Art Omi is seeking a Curatorial Assistant to join our team. Working under the supervision of the Senior Curator and Architecture Curator, this position assists with all aspects of gallery exhibitions and outdoor installations for the art and architecture programs, including research, studio visits, public programming, and development of interpretive materials. Excellent research and writing skills are essential as well as knowledge of emergent critical dialogues and experimental practices in the fields of contemporary art and architecture.
About Art Omi
Since its founding in 1992, Art Omi has supported international artists across disciplines, serving as a lab space that nurtures and commissions forward-thinking projects in nascent stages of development and catalyzes expanded contexts for significant works due for critical reappraisal. A non-profit arts organization in the Hudson Valley, Art Omi features a 120-acre Sculpture & Architecture Park with more than sixty works in a bucolic setting of rolling farmlands, wetlands, and wooded grounds, and residency programs for international artists, writers, translators, musicians, architects, and dancers. Art Omi is free to all, and our grounds are open from dawn to dusk every day. In 2008, Art Omi opened the Charles B. Benenson Visitors Center, the first public LEED-certified building in the county with a green roof and a 1,500-square foot gallery, where 3-4 exhibitions are presented each year.
Recent gallery exhibitions include solo shows with artists Allana Clarke, Raven Halfmoon, Portia Munson, Tschabalala Self, and Jeffrey Gibson. Recent architecture exhibitions include 5x5: Participatory Provocations and EXIT Architecture.
Major Areas of Responsibility
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
Assistance in the planning, research, organization, and installation of 3-4 gallery exhibitions and 5-8 major outdoor installations each year;
Provides exhibition support, including bibliographic and checklist research, loan correspondence, public program planning, and publication research and production;
Writes didactic texts as well as materials for fundraising, digital platforms, and press and marketing materials, as requested.
Provides support for the production of newly commissioned works, and assess feasibility of proposed projects with a focus on problem solving with exhibitions team;
Provides tours to artists, donors, press, and other members of the public;
Other tasks as needed to support the work of the department.
SKILL AND EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS
Bachelor’s degree; 1-2 years curatorial experience in a museum or gallery, and experience in public programming preferred.
Demonstrated interest in contemporary art and architecture; keeps informed of current activities in the field through research, gallery and museum visits, studio visits, publications, etc.;
Superior research and writing skills;
Excellent organizational and time management skills and proactive about creating and implementing systems for work;
Attention to detail and professionalism in all work and written correspondence (both internal and external);
Flexibility and the ability to adapt to changing priorities;
Computer skills with knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite and Adobe Creative Suite.
Not sure you meet 100% of our qualifications? If you believe that you could excel in this role, we encourage you to apply. We are dedicated to considering a broad array of candidates, including those with diverse workplace experiences and backgrounds, and we are glad to learn about you. Please use your cover letter to tell us about your interest in the arts and what you hope to bring to this role.
This position is 40 hours per week, with an opportunity to conduct some work remotely. Work takes place primarily indoors, encompassing typical professional office operations and equipment, with the exception of events, some of which take place outdoors in Art Omi’s Sculpture & Architecture Park. The candidate must be able to work some weekends and evenings onsite, or at Art Omi-related events. This position is within a fast-paced, energetic, environment with long stationary periods.
Art Omi is committed to maintaining an equitable, healthy work environment and upholds a policy of nondiscrimination and equal opportunity for all persons regardless of race, sex, color, religion, creed, national origin or ancestry, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, physical ability or disability. People from historically marginalized communities are encouraged to apply.
Covid-19 Vaccination Requirements:
Art Omi is committed to ensuring the safety and well-being of our staff and the community at large. Therefore, we require all employees to provide proof of full vaccination for the prevention of COVID-19 at the time of hiring. Full vaccination is defined as:
Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTech - a 2-shot vaccination series PLUS a booster 180 days (6 months) after completing the primary vaccination series; or
Johnson & Johnson/Janssen - a J & J/Janssen vaccination PLUS a Moderna or Pfizer booster 60 days (2 months) after completing the primary vaccination.
Requests for reasonable accommodation will be considered and decided on a case-by-case basis according to New York State and Federal Law. For information on finding a COVID-19 vaccine near you, please visit vaccines (.) gov.
Art Omi provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation, and pregnancy), national origin, age (40 or older), disability or genetic information. In addition to federal law requirements, Art Omi complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.
Schedule & Compensation
Full-time (hybrid), 40 hours per week including some weekends, evenings, and key events. Some remote work is possible.
Starting salary is $45,000-$55,000, dependent on experience.
Benefits package includes partial health insurance premium reimbursement, paid time off (including federal holidays and sick time), and access to 403(b) retirement account.
Digital applications only, please. Submit a cover letter and resume to employment @ artomi (.) org (subject: Curatorial Assistant).
We will confirm receipt of all applications, but please note that only those candidates selected for interviews will be personally contacted. No phone calls, please.