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Exhibition Manager

SUPERVISOR: Executive Director

HOURS: 40/wk with some evening work required; full-time with robust benefits

START DATE: Goal of end of 2021 or January 2022 start date, interviews will be held on a rolling basis

PAY RATE: $46,000-$48,000

The Exhibition Manager (EM) manages, plans, and installs all temporary exhibits and any saleable artworks at Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens (PMG) and any other partnering sites.

The EM is responsible for providing all planning and leadership for temporary art exhibitions as well as installation and de-installation. This is a management position that works closely with the Executive Director, Education & Outreach Manager, Events & Marketing Manager, Founding Artist Isaiah Zagar, exhibition interns, and with supporting staff and volunteers.

The mission of the PMG gallery space is to display the art of local, national, and international artists whose work responds to or reflects upon themes found throughout the PMG site in a unique and exciting way. Programmatic priority is given to self-taught, mosaic, or folk artists who demonstrate an unconventional understanding of material or who approach their artistry in inventive, nontraditional ways.  As part of PMG’s equity commitments, the organization ensures that exhibitions, residencies and programs include a concerted focus on contributions of women, queer, differently-abled, people of color, and members of the Black community.  There are typically 4 exhibitions per year with various programmatic components, as well as the possibility for offsite exhibitions.

As of July 2021, Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens requires all staff to be fully vaccinated from the COVID-19 virus with ability to show proof of vaccination.

Exhibition Manager responsibilities include:

  • Identifying potential artists for exhibits and residencies in collaboration with management team and in alignment with the museum’s mission and values
  • Communication with artists, community groups, and other types of exhibitors
  • Planning with PMG management team about exhibition content and procedures
  • Working closely with founding artist Isaiah Zagar for exhibitions, artwork sales, and interviews; as well as assisting team members as needed with cataloging and documenting of Zagar’s extensive artwork collections
  • Coordinate meetings and training opportunities between exhibiting artists and PMG staff
  • All exhibition design, artwork cataloging, contract preparation
  • All exhibition preparatory work, such as painting, sanding, repairing walls, lighting, etc.
  • Directing supporting staff and volunteers in the exhibition preparatory work
  • Artwork handling and shipping, including examining works and completing condition reports
  • Artwork installation and de-installation
  • Researching information for and writing exhibition-related materials in collaboration with the education team or other appropriate staff members
  • Creating and maintaining exhibition databases,  budgets, contracts, artist contact information, image files, etc
  • Work with graphic designer to create exhibition postcards, posters, wall vinyl, and other materials unique to each exhibition
  • Maintaining excellent visitor service practices to ensure the safety and cleanliness of the gallery, as well as appropriate audience flow
  • Work with events manager to oversee opening receptions, including staff positions and scheduling, buying and preparing refreshments, and setup and takedown for each event
  • Manage artwork sales, communication with buyers, shipments, and special visits
  • Be the public face of PMG’s exhibition program during interviews with local and national press
  • Interview, hire, oversee, and conduct performance reviews for interns

Qualifications:

  • Excellent organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills
  • Excellent conflict-resolution skills and ability to work with challenging people
  • Openness to receive feedback and work through challenging topics
  • Background in nontraditional arts, folk art, or art environments is a plus
  • Excellent writing skills for both marketing materials and text panels
  • Fluency in Adobe Creative Suite, especially in Photoshop, InDesign, and Illustrator
  • Fluency in Microsoft Office and G-Suite
  • Fluency in Spanish is strongly desired
  • 3+ years in a leadership position of exhibition design, set design, interactive media arts, art installation and handling (or related field)
  • Ability to lift up to 50 pounds
  • Up to date driver’s license (with confidence to drive trucks or U-hauls a plus)
  • Demonstrated comfort with speaking in front of large groups and media

Equal Opportunity Employer

PMG believes in creating a safe space that embraces a diversity of culture, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religious affiliation, age and physical or mental ability. Our policies and programming encourage connecting to others with respect and dignity.

It is the policy of PMG to ensure equal employment opportunity without discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, veteran’s status, age, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law.

About Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens

PMG is an immersive mixed media art environment that is completely covered with mosaics. The creator, Isaiah Zagar, used handmade tiles, bottles, bicycle wheels, mirror, and international folk art to chronicle his life and influences. This incredibly unique space is made up of two indoor galleries and a permanent bi-level outdoor sculpture garden.

As a nonprofit museum, PMG celebrates art in its many forms through community outreach, public programs, hands-on activities, exhibitions, and tours. We welcome everyone to explore the space and embrace the possibility of self-expression.

To Apply

Please send a brief cover letter, resume, and three professional references to jobs@phillymagicgardens.org, with a subject of: Exhibition Manager.  No phone calls, please.