement; serving as the spokesperson as delegated by the director, and; assisting in providing financial management for programs, which could include generating significant funding from outside agencies; and other duties as requested.
The successful candidate will thrive in a team environment and embrace the opportunities associated with working for a visual arts center with a small staff that embraces a big vision. Job requirements include: five - seven years of curatorial experience; an M.A. or higher in art history or related area; five years experience in museum administration or with a curatorial management team; extensive knowledge of international contemporary art, art history, and theory; demonstrated ability to work comfortably in a research environment and to make connections with faculty; superior public speaking ability; demonstrated excellence in writing and editing; ability to create and manage project budgets, work with artists in a residency situation, assist in the creation of new works, and actively and effectively engage in fund-raising and cultivation activities; and excellent leadership and management skills, including the ability to work well within a team. We are seeking an entrepreneurial-minded individual who is looking to work in team approach to evolve a strategic programmatic vision for reaching ambitious growth goals while creatively solving problems. Must be a well-organized self-starter who is tactful, detail-oriented, innovative, discreet, and capable of working under pressure and meeting deadlines.
Appalachian State University is committed to equality of education opportunity and does not discriminate against applicants, students, or employees on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identify and expression, veteran status, political affiliation, creed, age, disability, genetic information or sexual orientation. Appalachian also actively promotes diversity among students and employees. Appalachian State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.
Individuals with disabilities may request accommodations in the application process by contacting Lindsay Miller at (828) 262-6825 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Any offer of employment to a successful candidate will be conditioned upon the university's receipt of a satisfactory criminal background report. Documentation of identity and employability of the applicant will be required before the hiring process can be finalized.
Applications will be reviewed beginning May 15, 2014, and the position will remain open until filled.
Please send cover letter highlighting curatorial and administrative experience related to this position and interest in working in an academic setting, C.V. and writing samples to: