Oklahoma Contemporary seeks a Curatorial Fellow to gain intensive training and mentorship in the field of curatorial practice by providing research and administrative support for current and forthcoming group and monographic exhibitions. The Curatorial Fellow will also be assisting with editing; production work for didactics and exhibition brochures/catalogues; rights and reproduction; exhibition-related programs; preparations for exhibition committee meetings; and data gathering for grant applications and reports.
Oklahoma Contemporary programming comprises major exhibitions by established local, national, and international artists; projects by emerging and mid-career artists; large-scale installations in our public art spaces; and presentations of work by local artists.
This fellowship offers many opportunities for growth and development, depending on the experience, abilities, and interests of the applicant, including the opportunity to participate in reviews of exhibition proposals and conceptual planning as well as evaluation of exhibitions. This position will report to the Curatorial Coordinator and Senior Director of Curatorial Affairs.
Essential Job Functions
- Assist the Curatorial Coordinator and Senior Director of Curatorial Affairs in all phases of exhibition planning and implementation: research, checklist development, lender and artist relations, catalogue production, installation, and development of public programs related to exhibitions.
- Serve as project manager for assigned exhibitions, keeping the exhibitions team on schedule and liaising with other departments as needed.
- Maintain and update digital and paper records for the exhibition.
- Assist in writing exhibition texts including labels, didactics, and press and promotional materials, as assigned.
- Provide support in collation of materials for the exhibitions page of the website.
- Assist in the preparation of proposals and presentations at Exhibitions Committee meetings, take minutes, and distribute minutes and agenda to committee members.
- Lead tours of exhibitions to donors, touring groups, professionals, and special guests.
- Participate in donor and community relations through attendance and assistance at Oklahoma Contemporary events, including receptions, public programs, and fundraisers.
- Maintain active ties in the local artistic community by regularly attending openings at local arts organizations, conducting studio visits with local artists, and participating in critiques or juries as invited.
- Provide general administrative support to the Exhibitions department as needed, including correspondence, scheduling of meetings, processing of payment requests, and mailings.
- The position requires occasional work on weekends and evenings.
- Other duties as assigned
Education and Experience Requirements
- Bachelor’s degree in art history, museum studies, English, cultural studies, or a related field.
- At least 1 year of experience in the curatorial department of a museum or cultural organization [comparable experience in a gallery or art publishing will be considered].
- Broad knowledge of the international contemporary art world.
- Solid art historical research skills and ability to conduct original, independent research.
- Strong written, verbal, and editorial skills; demonstrated ability to write for general audiences.
- Attention to detail and excellent organizational skills.
- Ability to track and meet multiple deadlines as well as anticipate needs; Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook).
- Diplomacy and discretion; Knowledge of Spanish or Vietnamese a plus
Fellowship begins January 2024 and ends December 2026; a 2-year term
- Salary $35,000/year. Excellent benefits package.
- Full-time; Exempt
Limitations and Disclaimer
The above job description is meant to describe the general nature and level of work being performed; it is not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required for the position.
Other requirements and working conditions
- Use of a car required; legally registered and insured for daily use
- Use of a computer/monitor, telephone and copier daily
- Flexible schedule with ability to participate in evening or weekend events
- Team environment with frequent group meeting participation
- Physical requirements: Lifting/Carrying - heavy work may include routine lifting of a maximum weight of 50 lbs. - combination of sitting, standing, walking and driving on a frequent basis
- Oklahoma Contemporary is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and is an affirmative action employer. We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity or veteran status.
Submit a cover letter and resume here.
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Unfortunately, because of the volume of applications we receive, we are not able to give status updates. Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.
Oklahoma Contemporary strives to demonstrate leadership by modeling excellence and best practices for inclusion, diversity, equity and accessibility. We believe in the power of human creativity and value the opportunities for connection and learning that exist when cultures and communities come together in collaboration and understanding.
We commit to championing policies and practices that value diversity, foster cultural equity and create an accessible and inclusive environment. Oklahoma Contemporary does not discriminate based on race/ethnicity, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, socioeconomic status, geography, citizenship status or religion. We recognize our strengths lie in the broad range of people who contribute their time and talents to our mission and are dedicated to creating a safe, inclusive place for them to explore creativity.
About Oklahoma Contemporary
Oklahoma Contemporary is an inclusive center for the arts where people of all ages and backgrounds can experience art, encounter new ideas and ignite their creative potential. Through visual art exhibitions, performances, public programs, community-building initiatives, outdoor installations and special events, Oklahoma Contemporary creates opportunities for everyone to come together in celebration of contemporary culture and artistic expression. With year-round classes and seasonal youth camps across multiple disciplines, the arts center’s education programs encourage youth and adults to express their ideas across a variety of media and learn new skills. Oklahoma Contemporary believes that art is for everyone and places accessibility and education at the center of all programming. Admission to exhibitions is always free. Oklahoma Contemporary is a regional 501(c)3 nonprofit organization founded in 1989 by businessman and philanthropist Christian Keesee and Kirkpatrick Foundation Director Marilyn Myers.
About Oklahoma City
In the middle of its third decade of economic and cultural expansion, Oklahoma City is a surprisingly lively and diverse American city. Recent growth has spurred exciting developments in the city’s recreation and nightlife, with the construction of new parks, a streetcar system, bike trails, shops, restaurants, breweries and bars. The construction of Oklahoma Contemporary’s new building in the urban core, opening in March 2020, represents a significant commitment on the part of the city and its inhabitants to a new era in contemporary culture.