Job Opening – Art Gallery Director (07/2012)
Living Arts & Science Center
The LASC seeks a motivated, energetic, Gallery Director who will further develop and implement an exciting new direction in interactive and participatory art and craft exhibitions and peripheral programming in the Art Gallery at the LASC, as well as additional exhibit areas in the facility. The Gallery Director will develop the art gallery schedule; select artists for solo and group shows; procure, prepare and install exhibits; and collaborate with artists, staff, and community partners to develop the educational and interactive elements to the gallery exhibits. The Gallery Director will also collaborate with the Executive Director and program staff to develop and present peripheral programming for schools and teachers, children, adults, and families. This will include field trip programs, professional development programs, and exhibits and participatory events for community programming such as the LASC’s Day of the Dead Festival.
The Gallery Director will also prepare and preside over show openings and present related programs and exhibits for children and adults, serve as a Gallery and artist representative for public and private functions and fundraising events, and assist in the solicitation of artists and the selection of work for The Shop at the Living Arts & Science Center.
The Gallery Director will also be responsible for preparing promotional and educational materials for exhibits and programs for the Art Gallery and serving as the media and press relations person for these events.
The Gallery Director will be responsible for maintaining the budget for the gallery and for working with the Development Director for occasional grant and sponsorship opportunities in support of the Gallery and related programs.
Qualifications: A minimum of a Bachelor of Arts degree is required, Masters is preferred, as well as a minimum of three years experience in curating and installing art exhibits, and in preparing and presenting art education programs to children and adults. Teaching experience is helpful. Candidates must have excellent interpersonal skills, writing skills, a collaborative spirit, and an interest in involving new and diverse artists and audiences. Computer design skills and some marketing experience is required. Successful candidates will have a track record of working directly with artists and in designing gallery shows. Additionally, the candidate must demonstrate personal initiative, self-motivation, and the ability to conceive, design and implement new ideas.
Send letter, resume, writing sample and references to:
Gallery Director Position
Living Arts & Science Center
362 N. Martin Luther King Blvd.
Lexington, KY 40508
No Phone Calls please.
Now in its 44th year, The Living Arts & Science Center is a lively, non-profit community arts organization that annually presents 5 to 8 art exhibits focusing on local and regional artists, over 400 classes and workshops for children and adults, field trip programs, and special community programs such as a monthly Discovery Night with guest artists and scientists, a Day of the Dead Festival, Family Fun Days of free hands-on art and science activities, and occasional performing arts programs. The Living Arts & Science Center also facilitates numerous opportunities for the community’s participation in the arts through hands-on activities at public fairs, festivals, and cultural events.
The Living Arts & Science Center is a cultural and educational resource for schools, teachers, community centers, social service agencies and other community organizations. The LASC provides professional development programs in the arts and sciences to teachers and provides in-school and after-school programs and provides programs to social service agencies serving at-risk, special needs and underserved children and adults.
The organization has experienced significant growth in the past several years and is now in the midst of a $5M Capital Campaign for the renovation of our historic building and for an expansion into an addition. This capital project will provide additional exhibition space, additional classrooms, a multi-purpose room, a clay studio and a digital art studio, a Planetarium, as well as a studio for an Artist-in-Residence program.