Hi all, its me, Director Annie Newman. My husband and I are moving with our two dogs back to my hometown of Charlottesville for a little country living. Leaving WPG will be one of the hardest things about the move–but it will be made a whole lot easier if we find a great new director! So, send in your application or pass this on to friends you think would be a good match. All details, below:
Washington Printmakers Gallery is a co-op gallery with 27 years of dedication to contemporary, hand-pulled prints. Hosting between 30 and 40 local, regional, and national printmakers, WPG puts on approximately 8 solo shows a year of members’ work, in addition to several specialty group exhibitions and a monthly members’ exhibition.
The Gallery Director is responsible for day-to-day management of the gallery, as well as pursuing larger projects in conjunction with the artist membership, with the end goal of furthering the gallery’s mission of promoting hand-pulled, contemporary print arts.
This is a part time position of 27 hours per week: Wednesday/Thursday 12-6, Friday 12-7, and Saturday 10-5. Distribution of hours may be flexible depending upon the Director’s needs. A base salary of $12,600 is supplemented by commission on sales.
Roles and Responsibilities:
The Gallery Director is responsible for:
- Being present at the gallery during opening hours, or ensuring there is competent coverage,
- Hosting events related to the exhibitions, specifically opening receptions (usually the first Saturday of the month) or artist talks,
- Processing sales of artwork on display at the gallery or in any affiliate shows,
- Keeping accurate records alongside the accountant,
- Writing catalogs, designing postcards, drafting press releases, and creating any other media required for exhibitions at the gallery or any affiliate shows,
- Maintaining the Gallery’s social media presence in an active and engaging way through Twitter, Facebook, Constant Contact, etc,
- Writing grants and fundraising reports for WPG’s sister non-profit, Washington Print Foundation (WPF),
- Managing and soliciting additional funds from private donors or other sources for WPF,
- Attend the monthly meetings (usually the last Sunday of the month) to inform the artist membership of all gallery activities and discuss any other relevant matters.
The ideal candidate for Gallery Director will possess the following qualities:
- Completed an arts-related Bachelor’s degree or higher education,
- Knowledge of printmaking,
- Proficiency with Adobe Photoshop, Microsoft Publisher, and/or other publishing software,
- Familiarity with area arts and non-profit organizations and practices, including the Maryland Cultural Data Project,
- Direct responsibility for financial, promotional, and/or fundraising management in an arts organization or non-profit setting,
- Experience leading a large board or other diverse group of people to timely consensus on important matters,
- Independent, driven working style and outgoing personality.
To apply, please send a cover letter detailing any relevant experience or skills you could bring to the job, a resume including professional experience and accomplishments, a writing sample (see below), and three professional contacts to email@example.com with “Director Application” in the subject. An email confirmation acknowledging receipt of your application will be sent during regular gallery hours. No phone calls, please.
Directions for the writing sample: Chose two artists from the Washington Printmakers Gallery website and write a mock press release for a two person exhibition.