Logan Center Exhibitions Curatorial Coordinator

United States, North America
Jul 23, 2014
About The Unit: The Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts provides an environment that catalyzes creative inquiry and supports the artistic practice and scholarship of our students, faculty, and staff often in partnership with the broader community. The 180,000-square-foot multidisciplinary University arts center is designed to encourage collaboration across the artistic spectrum. With classroom and performance spaces supporting a full range of disciplines?theater, cinema, dance, music, creative writing, and visual art?the Logan Center houses a 474-seat performance hall, a 100-seat proscenium theater, a public art gallery, a 150-seat black box theater, a 129-seat film screening room, the performance penthouse, a café, media center, and more than 90 individual rehearsal rooms, workshops, studios, and classrooms. The Logan Center also partners with a number of south side and citywide artists and arts organizations to create sustained partnerships between the University and the City. To learn more please visit http://loganartscenter.uchicago.edu . Logan Center Exhibitions presents contemporary art programming at the Logan Center Gallery and throughout the Logan Center. The aim of the program is to advance the inquisitive spirit of the university and the cultural vitality surrounding it through an open, collaborative and critical approach. A non-collecting exhibition space, the Logan Center Gallery and its related programming is designed to reach University, Chicago area and international audiences, and serves as a catalyst that draws on the scholarly interests and networks of our faculty and students while creating and maintaining partnerships with individuals, community partners, and a range of local, national, and international artists and institutions.

Unit Job Summary: Working closely with and reporting to the Visual Arts Program Curator, the Curatorial Coordinator provides research and administrative support for Logan Center Exhibitions (LCE). The Curatorial Coordinator is an integral part of program conceptualization and helps to communicate about the program to the public through various channels. The Curatorial Coordinator is also responsible for many logistical details that ensure the smooth production of exhibitions and events. In all aspects the Curatorial Coordinator helps to maintain excellent communication (internally) with other Logan Center Staff, interns, and (externally) with exhibiting artists and institutional partners as well as diverse publics. This is a half-time benefits eligible position includes occasional work on evenings and weekends.

Unit Education: Bachelor's degree required. MFA in visual art or MA in Art History preferred.

Unit Experience: At least three years of significant experience in the arts administration required. At least three years' experience in a gallery or museum environment and broad knowledge of contemporary art required.

Unit Job Function Competencies: Ability to problem solve or think alongside experimental endeavors required Familiarity with art handling and installation procedures preferred. Demonstrated success in project and event management, program planning, and delivery. Strong organizational, planning, problem solving and project management skills. Ability to take initiative, work independently and contribute as a member of a team. Maintain deadlines, work within budgets, with the ability to set priorities and manage several projects simultaneously required. Managing a workload which balances long-range planning with the unanticipated daily demands of managing publicly visible projects required. Background working with the Chicago arts community is preferred. Ability to communicate in groups and individually with students, faculty, community leaders, artists, and alumni, and cultivate positive relationships with various constituencies required. The temperament to work with a diverse and demanding population is expected. Must be self-directed and self-motivated, able to set goals and develop projects. Ability to successfully manage a workload which balances long-range planning with the unanticipated daily demands events management required. Clear, effective, and tactful oral and written communication skills; ability to handle sensitive information with discretion. Ability to prioritize and execute multiple tasks simultaneously with an ability to view a project in its entirety.