Applications open for Curator Roster: Deadline September 26, 2016, 5:00pm

The Curator Roster provides a pre-qualified list of curators to work with AIPP project managers and local art selection committees to recommend works of art for the State Art Collection that respond to community context and the physical environment.

The curator coordinates with AIPP staff; meets with the committee; researches artists and works of art; prepares the artwork recommendation presentation and support materials; and coordinates the purchase, delivery, and installation of accepted artworks. Curators are typically contracted for approximately 10% of the project budget with a minimum fee of $800. Contract duration is typically under six months.

The curator is expected to respect the committee’s viewpoint and interests, and provide expertise to expand on conceptual and physical opportunities. An eligible curator has a diverse knowledge of professional artists and art forms and the ability to effectively pursue and purchase the artwork in a timely and cost effective manner. A curator should have the ability to bring a cohesive proposal of prioritized recommendations for works of art and sites to the committee, and honor the committee’s discussion and final approval of selections.

The Curator roster is active for a four-year period after which a new curator roster is established.


Competition Guidelines

 

Introduction to the Art in Public Places Program

The Washington State Arts Commission’s (ArtsWA) Art in Public Places program (AIPP) was established by the State Legislature in 1974 to acquire works of art for the State Art Collection. ArtsWA is the administrator of the State Art Collection which consists of 4,500 works of art acquired through commissions and direct purchases. Artworks are located throughout state agencies, public schools, universities, and community colleges. These partner agencies assign local art selection committees to work with AIPP project managers who facilitate the recommendation of artwork proposals and purchases by contracting with artists and curators. AIPP contracts with curators approximately two times per year.

In addition to the information provided in these guidelines, the application, panel, and other processes for the Curator Roster are managed according to ArtsWA’s rules as established in the Washington Administrative Code (WAC).
 

Curator Roster, Role of the Curator, Term Limits

The Curator Roster provides a pre-qualified list of curators to work with AIPP project managers and local art selection committees to recommend works of art for the State Art Collection that respond to community context and the physical environment.

The curator coordinates with AIPP staff; meets with the committee; researches artists and works of art; prepares the artwork recommendation presentation and support materials; and coordinates the purchase, delivery, and installation of accepted artworks. Curators are typically contracted for approximately 10% of the project budget with a minimum fee of $800. Contract duration is typically under six months.

The curator is expected to respect the committee’s viewpoint and interests, and provide expertise to expand on conceptual and physical opportunities. An eligible curator has a diverse knowledge of professional artists and art forms and the ability to effectively pursue and purchase the artwork in a timely and cost effective manner. A curator should have the ability to bring a cohesive proposal of prioritized recommendations for works of art and sites to the committee, and honor the committee’s discussion and final approval of selections.

The Curator roster is active for a four-year period after which a new curator roster is established.
 

Curator Roster Application Timeline

September 26, 2016       Application deadline
October 2016                   Panel Review
November 3, 2016          Panel Recommendation presented to Board
November 7, 2016          Applicant notification
 

Application Assistance

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Submission and Eligibility Requirements

Applications will be reviewed by staff, and only applications meeting the following requirements will be forwarded to the panel:

  • Received by September 26, 2016 as addressed under Application Delivery Instructions.
  • Complete applications.
  • Washington State residents or individuals living within 60 miles of Washington.
  • Three years visual arts experience as a curator for a public or non-profit institution, private gallery, or private collection, and a BA in Art History, Studio Art, or related field. Two additional years experience may substitute for the education requirement.
  • Curated a minimum of five visual art exhibitions or purchases of artworks with selected artworks valued at $2,000 or more.


Review Process and Review Criteria

Eligible applications are reviewed individually and collectively by a panel of visual arts experts.

  • Jolyn Gardner, Washington State Arts Commissioner
  • Lele Barnett, Curator of the Microsoft Art Collection
  • Ryan Hardesty, Curator of Art & Exhibitions, Washington State University
     

Applications are evaluated using the following review criteria:
 

1.  Knowledge of professional artists* and curatorial experience, demonstrates:

  • Knowledge of awide array of professional artists in the Northwest (WA, OR, ID, BC);
  • A current professional relationship with professional artists and/or galleries in the Northwest; and
  • Experience curating exhibitions/collections with individual works of art valued at $2000+.
     

2.  Knowledge of artwork categories and site responsive works of art, demonstrates:

  • Expertise in art forms, either contemporary or traditional, through education or experience in areas such as: collage, drawing, fiber, glass, light, painting, photography, print, sculpture, sound, video, Northwest masters, and/or indigenous art forms;
  • An understanding and interest in responding to the physical site and community context; and
  • An understanding and interest in responding to committee criteria.
     

3.  Ability to professionally complete projects, demonstrates:

  • Effective time management;
  • Ability to work within an established budget;
  • Professional communication; and
  • Ability to effectively work with committees and/or diverse partners.
     

*Professional artist means a person who has formal artistic training; and/or has professional exhibition, performance, or publication experience; and/or who is recognized by critics and peers as skilled in art-making.
 

Removal from the Roster

The Commission can remove a curator from the roster at any time for actions or behavior that could be considered detrimental to the art selection committee, the community, and/or ArtsWA. This includes unprofessional conduct, unlawful activity, or failure to respond to ArtsWA staff requests for information in a timely and accurate manner.
 

Application materials

Application materials must include the following four items to be considered complete. Supplemental materials are optional.
 

1. Resume. (3 page limit PDF or DOC format) Include:

  • Relevant experience and education
  • List of curated exhibitions and/or corporate, public, and private clients
     

2. Curatorial Statement. (250 word limit PDF or DOC format)  Include:

  • Curatorial strengths, e.g. Northwest artists, Native American artists, 2- or 3-D, glass, photography, etc.
  • Approach to site-responsive or thematic collections
     

3.  Curatorial Work Sample.A PowerPoint of not more than 10 slides that provides a summary of relevant exhibitions and/or client purchases preferably occurring within the past 5 years. Include:

  • Venue and date(s)
  • Explanation of the exhibition/collection’s focus
  • Timeline with brief description of meetings, research, purchase, delivery, installation
  • Sample of artists selected
  • General description of medium/s
  • Range of purchase prices

Supporting materials above (a-f) can be embedded into PowerPoint slides or printed as accompanying text.

4. References. All applicants must provide two professional references on the Curator Roster Reference Form. References must be delivered to ArtsWA by the reference (not the applicant). The applicant and/or the applicant’s references may be contacted for additional information.
 

Optional Supplemental Materials.(3 item limit) Reviews, excerpts from exhibition catalogues, additional written references, and/or exhibition proposals. These can be provided as scans or as links to websites provided in a (PDF or DOC) document.
 

Application Delivery Instructions

Email four attachments named: ResumeCuratorial StatementCuratorial Work Sample, and Supplemental Materials (optional) to chuck.zimmer@arts.wa.gov with Application for “your name” in the subject line.

Reference Forms must be emailed directly to chuck.zimmer@arts.wa.govby the person making the reference.
 

Application Deadline

ALL materials must be received by ArtsWA by 5:00 pm on September 26, 2016.


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