Employment Opportunities and Internships
05/05/2013: WPG seeks P/T Gallery Director
Roles and Responsibilities:
The Gallery Director is responsible for:
Being present at the gallery during opening hours, or ensuring there is competent coverage,
Hosting events related to the exhibitions, specifically opening receptions (usually the first Saturday of the month) or artist talks,
Processing sales of artwork on display at the gallery or in any affiliate shows,
Keeping accurate records alongside the accountant,
Writing catalogs, designing postcards, drafting press releases, and creating any other media required for exhibitions at the gallery or any affiliate shows,
Maintaining the Gallery’s social media presence in an active and engaging way through Twitter, Facebook, Constant Contact, etc,
Writing grants and fundraising reports for WPG’s sister non-profit, Washington Print Foundation (WPF),
Managing and soliciting additional funds from private donors or other sources for WPF,
Attend the monthly meetings (usually the last Sunday of the month) to inform the artist membership of all gallery activities and discuss any other relevant matters.
The ideal candidate for Gallery Director will possess the following qualities:
Completed an arts-related Bachelor’s degree or higher education,
Knowledge of printmaking,
Proficiency with Adobe Photoshop, Microsoft Publisher, and/or other publishing software,
Familiarity with area arts and non-profit organizations and practices, including the Maryland Cultural Data Project,
Direct responsibility for financial, promotional, and/or fundraising management in an arts organization or non-profit setting,
Experience leading a large board or other diverse group of people to timely consensus on important matters,
Independent, driven working style and outgoing personality.
To apply, please send a cover letter detailing any relevant experience or skills you could bring to the job, a resume including professional experience and accomplishments, a writing sample (see below), and three professional contacts to email@example.com with “Director Application” in the subject. An email confirmation acknowledging receipt of your application will be sent during regular gallery hours. No phone calls, please.
Directions for the writing sample:
Chose two artists from the Washington Printmakers Gallery website and write a mock press release for a two person exhibition.
Washington Printmakers Gallery offers internships to area undergrads for school credit. We design each internship around a specific project based on the student’s skills and interests. Tasks may include administration, design, photography, printmaking, research and event planning.
The ideal candidate has a background in fine art, preferably printmaking, as well as basic computer skills in Excel, Word, and Photoshop. Attention to detail and reliability is key.
This internship is unpaid, but the right applicant will meet successful Washington, DC artists and collectors while learning the inner workings of a successful gallery that has been consistently running for 25 years.
Duration and hours of the internship are flexible. Interested applicants should send a cover letter and current résumé to firstname.lastname@example.org with the heading “WPG Internship” in the subject line.