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Assistant Curator
Chinese Culture Foundation of San Francisco

San Francisco, CA

The Chinese Culture Foundation is seeking an Assistant Curator. Under the direction of the Artistic Director, the Assistant Curator is responsible for curating and developing exhibitions at the CCC Visual Art Center, 41 Ross Alley pop up studio, and other public art installations. The candidate should come to the position with curatorial experience including knowledge of contemporary art practice and community engagement. S/he will be immensely collaborative, creative,  and eager to work within and across disciplines. Along with a strong knowledge of contemporary art practice, the Assistant Curator should have a history of creating innovative, diverse exhibitions both inside gallery walls and beyond, and familiarity with the Asian American art scene.


  • Assist the Artistic Director or Guest Curators, with major exhibitions and accompanying catalogues including research; concept; oversee writing narratives, text for catalogs, object labels, wall text, press releases, and grant proposals.
  • Conceive, propose, and organize other exhibitions, and/or public art installations.
  • Oversee installation of travelling exhibitions, as assigned.
  • Work closely with exhibition team to execute exhibitions from start to finish.
  • Act as spokesperson for the Center. Present lectures and walkthroughs to docents, visitors, and special groups. Other events as necessary.
  • Foster and maintain strong relationships with the community, including artists, dealers, scholars, museum colleagues, collectors, donors, and trustees.
  • Translate, write, edit, and proofread documents for publication (English to Traditional Chinese, and vice versa).

The ideal candidate has MA in Museum Studies, Curatorial Practice, or Art History, including a passion for the arts, enjoy working with people, and are excited about the challenges and opportunities of a vibrant community based, contemporary arts organization. The Assistant Curator position provides an ideal opportunity for candidates who are interested in an organization that is a leader in the arts, and working in a nonprofit and community service.


  • At least 3 years curatorial Experience at a Regional level
  • Excellent verbal and written communication
  • Bilingual and biliterate in Chinese and English highly preferred
  • Possess grant writing experience
  • Proven ability to conceptualize and lead an exhibition from start to finish
  • Familiarity with contemporary Chinese art and culture
  • Passionate about working for non-profit
  • Excellent interpersonal skills: outgoing, energetic, people person

This position starts part time, 20 hours per week. Position is open until filled

To apply, send resume, cover letter,  2 page English/Chinese writing sample, and review of CCC exhibition to Abby Chen,

Selected candidates will be invited for an interview. Position opened until filled. No phone calls please.

About the Chinese Culture Foundation

The Chinese Culture Foundation is one of the top institutions in the country, and one of only a few organizations dedicated to supporting and promoting artists of Asian descent through the CCC Visual Art Center. We are recognized as a successful pillar organization in the City, and is poised to advance to the next level of effectiveness by becoming a leader in the arena of art and cultural interchange on a national and international level.

The Foundation established in 1965 during the Civil Rights era. Our mission is to spark intercultural discovery through art, education and engagement. Its primary program site is the Chinese Culture Center, located at 750 Kearny St. in San Francisco is the first Chinese Culture Center established in the US. CCC also has expanded to a pop-up gallery in Ross Alley and is reputable among its peers, curating exhibitions at YBCA, Asian Art Museum, Berkeley Art Museum, Miami Beach Urban Studios, Silicon Valley Asian Art Center, Hangzhou and New York.

Over 148,000 constituents engaged in our programming this past year, about 40% are neighborhood residents, the other are comprised of Bay Area residents as well as national and international visitors. We have engaged with a growing international audience through our trailblazing art exhibits while developing deep ties in the community through educational activities.

Contact:Abby Chen

Deadline: 12-31-2015

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