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Manager of Exhibitions

Position Title: Manager of Exhibitions

Organization: The Center for Art in Wood

141 N. 3rd St.

Philadelphia PA 19106

www.CenterForArtinWood.org

Contact: hr@CenterForArtinWood.org

Schedule: Full-time, salaried position
Salary: Competitive, DOE
Start date: January 2022

Description
The Center for Art in Wood interprets, nurtures, and champions creative engagement and expansion of art, craft, and design in wood to enhance the public’s understanding and appreciation of it. A unique, and fast-paced museum with a dynamic exhibitions program and diverse art collection, the Center seeks a detail-oriented, enterprising, and visually perceptive Manager of Exhibitions. Working as part of an energetic and collaborative staff, the Manager of Exhibitions will steer the organization of creative, thought-provoking, and informative exhibitions, designing and coordinating installations that are transformative, accessible, and impactful, in physical spaces and digital environments.

 

Organizational Background
Since its inception in 1986, The Center for Art in Wood, formerly the Wood Turning Center, has been widely recognized by artists, collectors, scholars and the public as one of the most valuable resources for the education, preservation and promotion of the field of art made from wood. The Center currently houses over 1,200 permanent collection objects and 25,000 artist files and mounts 4–5 exhibitions of new work and museum collection objects annually. It stages the Windgate international residency program every summer and holds a variety of educational events on-site and virtually.

The Center’s focus is aimed at widening the discourse and audience for art, craft, and design in wood and at creating a space for the public to learn, enjoy, and be inspired.

 The  Manager of Exhibitions coordinates exhibition planning and production, including exhibition display and layout, production of signage, and organization of publications and ancillary program projects.

Job Duties & Responsibilities
Duties and responsibilities for the Manager of Exhibitions include, but are not limited to:

  • Conceive and produce visually engaging, state-of-the-art, and ADA-accessible exhibition installations.
  • Draft layouts and display concepts.
  • Oversee design and production of exhibition display elements and signage (analogue and digital).
  • Work closely with Registrar to coordinate loans and shipping of art works.
  • Manage exhibitions budget and provide information for grant applications.
  • Manage art handlers and installation crew, including schedules, outlining responsibilities, and safety protocols.
  • Provide research support for exhibition development.
  • Participate in exhibition-aligned programming, including tours and artist talks.

 

Qualifications

  • Have proven fluency with Adobe Creative Suite, SketchUp or other 3-D design software, and other design platforms.
  • Demonstrate strong spatial design abilities.
  • Must be a self-starter able to work independently but on-task.
  • Must be efficient, organized, collaborative, professional, and able to thrive in a fast-paced environment.
  • Must be familiar with the rhythms and responsibilities of working in an art museum with an understanding of outreach and visitor engagement.
  • Possess excellent communication and organization skills, with ability to perform as an enthusiastic and professional ambassador for the Center.
  • Demonstrated ability to respond to challenges with creative and compelling solutions.

 

Reporting
The Manager of Exhibitions works closely and cooperatively with other staff and reports directly to the Chief Curator.

How to Apply
In order to be considered, please submit the following information: Cover letter, professional resume, portfolio or work samples, and three relevant references to hr@centerforartinwood.org.

 

The Center for Art in Wood is committed to fostering a diverse, lively, inclusive, and accessible environment and is an equal opportunity employer regardless of race, color, religion, creed, gender identity, marital status, national origin, disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, political affiliation, or belief. Employment decisions are made without consideration of these or any other factors that are prohibited by law.

Visitor Services Associate

Position Title: Visitor Services Associate
Organization: The Center for Art in Wood 141 N. 3rd St., Philadelphia PA 19106
www.CenterForArtinWood.org
Contact: hr@CenterForArtinWood.org

Schedule: Part-Time Position, 15-18 hours per week, Saturdays and Sundays, some weekdays
Salary: Hourly rate, starting $15/hour
Start date: by March 1

Description
The Center for Art in Wood interprets, nurtures, and champions creative engagement and expansion of art, craft, and design in wood to enhance the public’s understanding and appreciation of it. A dynamic, unique, and fast-paced organization, the Center seeks an outgoing, creative, and self-motivated Visitor Services Associate.

