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Gallery Director

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Gallery Director


POSITION: Gallery Director – Herron School of Art and Design; Indiana University Purdue University – Indianapolis (IUPUI)

RANK/SALARY: Academic Specialist position. Full-time, 12 months.

Salary commensurate with experience, and includes an excellent benefits package which can be viewed at”uhrs/benefits/index.html.

START DATE: Preferred start date of July 1, 2019 or August 1, 2019

Gallery Mission:

The mission of the Galleries at Herron School of Art and Design is to complement the educational and community outreach goals of the school. The galleries serve as a forum for the evolving dialogue of contemporary art, design and culture and feature work created by regional, national, and international artists and designers. Gallery exhibitions are often coupled with public artist lectures and workshops to foster connections to the regional communities and to encourage new and diverse audiences to become engaged with Herron.


The Gallery Director will report to the Dean of the Herron School of Art and Design and will work closely with faculty to develop programming for the Herron Galleries that supports academic curricula, advances scholarship, and expands research opportunities.

The Gallery Director will be charged with bringing notable contemporary artists, designers, and scholars to the galleries and promoting the programs to the university and community. The Gallery Director works with the Exhibition and Visiting Artist Committee, the Dean, the Director of Development, External Affairs staff, and external volunteers to support gallery exhibitions, lectures, educational components and community engagement activities.

The Gallery Director coordinates and administers all aspects of the Herron School of Art and Design art galleries to include the following: implementation of programming policy; curates and organizes exhibitions to include selection of artists and designers as well as publicity materials; solicitation of guest curators and traveling exhibitions; coordination with other exhibition venues; maintenance and inventory of permanent collection; and supervision of the assistant, and student workers. The Gallery Director will also work with appropriate staff to develop relations with donors, cultural organizations, and media contacts.

The Director will oversee gallery and exhibition budgets and all financial considerations, especially the development of funding sources including grant writing and philanthropic engagement (local, national and international sources), to be coordinated with the Dean and Development Director.

About Herron School of Art and Design at lUPUl:

Founded in 1902, Herron School of Art and Design is the premier accredited professional art and design school in the state of Indiana and is part of the thriving urban campus of IUPUI. A partnership between Indiana University and Purdue University, IUPUI is Indiana’s urban research and academic health sciences campus. With 30,000 students, IUPUI is a leader in progressive, socially-responsive community engagement. Herron has more than 50 full-time faculty serving 11 undergraduate and three graduate programs and a curriculum that prepares graduates to be leaders in a world that requires a unique combination of creativity, conceptual skills and technical abilities.

Herron has three gallery spaces within the school, each serving different missions. The main galleries (approximately 3,000 sq. ft.) host regional, national, and international exhibitions. The other two galleries (approximately 500 sq. ft. and 1,200 sq. ft) primarily serve students, faculty and alumni exhibitions and special project installations. The galleries host several endowed lectures, including three MacArthur fellows as guest speakers in the 2018-2019 academic year.

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Applicants should hold a terminal degree in a visual arts discipline and three years relevant career experience. Abilities preferred are those of a curator/director who has a demonstrated record of success in the planning, coordination and execution of all related programs/exhibits and events, as well as day-to day operations. They should demonstrate significant experience with the planning and implementation of interdisciplinary, curricular and/or community based educational programming. The applicant should show evidence of expertise in curatorial projects that are innovative and of high repute in the arts community. The applicant should show evidence of successful writing skills in proposals and reporting. The Gallery Director should have knowledge and experience of the physical aspects of gallery preparation, installation, and maintenance.

Applicants should submit:

  • Letter of application
  • Resume
  • Curator’s statement relevant to a university setting (Other)
  • Three references
  • Sample catalogs of projects and exhibitions and any other relevant support material (Other 2)


Applications received by Friday, April 26, 2019 will receive priority review. Position will remain open until filled. To apply, please visit lUPUI’s website at:

START DATE: Preferred start date of July 1, 2019 or August 1, 2019


lUPUl promotes the educational, cultural, and economic development of central Indiana and beyond through innovative collaborations, external partnerships, and a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion. lUPUl has received the prestigious Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from Insight Into Diversity for seven consecutive years. We seek greater diversity in our faculty and staff to broaden students’ academic experience and to enrich our campus community. Candidates must be sensitive to the needs of and possess an interest in working in an academic community that is diverse with regard to gender, race, ethnicity, religion, nationality, sexual orientation or identity, disability status, and protected veteran status.

Indiana University is an equal employment and Affirmative Action Employer and a provider of ADA services. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ethnicity, color, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, national origin, disability status or protected veteran status. Indiana University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in its educational programs and activities, including employment and admission, as required by Title IX. Questions or complaints regarding Title IX may be referred to the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights or the university Title IX Coordinator. See Indiana University’s Notice of Non-Discrimination which includes contact information.

Indianapolis – the third most populous city in the American Midwest – is a metropolitan area of two million people with a vital and growing cultural community. The IUPUI campus has earned national recognition as a model for urban higher education in the twenty-first century, committed to serving the needs of both traditional and non- traditional students. Herron is a state-of-the-art building located on the lUPUl campus and adjacent to the museums of White River State Park, half a mile from the heart of Downtown Indianapolis.


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