Curatorial Assistant / Public Engagement Coordinator - Department of Art & Art History

Washington D.C.
Jan 29, 2018
Mar 09, 2018
Full Time
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Curatorial Assistant / Public Engagement Coordinator - Department of Art & Art History

The goal of Georgetown's Department of Art and Art History is to encourage all students to explore the complex processes of creating and examining works of art. We do so with a faculty committed to sustained creative work and research that helps us illuminate art's history and future with the expertise, nuance, and rigor our students and colleagues deserve.

The Curatorial Assistant / Public Engagement Coordinator assists in developing, implementing, and monitoring the program's services. S/he supports the Director of Galleries, whose primary responsibility is to establish and steer a major new campus gallery - the Maria & Alberto de la Cruz Art Gallery, scheduled to open in Spring 2018 - along with oversight of the recently renovated Spagnuolo Art Gallery. The Curatorial Assistant / Public Engagement Coordinator has duties that include but are not limited to:

Administrative Support and Budget Tracking

  • Manages and supervises Human Resources tasks for work study students and paid student fellows.
  • Prepares and tracks correspondence such as loan letters, event invitations, donation acknowledgement letters, and contracts.
  • Arranges travel for artists and guest speakers.
  • Tracks gallery budget, including supplies, shipping, artist fees/honoraria/travel costs, insurance costs, and services from outside vendors.

Curatorial Research and Planning

  • Conducts traditional research on artists, artistic movements and other topics of interest in support of the Gallery Director's exhibitions and writing.
  • Maintains exhibition and publication checklists.
  • Maintains direct contact with artists and their gallerists and collectors for the purpose of exhibition and program planning.

Event & Public Program Coordination

  • Plans and produces work for public programs, performance art events, and private function rentals, including coordinating efforts with other departments within the university and with a variety of outside parties.
  • Serves as facility supervisor during both public open hours and some special events, including some evening and possible weekend hours.


  • Coordinates advertising efforts via traditional and online outlets as well as social media platforms.
  • Updates content on website and digital signage in the de la Cruz gallery.


  • Bachelor of Arts degree (Master of Arts preferred) - preferably in Art History, Arts Administration, Studio Art, or Museum Studies
  • 2 years of relevant, professional experience in the planning, project management, and preparation of art exhibitions
  • Excellent skills in organization, communication (written and verbal), and collaboration
  • Working familiarity with Microsoft Office Suite, Adobe Creative Suite, and social media platforms
  • Familiarity with trends in global contemporary art including artists, institutions, dealers and collectors

Preferred qualifications

  • Existing network of professional contacts in these categories
  • Additional production experience with performance art and innovative public engagement programs

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