Reporting
The Visitor Services Associate works independently and cooperatively with staff and reports directly to the Retail Manager.

Organizational Background
Since its inception in 1986, The Center for Art in Wood, formerly the Wood Turning Center, has been widely recognized by artists, collectors, scholars and the public as one of the most valuable
resources for the education, preservation and promotion of the field of art made from wood. The Center currently houses over 1,200 permanent collection objects, 25,000 artist files, and annually
mounts four to five exhibitions of new work and museum collection objects. It stages the annual Windgate international residency program, and holds educational programs and events on-site and online via it’s micro-site,
theWoodShed.org.

The Center’s focus is aimed at widening the discourse and audience for art, craft, and design in wood and at creating a space for the public to learn, enjoy, and be inspired.

Qualifications
The successful candidate will be self-motivated, outgoing, collaborative, and have experience with administration and/or retail sales. The successful candidate will also have customer service core competencies and display an attention to details and results. The Center for Art in Wood promotes a team environment and rewards creativity, critical thinking, and organizational learning toward improvement of operations and mission success. The staff serve as ambassadors for the organization’s mission and vision. Preference will be given to candidates with previous experience in the arts and cultural organizations, particularly in a gallery, museum, or retail environment, with additional preference for candidates with a passion for visual arts or art, craft, and design in wood. Job requires weekday and  some weekend hours.

Job Duties & Responsibilities
Duties and responsibilities for the Visitor Services Associate include, but are not limited to:

Store and Public spaces, including exhibition gallery and permanent collection mezzanine

  • Receiving and welcoming all guests and offering orientation
  • Engaging in sales activities and dealing with the questions of customers or members
  • Entering sales into software systems, including all special initiatives, pricing, and inventory details
  • Helping design, maintain, and rotate store displays and consignments
  • Filling and shipping orders
  • Following up with customers
  • Managing social media campaigns, deals, and initiatives
  • Staying on top of maintenance, storage, general tidiness

Administration

  • Entering data and related work for membership and donor records
  • Answering phones and receiving mail
  • Depositing revenue in bank account episodically
  • Engaging in member- and customer-relations and correspondence Executive Assistance:
  • Assisting the administrative and programming staff with specific projects
  • Scanning and copying correspondence and archival/ PR material as requested
  • Planning, scheduling, or preparing for meetings

Other Duties

  • Assisting staff in all matters as requested
  • Attending and providing support for events
  • Supervising sanitation duties
  • Coordinating logistics of event ticket sales and follow-up with customers
  • Generating event related social networking before, during, and after events
  • Other duties as directed and required

 

Essential Skills

  • Must be self-motivated, creative, detail-oriented, and collaborative, with a positive, upbeat personality
  • Required computer skills: MS Office suite, database management, website, social media best practices.
    Preferred: Shopify, Mac suite, database systems, creative suites
  • Ability to work without direct supervision in a small office environment
  • Ability to climb stairs, regularly lift 25–50 pounds, and handle artwork on occasion
  • May need to pass a background check for working with / around children

 

How to Apply

In order to be considered, please submit the following information: Cover, professional resume, and three relevant references to hr@centerforartinwood.org.

The Center for Art in Wood is committed to fostering a diverse, lively, inclusive, and accessible environment and is an equal opportunity employer regardless of race, color, religion, creed, gender identity, marital status, national origin, disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, political affiliation, or belief. Employment decisions are made without consideration of these or any other factors that are prohibited by law.

Volunteer Opportunities

There are currently no volunteer projects nor volunteer opportunities available-please check back for updates.

The Center offers volunteer projects to college students, and recent graduates. When positions are needed, volunteer project opportunities are listed below.  We also offer year-round, volunteer opportunities. If you’re interested in general volunteering opportunities, please fill out the form below and feel free to describe your interests. For library and collection work projects, please send a resume and cover letter to Registrar Karen Schoenewaldt, karen@centerforartinwood.org.

 

 

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