Saturday Gallery Assistant & Special Events Staff Member – USA

Saturday Gallery Assistant & Special Events Staff Member
Job Description
Excited about the arts? Dedicated to supporting people with cancer and other illnesses? Ever consider working for a non-profit that explores and promotes the intersection of wellness and creativity, right in the middle of D.C.’s vibrant U. Street Corridor!
We’re seeking an organized, creative, ambitious and compassionate individual to assist with the operations of the Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery, part of Smith Center for Healing and the Arts. In addition to being responsible for running the gallery on Saturday open hours (11am-3pm), the assistant will also be requested to staff exhibition openings, artists’ talks and special events in the gallery, approximately 1-2 a month. The assistant will report directly to the Gallery Director, but will also work with the Exhibitions Manager and other Smith Center staff as needed.
About Smith Center & the Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery:
Smith Center for Healing and the Arts is a unique 17-year-old health, education and arts non-profit that serves both individuals with cancer and the Washington D.C. community at large. We offer programs and resources built on an integrative model that addresses healing and wellness for the whole person – physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual. We are the only D.C.-based cancer support center serving the entire community & specializing in using creativity and the arts as tools for healing.
In May 2008, we opened the Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery to advance the understanding and utilization of the arts to build, unite, inspire, and heal our communities. The gallery is the first professional, nonprofit arts space dedicated to promoting the innate connection between healing and creativity. Our gallery hosts five to six exhibitions each year featuring contemporary, award-winning artists addressing significant themes, such as social change, multiculturalism, health, identity and community, to name a few. On average, each opening exhibition reception welcomes over 225 visitors, and each show receives over 700 visitors.
Timeframe:
• Preferred start date: Early July 2014
• Regular time commitment of 4 hours each Saturday, from 11am to 3pm
• Occasional commitment to work at special events such as artist talks and opening receptions, usually around three hours each
• Opportunities to assist with exhibition installation and de-installation and similar gallery matters may also be available
Duties:
Gallery Weekly Staff:
• Greeting visitors and communicating Smith Center’s mission, programs, and exhibition information; directing phone calls and/or more complex inquiries to relevant program staff.
• Opening and closing the gallery, including operating lighting and A/V components, maintaining signage and temperature settings, and generally keeping a neat and secure space.
• Providing administrative and event-related support to Gallery Director and program co-directors.
• Facilitating and processing art sales; Managing contact information for gallery artists and patrons.
• Addressing artist inquiries and occasionally handling and organizing artworks between exhibitions.
• Managing and building artist inventories, web pages, and call lists.
• Completing smaller research projects pertaining to gallery operations and outreach, as well as more long-term projects for future exhibitions, collaborations, and the Art Advisory service as needed.
Gallery Special Event Staff:
• This role will consist of: event setup and cleanup, greeting visitors, facilitating and processing art sales, working the bar as needed, photographing event space, and providing back up to other gallery staff as specified.
• Staffing will be arranged for dates scheduled reasonably in advance.
Qualifications:
• Degree in fine art, art history, or arts management preferred
• Experience in a fine art gallery or customer service setting
• Excellent writing and communication skills
• Capacity to articulate Smith Center’s mission with poignancy and clarity
• Confident and friendly demeanor for welcoming visitors and program attendees to Smith Center
• Proficiency in Microsoft Office and experience in web design platforms
• Keen attention to detail and organization
• Ability to work with independent initiative
Compensation:
• $15 per hour: $60 per Saturday, special event lengths vary
How to Apply
Please send your résumé, cover letter, a short writing sample (arts-related subject preferable, ~ 500 words), and a list of 2-3 professional references to the Gallery Director, Brooke Seidelmann, at brooke@smithcenter.org by Monday, June 9th.
In your application, please articulate your interest in this position at Smith Center by demonstrating how professional experiences in art, healthcare, or related fields have prepared you to serve in this capacity. Tell us about your work habits, significant projects, and what you would contribute to the community of Smith Center and the Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery.
We strongly encourage you to visit our website and learn more about Smith Center, the Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery and the services we provide before applying for this position: http://www.smithcenter.org

• Job Title:
Saturday Gallery Assistant & Special Events Staff Member
• Job Type:
Part-Time Job
• Employer:
Joan Hisaoka Gallery at Smith Center for Healing and the Arts
• website:
http://www.smithcenter.org/arts-healing/joan-hisaoka-art-gallery.html
• Location:
Washington, District of Columbia, United States

Job Categories: Museum and Gallery. Job Types: Part-Time. Job Tags: art gallery, assistant, exhibition, free, gallery, and non-profit. State: DC.

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