Please join us next week for the office of Academic Advising and Career Services first Internship Fair on Thursday, April 24 from noon-1:30pm.
Murray’s Ice Creams & Cookies has an opening for a part-time Murray’s Soda Jerk. Contact Murray at email@example.com, call 8169315646 or visit their Westport location and slip a sheet of paper with your contact info and availability through the mail slot.
Artist & Craftsman Supply at 229 Southwest Boulevard is hiring full-time staff. Must have knowledge in a variety of mediums. Contact Nicholas Naughton at 816-221-5454 or firstname.lastname@example.org to apply.
Dan Needham of Needham Floral seeks a part time floral assistant. Contact INFO@NEEDHAMFLORAL.COM for more info.
KCAI is seeking applications for the full-time position of executive administrative assistant to the president.
The City of KCMO has several art related positions open.
Lexmark is seeking a design-conscious, enthusiastic, detail-oriented and organized illustrator with a strong background in conceptual and corporate illustration and graphic design to join the creative wing of its global marketing team. Applicants should contact: Sherri Lockridge at email@example.com
Midtown Self Storage Need a weekend only person to help with UHaul, pulling trucks up, cleaning, returning, running of our storage elevator. This position is part-time and pays an $9 hour. Contact Jolie Vorce at firstname.lastname@example.org
Altered Esthetics in Minneapolis has an opening for Exhibitions & Gallery Manager.
So You Want To Have A Show? : Do’s and Don’ts from a Curator’s Perspective
Okay, so a few departments on campus require students to have an off campus show, those that don’t require it may encourage students to show while in school. So if you’re reading this, you obviously want to have a show. I’ve been a curatorial assistant for 3 years and just recently took over the Subterranean Gallery as director. A whole lot more goes into putting on an exhibition than people think, here are your do’s and don’ts.
1. Set a realistic budget – With any gallery opening, it’s going to cost you a lot of time, and quite a bit of money. Just to make the space at Subterranean Gallery exhibition ready costs a few hundred dollars. Research galleries and find out what they will provide for you. Some spaces have wonderful gallery preparators who will hang your work on pristine walls and handle it with care. Other spaces, like most small alternative spaces have a curator/preparator/director who wears all of the hats like me. Plan for around $200 to have an opening.
Here’s an example breakdown:
So for a local exhibition, on the low end without factoring in the cost of framing your show would cost $170! Some galleries will split this cost, other spaces it is up to the artist.
2. Be prepared – Know that often times, things will go wrong and you will be working on getting the show ready up until the last few minutes before it opens. Most gallery directors have shows in mind and begin preparing 6 months in advance before a show. If you need a spring exhibition, pitch in the fall or early winter, and when you do pitch be professional.
Appropriate Exhibition Proposal Needs:
o Cover Letter
o Examples of Work – Specifically the work you are planning to make/ have made for the exhibition.
A meaty paragraph with details as to how you plan to use the space, why you want to show there, what your work is doing etc.
The proposal should set up a context for your work so that the gallery owner can understand how it would interact with their space/curatorial practice.
Please, do not ever approach a gallery owner at an opening with a bunch of ideas. If other galleries are like me, we have many things balancing at once and your pitch will be forgotten. Email us and set up a meeting, I’ll give my email to just about anybody. I would happily meet someone for coffee and listen to exhibition ideas, but have something realistic in mind for the space first (make a proposal!). Be considerate of my time and I will be considerate of yours.
3. Set Deadlines- Some artists hate deadlines, but when it comes to making an exhibition happen they are a necessity. You need deadlines for every stage of the exhibition. Here are my guidelines for a show:
Sticking to this schedule will allow for you to not only have a smooth opening, but a develop a relationship with a curator/gallery director who will trust you! That trust is important. If you show up two days before an opening with wet paintings completely disorganized, they have the power to turn the ship around and call the whole thing off, be considerate.
