Open Spaces: Lead Artist
The Lead Artist will assist in the creation of an original, public artwork under the direction of the Museum’s Artist-In-Residence and as part of a larger community-directed, public art initiative funded by a grant from the Irvine Foundation. The Lead Artist will work additionally with the Program Coordinator as well as the Manager of Public Programs.
As part of the Open Spaces Program, the Lead Artist will be expected to lend their knowledge of art materials and art concepts to a committed group of residents in their efforts to realize a public artwork in their neighborhood. The Lead Artist must be a resident of the area in which the Open Spaces Program will take place.
To apply for the position of Lead Artist in Lemon Grove, the applicant must be a resident of Lemon Grove. (Please note that the Lead Artist is not meant to be a delegate of, representative for, or voice of their community. This position, rather, is indicative of the Museum’s mission to highlight and employ talented, local artists.) The Lead Artist post is approximately a one year position.
The Irvine Grant:
The San Diego Museum of Art is proud to announce that it is a recipient of The James Irvine Foundation’s Exploring Engagement Fund. The fund supports museum initiatives that seek out new ways of engaging audiences through art.
The San Diego Museum of Art’s project will focus on the creation of public artworks in selected neighborhoods. The residents of these communities will work with chosen artists to determine the content, medium, and site of each public artwork. As a result of the grant, the Museum is able to provide the budget and personnel needed to help realize each artwork, but each community will maintain the creative power to design, build, and install the work of art.
Requirements and Qualifications:
- The Applicant should provide a portfolio of their work. Specific information on the portfolio component of the application is in the subsequent section.
- The Applicant should list all arts-related education experiences. These can include degrees obtained in art, a series of art classes or workshops taken, apprenticeships, an exhibition history or cv, etc.
- The Applicant should list and describe their experience working with their community, especially as it relates to public art. Please list any examples that may demonstrate instances of assisting in project management, including related volunteer work and/or board member experience.
- Applicant should be able to lift up to 30 lbs. and have a valid Driver’s License.
- Applicant should list any languages, other than English, in which they have proficiency.
Applicants must submit a portfolio of 5-10 images that is representative of their practice. Applicants may submit digital images, a website link, or other documentation, but no physical works of art will be accepted as part of the application process. Any media are acceptable (drawing, painting, collage, sculpture, installation, video or performance, etc.), and special consideration will be placed on community-centric projects.
Typical work activities:
The Lead Artist will be involved in researching, planning, and creating the public artwork. Typical tasks for the lead artist include:
- assisting Artist-in-Residence in generating ideas, idea development, sketching, making models;
- setting and meeting deadlines;
- working in a studio or off-site, and adhering to health and safety procedures;
- sourcing materials and developing relationships with suppliers;
- coordinating a team effort with the Artist-In-Residence, the Project Coordinator, and the Manager of Public Programs;
- assisting in administrative tasks as they relate to the specific public work, corresponding between stakeholders and the public, creating publicity or appearing on media outlets who are reporting on the project;
- assisting with project planning, creating and managing a budget, financial planning, calculating expenditures;
- assisting Artist-in-Residence when presenting updates, progress reports, and new ideas to community members, stake holders, the public, the Museum, and the media upon request
- working with Artist-In-Residence to complete specific tasks
- assisting in the evaluation of the project and contributing to any reports prepared for funding agencies
- Work outside the Museum is dependent on weather conditions.
- Work at community centers or public institutions other than the Museum will vary.
- Work inside the Museum takes place in a controlled climate, with light background noise.
Interested applicants should submit the following before May 6, 2014.
If interested, please submit cover letter, documentation of work, and resume to: firstname.lastname@example.org or submit to The San Diego Museum of Art, Human Resources, P.O. Box 122107, San Diego,CA 92112.