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Oklahoma Arts Council Job Opportunities


Director of Art in Public Places

POSITION SUMMARY

The Oklahoma Arts Council is seeking qualified applicants for the position of Director of Art in Public Places. This position is responsible for managing all aspects of the State of Oklahoma’s 1.5% for Public Art Program. The Oklahoma Arts Council is responsible for managing the administrative aspects related to the selection and placement of artwork in state facilities. Incumbent works with other state government representatives to develop calls for artists/qualifications that lead to the selection of public art to be included in capital projects.

Duties include the development of policy and procedures related to the acquisition and placement of public art work; managing projects from the initial point of contact to the final installation of the project; creating and implementing processes for commissioning of public art; administering memorandum of understandings and/or contracts; serving as the liaison between the Oklahoma Arts Council, oversight committee, community groups and committees, artists, clients, architects, contractors, other regulatory officials and the public; conducting outreach; providing technical assistance; coordinating the work of consultants; developing and maintaining a collection management system; coordinating educational resources in conjunction with Council’s Curator of Education; and monitoring the Art in Public Places budget. The Director of Art in Public Places performs professional level project management duties within the state’s program, requiring knowledge of the legislation, rules and regulations, and state laws. 

Candidates must possess strong written, oral communications, and interpersonal skills to work with high level public and private sector officials. The ability to handle multiple, concurrent and high priority tasks is required. Candidates must be knowledgeable of the contemporary trends, practices, and strategic approaches related to public art. Experience organizing and managing site-specific projects and working closely with artists, fabricators and/or contractors is essential. Knowledge of principles and practices of budget preparation and monitoring, event planning and production, and architecture and design principles a must. Experience with Microsoft Suite, FileMaker Pro and/or other relevant software is required.

QUALIFICATIONS

A well-qualified candidate will have a bachelor's degree in visual arts, museum studies, art history, architecture, urban design or other arts-related field from a four year college or university and a minimum of five years experience in administrative staff or professional work, two of which should include work with collections care and/or a public art program. A master’s degree with specialization preferred. An equivalent combination of education and experience may be accepted. Knowledge of best practices in public art, records management, legal policies, ethical standards and budget management required. High-level project management experience a must. Skilled with public art and/or collections management systems and computer software programs such as Microsoft Suite. Basic knowledge of conservation techniques is essential. Skilled in organizing work and managing time with ability to complete tasks requiring accuracy and attention to detail and to work independently and as a member of a team.

Salary is commensurate with experience with a cap of $50,000 with full state benefits. There may be some day and/or overnight travel. Must be able to lift 40 lbs. This position is supervised by the Executive Director.

APPLICATION DEADLINE

Open until filled

APPLICATION PROCESS

Submit cover letter and resume to:

Amber Sharples
Executive Director
Oklahoma Arts Council
PO Box 52001-2001
Oklahoma City, OK 73152-2001

or e-mail to:
connie.taylor@arts.ok.gov

No phone calls please.

The Oklahoma Arts Council is an Equal Opportunity Employer

 

 

Director of Visual Arts and Capitol Collections

POSITION SUMMARY

The Oklahoma Arts Council seeks an experienced art museum professional for the dual role of managing the Oklahoma State Capitol Art Collection and the Oklahoma State Art Collection.

The State Art Collection is comprised of diverse objects encompassing 200 works of art in a vast array of media including basketry, sculpture, metal relief, painting, printmaking, ceramics, fiber and mixed media which are exhibited in a 4,400 sq. ft. museum-gallery space in the Capitol. The Capitol Art Collection is comprised of more than 200 works of art in the public areas of the Oklahoma State Capitol, including bronze sculptures and monumental paintings. This position also manages state-owned works of art at the Governor’s Mansion.

With the current renovation of the Capitol, the candidate will work closely with the Capitol renovation team to ensure the safekeeping of the state’s artwork during the construction project.

This position will also manage activities of the Council in the area of visual arts including: providing technical assistance to agency staff, responding to public inquiries, and assisting visual arts organizations throughout the state.

Under the general supervision of the executive director, this position is responsible for the documentation and administrative oversight of the collections; creating and maintaining documentation on donations, transfers, loans, deaccessions and other activities associated with the collections. This position manages the collection databases, safeguards collection records, establishes input standards and nomenclature information, develops and implements the collection’s preventative conservation practices, facilities loan programs, and works closely with the Council’s Curator of Education.

A working knowledge of registrarial responsibilities and collections management practices, including collections’ database management, is essential. The collections care and management includes, but is not limited to: inventory, assessment, condition reports; conservation, policy review, proposals and recommendations; loans; documentation; risk management; copyright agreements; rights and reproductions; and other tasks as needed.

Special Projects/Committees: The candidate will be an ex-officio member of the State Art Collection Committee. S/he is also responsible for working with the State Art Collection Committee to identify potential donations for the collection. The candidate also serves as agency representative for visual arts activities as designated by executive director.

QUALIFICATIONS

A well-qualified candidate will have a bachelor’s degree in museum studies, art history, arts administration, public art or an arts related field with a minimum of 5 years collections management or registrarial experience. A master’s degree with specialization in an arts related field preferred. Knowledge of museum procedures and records management of collection, donation documentation procedures, legal policies and ethical standards, and significant curatorial experience required. High-level project management experience a must. Skilled with standard electronic collections management systems (i.e. Past Perfect, FileMaker Pro or comparable system) and computer software programs such as Microsoft Suite. Basic knowledge of conservation techniques is essential. Skilled in organizing work and managing time with ability to complete tasks requiring accuracy and attention to detail and to work independently and as a member of a team. Ability to lift 40 pounds.

Salary is commensurate with experience with a cap of $50,000 with full state benefits. There may be some day and/or overnight travel. Must be able to lift 40 lbs.

APPLICATION DEADLINE

Open until filled

APPLICATION PROCESS

Submit cover letter and resume to:

Amber Sharples
Executive Director
Oklahoma Arts Council
PO Box 52001-2001
Oklahoma City, OK 73152-2001

or e-mail to:
connie.taylor@arts.ok.gov

No phone calls please.

The Oklahoma Arts Council is an Equal Opportunity Employer

 

Marketing and Communications Intern

POSITION SUMMARY

The Oklahoma Arts Council seeks junior, senior, or graduate level college student interns to advance the arts industry in Oklahoma by assisting with the agency’s marketing, communications, and public relations efforts. A minimum commitment of eight hours per week for one semester or summer session is required. Responsibilities may include writing and editing, database management, research, data analysis, social media management, event planning, and customer service.

PRINCIPAL RESPONSIBILITIES

General responsibilities may include the following:

REQUIREMENTS

PREFERENCES

APPLICATION PROCESS

Submit a resume, cover letter, and portfolio via email to the Director of Marketing and Communications, Joel Gavin, at joel.gavin@arts.ok.gov.

The Oklahoma Arts Council is an Equal Opportunity Employer