The majority of works in the University Galleries’ collections (totaling some 6,000 objects) can be found in an online database (https://collections.sandiego.edu/collections). Artists included in the collections range from Albrecht Altdorfer, Albrecht Dürer, Hendrick Goltzius, Peter Paul Rubens, Giovanni Battista Piranesi, William Hogarth, Angelica Kauffmann, Francisco Goya and Jacques Callot, to Honoré Daumier, James Abbott McNeill Whistler, D.Y. Cameron, George Bellows, Isabel Bishop, Elizabeth Catlett, Lee Krasner, Ai Weiwei, Johnny Bear Contreras, Gary Simmons, Shahzia Sikander, Lorna Simpson, Enrique Chagoya, Kerry James Marshall, Salomón Huerta, Wendy Red Star, Sadie Barnette, and Mickalene Thomas. Exhibitions have probed questions and themes—The Gout and the Guillotine: The Satirical Imagination in Britain 1790-1799; Prints in the Artist’s Studio: Rubens’s Print Collection Reconstructed; Xerografia: Copyart in Brazil, 1970-1990 (part of Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA); Political Skeletons: The Art and Afterlife of Jose Guadalupe Posada—and have focused on aspects of the work of individual artists—Rembrandt, Goya, Georges Rouault, Jasper Johns, Wayne Thiebaud, Corita Kent, Matika Wilbur, Marie Watt. The Screenings series—in the Humanities Center Gallery—has included works by Joan Jonas, Lorna Simpson, Ja’Tovia Gary, Eve Fowler, Wangechi Mutu, Joan Perlman, Victoria Fu.
The University Galleries (https://www.sandiego.edu/galleries/) have published a momentous succession of scholarly exhibition catalogues, and have partnered with a number of institutions, among these the Getty Museum, the British Museum, and the Timken Museum. Gallery programs and exhibitions have been attentive to USD’s location twenty miles north of the San Ysidro / Tijuana port of entry—a confluence of Latin and North America that is one of the most steadily traveled border crossings in the world.
Partnerships with colleagues across the university have fueled many University Galleries projects. Exhibitions in the Humanities Center Gallery are driven by the programming goals envisioned and curated by the Center’s Director and the Humanities Center Gallery ‘Element Chair’, working in collaboration with the Director of University Galleries. Each year, a number of undergraduates take up semester-long internships in the galleries. Endowments provide a base of support for acquisitions and exhibitions, augmented by grants from a variety of foundations and institutions. Funds from the Legler Benbough Foundation support an innovative program to acquire works proposed by students.
The University of San Diego is searching for a dynamic Director of University Galleries, who will oversee a nimble exhibition program and purposefully focused collections that position the Galleries as a unique and vibrant model among west coast institutions. The Galleries collect and exhibit compelling works wrought by artists over time, focusing on prints—from Rembrandt to Julie Mehretu—photographs, time-based art, and Native American art and material culture. Engaging a broad audience of students, faculty, staff and interested community, the Galleries serve as places of encounter and learning, and of dialogue across disciplines.
Duties & Responsibilities:
The Director of University Galleries will oversee a robust program of exhibitions, publications, lectures, screenings, and events in four distinct spaces and will work to build the related collections.
- The Hoehn Family Galleries, in Founders Hall at the heart of campus, are dedicated to exhibiting prints. The adjacent Print Study Room houses the University’s substantial print collection and print research library and is open to the campus community during weekdays.
- Nested within the Humanities Center, the small, elegant Humanities Center Gallery presents Screenings, together with exhibitions that dovetail with the diverse and innovative practices of the Center, including interdisciplinary research, digital humanities, and engagement with the public humanities.
- The David W. May Gallery is the display space for the university’s collection of American Indian art and material culture, and has established a steady rhythm of exhibitions of contemporary Native American artists.
- The Fine Art Galleries in the Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice focus on photography, with exhibitions examining issues related to peace and social justice. These themes are at the center of a small but growing collection of photographs.
The Director works with a team that includes the Hoehn Curatorial Fellow for Prints (a three-year appointment); a May Collection / NAGPRA Specialist; an Operations Coordinator; and student gallery guides. More broadly, the Director will:
- Oversee the curatorial, administrative, legal, fundraising and budgetary workings of the galleries.
- Develop support and relationships for the galleries on campus and further afield.
- Negotiate loans and partnerships.
- Collaborate with the Department of Art, Architecture + Art History—and with colleagues across the university—to weave the work of the galleries into the curriculum and student experience.
- Oversee the University Galleries website and online database of the permanent collections
- Track progress of the current Strategic Plan (through 2024) and lead a new strategic planning process.
- Work with USD’s tribal liaison and NAGPRA consultants to complete the repatriation of sacred objects.
- Shepherd gallery and collection endowments in harmony with their purposes, together with other budgetary resources.
- Work with USD’s Office of Sponsored Programs to pursue funding from foundations, individuals and government agencies.
- Maintain relationships with existing supporters.
Other Professional Activities:
- Pursue scholarly research as time permits.
- Participate in professional associations that are pertinent for the galleries.
- Engage with relevant internal and external committees.
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