4. Know Who and What you’re dealing with – Try to meet the gallery owner before you start planning an exhibition, or at the very least visit the space. The end goal may be to have an exhibition, but you need to remember to protect your art. A lot of spaces will ignore common gallery policies like loan forms and may or may not have a professional preparator hanging your work. Meet these people, talk to them and ask a ton of questions. If they aren’t willing to answer things like What if my art gets damaged? or Who will be installing the exhibition? don’t walk- run.
Also choose your helpful friends wisely. Art school is a busy place and having people you can rely on will lead to less headaches in the long run.
5. Don’t expect to sell work – This is a biggie, but if that’s your intention with having an art opening, you’re doing it for the wrong reasons. Selling work is a beautiful pleasant surprise if it does happen in undergrad, but your work is going to change and mature. Don’t let selling one type of thing effect the type of work you make and ideas you want to explore unless your ultimate goal is to be Jeff Koons with a workshop doing everything for you. If you show at a commercial gallery, they are going to take a significant cut from the overall sale. Plus, many galleries that are considered alternative spaces, like mine, can’t sell work! As an undergrad student it is better for you to find galleries willing to offer social capital rather than a paycheck.
Social capital can be in the form of networking, brand building, marketing, programming etc. With each exhibition I am currently working on, I’m planning gallery programming specifically related to the artist’s ideas and practice with the hope of encouraging the community to develop a more enhanced dialogue with the artist. This is also a plus because it gives artist’s the freedom to sell their work out of their studios for 100% of the profit and potentially get exhibitions at bigger galleries that have mailing lists full of collectors specifically looking to buy work they care about! Building and refining your network is the most important thing you can do while in school to keep from feeling completely lost once you graduate and beyond. The internet is doing quite a bit to change how the art world works so don’t underestimate the power of social capital.
6. Last but not least, communicate- Check your email, your phone, and respond. If I set a due date for Exhibition plans or the press release and just don’t hear from you, I won’t order postcards and I’ll push the show back until I do. Keep communication as professional as possible, and be upfront with me if something happens. Remember that when you plan to have a show in a space, it needs to stay on par with the expectations the community has for the caliber of the work in the space. Not only is your artistic reputation at stake with the exhibition, so is the reputation of the gallery.
Nelson Aktins Museum of Art has several open positions, including the Durwood Trust paid internships for current KCAI students. http://www.nelson-atkins.org/welcome/JobIntern.cfm
H&H Color Lab Inc. is a full service photofinishing lab for professional portrait, social, school, sports and event photographers in Raytown, MO. They are looking to hire a KCAI alumni for a full-time customer service rep. Applicants should contact: Chris Shrum (816) 358-6677 Ext 178 or at email@example.com
MarketingXchange, Inc. is a fast-growing digital agency Graphic & Website Designer.
Art Studio is seeking a craftsperson to assist in fabricating architectural panels. Part time to start with potential for full time.
Half Price Banners in Shawnee is seeking a designer.
Mac’s Screenprinting and Sports Apparel has an opening for a t-shirt designer/ artist.
The Mid-Coast Radio Project has a rare opportunity for a Special Events and Volunteer Manager for KKFI 90.1 FM, Kansas City ‘s only Community Radio station.
Mid-America Arts Alliance (M-AAA) seeks an enthusiastic and highly detail-oriented individual to provide administrative and programmatic support to the Development staff.
Arrow Fabricare Services is looking to fill a full-time Spray Booth Tech/Color Matcher. Compensation is $12 an hour. If you have prior experience in visual color matching,air brush or spray gun technique this may be the perfect job. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 816-931-2452 for more info.\
Grantham University is seeking qualified, adjunct instructors to teach associate and bachelor level courses in Art for the College of Arts & Sciences. Adjuncts teach undergraduate and graduate-level classes in a virtual setting.
