Application Deadline: May 15, 2022 (full consideration), May 22 (closing date)
Salary Range: $44,496 - $75,516
The School of Visual, Performing, and Design Arts (SVPDA) and the Arts and Education Complex (AEC) are seeking a Gallery Manager, a position that will be shared across the two units. This is a full-time (1.00 FTE), 9-month, professional faculty position.
The School of Visual, Performing and Design Arts represents the academic arts areas, including art and graphic design in addition to music and theatre. An $18M top-to-bottom renovation of historic Fairbanks Hall (re-opening September 2022) provides new teaching and exhibition space, including faculty and student galleries. The School of Visual, Performing and Design Arts maintains a Gallery Exhibition Committee that is responsible for programming the galleries.
The Arts and Education Complex (AEC) is a new $70M building currently under construction (opening in early 2024). The AEC features a 500-seat recital hall, a black box theater, 3000 square foot gallery, and additional art presentation spaces, classrooms, and programming locations. In addition, the AEC will participate in programming and installing art exhibitions throughout the OSU network, which includes units on the Corvallis campus, the Cascades campus, the President’s Residence, and elsewhere. The AEC will present exhibitions across mediums, styles, and subject matter while advancing a strategic focus area in art, science, and technology.
Operating across the spaces served by the AEC and SVPDA, the Gallery Manager/Technician/Preparator provides technical installation and preparation support for a variety of exhibition models, mediums, and approaches. Supervision of student interns and/or hourly workers will be expected. The Gallery Manager/Technician/Preparator will often be responsible for communicating with artists, managing contracts and services, arranging for shipping, and generally acting as the professional interface between artists or lenders and the University.
In the portion of the position attached to the School of Visual, Performing, and Design Arts, the Gallery Manager/Technician/Preparator will report to the Director of the School and coordinate primarily with the faculty in art and graphic design. In the portion of the position attached to the Arts and Education Complex, the Gallery Manager/Technician/Preparator will report to the Chief Curator and will coordinate with curatorial staff and committee members as well as with staff in audience engagement and education. In both settings, the Gallery Manager/Technician/Preparator will contribute technical advice, input, and operational considerations to exhibition development.
SVPDA and the AEC are mindful that traditional arts education and engagement approaches may create barriers to access that are socioeconomic, racialized, or otherwise reflective of systemic forms of bias, and has committed to using artistic platforms to lower those barriers and advance Oregon State University’s goals in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Alongside all the staff of the units, the Gallery Manager will be responsible to that mission.
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