Gallery Coordinator - Penland Gallery & Visitors Center
The Penland Gallery exhibits the work of artists affiliated with Penland School of Crafts from across the country and beyond. These include current and former instructors, resident artists, and students working in contemporary craft media: books and paper, clay, drawing and painting, glass, iron, metals, photo, print and letterpress, textiles, and wood. The gallery exhibits work by an ever-changing pool of established and emerging artists who make sculptural and functional objects, conceptual and narrative work which represents the creative programming of Penland School.
The Gallery Coordinator reports directly to the Gallery Director, assisting with management and coordination of the Lucy Morgan Gallery, the Focus Gallery, the Robyn and John Horn Gallery, temporary installations, and other invitational or special gallery exhibitions (4500 square feet total interior gallery space). The coordinator works collaboratively with gallery staff and directly with gallery artists, Penland School instructors, visitors, collectors and other customers, attending to inventory, sales, and information.
The Gallery Coordinator serves as a Penland liaison with artists and the local community and as an education, sales, and general information resource for visitors. This position requires a service-oriented person who is outgoing and able to convey information to visitors, students, and instructors in a friendly, courteous, tactful, and accurate manner. General knowledge about Penland Schools programs is necessary. Also required are the following:
General knowledge about contemporary craft and craft techniques
Experience with gallery practices and management and retail sales procedures
Experience with art handling, the packing and shipping of artwork, and exhibition design and installation
Experience with exhibition preparation such as the handling of related paperwork and object preparation
This is a full time, benefits eligible, year round, hourly position and reports directly to the gallery director. Work schedule is 32-40 hours/week during gallery season, 8-16 hours/week during winter (11 weeks). Weekend hours are required. Total scheduled work hours to equal 1680 hours annually.
Works directly with gallery visitors, greets incoming students and instructors; provides information about Penland School, gallery artists, and local studios to gallery visitors.
Works with gallery artists, attending to inventory, sales, and information.
Works with gallery customers making purchases, placing orders, and inquiries about Penland affiliated artists.
Utilizes inventory software, computer and credit card systems to facilitate gallery sales.
Works with the gallery director for artist and collector cultivation and stewardship including but not limited to the use of social media: Instagram, Facebook, Constant Contact newsletters, and Pinterest.
Maintains inventory for sales gallery, working with the gallery bookkeeper to keep accurate records.
Takes lead role in the design and maintenance of the Morgan Gallery after planning with the gallery director.
Assists gallery staff with maintaining exhibition and SHOP webpages; data entry, artist information, and photography support.
Works with the gallery director to curate Focus Gallery and special exhibitions. Takes lead in coordinating, facilitating, design, and installation of Focus Gallery and special exhibitions.
Provides support to the gallery director with all aspects of main invitational exhibitions and Visitors Center gallery.
Works with gallery and Penland kitchen staff to facilitate event receptions.
Provides support for gallery related exhibitions and events off campus as needed.
Takes lead role in packing/shipping of outgoing artwork and maintaining inventory of shipping supplies.
Takes lead role in unpacking, inventory, and tagging of artists work for sales gallery.
Works equally with other staff to keep gallery clean and maintained.
Assumes other responsibilities upon request and as may be appropriate to the position.
Participates as requested in all internal administrative responsibilities including budget development and oversight for areas of responsibilities, participates in staff meetings, training sessions, and other meetings upon request, responds to emails, phone calls, and letters in a timely fashion, maintains files for gallery.
Must have a minimum of two years of retail gallery sales and exhibition display experience, or equivalent.
Must have in depth knowledge of craft material and technique, and understanding of the field of contemporary craft.
Must have ability to interact and converse easily with a wide range of visitors; give information clearly, patiently and politely and respond with the same abilities to all questions from individuals.
Must be able to make informed decisions concerning the gallery, sales, and visitors needs as problems arise; able to handle situations with a wide range of people in a mature, calm, and rational manner.
Must be able to manage a varied workload, work well independently and under supervision,
work collegially with others, cooperating in both interpersonal and team relationships.
Must be a detail-oriented person who is adaptable and enjoys multi-tasking.
Must have excellent time-management, organizational, administrative, and verbal communication skills.
Must have comprehensive experience with installation of artwork and ability to work with tools is necessary (ladder, tape measure, drill, level and other small power and hand tools).
Must have comprehensive experience with art handling, packing, and shipping.
Must be able to use a calculator, credit card machine, and handle money with accuracy.
Must have experience with Mac OSX and functional ease with computer applications such as word processing, spreadsheet and database software. Fluency with Photoshop, Microsoft Word and Excel is highly recommended.
Must be able to safely and sensibly move and carry gallery items such as pedestals, artwork, boxes and furniture.
Must possess a valid drivers license.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit and to work at a computer. The employee is frequently required to use hands to finger, handle or touch objects, tools or controls and to talk fluently and to hear. The employee is frequently required to stand, to walk, and to bend and to occasionally handle hazardous materials. Specific vision required by this job includes close vision.
The employee must regularly lift and/or move objects weighing up to 50 pounds or more. This position requires strength and stamina as it involves climbing on ladders, handling artwork and objects of varying dimensions, weight and volume, and construction-related activities such as painting, moving walls, and transporting crates.
To Apply (email only)
The start date for this position is February 27, 2017. The position will remain open until filled; however the initial review of applications will consist of applications received by December 31, 2016. Send resume and cover letter addressing relevant experience and interest in the position and email contact information for at least 3 references to Kathryn Gremley, Gallery Director, Penland School of Crafts:
Penland School of Crafts is an international center for craft education offering residential workshops, residencies, community education programs, and exhibitions. Located on 420 acres in the NC Mountains, Penland has 16 teaching studios and a total of 58 historic and contemporary buildings. Penland School of Crafts is an equal opportunity employer with a staff of 62. Penland operates with a $17 million endowment and an annual operating budget of $6 million.