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Exhibition Director
Richmond Art Center

Richmond, CA


Full Time, Exempt

Supervisor: Executive Director

Essential Functions:

Under the direction of the Executive Director, and with the support of the Exhibition Committee, the Exhibition Director is responsible for the development, mounting, and presentation of the exhibition program and related activities that reflect the Art Center's mission and goals. The Exhibition Director works with Bay Area artists, arts organizations and art groups in implementing and promoting the Art Center's exhibition program's objectives. As a member of the leadership team, he/she collaborates with the Education staff in arranging workshops, lectures, and demos featuring exhibiting artists; collaborates with the Communications staff to promote and with the development team to secure funding for the Exhibitions; and works with the staff to schedule and supervise volunteers and Interns to carry out various tasks related to the Exhibition Program. The Exhibition Director plays a key role in developing and implementing the organization's strategic plan.


Exhibition Program:

  • Develop and manage an ongoing 18 to 24-month exhibition schedule.
  • In consultation with Executive Director, submit exhibition proposals for the Exhibition Committee's review and input.
  • Execute and manage exhibition agreements with guest curators, artists, art groups and other contracted providers to implement the exhibition program.
  • Work with artists and guest curators to prepare supporting exhibition materials; prepare/coordinate interpretive materials/labelling, artists' biographies and publication of related brochures and catalogs. Write exhibition copy (e.g. extended wall labels) for public interest and education.
  • Direct and coordinate exhibit installation/de-installation including gallery prep, layout, proper display, security, and lighting of the art objects.
  • Be familiar with ADA requirements.
  • Schedule, train and manage volunteers and interns to assist with the research, development, display, documentation and maintenance of the exhibitions.
  • Initiate effective communication with institutions, private lenders, and other stakeholders so that current exhibition needs are met and future partnerships likely. .
  • Collaborate closely with the staff to integrate and cross-program with other RAC programs.

Communication and Fundraising:

  • Work with the Communications Director to implement a communications schedule for the exhibition program by providing timely copy and visuals for the website, eNews, social media, and press releases for general web-based and print media listings.
  • Work with the Communications Director, in addressing exhibition inquiries from public and media outlets - conduct interviews, tours and provide information.
  • Work with the Executive Director to identify funding sources and contribute to the preparation of grants and sponsorship requests.
  • Organize annual Holiday Art Festival's art auction including the solicitations of donations from artists and Art Center's faculty.

Community Engagement

  • Build and manage relationships with arts organizations, schools, community organizations such as (but not limited to) The Art of Living Black and the WCCUSD to ensure broad community engagement.
  • Network with artists, other museum and art gallery professionals and outside arts agencies to leverage and enhance the Center's exhibition program.


  • Work with the Executive Director in preparing and managing the annual Exhibition Program budget, track costs for each exhibition, prepare all requests for payments and art sales and ensure all contracted work has been compensated.
  • Attend and participate in special events, exhibition committee and staff meetings, and other RAC events.
  • Work with Administrative Staff to schedule and train volunteers to support various exhibition-related functions including the maintenance of the galleries.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Executive Director.

Skills and Experience:

  • A four-year college degree in the visual arts or related filed. Graduate degree desirable (MA OR MFA.)
  • At least three years of developing, managing and installing/deintallation exhibitions.
  • Effective interpersonal communication and writing skills
  • Resourcefulness and poise to gracefully handle unexpected challenges, complexities, and personalities.
  • Able to facilitate cross-functional meetings and collaborative efforts to achieve desired outcomes.
  • Appreciation and knowledge of Bay Area Art.
  • Demonstrated success in organizational and project management skills including working with volunteers
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office programs (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and.
  • Aesthetic sophistication
  • Ability to lift and carry up to 40 lb and carry out other physical activities associated with exhibitions management and installation.

How to Apply:

Please email the following supporting material:

Send a cover letter, resume, and contact information of three professional references, two or more sample of writings, jpegs of installations of exhibits managed or curated. Summarize your relevant qualifications for this specific position, No generic statements please. Send all materials to

Deadline: Monday December 29, 2014

Compensation & Benefits

Full-time, Exempt


Causal and supportive, but professional and productive environment

Offers vacation, sick leave and contribution to health plan


The Richmond Art Center is an equal opportunity employer in all respects.

About the Richmond Art Center

A non-profit organization, the Richmond Art Center has provided nearly 80 years of excellence in arts education and exhibitions for the East Bay region. The Art Center's mission is: a dynamic arts organization that empowers and transforms individuals and the community through creative exploration, experience and education. Housed in a 1951 vintage modern 25,000 sq. ft. facility, the Richmond Art Center is part of Richmond's Civic Center Plaza and receives partial funding from the City of Richmond. The Art Center offers one of the most extensive schedules of exhibitions and art instruction programs in the East Bay, presenting 14 to 16 exhibitions in four galleries and providing 50-60 art classes and workshops in six studios four times a year to students ages 5 and up of all skill levels. In addition, the Art Center reestablished its Art in the Community program in 2012, providing afterschool art experiences to schools and various community centers. The Art Center has over 670 members, 150 volunteers, 11 full-time and five part-time staff. The Center has an operating budget of just over $1 million. To learn more about the Richmond Art Center, please visit our website:


Deadline: 12-29-2014

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