Fellowship Director, Hamiltonian Arts (Washington, D.C.)
Hamiltonian Artists seeks a collaborative, ambitious professional to fill the role of Fellowship Director. This is a new position in the organization.
The Fellowship Director will work closely with the Executive Director to develop an inspiring new vision for the Hamiltonian Artists’ Fellowship Program. We believe that providing artists with information and resources on how to navigate the contemporary art industry creates confident artists who make well-informed decisions regarding their careers. In turn, these artists will positively impact our society and the economy through the longevity of their careers.
Hamiltonian Artists was founded in 2007, in partnership with Hamiltonian Gallery, to build a dynamic community of innovative artists and effective visual art leaders. Since then, Hamiltonian Artists has nurtured the careers of over 65 Hamiltonian Fellows and successfully hosted a series of free professional development lectures and workshops for DC’s creative community. Our Fellows have gone on to exhibit their work at The Walters Museum and Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore; The Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, Washington, DC; Museum of African Diaspora, San Francisco; Museum of Fine Art, Boston; Frist Art Museum, Nashville; and more. Ninety-seven percent of alumni report having continued active studio practices
Hamiltonian Artists is at a pivotal moment in its history. The Fellowship Director will take an active role in envisioning what an artist fellowship can and should accomplish. Last year, the nonprofit Hamiltonian Artists fellowship and the commercial Hamiltonian Gallery formally merged to become the single 501c3 nonprofit Hamiltonian Artists. Along with the inaugural Executive Director, the Fellowship Director, will be responsible for building strategic partnerships in our communities and creating professional development opportunities for the Fellows through exhibitions, public programs, arts-business events, excursions, studio visits, and informal mentorship opportunities.
Job Requirements & Responsibilities
Program Development and Execution
- Develop, plan, and implement professional development events for Fellows, responding to needs unique to each class of artists
- Plan and implement 12 on-site Fellow exhibitions annually, including two group shows; coordinate off-site exhibitions with regional partners
- Work with Fellows in planning solo exhibitions, including regular studio visits, budget preparation, and related fundraising (if necessary)
- Build complementary events that will further enhance Fellows’ professional development, including artists talks, studio visits, and other topics to be determined by each class of Fellows
- Manage and execute administrative duties such as transportation of artwork, insurance contracts, installation, schedule, etc.
- Manage the space and collaborate with Executive Director; support staff for non-exhibition related events such as private rentals
- Select and manage contract labor to assist with installation/deinstallation; troubleshoot complex contemporary installations
- Develop and manage program budget
Communication and Outreach
- Use professional network to connect Fellows with artists, curators, writers, collectors, and other art professionals
- Cultivate relationships with collectors, professional colleagues, and the broader art world; build partnerships locally and regionally
- Continue to develop Hamiltonian Artists into a cultural focal point in the city
- Facilitate exhibition opportunities beyond the U Street gallery, both at venues with which the organization has existing relationships and at those the Fellows may present
- Collaborate with Executive Director to execute development, donor, and board events
- Work with the Executive Director to craft and refine grants and other funding proposals for the fellowship program
- Assist artists in pursuit of funding for exhibitions beyond organizational budget
- Develop, plan, and implement public programs for emerging artists and the broader Hamiltonian community, including our neighbors and partners
- Develop public facing programs and initiatives to serve as earned income streams
Must demonstrate some combination—but not necessarily all—of the following:
- 5 years of experience in a contemporary art setting, either nonprofit or commercial
- Understanding of contemporary art practice and the broader art world, including the commercial marketplace
- Experience coordinating complex exhibitions across a variety of media
- Experience developing, planning, and implementing special events for a public audience
- Awareness of the unique needs of emerging artists when building professional networks, including connecting to fabricators, shippers, installers, technology specialists, funders, writers, etc.
- Experience installing, deinstalling artwork of various sizes, materials, weights, and formats
- Understanding the required inventory of materials, supplies, and related equipment for successful gallery installations
- Track record of success in fundraising for programs through grants, partnerships, or individual giving
- Graduate degree in related field or commensurate experience
- Established network of artists, collectors, arts administrators, art-adjacent professionals, etc.
- Experience working with institutional partners
- Understanding of the art fair circuit and the commercial art market
- Past work in a fellowship, mentorship, or other incubator-type environment
- Experience fundraising and/or finding revenue streams for nonprofits
- Experience preparing condition reports, loan agreements, commission paperwork, and artwork inventory
- Ability to self-start but also work well with a small, fast-moving team
- Cover letter
- Must be available for a Tuesday – Saturday work week with semi-regular evening hours
This position requires in-person work onsite with staff, Fellows, and public; COVID-19 precautions, including but not limited to, face mask-wearing and appropriate social distancing, will be strictly enforced.
To apply, submit cover letter and resume to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications accepted until position is filled.