The Curator of Visual Arts will support the August Wilson African American Cultural Center’s ambitious program of exhibitions, innovative gallery displays and presentations. The role is best suited to a candidate with strong research skills, an understanding of the contemporary art market, and both generalist and specialist knowledge of Modern and Contemporary art. The ideal candidate will have the ability and desire to thoughtfully integrate ideas about Modern and Contemporary works into the framework of the larger AWAACC programming and possess a genuine desire to engage a broad range of audiences. The candidate seeks to include a diverse array of narratives and perspectives; embraces modern and contemporary art and artists from around the world; actively seeks engagement internally with colleagues and externally with visitors, AWAACC support groups and donors; is energized by involvement with the community of Pittsburgh; is eager to take on a public-facing role; is innovative, reliable, communicates well with others and is deadline driven.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
Background in 20th and 21st Century Modern and Contemporary Art preferred
Preference is given to candidates with a specialty in African American and African Diaspora art
Experience working in a museum and a proven track record of realizing complex projects
An advanced degree in art history, curatorial studies, critical theory, or a related field
A minimum of five years of museum or exhibition space experience, or the equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered
Extensive exhibition experience and technical knowledge of installing work in different mediums
Extensive knowledge and experience in standard museum curatorial practices, exhibition development, and demonstrated networking in the national and international contemporary art world
Outstanding skills in research, writing, and communication, demonstrated by published articles, essays or books
Demonstrated ability to build relationships with artists, other institutions, donors, and collectors is essential
RELATIONSHIPS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT
Reports to the President and CEO and works collaboratively across all departments. Standard office environment requiring regular use of phone, computer, and copy machines. The person in this position frequently communicates with public membership and staff who have inquiries and must be able to exchange accurate information in these situations. This person may attend events inside and outside of AWAACC, including evenings and weekends with occasional overnight travel. Due to Covid-19, this position can be performed virtually.
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Works to support the AWAACC’s ambitious program of exhibitions and innovative gallery displays and presentations
Conducts quality art historical research primarily focused on exhibitions and artist projects
Manages curatorial projects and tracks and executes interpretive plans related to curatorial initiatives, large and small
Develop programming in support of the permanent exhibit, August Wilson: A Writer’s Landscape opening June 2021
Coordinates and oversees arrangements related to visiting scholars/artists/curators, including, but not limited to AWAACC-hosted visual arts symposiums and curatorial-driven events
Liaises with other AWAACC departments as needed to communicate updates and key information about curatorial projects in an as needed and timely manner
Provides tours of the exhibitions and speaks with visitors, donors and AWAACC support groups about curatorial initiatives and activities as needed
Trains docents for gallery tours
Interviews gallery attendants along with gallery manager
Performs other duties as assigned or required
About August Wilson African American Cultural Center
The mission of the August Wilson African American Cultural Center is to be a home for the arts, storytelling, learning and exchange around the African American experience and the rich culture of the African diaspora.