Arts Jobs - DetailDirector, Regina Gouger Miller Gallery
Carnegie Mellon University
The Regina Gouger Miller Gallery at Carnegie Mellon University invites curators/educators to apply for the position of Gallery Director. This special faculty[*] position is an uncommon opportunity for an individual who is committed to the field of art and cultural progress to lead a contemporary art gallery within a fine arts college of nationally ranked schools in one of the most respected research universities in the world.
We see this as a highly specialized, hands-on position that requires an essential understanding of contemporary arts and culture, and the collaborative and communication skills to work effectively across disciplines and to build consensus towards a distinctive intellectual vision for the Miller Gallery. You also should have initiative, be passionate about arts advocacy, be fluent in contemporary arts discourse, have experience in fundraising, and be able to work in collaborative and dynamic ways with a diverse group of faculty, students and staff.
We are especially interested in candidates who share a love for progressive ideas across the arts and sciences, who value working within the broader academic community, and who view art as knowledge and as an indispensable arm of free thought and direct social engagement.
The Miller Gallery, a three-story, 7,000-square-foot exhibition space located on Carnegie Mellon’s main campus, is integral to the vision of the College of Fine Arts, and helps to promote this vision by engaging primarily, though not exclusively, with its five schools: Architecture, Art, Drama, Design, and Music. Our mission includes explorations of new forms, dynamic relationships between art and hybrid practices, and relevant histories and speculative visions of art, technology, and culture on and across regional and international spectrums.
As an artistic hub within a dynamic and diverse community, we foster experimental practices across the arts and design that expand our notion of culture by facilitating conversations related to free expression, expanded practices, innovation, and pedagogy. Charged with generating and sponsoring a yearly series of exhibitions, performances and programming, you will be expected to consider the educational needs and goals of the arts and design domains at Carnegie Mellon as well as actively engage with students, faculty, artists, scholars, alumni, and the public.
The director is a salaried, 12-month position reporting to the dean of the College of Fine Arts and also is a member of the faculty of the School of Art, teaching at least one course annually.
- Develop and maintain a dynamic vision for the Miller Gallery working with the dean of the College of Fine Arts, head of the School of Art, and gallery advisory board.
- Model a collaborative, open forum across various interests groups and diverse populations within the university, across the region, and on the international stage.
- Create interdisciplinary programming that serves the pedagogical, research and outreach interests of the college and the university.
- Work with faculty across the university to integrate Miller Gallery programming (exhibitions, demonstrations, workshops, lectures, etc.) into academic coursework.
- In collaboration with university and college fundraising staff, lead the effort to generate contributed income for the Miller Gallery from private, public and governmental sources.
- Develop and teach a course related to contemporary exhibition theory and practice or a particular area of interest
- Maintain a dynamic media presence to promote the Miller Gallery.
- Function as a connection point for the College of Fine Arts, the broader university, the Pittsburgh region, and national and international arts and design communities.
- Manage budgets for the Miller Gallery.
- Supervise staff: assistant director, exhibitions coordinator/facilities manager, student gallery assistants, exhibition technician, and others as needed.
- Serve on the university’s Public Art Committee and manage the university’s public art works.
- Minimum of MFA in Visual Arts, MA in Museum/Curatorial Studies, MA in Art History/Museum Management/Administration or equivalent.
- Record of experience having successfully generating contributed income from private, public, corporate, governmental and foundation sources.
- Three-to-five years of experience in museum or gallery curation or programming, and a scholarly and technical understanding of both contemporary art and institutional management or the equivalent. Candidates with a full range of experience (handling art, contracting exhibitions, museum/academic gallery administration, and managerial experience) strongly preferred.
- Experience as a teacher in formal or informal environments, including course-building/structuring and objective-setting skills, and trans- and meta-curricular program development skills.
- Knowledge of and hands-on experience with the practical processes of supporting exhibitions from proposal to de-installation is required.
- Demonstrated ability to write and produce exhibition publications, gallery text, and promotional materials.
How to Apply:
Please visit https://apply.interfolio.com/40095 to begin the process of submitting an application. Applications should be submitted as a single .pdf document.
Your application should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and contact information for at least three professional references. Your application also should include three statements:
- A programming statement that illustrates your views of an institution as a space of cultural exploration and social interaction, as well as your vision for how you would approach a university gallery’s presentation of contemporary art and culture within the contexts of the gallery’s university and metropolitan region, and the global space of the international art world;
- a teaching statement outlining both your experience and philosophy; and
- a diversity statement outlining how you have contributed to, or plan to contribute to, diversity, inclusion, and equity.
Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled; you are encouraged to submit early. Paper applications will not be accepted.
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Carnegie Mellon University considers applicants for employment without regard to, and does not discriminate on the basis of, gender, race, sexual orientation, age, protected veteran status, disability, or any other legally protected status.
The Miller Gallery, Carnegie Mellon’s contemporary art gallery, supports experimentation that expands the notions of art and culture by providing a forum for conversations about creativity and innovation. The mission includes explorations of new forms, dynamic relationships between past/present/future histories of art and hybrid practices, as well as regional and international investigations across media. Through programming, workshops, events, and publications, the Miller Gallery offers the opportunity for active engagement with students, faculty, artists, scholars, alumni, and the wider public.
The School of Art considers, in both practical and visionary terms, the role of art and the artist in society. Ranked #1 in the nation for its multimedia Master of Fine Arts Program, the school produces artists of exceptional ability and initiative who are able to connect meaningfully with the communities around them. All School of Art degree programs (Master of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Interdisciplinary Arts) and its Pre-College Program, incorporate a broad-based approach to art-making, encouraging a coherent, informed understanding of personal, public, conceptual and technical issues relevant to many forms of artistic expression. The School of Art numbers Andy Warhol, Mel Bochner, Joyce Kozloff, Philip Pearlstein, Dara Birnbaum, and John Currin among its alumni.
The College of Fine Arts is a community of nationally and internationally recognized artists, designers and scholars within a constellation of five professional schools – Architecture, Art, Design, Drama and Music – and associated centers and programs. The schools are internationally renowned for their transdisciplinary capabilities and distinctive pedagogical approaches, for the success and influence of their students and alumni, for the visionary leadership in the development and transformation of the professions, and for their vital roles in melding the exceptional capabilities of a great university with culture and society. CFA’s dedication to transformational leadership in the creative professions enables its schools to provide the very best professional education to students, and to attract and retain the best faculty.
Carnegie Mellon University is a private, internationally ranked research university with programs in areas ranging from science, technology and business, to public policy, the humanities and the arts and design. More than 13,000 students in the university’s seven schools and colleges benefit from a small student-to-faculty ratio and an education characterized by its focus on creating and implementing solutions for real problems, interdisciplinary collaboration, and innovation. The main campus is in Pittsburgh, a city that has been consistently ranked as the most livable city in the United States by The Economist, Forbes, and Places Rated Almanac.
[*] Special faculty are full-time, non-tenure appointments that confer faculty status and provide full-time staff benefits.