Coordinator of College Exhibitions Opening at the Corcoran

August 18, 2010

Coordinator of college exhibitions
college exhibitions department

POSITION SUMMARY:

The Coordinator of College Exhibitions is responsible for facilitating and ensuring the quality of all exhibitions organized by the Corcoran College of Art + Design. This role as liaison between the College and the arts community requires balancing the needs of these groups in order to accurately and effectively present the artistic output, programs, and activities of the College to the general public. Furthermore, this person will need to develop a growing network with members of the arts community in order to invite those individuals who can most effectively generate an accessible dialogue among students, faculty, and the general public to the College to present lectures and participate in related activities. Finally, this person must ensure that all students have the opportunity to learn proper exhibition practices and apply them in a professional setting.

The Coordinator will also have the opportunity to teach one class each semester at the College.

Duties and Responsibilites

  • Responsible for coordinating exhibitions in designated areas within the Corcoran College of Art +Design campus and the Corcoran Gallery of Art. These areas include Gallery 31, the College’s dedicated exhibition space; the Corcoran Corridor; and White Walls and White Halls Galleries.
  • In addition to these spaces, the Coordinator of College Exhibitions also maintains aesthetic standards for all public spaces on campus where art is displayed by College departments, students, and administration.
  • Coordination and oversight for off-campus student exhibitions organized by the College or in collaboration with community groups.
  • Maintaining and improving upon gallery presentation and facilities. This includes renovating gallery spaces, updating presentation methods, and adapting to new demands upon art presentation (e.g., multimedia capability).
  • Educating students about the process of exhibiting and how it affects their art. This is achieved both by working directly with them on exhibitions throughout their college experience and being available to aid students and alumni on individual projects outside the College galleries.

Public Relations

  • Responsible for writing content for press releases, wall texts, brochures, and the website, as well as targeting specific communities and interest groups for marketing and outreach efforts.

Institutional Collaboration

  • Work with all levels of College and Gallery administration—including the Dean’s Office, Department of Institutional Advancement, Admissions Office, Museum Registrar, Student Affairs, Curatorial department, Communications department, and Graphics department—in order to realize projects and activities.
  • Consult with administrative chairs and program heads at every stage of program development to ensure effective integration of curricular goals and to schedule events with students.
  • Communicate directly with students and faculty to ensure that all students and study areas are effectively represented in exhibitions and related activities.
  • Encourage students to actively participate in College exhibitions programming as interns, work-study, and volunteers.

Special + future activities:

  • Collaborate with the education department, community groups, and other institutions to broaden the audience for College exhibitions and provide representation for diverse viewpoints in contemporary visual arts.
  • Increase the presence of art exhibition within the school while encouraging students to a more active role in creating, installing, and maintaining exhibitions.

qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Art History, Museum Studies, or related field (Master’s degree preferred).
  • Experience in the successful coordination of contemporary art exhibitions and related programming in an academic or museum setting.
  • Effective written and oral communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability in handling multiple agendas and coordinating tasks with various departments within an institution.
  • Previous supervisory experience with museum preparators, freelance contractors, and student volunteers.