Fellows Houston Center for Contemporary Craft Curatorial Fellow
International Deadline: February 16, 2024 – The curatorial fellow is a three-year, grant-funded position that assists the curator and exhibitions director to research, develop, execute, and manage exhibitions presented at or on behalf of Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC), a non-collecting institution. The fellow also works collaboratively with members of the small curatorial team and other staff to design and implement public programs that support the mission and goals of the institution.
Located in the vibrant Museum District, in one of the country’s most diverse cities, HCCC was founded to advance education about the process, product, and history of craft. For more than 20 years, HCCC has presented craft to the community through thought-provoking exhibitions, a nationally known artist residency program, and innovative educational programming. The work of the Center’s curatorial team elevates the role of craft in today’s art and culture, advancing both traditional and experimental approaches to making. HCCC is committed to actively engaging new audiences, presenting diversity in background, materials, and expression, and contributing meaningful scholarship to the field through original and collaborative projects.
- Curatorial opportunities include:
a. Produce research for upcoming exhibitions and develop content for exhibition interpretative plan, which includes labels, gallery guides, text panels, social media posts, and other published material.
b. Provide written information about exhibitions for use in print, electronic media, and press releases.
c. Curate the In Residence exhibition of resident artists’ work once per year.
d. Research, secure objects, and develop content for the Case Study installation spaces.
- Assist and train with the curator on the coordination and installation of exhibits, including layout design, lighting, gallery preparation, art handling, crating, and shipping.
- Assist curator with administrative duties related to the Exhibitions Committee and organize documents for committee meetings.
- Registrarial duties include documenting objects and installations, condition reports, contracts, checklists, and correspondence with artists, galleries and organizations as appropriate.
- Act as docent and gallery attendant, front desk attendant, and provide assistance with docent orientations as needed.
- Work with all staff to create and execute public and educational programming to advance the mission of HCCC.
- Actively represent HCCC with stakeholders, potential supporters, media, and local and national artistic and curatorial communities.
- Other administrative or general duties as assigned by the curator or executive director.
The ideal candidate is a creative thinker who is highly organized and able to manage multiple projects, comfortable in a public facing position, is committed to working in a collaborative and fast-paced environment, and is excited to support the artistic vision of the institution.
- Masters Degree or equivalent level of professional experience in craft, material culture, design history, art history, arts administration, or curatorial/museum studies is recommended.
- Proficient in Microsoft Office suite and Adobe Creative suite
- Ability to work the required schedule of Tuesday – Saturday and a minimum of 40 hours per week, including weekends and evenings as needed
- Ability to lift and carry 50 pounds or more preferred
Application Deadline: Friday, February 16, 2024. Applicants who are selected for an interview will be contacted by HCCC.
- Cover letter
- Resume or CV
- Three professional or academic references
- Essay Questions. Please answer the following (500 words maximum for each question):
(1) How did you hear about this position? (2) Describe your interests in the field of contemporary craft, material culture, and/or decorative arts; (3) Describe your experience in working with artists and/or developing and organizing exhibitions; and
- Outline the professional goals you seek to accomplish or make progress towards as a result of this fellowship.
Houston Center for Contemporary Craft is an equal opportunity employer. HCCC does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, sexual orientation, color, religion, national origin, age, military and/or veteran status, disability or any other characteristic protected by applicable Federal, state, and/or local laws. This policy governs all aspects of employment, including selection, job assignment, compensation, discipline, termination, and access to benefits and training.
Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) is a nonprofit visual arts center dedicated to advancing education about the process, product, and history of craft.
Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) showcases emerging and acclaimed artists in exhibitions, introduces visitors of all ages to contemporary craft through hands-on and virtual programming, and supports the development of working artists through its artist residency program.
Houston Center for Contemporary Craft
4848 Main Street
Houston, TX 77002