Scott Johnson: Fissure

Position Summary

The Gallery Manger is a key member of the team at the Center for Contemporary Arts in Santa Fe, NM, serving a critical role in creating, guiding, and leading teams responsible for exhibition operations. This position oversees the exhibitions schedule at the CCA galleries, including exhibition coordination, exhibition design, production, and in-gallery media, which includes supervision of schedules, personnel, budgeting, contracts/agreements, and coordination of exhibitions and art presentations.

The Gallery Manger also supports the curatorial department with exhibition research, organization, administration, and planning of exhibitions, and acts as an additional liaison for visiting artists and curators when needed. This person collaborates with other departments including Facilities and Programs. The Gallery Manager reports to the Deputy Director and works closely with the preparator crew.

Essential Functions & Responsibilities

  • Supports and works collaboratively with internal departments to ensure that the work of exhibition planning is in service to and aligns with programs, curatorial, registration, design, marketing, administration, and operations.
  • Oversee exhibition master schedule and ensure responsible partners adhere to deadlines.
  • Oversee exhibition design and production, working with internal staff and external parties (such as contractors, curators, and exhibitors) to support curatorial in translating concepts to in-gallery exhibitions.
  • Work closely with CCA Administration and the gallery crew and contractors to manage special exhibition requirements.
  • Work with the gallery personnel, art handlers and preparators to manage the movement and mounting of exhibitions.
  • Work in partnership with curatorial and external vendors on exhibition furniture construction and gallery installation requirements.
  • Coordinates reception and archives unsolicited proposals for possible review and follow-up.
  • Coordinates shipping/delivery of artwork, condition reports of incoming and outgoing artworks, and installation and de-installation of exhibitions.
  • Attends meetings with artists, participates in studio visits, and participates with research regarding future exhibitions as requested.
  • Create and manage budgets, timelines, contract/agreements, and other systems necessary for the implementation of exhibitions and related programming.
  • Works the gallery desk in alternating weekends.
  • Supervises contractors. Create and manage systems and materials to support their effective work.
  • Work with curatorial to design and execute installation and de-installation of all exhibitions, overseeing the management of technical components, major build-out, and hiring preparatory help.
  • Ensure that condition reports, consignment forms, contracts, and incident reports are implemented and used according to best practices. Adhere to various insurance policies, including liability and art-related insurances.
  • Maintain digital and physical archives of all exhibitions and gallery programs.
  • Responsible for the safety and integrity of exhibitions during rentals and other uses of gallery spaces.
  • Manages the maintenance and upkeep and of the gallery, prep space, and office space with input from Facilities.