Urban Ranger Corps is looking for a Student Success Coach (SSC) who is a caring, responsible, adult male who serves as a trusted mentor and guide to boys and young men ages 12 to 21. The SSC helps to ensure that each student develops important academic and life skills.
American Association of School Personnel Administrators is seeking a publication specialist to develop, manage, and implement AASPA’s marketing plan; coordinate, design, and produce AASPA publications; and assist in general office support functions.
LogoKC, a screen print, embroidery, uniform and promotional products company is looking to add to our graphics department. We not only design t-shirts, but work on a variety of apparel lines with a strong emphasis with women’s design
The Kemper Museum of Contemporary Arts seeks a Director of Marketing and Communications.
Idyllic Enterprises, in Girardeau, MO, is looking for a full-time Web Designer / Graphic Artist. This opportunity includes a benefits package and was directly shared with KCAI. Contact Luma Shaer at 573-388-2262 ext 720 or email@example.com for more information.
Crystal Bridges in Bentonville, AR has several positions open including two curator positions, retail assistant manager, Dir. of communications, and art educators and instructors
West Omaha T-Shirt Store looking for Sharp Salesperson/Graphic Designer who’s looking for a future!
The Walker in Minneapolis seeks a part-time, hourly Visitor Services Associate to greet museum visitors with a strong emphasis on quality customer service – welcoming guests and directing them to their destination.
ABDO Publishing Company in Edina, MN seeks a Full Time Junior Graphic Designer.
A well established watch company in the Miami area is seeking for a graphic designer/ photographer to grow with the company.
Cavan Images is a high-end image library producing 1000s of images and videos a year. We’re looking for well rounded studio manager able to handle the operations of a busy and exciting photo production company.
Experienced full-time art handler needed for a 20th and 21st century furniture and design gallery located in Tribeca with a warehouse in the Williamsburg section in Brooklyn.
Inner-City Arts is a multi-disciplinary arts campus located in the heart of downtown Los Angeles, serving over 10,000 children, youth, teachers and families during the school day, after school and on weekends is looking for Camp Counselors.
In this first in a series of data snap shots from CERF+’s national research about the status of craft artists in the U.S., we focus on income. The data that we collected in this study came from over 3,500 craft artists in every state in the U.S. who responded to our survey in 2013, which was distributed by CERF+ and the 46 organizations who helped distribute it to their artist members
It is sobering to learn that less than a third of all professional craft artists gross over $25,000 a year from their craft businesses and only about a fourth of full-time craft artists net over $25,000 a year from that work. However, this data does not capture the non-quantifiable quality of life issues about artists’ lives. Anecdotal evidence suggests that many artists are able to create enviable lifestyles by applying their artistic talents to their built environments; combining business and leisure travel; living close to the earth; and employing a variety of strategies to supplement their business income. Some craft artists depend on other employment to support artistic activity that is experimental or otherwise not viable in the marketplace.
This chart shows gross business income (gross receipts) for all survey respondents without regard to hours worked per week.
Fifty-four percent (54%) of craft artists surveyed work full-time at their craft (For the purposes of this study 30+ hours per week is considered to be full-time).
Only a third of full-time craft artists provide the majority of their family income through their craft-related income, and one fourth provide over 80%. It is clear that most artists piece together a living from multiple sources, including craft business income, spouse/partner income, employment in arts and non-arts related jobs, retirement funds, and other sources.
Not surprisingly, mid-career artists are in higher gross business income (gross receipts) ranges than their emerging colleagues. Late career artists tend to be in somewhat lower gross business income categories than mid-career artists. This may be due to decreased capacity to produce, greater reliance on retirement income, investments, or other causes. The differences are more pronounced when viewing net business income. It appears that longevity in the craft field is not a guarantee of financial rewards – at least not from craft business income.
CERF+ is very interested in your response to this data. Please comment in the space provided below and/or address these specific questions:
For more in-depth information on this and other topics covered in the study, download the full report: Sustaining Careers: A Study of U.S. Craft Artists.