AACS Inaugural Internship Fair Thursday, April 24 from Noon-1:30 in Epperson

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.

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Jobs Posting for April 2014


Murray’s Ice Creams & Cookies has an opening for a part-time Murray’s Soda Jerk. Contact Murray at murrayshomemade@gmail.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 kc@artistcraftsman.com to apply.

Dan Needham of Needham Floral seeks a part time floral assistant. Contact INFO@NEEDHAMFLORAL.COM for more info.

Universal Construction Company, Inc. seeks a full-time Marketing / Project Assistant. Contact Patti Sadler or Steve Smith patti@universalconstruction.net 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 sherri.lockridge@perceptivesoftware.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 midtowninvt@sbcglobal.net

The Kansas City Apparel Store is looking for a photographer/video engineer (current student) that will work within our urban,religious, and popular segments.  The photographer will be exposed to the business,design,and manufacturing process. Contact Chris Rogers cr@kcapparelstore.com for more info.
Catholic Charities of Kansas City-St. Joseph seeks a Graphic and Web Designer. This is a full-time position with a $34k salary. Contact Tara McGranahan tmcgranaghan@ccharities.com for more info.
Decision Counsel, a SF Bay Area based Agency is expanding its operation to Kansas City and is looking for talented designers. Contact Todd Soligo for more information: tsoligo@decisioncounsel.com
ACE Gallery Beverly Hills, an established and internationally recognized art gallery has several openings. Those postings and others in the LA area can be found here:
David Zwirner LLC seeks a full-time Assistant Registrar for immediate hire for our secondary market gallery, located at 537 West 20th street in NYC. The ideal candidate must have 2-3 years of related experience at a commercial gallery.
THE MISSION | Houston seeks a motivated Gallery Assistant to provide administrative, secretarial and clerical support to the gallery staff including answering incoming phone calls, handling incoming and outgoing mail, providing scheduling support, making travel arrangements, filing, maintaining supplies and data entry.
Robert R. McCormick Museum at Cantigny Park, IL has an opening for a museum educator.
Indianapolis Museum of Art, IN seeks an exhibition and collections coordinator.
Several openings for Summer Camp Jobs at Oregon College of Art and Craft.
The Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation (in the Portland area)  seeks an assistant collections registrar.

Altered Esthetics in Minneapolis has an opening for Exhibitions & Gallery Manager.


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So you want to have a show? By Melaney Mitchell (painting ’13)

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:

  •       Work framed/mounted – $100-$800 (optional, but suggested)
  •       Hanging devices – $10 – $20 (yes, you provide these)
  •       Postcards/Print Media – $70-$150
  •       Opening Night Refreshments – $50-$70 (you typically also provide these!)
  •       Paint, Patch and Paint, Rollers, Addtl Hardware – $25
  •       Vinyl Wall Decal – $15 -$20

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   Resume

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:

  •       6 Months before– set up a meeting and pitch a show
  •       3 Months before – try to have a studio visit or touch base with the director about the exhibition
  •       1 Month before – Exhibition plans due, get a floor plan of the gallery space and plan what is going where. If you’re an installation artist – great! – however you need to have a secure plan of what you want to happen at this point so that gallery owners can schedule time for you to set up your installation properly in the space. Once the plans are approved, order postcards. (gotprint has them SUPER cheap)


  •       3 Weeks before – Media press release.
  •       2 Weeks before – go to the hardware store and get whatever you need to hang, light, and install your work in the space. Have this all completely set before you start installing.
  •       1.5 Weeks before– Facebook/ social media posts
  •       1 Week before – walls prepared(if you are doing this), work COMPLETE. Send out email blasts to friends, collectors, mentors, etc.
  • 5 Days before – begin installing. If you have work that is more simple to hang, start no later than 3 days before.
  • 2 Days before – Shop for refreshments and light the exhibition. I cannot stress enough how long lighting a show takes. Especially for installations and sculptural pieces. Playing with color temperature and light direction will take at least an entire day, if you don’t give yourself this time you will regret it.
  •    1 Day before– apply lettering, number tacks and/or labels, and paint over any areas where the work had to be moved.
  •       Day of the show – print out press releases, print gallery maps, set out refreshments, clean up and prepare for the opening! If you follow this plan, you’ll have plenty of time to eat, shower, and relax for a few minutes before your opening. After all this work, that 2 hours or so of quiet time is really well deserved.

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.

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The 2014 Art Curatorial Summer Academy is a component of the Andrew W. Mellon Undergraduate Curatorial Fellowship Program at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. This pilot initiative aims to impact arts leadership across the nation by diversifying the curatorial staff at museums as they strive to meet the wide ranges of interests of our country’s diverse population.
Who is eligible to apply?
1)     Individuals representing ethnically underrepresented groups in the curatorial field.
2)     Undergraduates currently enrolled at a university, college or community college.
3)     Undergraduates who, if selected as a fellow, can commit to 2 years in the program prior to graduating
4)     Individuals who are eligible to work in the United States
Please share this information with students who meet the requirements and would be interested in the program. The application deadline is March 28th. 
You can download the application and materials here:
If you have any questions about the Program, Please contact

Michele R. Valentine
Local Program Coordinator, Mellon Curatorial Fellowship/
Department Assistant, South and Southeast Asian Art
The Nelson Atkins Museum of Art

Office:  816.751.1328

Fax:  816.561.1011

4525 Oak Street
Kansas City, MO 64111

If you need assistance from AACS on your application contact Brittany Lane (blane@kcai.edu) for an appointment.

 Good Luck!

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Job Postings for March 2014


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 cshrum@hhcolorlab.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 stephanieg@arrowcare.com 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  hr@idyllicenterprises.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.


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Student Opportunity Deadline: Paid internships at the Nelson – APPLY NOW

Every year KCAI students are able to apply for PAID internships at the Nelson –Atkins Museum through the Durwood Foundation. This year there are 31 internship positions available in 10 different departments at the Nelson for the summer, fall and spring semesters.
The Durwood internships are now live on the Nelson-Atkins website. Interested students should apply online by going to: http://www.nelson-atkins.org/welcome/JobIntern.cfm.
Students may apply for as many positions as they would like, but will need to complete the online application process for each position.
These positions will be open for applicants through March 21st. 
In addition to applying online, please fill out this form. Have it signed by a faculty member and submit it to me in the AACS office before March 21st. You must complete both the online application and the attached form in order to be considered.
Rising sophomores and juniors (students who will be juniors and seniors next semester) are eligible to apply. Students graduating at the end of this semester are not eligible – sorry.
If you need help with your resume and/or cover letter, please contact blane@kcai.edu to set up an appointment with the AACS staff.

Good Luck!

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Repost: Craft Artists’ Income from CERF+

Craft Artists’ Income

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.

Gross Craft Business Income for All Craft Artists

This chart shows gross business income (gross receipts) for all survey respondents without regard to hours worked per week.

Compare with net income of all responding craft artists.

Hours per Week Worked at Craft

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).

Income of Full-time (30hr.+/wk) Craft Artists

Percentage of Family Income of Full-Time (30+ hours per week) Craft Artists Provided by Craft-related Income

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.

Gross Business Income of Full-Time Craft Artists by Career Stage

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.

View Net Income Comparison

What are your thoughts?

CERF+ is very interested in your response to this data. Please comment in the space provided below and/or address these specific questions:

  • Does this income data resonate with your own experience?
  • How do you define success?
  • What does it take to build a sustainable career as an artist?
  • What are your thoughts about these results and do you have any advice for CERF+?

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.

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