Bemis Center For Contemporary Arts

Careers

Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts is fueled by a team of passionate, collaborative, and creative professionals who are dedicated to the presentation and understanding of contemporary art, bridging the community of Omaha to a global discourse surrounding cultural production. Join us. 

EXHIBITIONS MANAGER

Now celebrating its 36th year, the Bemis Center is seeking a creative, experienced Exhibitions Manager to facilitate all aspects of its Exhibition Program and to advance the organization’s mission by ensuring the ongoing presentation of diverse, thought-provoking exhibitions in Omaha, Nebraska.

Position Summary
The Exhibitions Manager oversees and manages all daily administrative and operational needs of the Bemis Center’s Exhibition Program. The position works closely with the entire Bemis Center staff and reports directly to the Program Director.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Assist the Program Director and Curator-in-Residence in the short- and long-term coordination and planning of all exhibitions and exhibition-related public programs presented at the Bemis Center;
  • Oversee and manage loans for exhibitions, including the execution of loan forms with lenders, and execute all incoming/outgoing condition reports;
  • Conduct all incoming and outgoing crating and shipping of exhibited artwork and ensure appropriate levels of insurance, safe handling, and security for artwork;
  • Create and manage installation, exhibition, public programming schedules, and internal program calendar in collaboration with other members of the programming team and Bemis staff; 
  • Serve as artist liaison for visiting exhibiting artists, managing their transportation, lodging, and payment schedules and budgets;
  • Develop, maintain, and provide monthly reports on annual exhibitions budget;
  • Oversee, manage, and assist contract preparatory and installation teams for the installation, de-installation, and art handling of exhibitions;
  • Facilitate the creation and production of exhibition-related didactics, including wall text, object labels, and other materials as needed;
  • Collect and manage all exhibiting artist records, including bios, W9s, contact information, etc., and maintain all print and digital exhibition-related archives for Bemis;
  • Oversee and manage inventory of all exhibition supplies, tools, equipment, and technologies;
  • Provide additional support and coordination, as needed, to artists-in-residence and residency staff;
  • Lead exhibition tours and introduce guest presenters during public programs as needed;
  • Work closely with Facilities Department to ensure galleries are properly maintained to meet the organization’s standards for exhibition presentation and viewer experience;
  • Work closely with the Communications Department on all exhibition-related promotional and marketing materials, including press releases, website and social media updates/posts, and media spots/interviews;
  • Work closely with the Development Department to generate content for grant applications and reports, sponsorship proposals, and engagements with individual donors, including private events for members and sponsors;
  • Additional responsibilities as required.

Requirements

  • Successful candidates will have at least three years professional experience in organizing and coordinating solo and group exhibitions of contemporary art, preferably in a small-to-medium sized arts organization or commercial gallery;
  • S/he will also possess a minimum Bachelor's degree in studio art, art history, curatorial studies, or design/architecture with a solid understanding of contemporary art practices and materials;
  • Art handling experience and in-depth knowledge of new media and technology are essential;
  • Excellent management and organizational skills with excellent verbal and interpersonal skills;
  • Inherent capacity and comfort with multi-tasking complicated projects in a fun, yet demanding work environment;
  • Creative and strategic thinker to solve problems on the spot;
  • Demonstrated experience working closely and diplomatically with a broad range of artists, curators, and other arts professionals toward the execution of projects of various scale and complexity;
  • The successful candidate will be comfortable in a crowd as well as one-on-one;
  • It is understood the ideal candidate will understand, respect, and promote Bemis Center’s artist-centric mission and programs in a clear and spirited manner as an eager participant in Omaha’s arts community;
  • A successful reference check is required.

Compensation
Compensation is competitive and commensurate with experience. Benefit package provided, including medical and dental insurance, paid holidays, and paid vacation.

For immediate consideration, please submit a one-page cover letter, resume, and the contact information for three professional references to jobs@bemiscenter.org with “Exhibitions Manager” in the subject line. Application materials will be reviewed until the position is filled.

Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
 

Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts
724 South 12th Street
Omaha, NE 68102
Admission and Parking: FREE
Phone:: 402.341.7130
E-mail: info@bemiscenter.org