Director, Long Island City, NY
SculptureCenter leads the conversation on contemporary art by supporting artistic innovation and independent thought highlighting sculpture's specific potential to change the way we engage with the world. Positioning artists' work in larger cultural, historical, and aesthetic contexts, SculptureCenter discerns and interprets emerging ideas. Founded by artists in 1928, SculptureCenter provides an international forum that connects artists and audiences by presenting exhibitions, commissioning new work, and generating scholarship.
Taking the history and legacy of sculpture as its foundation, SculptureCenter's programs explore and reflect the current concerns of and around contemporary art. As a non-collecting space, SculptureCenter introduces emerging artists and commissions major work of the highest quality in New York, providing direct support to the artists for its creation, including production funds, training, curatorial support, and honoraria. SculptureCenter is frequently the first institution, or the first one in the United States, to present an artist's work, often launching their career.
As a non-collecting museum, SculptureCenter's annual exhibition program includes three to six solo and group exhibitions (most consisting entirely of newly commissioned work) and our annual In Practice open call program, which features new commissions by 10 to 15 emerging artists. These occur in its wholly owned 8,000-square-foot space converted by Maya Lin in 2000 from a former trolley repair factory and renovated in 2014 by Andrew Berman Architects. To facilitate deep public engagement and encourage dialogue between visitors of all ages and artists and their work, SculptureCenter hosts free events and programs that complement its exhibitions, including lectures, panel discussions, readings, video screenings, performances, and special public and educational programs.
A $2 million to $2.2 million organization, SculptureCenter has a full- and part-time staff of 15 and a 16-member Board of Trustees. For more information, please visit www.sculpture-center.org.
SculptureCenter seeks a Director who is:
- An artistic visionary with deep relationships within the contemporary art community, able to take well-considered, tenable risks to ensure groundbreaking leadership in identifying and launching artists in the United States and internationally;
- An entrepreneurial leader with powerful interpersonal skills; someone who can inspire internally and externally, collaborate, mentor, and delegate;
- A willing, talented, and tested fundraiser who is comfortable asking for money and who has the ability to build and steward relationships with the Board and beyond;
- A compelling and effective communicator capable of persuasively positioning the sometimes-challenging issues often inherent in contemporary art;
- A self-starter undaunted by a lean institution and effective under pressure, with strong organizational skills and a proven ability to focus and prioritize;
- Administratively adept; able to lead, organize, and support a staff, manage a Board and budget, and liaise with peer and funding entities; capable of developing and achieving sustainable operational and financial strategies that can support operations and the pursuit of new initiatives;
- Able to harness information technology to support operations, exhibitions, and artists;
- Able to identify, recruit, and retain the future of curatorial talent upon which SculptureCenter's mission depends.
On an ongoing basis, the Director will:
- Oversee the development of and in close cooperation with the curatorial team rigorous and critically acclaimed exhibitions, public programs, and events that assert SculptureCenter's position as one of the leading contemporary art institutions in the United States and internationally;
- Take a leadership role in the regional, national, and international art communities to insist on the crucial contribution of art and arts organizations in sustaining a healthy and diverse society;
- Evaluate fundraising efforts to date; conceive of new revenue streams including earned, sponsorship, and foundation support; in partnership with the Director of Advancement and Board, help propel fundraising efforts to significantly increase private support for SculptureCenter's exhibitions, programming, and operations;
- In conjunction with the Director of Finance and Administration, oversee SculptureCenter's financial operations; develop budget and ensure adherence to allocated financial resources, and provide Board with timely financial data;
- Maximize the resources and impact of SculptureCenter by engaging in cooperative programming and joint ventures with other institutions locally, nationally, and abroad; encourage programmatic innovation;
- Maintain long-term relationships with exhibited artists, connecting them to the SculptureCenter community;
- Motivate, engage, and supervise staff, building morale and providing direction; delegate specific responsibilities and appropriate authority, holding individuals accountable for specific and collective performance;
- Cultivate, solicit, and steward new and existing members of the Board; clearly communicate expectations and opportunities and hold members accountable to commitments on SculptureCenter's behalf; identify opportunities to engage the Board as ambassadors to raise awareness of SculptureCenter activities;
- Oversee strategy for and stewardship of SculptureCenter's facility.
SculptureCenter recognizes that diversity enriches cultural dialogue and is essential to innovation. SculptureCenter works across borders and generations and seeks to reflect and embrace multiple viewpoints in programming, hiring, visitor relations, and facility planning.
Please send applications or nominations to Sarah James and Becky Klein at SculptureCenter@PhillipsOppenheim.com.