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Fine Arts Specialist, Gallery Director
Arizona State University

Date Posted Jun. 28, 2019
Title Fine Arts Specialist, Gallery Director
University Arizona State University
Tempe, AZ, United States
Department School of Art
Application Deadline Jul. 12, 2019
Position Start Date Aug. 16, 2019
  • Director/Manager
  • Fine Arts - General

The School of Art in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University seeks to hire a Gallery Director at the academic rank of fine arts specialist. This is a full-time, year-to-year appointment beginning August 2019.

About ASU
Arizona State University is a new model for American higher education, an unprecedented combination of academic excellence, entrepreneurial energy and broad access. This New American University is a single, unified institution comprising four differentiated campuses positively impacting the economic, social, cultural and environmental health of the communities it serves. Its research is inspired by real world application blurring the boundaries that traditionally separate academic disciplines. ASU serves more than 80,000 students in metropolitan Phoenix, Arizona, the nation’s fifth largest city. ASU champions intellectual and cultural diversity, and welcomes students from all fifty states and more than one hundred nations across the globe.

About the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts
ASU’s Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, the largest comprehensive design and arts school in the nation, is a vibrant example of the of the New American University philosophy. With nearly 5,000 students, more than 400 faculty and faculty associates, 135 degree options and a tradition of top-ranked programs, the Herberger Institute is built on a combination of disciplines unlike any other program in the nation. The institute includes the School of Art, School of Arts, Media and Engineering, The Design School, School of Film, Dance and Theatre, School of Music, and the ASU Art Museum. Through recognizing that design and the arts are critical resources for transforming society and solving complex problems, ASU’s Herberger Institute is committed to positioning artists, scholars, designers, and educators at the center of public life. For more information on the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, visit

About the School of Art
Located in one of the most expansive metropolitan centers in the United States, and situated in the Sonoran Desert, the school supports a broad range of art practice and inquiry. Programs within the School of Art lead to the degrees of Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Art with concentrations in art history, art studies, museum studies, fashion; an online BA in art history; Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Art with concentrations in art education, drawing/painting, ceramics, fibers, intermedia, photography, printmaking, sculpture/metals/woods; Master of Arts (MA) in Art with concentrations in art history or art education; and Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Art. In addition, the school participates in the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) programs in Design, Environment and the Arts housed within the Herberger Institute. With several nationally ranked programs and one of the largest comprehensive art programs in a public research university in the United States, the ASU School of Art plays a prominent role within the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts and is located on both the Tempe and downtown Phoenix campuses.

The Gallery Director position engages the School of Art, the Herberger Institute, the university and the surrounding communities. This position will strengthen students’ professional preparation and promote art events within the community. The Gallery Director will plan, implement, and supervise gallery exhibitions, including installation and break-down, as well as oversee exhibition reception and manage media event promotion. The Gallery Director will liaise with faculty committees dedicated to exhibitions and gallery programming and supervise and train student gallery workers. The Gallery Director will teach two courses a semester designed to facilitate exhibitions. The Gallery Director manages the School of Art’s galleries in Tempe and downtown Phoenix: Step Gallery 950 square feet in downtown Phoenix and the Harry Wood Gallery (1700 square feet), Gallery 100 (1900 square feet) and display cases in the Art Building.

For information about the School of Art, visit

Required Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in fine arts or related field AND one year related gallery experience; OR, Bachelor’s degree in a field appropriate to the area of assignment AND three years gallery or related experience; OR, Seven years of gallery experience; OR, Any equivalent combination of experience and/or education from which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have been achieved;
  • Demonstrated experience in Gallery and/or museum exhibition design and preparation;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills and a vision for the galleries program;
  • Evidence of excellence in teaching at the University level;
  • Demonstrated ability to work with diverse student populations;
  • Experience using social media technology and other forms of digital communication to promote art events and activities.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience as curator or art preparator;
  • Experience within range of exhibition environments;
  • Knowledge of local and regional cultural resources in and around Phoenix.

Instructions to Apply:
Please submit

  • A letter of interest addressing professional, teaching and exhibition experience as well as engagement with the arts community and experience utilizing digital platforms for communication and promotion
  • Curriculum vitae
  • The names and contact information of three references
  • Evidence of professional exhibition experience in the form of 5-10 images (.jpg format, 1200 max. pixel width), with a separate image list
    Applicants advancing to the second round of review may be asked to provide additional materials.

All applications must be submitted electronically via .

Application Deadline:
The application deadline is July 12, 2018; if not filled, reviews will occur every two weeks thereafter until the search is closed.

ASU conducts pre-employment screening for all positions which includes a criminal background check, verification of work history, academic credentials, licenses and certifications.

Arizona State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law. See ASU’s complete non-discrimination statement at See ASU’s Title IX policy at

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  • Arizona State University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. See ASU’s complete non-discrimination statement at

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Contact Information

  • School of Art Search Committee
    School of Art
    Arizona State University
    Tempe, AZ


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