The Gallery Coordinator/Consultant is a contract employee and a key member of CAC’s artistic team, responsible for supporting regional artists and art enthusiasts in our community. In consultation with the Artistic Director, the Gallery Coordinator/Consultant is responsible for setting vision and strategy for exhibitions. The Gallery Coordinator curates exhibits and displays in two exhibit galleries, including a new gallery space scheduled to open in Spring/Summer 2022, as well as exhibit spaces within our building/facility and off-site pop-up exhibits with our community partners. The Gallery Coordinator/Consultant will create a new exhibit call process for our new gallery spaces, schedule the other professional gallery spaces, and fill additional hanging spaces in our facility with exhibits and displays by artists, arts groups, community organizations or other entities to build audiences and engage artists to interact with CAC. The Gallery Coordinator/Consultant will also research and plan related public programming to complement exhibits in consultation with the Artistic Director and Education Director. These public programs could include gallery talks, tours, family programs, pop up workshops or other related programs.
Galleries and Exhibitions: Develop a program of art exhibitions in line with the Chesapeake Arts Center’s mission and budgetary goals for the next 24 months.
She/he is responsible for interacting with the public, liaising with artists, and overseeing exhibitions and public programs
Manage the installation of all exhibitions in galleries and exhibit spaces in conjunction with interns, artists, partners, and CAC program coordinator, including lighting, labels, exhibition statements, painting, and construction as necessary.
Plan, attend, and coordinate with CAC event managers on all events related to exhibitions, including receptions, lectures, gallery talks, workshops, artist critiques, and tours.
Create new calls to artist policies and procedures for mounting exhibitions in our gallery and exhibit spaces.
Develop sales processes to support the sale of art in the galleries.
Ensure the safety of the artwork through maintenance of insurance paperwork, education of art audiences, vigilant observation, and implementation of art handling best practices
Work with artists and the Marketing Department to devise contextual materials and programs for exhibitions.
Work with the CAC Marketing team to design and distribute publicity materials, including exhibition postcards, e-blasts, press releases, social media and website updates.
Serve as CAC’s primary liaison for all exhibit-related partners including artists, community partners, and arts groups.
Evaluate success of the exhibitions including exit interviews with all artists.
Coordinate ongoing gallery operations, including overseeing budget, managing inventory, replenishing gallery supplies, coordinating transportation of artwork, etc
Plan and manage a schedule of exhibit-related public programs in conjunction with the Artistic Director and Education Director. Programs could include but are not limited to hands-on workshops, gallery tours, and gallery talks.
Design and schedule innovative public programming and community engagement initiatives that develop an artistically appreciative audience with the Artistic Director and Program Coordinator
Attend and assist with major, annual events including Arts in the Park Festival, Open House, and other all-hands organization events.
Represent the organization within the community and collaborate with community and organization partners on off-site events and exhibits, as necessary.
Work with Artistic Director to manage the budgets of the exhibitions, and workshops
Actively participate in organization-wide social justice and racial equity, diversity, and inclusion training and activities.
Respond to general inquiries for gallery exhibitions
Participate in program meetings and the organization's strategic planning.
Collaborate with the Artistic Director or employers and any other team members on budgeting and allocating funds.
Recruit and manage exhibit-related volunteers and interns as necessary.
Update CAC’s website with upcoming exhibitions, gallery archives and current gallery exhibits in partnership with the Marketing Department.
Manage deadlines and progress across the team to ensure the project is delivered on time and on budget
Work with our MakerSpace manager to deliver elements (e.g. signage) that can be produced in-house.
Collect and analyze feedback from customers and artists.
Work with Marketing to develop promotions to increase attendance and meet budgetary goals.
Disclaimer: The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work expected for this position. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required. All personnel may be required to perform duties outside of their normal responsibilities from time to time, as needed.