Friday, May 23, 2008

Hello Goodbye

Posts here will continue to be sporadic over the summer as I am leaving Mercer Union, and Elaine, Jon and Aileen will have their hands full with the gallery relocation. Renovations are currently in progress at the new location at Bloor and Lansdowne, a beautiful building that originally housed a cinema. The fall season will open at the new space with exhibitions by Gwen MacGregor and Sandra Rechico (curated by Dan Adler) and Sylvia Matas, followed by an exhibition of work by Kenneth Goldsmith and Christof Migone.

I will be leaving to concentrate on my own practice, beginning with a three month stint at the Glenfiddich residency in Scotland. It was a painfully difficult decision to leave and there will be much that I will miss about Mercer (EG, JS, AB in particular). A friend of mine who I haven't seen in over a decade (he moved out west) periodically checks in here and concluded (after seeing the Michel de Broin Shared Propulsion Car footage, I think) that I have "the best job in the world". In many ways he is right. Those interested in taking over should apply before June 16th. Here's the job posting. Please circulate widely:

Job Posting: Director of Exhibitions and Publications
> Mercer Union, A Centre for Contemporary Art
> Mercer Union is a leading artist-run centre dedicated to contemporary art in Canada. Established in 1979 as a not-for-profit organization, the gallery supports engaging art and curatorial practices that consider contemporary conceptual and aesthetic debates. Showcasing local, national and international artists, Mercer’s twelve annual gallery exhibitions are complimented by critically engaged public programming activities that include lectures, screenings, performances, publications, special projects and events.
> As the Director of Exhibitions and Publications, the successful candidate will utilize their experience and initiative to collaborate with the Director of Public Programs and Development—with the support of Mercer’s Board of Directors—to guide the organization's exhibition programming vision. This will involve the implementation and coordination of the exhibition programme and related projects, overseeing the production of publications, and assisting with fundraising initiatives, grant writing, and new marketing initiatives. In August 2008 Mercer Union will venture into exciting territory by moving to a new gallery location with expanded facilities in Toronto’s Bloor and Lansdowne neighborhood. The Director of Exhibitions and Publications will play a central role in facilitating this organizational transition.
> The successful candidate will possess:
> -An MA, MFA or equivalent experience in art history, visual culture, curatorial studies, or fine arts
> -A minimum of 3 years experience in a non-profit art gallery or equivalent
> -A solid knowledge of Canadian and international contemporary art
> -Experience managing budgets and grant writing
> -Supervisory experience
> -Strong verbal and written communications skills
> -Excellent interpersonal skills
> -Macintosh computer skills, including Quark, Filemaker Pro, Illustrator, Excel, Word
> -Fluency in both official languages, written and verbal considered an asset
> Responsibilities include:
> -Managing the coordination of exhibitions, including coordination of submission review process, generating curatorial proposals, negotiating and managing all contracts, budgets, and preparing exhibition receptions
> -Communicating with exhibiting artists in the development of exhibitions, including coordinating shipping, travel, insurance and equipment needs, and overseeing exhibition installation
> -Coordinating all publicity including writing press releases, preparing press packages, liaising with the media, managing press and mailing databases and actively raising the profile of the Gallery locally and internationally
> -Coordinating all marketing, negotiating all advertising contracts, and designing advertisements
> -Managing publication coordination including brochures, distribution, catalogue exchange, documentation and the gallery website and archive
> -Overseeing maintenance of the gallery space and equipment
> -Organizing Ontario Arts Council Exhibition Assistance grant reviews
> -Participating in developing and setting financial, operational and outreach priorities in collaboration with the Director of Public Programs and Development and the Board
> -Participating in creating and monitoring the business plan, in collaboration with the Director of Public Programs and Development and the Board
> -Working with the Director of Public Programs and Development on all operational, employment, foundation, and sponsorship grant applications, and preparing programming project-related grant applications and sponsorship packages
> -Managing support staff and volunteers with the Director of Public Programs and Development
> -Attending all Board meetings and Committee meetings as required, preparing programming reports for the Board
> -Acting as a spokesperson for the organization to government, funding agencies, the media, and the public
> Interested candidates are requested to submit a resume, cover letter, and three writing samples by 5PM on Monday 16 June, 2008 via email to the attention of the Search Committee.
> No phone calls please. Only successful candidates will be contacted. Mercer Union is an equal opportunity employer.
> Mercer Union, A Centre for Contemporary Art
> 37 Lisgar Street, Toronto ON M6J 3T3 CANADA
> Posted 21 May, 2008

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