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Visual Arts Manager at Real Art Ways in Hartford

Posted: Tuesday, July 10th, 2012 at 7:25 pm in Job Announcements

Real Art Ways is a vibrant multidisciplinary contemporary arts organization.  Artists and community are central to its mission.

Programs include Visual Arts – solo exhibitions by emerging artists, thematic group exhibitions, commissioned public art projects, publications, artist talks; Cinema – independent and international films seven nights a week, filmmaker nights, self-produced festivals; Performing Arts – concerts, theatrical presentations, spoken word events; Education – panel discussions on timely topics, a summer program of art and music instruction for neighborhood children, school and community tour groups, classes in video-making

The key to Real Art Ways’ approach to presenting and supporting new artistic work is the creation of a dynamic social environment, where people across a range of experiences can come together in the context of new art and ideas.

Real Art Ways is located in a former typewriter factory in Hartford’s Parkville neighborhood; renovations since 1995 have created: a 155-seat cinema/theater (35mm, 16mm, video); 5,000 sq. ft. of beautifully renovated exhibition space with 3 separate galleries and a video screening room; the Real Room (a 900 sq. ft. exhibition and performance space); and the Loading Dock Lounge (a soft seating area and coffee bar.)  Real Art Ways is an active participant in community affairs.

Visual Arts Manager

This is a position for someone who is excellent with details, who can keep several balls in the air at once (and relishes doing it), and who enjoys interacting with artists. The Visual Arts Manager will work with guest curators, juries, Real Art Ways’ staff, and will be responsible for the smooth running of the Visual Arts Program.

Responsibilities include:

  • Overall organization of the visual arts program, including organizing art transport, handling and care
  • Verbal and written communication with artists and galleries, compilation and organization of images and other exhibition related material
  • Maintenance of artist and exhibition files (both digital and physical)
  • Organization of physical spaces, including galleries, office and storage
  • Creation and supervision of installation work schedules
  • The opportunity will arise for the right candidate to select and organize exhibitions.

Qualities:  Real Art Ways is an enthusiastic, hardworking, hands-on, open, non-profit environment.  The Visual Arts Manager should enjoy working with other people, be flexible, thorough, energetic, self-motivated, intelligent, and inquisitive.

Requirements:  Candidates must have a minimum of 2-years work experience, preferably in a gallery or museum; knowledge of and enthusiasm for contemporary art; experience and ease with software applications, including word processing, database, spreadsheet, and graphics programs; and good written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills. Candidates should be capable of handling basic installation tasks.

Hartford:  Real Art Ways has been in Hartford, Connecticut for 37 years. While we present work by local, regional, national and international artists, much of our programming responds to, and benefits from, our connection to the city and the region.  The most satisfied candidate will be one who has an expansive outlook, but who also engages with Hartford’s particular challenges and rewards.

Education: Masters or equivalent experience. Working artists are encouraged to apply.

Annual non-profit salary commensurate with experience. Health, dental, and retirement benefits.  Three weeks paid vacation. EOE.

Please e-mail resume and interesting cover letter to:  Mary Catherine McBrien;

Or by U.S. mail to:

Visual Arts Manager Search
Real Art Ways
56 Arbor Street
Hartford, CT   06106

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