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Gallery Assistant Job Description

About The Arts Center: The Fort Worth Community Arts Center is a program of the Arts Council of Fort Worth.  The Arts Center is a multi-disciplinary 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to presenting the arts, arts education and programs that reflect Fort Worth’s creativity and diversity.  

In 2002, The City of Fort Worth awarded the Arts Council of Fort Worth the management of the Fort Worth Community Arts Center, a major cultural venue in Fort Worth’s Cultural District.  

Our facility houses 9 galleries for exhibition, 2 theatres, 5 classroom/rehearsal spaces, and 8 resident arts organizations who office in our building. 

Our gallery presents several exhibitions each season, thematic, juried exhibitions and solo shows.  We are updating our programming to provide access to contemporary art to a broad public through exhibitions, classes and public programs. We provide platforms for visual artists through exhibitions and an online visual artist registry through the Texas Artist Coalition, an artist membership program.  We will provide a series of artist opportunity initiatives including an emerging curator program, and summer visual artist residency. We have the opportunity to work with the Arts Center Performing Arts programs in administering varied cross-disciplinary programs. 

The Gallery Assistant reports to the Programs and Exhibitions Manager and plays a key role in the implementation of our exhibition program, with a focus on programming and education to the public, facility management, art installation, gallery-staff supervision, and facility/AV coordination for programs and events.  The position requires excellent organizational, time management and communication skills and the ability to articulate clearly to a variety of people, both verbally and in writing. Must be a handy self starter with a strong work ethic, ability to lift 40 lbs., experience installing and packaging artwork.

Strong knowledge and interest in a wide range of art preferred. Familiarity with Excel, Word, Gmail, Photoshop, and digital imaging and design software strongly preferred. 

The successful applicant will have excellent interpersonal, and resource management skills. They will have strong teamwork skills and the ability to work gracefully and calmly under pressure. The candidate will relish working productively with diverse constituencies, including both young and established artists, curators, students, and contractors. This person will be neat, detail-oriented, and well-organized. They will be creative and able to undertake multiple tasks at the same time, solving problems and prioritizing along the way. Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills; detail oriented.   Flexible and resourceful. Ability to work with limited budgets and within deadlines. Willingness to pitch in on varied tasks as needed. 

Essential Duties & Responsibilities 

  • Assists with installation of all exhibitions and art at the Arts Center. Works with staff, guest curators, and exhibiting artists to help fulfill their plan.   Assist with the installation of exhibitions including artworks, AV components, pedestals, wall graphics, and lighting. 

  • Responsible for contracting with artists, collecting payments for exhibitions, and processing payments.

  • Assists in supervising freelance art handlers, painters, and other crew members. Trains gallery staff in protocol and security issues related to each show.

  • Arranges the pickup and delivery of all artworks. 

  • Maintains safety of artwork; oversees basic condition reports for incoming artworks. 

  • Oversees proper upkeep of the Gallery as well as other spaces when used for exhibitions in coordination with Arts Center maintenance staff. Assures proper functioning of exhibition-related electronic devices and AV equipment.

  • Assists in maintaining the Texas Artist Coalition a membership program for visual artists.  Mailing annual renewal letters for membership, maintaining website and e-newsletters.

  • Assists with coordination of outdoor sculpture program including preparation of space, and installation. 

  • Shares responsibilities in setting up programs; also assists with set ups for public programs, receptions, and other events

  • Maintain contact with critics, magazines, newspapers and on-line publications.  Maintain digital and print archive of exhibition press and images.  

  • Maintain appearance of: gallery walls, lighting, artwork.  

  • Assist artists with artwork installation and de-installation. 

  • Assists with oversight of exhibition budgets. Processes payments to exhibition-related crew and vendors. 

  • Orders supplies and materials required for each exhibition; maintains inventory of electronic equipment, and tools. 

  • Solicit donations of beverages and food for all events and openings. 

  • Additional responsibilities as required. 

Compensation & Schedule 
This is a full time position + full benefits package. Tuesday – Saturday schedule; overtime required for public programs and during installation periods. 

The Arts Center is an equal opportunity employer.

How to apply: 
Email with subject line: Gallery Assistant to our Human Resources Manager, Rachel@artscouncilfw.org  Please write a brief cover letter in the body of the email and attach resume. No calls, please. Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.