GRETCHEN HUPFEL CURATOR OF CONTEMPORARY ART POSITION OPENING
Job Description and Position Summary
The Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts (www.thedcca.org), a dynamic non-collecting contemporary art center located on the Riverfront Wilmington in Wilmington, Delaware, seeks a skilled and team-oriented Gretchen Hupfel Curator of Contemporary Art to start in June 2015. The position will be responsible for building and implementing a program of temporary and travelling exhibitions for the center. An ability to serve artists, cultivate and maintain positive relationships with patrons and collectors, engage community and program partners, and work with the DCCA’s Education Department to meaningfully connect with area students and educators are important aspects of this position.
The functions and responsibilities listed below are those that represent the majority of time spent working in this job. Management may assign additional essential functions and responsibilities related to the type of work of the job as necessary.
- Conduct ongoing research and organize a cohesive program of exhibitions of contemporary art for six on-site galleries.
- Work with the Executive Director, Board of Directors and senior staff to cultivate trustees, collectors, donors, and artists for program support and capital support. Participate in fundraising events; organize travel opportunities for patrons, as well as selected donors and trustees.
- Manage curatorial department staff.
- Working with the Education Department, devise interpretative strategies for understanding the works exhibited, through labels and other media. In addition, work with Education and Special Events to devise a calendar of lectures, symposia, and other programs for all audience levels to complement the DCCA’s contemporary program.
- Regularly network with peers nationally and internationally to co-organize exhibitions and tour DCCA-originated projects.
- Collaborate with guest curators and artists on project-based installations and programs.
- Perform other duties as assigned within the scope of responsibility and requirements of the position.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
- Advanced knowledge of contemporary art and visual culture.
- Skills in arts-based research and visual analysis.
- Ability to effectively write for and speak to both scholarly and general audiences.
- Ability to manage large projects and must be able to prioritize and delegate work as needed.
- Must communicate effectively with all levels of management and staff.
- Maintain high standards of professional etiquette.
- Have working knowledge of all curator/registrar operation procedures.
- Must understand the building and management of budgets, and routinely report accurate financial data to the Executive Director, Associate Director for Administration, and other management as needed.
- Ability to interact smoothly with artists, donors, colleagues, educators, and students.
- Ability to work collaboratively as part of a team of dedicated professionals.
- Ability to think creatively and across disciplines.
- Ability to multi-task.
Required Education and Experience
- Master’s degree in art, art history, or related field, or related experience.
- Three or more years of contemporary curatorial experience is preferred.
- Evidence of past innovative, interdisciplinary programming.
- Demonstrated evidence of clear writing
The position reports directly to the Executive Director and is a full-time salaried position that is eligible for the DCCA’s benefit package. Salary offered is commensurate with experience.
The DCCA actively subscribes to a policy of Equal Employment Opportunity, and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant because of race, age, sex, color, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, religion, ancestry or national origin, marital status, genetic information, political affiliation, and gender identity or expression. Minorities, Women, Protected Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities are encouraged to apply.
Applications should include the following: a cover letter; a statement, not to exceed two pages, about the applicant’s research and interest in curating at the DCCA; examples of writing and publication; curriculum vitae; and names of three professional references.
For best consideration applications should be submitted no later than June 5, 2015 to:
John Shipman, Executive Director
Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE 19801
About the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts
Mission: The DCCA is a dynamic gathering place for the exploration of new ideas at the intersection of art, design, and technology. The DCCA's compelling exhibitions, innovative educational experiences, and access to the artistic process inspire us to infuse creativity into our daily lives.
History: Founded in 1979 by a small volunteer group of artists and arts patrons, the DCCA made its focus the promotion of growth and understanding of the contemporary arts in Delaware. It started in a former sheet-metal fabricating factory and moved several times, finally finding a permanent home in 2000. This location offered a 35,000-square-foot building and, once remodeled, opened with seven galleries, 26 on-site artist studios, an auditorium, a museum store, a classroom, and administrative office space. By this time a staff was in place and both community outreach and curatorial programming expanded exponentially. The community responded favorably to the DCCA’s new location and programming efforts. The Philadelphia Inquirer described the DCCA as "one of the most innovative and prominent organizations of its kind on the East Coast," and hailed its new building as "a state-of-the-art facility that will allow it to present a broader spectrum of the art experience."
The DCCA, a non-collecting museum, currently presents nearly 30 exhibitions annually of regionally, nationally, and internationally recognized artists. In addition to the exhibitions, the DCCA commits to educational and community outreach through various programs, such as Artist Residencies with underserved community groups and Contemporary Connections, a model program that fuses art with schools’ core curriculums, offering fresh new ways to teach subjects such as math and science. The DCCA has partnered in some way with more than 60 community groups and schools.
Gretchen Hupfel (1963-2002): Born in Wilmington, Delaware, Gretchen Hupfel graduated magna cum laude with a BA from Brown University and earned an MFA from the University of Delaware. A conceptually oriented artist, she taught at the Kansas City Art Institute and at the University of Georgia in Athens. Her work was shown in over 30 exhibitions in galleries and alternative spaces from New York to Atlanta from 1989 to 2002. A prolific artist, Gretchen’s work is in many collections including the Delaware Art Museum, the High Museum of Art, American Century, the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, Citibank, Philip Morris, and Sprint. Her work received reviews in Artforum, Art in America, the New Art Examiner, and Art Papers, among other publications. Time Spent, a posthumous retrospective of her works, was organized at the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts in 2005.
PART-TIME RETAIL SERVICES ASSOCIATE
The DCCA Alternatives Museum Store is seeking part-time associates to work in our museum store and serve as the initial contact for the museum when visitors arrive. Duties include greeting guests, directing phone calls, dispensing gallery and program information, cleaning the store and visitor areas, showing and selling art from the store, and other administrative tasks as needed.
Hours vary per month, but average 10-30 hours per month depending on availability to work evening and weekend events. Some daytime shifts are also available.
Applicants should have some retail and customer service experience and be comfortable and friendly dealing with the public. B.A. or B.S. preferred. Background in art a plus.
Interested applicants should send a cover letter and resume, with 3 references to: Terry Foreman, Retail Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org.
PART-TIME SECURITY GUARD
A Part-Time Security Guard is needed for weekend and evening hours at the DCCA. The hours would include working Saturdays 10am - 5pm, and/or Sundays 12pm - 5pm, and evening coverage during special events (such as First Friday Art on the Town evenings). Part-time guards at the DCCA are many times artists still in school or recently graduated, who want to remain involved in the art-related field. Additional security and CPR experience is a plus.
The Part-Time Security Guard is to ensure a positive, safe and secure environment for the entire facility. This includes the public viewing contemporary art in the galleries, the studio artists in the facilities, and the office area for the staff. The Security Guard is responsible for the overall well-being of the artwork, public safety, building safety, and employee safety at all times while on duty.
Anyone interested should contact Helen Page at email@example.com or call 302.656.6466 x7107.
The DCCA seeks DCCA Teaching Artist Positions for various programs. Responsibilities vary depending on the program. They include but are not limited to; curriculum development and implementation, supply purchasing, overseeing volunteers and assistant teachers, set-up and clean up, and maintaining a safe and creative studio environment.
Types of Programs:
• Family Programs
• Hands-On Art Activities
• Summer Arts Camps
• Teen Workshops
• Outreach Programs
• Children’s Art Classes
For more information contact Sarah Ware, Curator of Education at firstname.lastname@example.org.