Curator

Organization: 

SFU Galleries

Deadline: 

Oct. 30, 2018

Organization Description: 

Simon Fraser University's art galleries are dynamic centres for the presentation and interrogation of art practices and ideas. There are three distinct galleries: SFU Gallery on the Burnaby campus (established 1970), Audain Gallery at the Goldcorp Centre for the Arts in Vancouver (established 2010), and Teck Gallery at Harbour Centre in Vancouver (established 1989). SFU Galleries stewards the Simon Fraser University Art Collection that includes, in its holdings of over 5,500 works, significant regional and national art works spanning the last century.

Simon Fraser University is known for its commitment to academic freedom, interdisciplinary research, and innovative pedagogy, and it has created opportunities for important local and international artists to exhibit, teach, study, and produce work. Within this context, SFU Galleries encourage conceptual and experimental programs that explore ways in which contemporary art is socially and politically engaged. Undertaken by SFU Galleries’ curatorial staff, programming includes exhibitions, publications, symposia, conversations, screenings, performances, and other events. Collaborating with SFU’s School for the Contemporary Arts, Audain Gallery hosts exhibitions with Audain Visual Artists in Residence Program as well as BFA and MFA student exhibitions. SFU Galleries engage the general public and the art community as well as the SFU community. All galleries are free of charge.

Website: 

http://www.sfu.ca/galleries.html

Job Description: 

Reporting to and collaborating with the Director of SFU Galleries, the Curator of SFU Galleries plans, administrates and executes programs at the Galleries (SFU Gallery, Audain Gallery and Teck Gallery). The Curator works in collaboration with local and international institutions as well as neighbourhood and community groups to support the use of the Galleries as platforms for public education and dialogue around art and its attendant ideas. The incumbent researches, develops, and executes curatorial projects (exhibition, public programming and publications) through on-going involvement and interaction with artists and partners. The Curator works closely with the Visual Arts program at the School for the Contemporary Arts in the coordination, execution, and promotion of annual undergraduate and graduate student exhibitions at the Audain Gallery, and with the Audain Visual Artists in Residence program for the coordination and organization of all aspects of the Visual Artists in Residence program they relate to the Audain Gallery. In collaboration with the Director, the Curator proactively seeks opportunities to secure grants or partnerships for support of the Galleries.

Responsibilities: 

CURATION OF EXHIBITIONS 

  • Plans, administrates and executes programs of contemporary art at the Galleries.

  • Works in collaboration with local and international institutions as well as neighbourhood and community groups to support the use of the Galleries as a platform for public education and dialogue around art and its attendant ideas.

  • Works with SFU colleagues (such as Faculties in Burnaby and Vancouver, Community Engagement, SFU Woodward’s Cultural Unit), to engage with a variety of communities.

  • Researches, develops and executes curatorial projects through on-going involvement and interaction with artists and curatorial partners.

  • With the Director, manages the presentation of exhibitions at the Galleries by overseeing production, shipping, insurance, and installation. Writes or oversees the development of exhibition descriptions and didactic materials.

  • Ensures that exhibitions, artist talks, and other events are properly documented and archived.

  • Develops publicity and public relations for programs in conjunction with the Director and collaborators.

  • Coordinates all logistical needs for Artist/Curator visits associated with exhibitions.

  • Oversees the permanent Audain Gallery Assistant position.

  • In association with Gallery Assistant, ensures that exhibitions have necessary installation support.

  • Oversees the work of exhibition installation crews with the support of the Audain Gallery Assistant and SFU Gallery Assistant.

SFU SCHOOL FOR THE CONTEMPORARY ARTS STUDENT EXHIBITIONS AND AUDAIN VISUAL ARTIST IN RESIDENCE PROGRAM 

  • Works closely with the Visual Arts program at the School for the Contemporary Arts in the coordination, execution and promotion of annual undergraduate and graduate student exhibitions.

  • Works with SCA faculty responsible for Visual Art student exhibitions in order to ensure professional standard of realization.

  • Serves as a mentor to students at graduate and undergraduate level in areas of exhibition design, installation practice and production of related materials.

  • Working with the Audain Visual Artists in Residence program, the Curator assists with the coordination and organization of all aspects of the Visual Artists in Residence Program that relate to the Audain Gallery. In association with the Visual Art area of SCA and the Audain Gallery Assistant, assists with the coordination of visits and public engagements for Artists in Residence.

SUPPORT OF EXTERNAL FUNDING INITIATIVES

  • In collaboration with the Director, the Curator proactively seeks opportunities to secure grants or partnerships for support of the Galleries.

  • Participates in the development of grant proposals for government and foundation funding support for exhibitions and activities.

  • In collaboration with the Director, participates in the development of partnerships with local, national and institutional centres, and institutions that support SFU Galleries exhibitions and activities.

FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT 

  • In consultation with the Director, develops and manages Audain Gallery budgets.

  • Under the general guidance of the Director, and working with the support of the Audain Gallery Assistant, oversees the processing of Audain Endowment journal vouchers in accordance with endowment guidelines.

  • Develops and implements other project budgets pertaining to exhibitions and programs in consultation with the Director.

D. DECISION MAKING

  • Researching, developing, and executing curatorial projects.

  • Determining exhibition installation requirements (design, technical, and production support).

  • Writing exhibition descriptions and didactic materials.

  • Supervising staff

  • Approval of final curatorial program.

  • Approval of final budgets.

  • Identification of target external funding agencies, foundations, and partners.

  • Resolution of sensitive or controversial matters that could affect the university’s reputation.

  • Resolution of conflicts arising between SFU Galleries and other parties.

E. SUPERVISION EXERCISED

  • Number of employees reporting directly to the position. 1*
    Total number of employees for whom the position has direct responsibility. 1

  • Oversees the work of the Audain Gallery Assistant, as well as any Work Study Students, Interns, and Exhibition Installation Crews.

F. SUPERVISION RECEIVED

  • Works independently without direct supervision but within established guidelines. Exercises sound judgment in planning and decision making. Curatorial plans and projects are reviewed by the Director, SFU Galleries.

  • Works collaboratively with the Director SFU Galleries, Visual Art area, External Relations, SFU Woodward’s Cultural Programs, Community Engagement.

  • Informs Director, SFU Galleries through informal and formal meetings and written reports.

G. UNUSUAL WORKING CONDITIONS

  • Some evening and weekend work is required to facilitate exhibition installations, openings, and to participate in events associated with the Galleries.

Qualifications: 

  • Undergraduate degree in Visual Art or Curatorial Studies with a minimum of four years recent curatorial experience in an art gallery or a museum including experience researching, developing, and presenting art exhibitions; developing and managing budgets; supervising staff; and overseeing exhibit production,
    installation, and publicity.

  • Thorough knowledge of curatorial theory and practices.

  • Thorough knowledge of contemporary art locally, nationally and internationally.

  • Excellent budget management skills.

  • Excellent research, planning, project management, and organizational skills.

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.

  • Excellent interpersonal skills.

  • Excellent supervisory skills.

How to Apply: 

https://trr.tbe.taleo.net/trr01/ats/careers/v2/viewRequisition?org=SIMOFRAS&cws=37&rid=559

Remuneration: 

$69,723 to $83,262 Annually

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