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8:00am – 4:30pm (summer)
Hours may vary based on operational needs.
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Reporting to the Director of Light Work, the Associate Director is
a problem solver and creative thinker who is in tune with Light
Work’s mission to support emerging and under-represented artists.
The Associate Director is equal parts curator, organizer and
dot-connector. With the Director and UVP Program Director the
Associate Director rounds out the leadership team for Light Work.
This individual is involved with decisions across all of Light
Work’s programs with specific attention to relations with visiting
artists, exhibition curation and editing issues of Contact Sheet.
They are central to the Artist-in-Residence selection process and
Light Work Grants. They also take on day to day tasks and provide
general support to Light Work’s Director. They will play a key role
in advancing Light Work’s mission both locally, nationally, and
Ideal candidates are detail-oriented team players with a strong
work ethic. Passion for contemporary photography and photo history
are a must. A writing sample is encouraged.
BFA or MFA in Photography preferred.
Job Specific Qualifications
Adobe Suite especially Indesign. Knowledge of Quickbooks and
Microsoft Office programs.
- Curating two exhibitions per year and two exhibition catalogues
(Contact Sheets). Write an introductory text for each
- Coordinate the operations and hospitality of Light Work’s
Artist-in-Residence program including, booking and scheduling.
Provide additional assistance to artists traveling
- Editor of the Light Work Annual. Coordinate content from
artists and authors. Liaison with designer, line editor, and staff
in preparing the 140-page publication.
- Plan and participate in Art Fairs like the Armory Show, AIPAD
or Photo Paris/New York.
- Organize Light Work Grant application and jury process.
In addition to completing an online application, please attach a
resume and cover letter.
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