10 Jun 2022


Director for Public Art

The Texas State University System  Austin, Texas, United States

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Job Description

Position Description

 The Director for Public Art (Director) is a member of the Texas State University System (TSUS) Administrative Office staff, reporting to the Chancellor.

The Director enriches the cultural and intellectual character of TSUS by managing the upkeep and maintenance of existing works of art in the collection, and by soliciting, evaluating, and commissioning new original works of art.  Additionally, the Director serves as a liaison to TSUS personnel and the community, including managing a public education program related to the works of art in the collection.

Essential Duties

The Director manages a broad range of duties as assigned by the Chancellor with a high degree of independence and sound judgment.

Specific duties include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Write and publish art project prospectuses in the form of Requests for Qualification (RFQ) and Requests for Proposals (RFP) in accordance with state procurement laws.
  • Spearhead evaluation and selection of artists based on submissions to RFQ’s; coordinate interviews and design competitions among finalists responding to RFPs.
  • Facilitate communication and negotiations among artists, designers, clients, and stakeholders to integrate public art fully and successfully into capital project planning and construction.
  • Accession and catalogue works of art in the collection according to professional curatorial standards.
  • Direct committee meetings and actions for all system institutions, including annual election, orientation, and training, of new members.
  • Deliver public lectures and tours for university and civic organizations as needed.
  • Draft, negotiate, and administer commission contracts with selected artists, ensuring compliance from design phase through installation.
  • Maintain open and effective communication with entire project team, including artists, personnel, design and construction partners, TSUS institutions, System Administration, committees, and others as needed throughout the life of the project.
  • Develop and implement policies and procedures that enhance program efficiency and effectiveness.
  • Develop new management technology & strategies to ensure efficient processes are in place.
  • Maintain complete and accurate budgets and records.
  • Collaborate with clients, project managers, design teams, and relevant committees to identify opportunities for inclusion of public art in capital projects.
  • Manage public art project budgets.
  • Perform condition surveys, manage, and supervise professional conservation and maintenance treatments, and maintain written and photographic condition reports.
  • Develop and distribute publicity materials, such as interviews, press releases, educational print materials, and photographs.

Salary and Benefits

 Expected minimum salary is $105,000 but will be commensurate with the qualifications and experience of selected applicant.
Customary and usual state employee benefits apply, including health insurance, annual and sick leave, holidays, and retirement plans.

Contact Information

 Interested applicants should clearly demonstrate the applicant’s ability and experience by emailing a cover letter, resume, and portfolio of select work examples (curated pieces, published papers, art prospectus examples, etc.) to:

Ms. Hannah Taplin

Office of the Chancellor

The Texas State University System

Email:  Hannah.Taplin@tsus.edu


Full-Time Job in Education:
Director for Public Art
The Texas State University System
 Austin, Texas, United States

Job Categories: Education. Job Types: Full-Time. Job Tags: director, higher education, public art, and university. States: Texas.
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