23 Feb 2016

Part-Time Job Exhibits Director

Durango Arts Center (Job Poster) – Durango, Colorado, United States

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Job Description

The Durango Arts Center (DAC), a 40+ year-old nonprofit visual and performing arts organization, is seeking a dynamic arts practitioner to fulfill the role of Exhibits Director. This position is responsible for the curatorial policy and daily operations of DAC’s Barbara Conrad Gallery, the lobby exhibition space and special community installation projects.

Aligned with DAC’s mission and vision, the Exhibits Director curates an annual schedule of 10-11 shows that generate high levels of engagement among the artistic community and general public. In addition to managing the installation of each show, the Exhibits Director coordinates opening receptions and related educational events that provide revenue for operating the nonprofit gallery space, such as artist lectures, workshops and film screenings. The Exhibits Director also works with the volunteer artist-curators of the Friends of the Art Library (F.O.A.L.) as a component of DAC’s visual arts program. He/She will understand DAC’s role as a longstanding regional nonprofit arts venue and will contribute to an expanding vision of how exhibits engage with our vibrant local community of artists, while also generating creative dialogue about larger issues in contemporary art practices.

A successful candidate must be organized, mature, able to work independently and possess experience in commercial or nonprofit gallery leadership. This position reports to the Executive Director and is structured at 34 hours per week during theBarbara Conrad Gallery’s operating hours of Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-5pm.



– Curate an annual calendar of exhibits to include DAC’s standing shows—Members, Regional Juried and Winter Solstice Artisans’ Market—and develop/maintain a budget for approval by the Board of Directors

– Maintain oversight of exhibit design and installation, such as establishing appropriate lighting; identifying and procuring materials, displays, equipment and infrastructure needs for gallery; and creation of appropriate labels for artwork

– Create educational components for exhibits in coordination with DAC’s Education and Theatre staff, such as artist lectures, films and workshops

– Coordinate opening receptions, with support from the Exhibits Committee, and provide welcoming remarks to introduce artists and exhibits

– Coordinate with DAC Docents for tours of the gallery with the community and monthly Creative Minds’ art-making sessions with clients of Community Connections

-Participate in seasonal Durango Gallery Art Walk and First Thursday Art Walk events
Respond, vet and execute special installation projects throughout the community as appropriate to DAC’s mission and vision


– With support from the Administrative Operations Coordinator, ensure exhibit artwork for all DAC galleries is inputted via ArtCloud for sales and insurance purposes

– Create/update annual applications for juried or invitational shows and execute artist contracts

– Act as primary steward for all visiting artists and jurors, including coordination of contracts, stipends and travel/lodging

– Provide Director of Development pertinent information for sponsorships and grant requests

– Oversee volunteer Exhibit Committee who support installations and opening receptions

– Serve as staff liaison on the Durango Gallery Association at bi-annual meetings

– Provide Marketing staff with relevant information for printed materials (posters, postcards, advertisements), local and regional news outlets and online promotions (website, social media)

– Support F.O.A.L. exhibits, opening receptions, special events and artist lectures

– Oversee all artwork sales under DAC, and coordinate payments of artist commissions with DAC Finance Manager following exhibits

– General administrative support, including response to artist and public inquiries, and maintaining the gallery shared calendar and historical records of all exhibit activities on DAC’s shared server

This job summary is not to be interpreted as all-inclusive; rather it aims to identify essential functions and qualifications of the Exhibits Director position. Applicants may be required to perform job-related responsibilities and tasks other than those stated above; certain functions not explicitly mentioned in this description are nevertheless understood to be essential to the position.


– Candidates will be passionate about the arts, experienced in working with artists, possess a strong background in exhibition design and experience in galleries, museums or cultural/community organizations

– Bachelor’s Degree required, advanced degree preferred and a minimum three years’ experience in a related position with relevant knowledge of design, installation, exhibitions, retail or similar field.

– Must possess efficient organizational skills to coordinate overlapping projects and deadlines

– Comfortable speaking publicly and able to work with a range of individuals (staff, artists, educators, public) in a diplomatic fashion

– Maintain excellent computer skills in Microsoft programs (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and Google Business (Gmail, Drive applications) and comfortable operating computer databases

– A background check will be required for the successful applicant

– Flexible schedule required; must be available to work evening receptions and occasional weekends

The Durango Arts Center will provide the Exhibits Director with an appropriate office and office equipment. Candidates will be subject to moving of gallery walls, pedestals, crouching, bending and prolonged periods of standing during installations.

For more information and to apply please visit, http://durangoarts.org/employment.

For questions please contact Cristie at cristie@durangoarts.org.



• Job Title: Exhibits Director
• Job Type: Part-Time Job
• Employer: Durango Arts Center
• website: durangoarts.org
• Location: Durango, Colorado, United States

Job Categories: Museum and Gallery. Job Types: Part-Time. Job Tags: arts center, director, free, and museum. Location: Colorado.