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    New York's most adventurous kunsthalle, SculptureCenter is a dynamic platform where staff, board, interns and volunteers work creatively and collaboratively to fulfill our mission of connecting artists and audiences while supporting artistic innovation and independent thought.

    SculptureCenter is committed to a culturally diverse organization, and is an equal opportunity employer. SculptureCenter does not discriminate based on race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, sex, ancestry, citizenship status, mental or physical disability, genetic information, sexual orientation, veteran status, or military status.

    2022 In Practice Curatorial Fellow

    SculptureCenter seeks a Curatorial Fellow to oversee its upcoming In Practice exhibition. This temporary position (July 15, 2021 –May 30, 2022*) provides an emerging curator with the opportunity to organize an open call exhibition in collaboration with SculptureCenter staff and to gain broader hands-on experience working in a non-profit contemporary art institution.

    The Curatorial Fellow will manage SculptureCenter’s annual In Practice open call and proposal review, and ultimately curate the next In Practice exhibition (scheduled to open in spring 2022). The Curatorial Fellow will work closely with SculptureCenter’s curatorial staff, including the Interim Director and Exhibition and Program Manager, on all aspects of the proposal and the exhibition management.

    The Curatorial Fellow will receive a stipend of $10,000 which will be paid in monthly installments. This position is classified as an independent contractor. The Scope of Work includes, but is not limited to, the following:

    - Execute a multi-step open call review process in collaboration with SculptureCenter’s curatorial staff
    - Conduct studio visits with approximately 25 artist finalists
    - Develop an exhibition proposal for review and approval by SculptureCenter’s curatorial staff
    - Oversee all aspects of exhibition production, primarily including but not limited to communication with artists; coordination of new production and installation needs; installation; management of exhibition budget; timely completion of administrative duties (in coordination with Exhibition and Program Manager)
    - Produce press texts, didactic texts, and a gallery guide
    - Produce a catalog text for publication
    - Participate in audio and/or video interviews and tours related to the exhibition
    - Coordinate with all necessary SculptureCenter staff (e.g. Communications, Advancement, Visitor Services) to ensure exhibition presentation standards are met
    - Conduct this iteration of SculptureCenter’s signature open call program in a spirit consistent with the organization’s mission generally and the program’s goals specifically
    - For more information on In Practice, visit this page

    Qualifications
    - A minimum of 3 years of curatorial experience in the field of contemporary art, with evidence of some independently authored exhibitions, programs, publications, or other related initiatives
    - Demonstrated ability to work directly with artists to commission new work
    - Ability to work independently and with strong instincts for when to seek support or guidance from SculptureCenter staff
    - Ability to work collaboratively with SculptureCenter staff across departments
    - Excellent written and verbal communication skills
    - Familiarity with general exhibition-making procedures and shipping, installation, and art handling protocols
    - Strong project management skills; ability to meet strict deadlines
    - Working knowledge of Microsoft Office, G-Suite, and Adobe Creative Suite
    - BA or equivalent; MA or equivalent preferred (art history, studio art, curatorial studies, or related field)
    - Applicants must live in New York City, be legally authorized to work in the United States, and be available for periodic in-person/on-site meetings

    To Apply
    Please email a cover letter, resume, and two contemporary art/culture related writing samples (academic work, exhibition texts, published texts/reviews, excerpted thesis chapters, etc., preferably under 2,000 words, are all acceptable) to: inpractice@sculpture-center.org with the subject line “IP Curatorial Fellow | [Your Name].” No phone calls, please.

    Applications must be received by 11:59pm EST on June 10, 2021.

    *The current Fellowship period and In Practice exhibition schedule are subject to change due to COVID-19 related regulations from federal, state, and local officials. If the schedule must change for the safety of the Fellow, SculptureCenter staff, artists, and/or visitors, SculptureCenter will do our best to adjust the opportunity to reflect the fullest possible experience given the circumstances.

    Visitor Engagement Representative

    Visitor Engagement Representatives (VER) report to the Visitor Services Coordinator (VSC) and are responsible for the reception and engagement of visitors, sales transactions, and overseeing the gallery spaces. VER are expected to be knowledgeable about the artists and work on view, have a basic understanding of the surrounding Long Island City neighborhood, and further engage visitors and our understanding of them through surveys, conversation, and observation. Working with SculptureCenter staff, VER are expected to have an understanding of, and commitment to, strategic initiatives and audience development.

    As a member of the public-facing team, VER will play an important role in ensuring that all COVID19-related health and safety guidelines and policies are maintained. PPE, additional training, and other resources will be provided.

    Key Duties and Responsibilities
    - Greeting and receiving gallery visitors, tracking attendance
    - Validating timed tickets
    - Answering questions in person and over the phone about ticketing, exhibitions, facilities, location, and safety regulations
    - Conducting retail sales (publications, merchandise, and limited editions)
    - Ensuring the reception desk and bookstore are stocked and have a clean professional appearance
    - Monitor visitors and ensure their understanding and compliance with museum regulations in a welcoming, professional manner
    - Turn exhibitions on and off; inspect all artwork for damage, wear and tear, lighting problems, etc. and immediately report any problems
    - Ensure front entrance, courtyard, and bathrooms are clean and in good working order; and immediately report any issues to the VSC
    - Act as front desk representative on day of events, working with VSC, other staff, and external event producers as required

    Qualifications
    - Excellent interpersonal skills, over the phone and in person
    - Passionate commitment to contemporary art
    - Reliable, with strong organizational abilities, detail-oriented, and able to manage multiple tasks simultaneously
    - Excellent computer skills with knowledge of Word and Excel
    - Customer service and familiarity with POS systems, experience with Shopify and Blackbaud Altru preferred

    Schedule
    Approximately 14-20 hours per week; must be available to work Sundays and Mondays. The VER will not be scheduled during exhibition installation periods when the museum is closed to the public. Additional hours for SculptureCenter events on weeknight and weekend evenings are occasionally required.

    To Apply
    Submit cover letter and resume, as attachments, to HR@sculpture- center.org with “VER - 2021” in the subject line. Deadline to apply: April 7, 2021. No telephone calls please.

    INTERNSHIPS

    Our internship program is temporarily suspended. Please check back here or sign up for our newsletter for future updates about the program.

    Working with a small staff in an open office environment, SculptureCenter interns take on projects that have a direct and visible outcome in our exhibitions, public programs, and events. They leave the program with a range of professional skills important for working in the field of contemporary art and hands-on experience working in a non-profit art institution.

    Public Process High School Internship Program

    For more information about SculptureCenter's free three-week summer intensive program for high school students, visit the Public Process page.