Part-Time Gallery Docent, Arts and Public Life

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Washington Park Arts Incubator

4261220 Arts Incubator

About the Unit
Arts + Public Life (APL), an initiative of UChicago Arts, provides platforms for artists and access to arts programming through artist residencies, arts education, cultural entrepreneurship, and arts-led programs and events. APL operates the Arts Incubator on the Arts Block, a burgeoning arts and culture corridor along East Garfield Boulevard from South Prairie Avenue to South Martin Luther King Drive. Two additional facilities, a black box theater and a small creative business incubator will open fall 2018 and spring 2019, respectively. The Arts Incubator a 10,000 square-foot multidisciplinary University arts facility supports multiple disciplines—performance, music, and visual art—the Arts Incubator houses a public art gallery, flexible event space, two artist studios, a woodshop and office space. The Green Line Arts Center, a 6,000+ square foot performance venue, opening fall 2018, will house a 75-seat, 1,250 square foot black box theater, a 750 square foot rehearsal and performance space and an 800 square foot lobby and outdoor area for additional events and programs. The third space to be activated in spring 2018, the historic Garfield CTA station, will be renovated and re-opened as a Washington Park welcome center offering community information and creative business incubator. Arts and Public Life strengthens and develops sustainable partnerships with local community organizations and residents, artists and arts organizations with a focus on three primary areas of creative activity: 1) enhanced opportunities for collaboration with artists of color, diverse cultural organizations, and women through new space and programmatic efforts on Chicago's south side; 2) strengthened arts education with local schools and campus arts partners, and 3) sustainable community partnerships that ensure the broader University activities serve as important community assets. To learn more please visit

Job Information

Job Summary:

The Part-Time Gallery Docent assists with exhibition layouts and installation at the Arts and Public Life facility, including gallery space, on site exhibitions, and various programs on the Arts Block. The docent will also manage opening and closing the gallery, along with maintaining a presence in the exhibition areas to guide guests and answer general questions about exhibitions and the Arts and Public Life/Arts Block initiative of UChicago Arts.

This position is offered as a part-time, non-benefits eligible position.


  • Assist with exhibition layout and installation
  • Opening and closing gallery
  • Answering visitors' questions about the collections
  • Interacting and guiding tour groups, especially with young people who visit the space
  • Assisting with exhibition openings on occasion
  • Surveying the gallery to ensure visitors have a welcoming experience, follow gallery rules, and that all tech is working smoothly
  • Support additional arts programs as needed
  • The Docent will also work with various arts partners including student groups and professional presenting organizations throughout the year. They must be able to adapt to changing circumstances while maintaining a pleasant attitude. They must be prompt, extremely reliable, and thorough in their work and able to prioritize their work within a fast paced arts environment

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this job.They are not an exhaustive list of all duties and responsibilities associated with it.

  • Institutional Understanding
  • Decisiveness and Accountability
  • Business Acumen
  • Partnership and Collaboration
  • University Stewardship

Additional Requirements

Education, Experience, or Certifications:

Education: N/A

  • A minimum of one year of experience in arts administration is required
  • Knowledge of Arts and Public Life/Arts Block Organization Preferred

Technical Knowledge or Skills:
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills are required
  • Previous customer service experience is required
  • Ability to learn and operate technology across a variety of platforms, including audio and video
  • Solid knowledge of the arts community on the South Side of Chicago
  • Basic experience with Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, etc) is essential
  • General office skills such as answering the phone, filing, photocopying, etc. is preferred

Required Documents:
  • Resume
  • Cover Letter

NOTE: When applying, all required documents MUST be uploaded under the Resume/CV section of the application.

Benefit Eligibility

Pay Frequency

Pay Range
Depends on Qualifications

Scheduled Weekly Hours


Job is Exempt?

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Health Screen Required?

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Job No:
Posted: 10/13/2018
Application Due: 10/23/2018
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