University Galleries are the University of San Diego’s primary exhibition venues. They include the Hoehn Family Galleries, the David W. May Gallery, the Fine Art Galleries, and the Humanities Center Gallery. These spaces offer a wide variety of exhibition and educational programs during the academic year for both on- and off-campus audiences. In addition, University Galleries manages two collections, one dedicated to print culture and printmaking, and the other a collection of Native American art and material culture.
The University of San Diego, a contemporary and engaged Roman Catholic institution, was founded by the Diocese of San Diego and the Society of the Sacred Heart in 1949. Governed by an independent board of trustees since 1972, USD remains committed to a liberal arts education grounded in the Catholic intellectual tradition and the pursuit of truth, goodness and beauty. Inspired by this centuries old tradition of Catholic higher education, the University welcomes people of all faith traditions and any, or no, religious background. The future success of USD relies on the contributions of those who seek to foster the development of engaged global citizens and an earnest confrontation of humanity’s urgent challenges.
This is a full-time regular assignment with an anticipated end date of January 1, 2025.
The Hoehn Curatorial Fellow for Prints is a key contributor to the University Galleries’ team. Responsible for coordinating most exhibitions in the Hoehn Family Galleries, advising on aspects of the University Print Collection, and supervising student interns, the Fellow works 4 days a week on site, and is offered one research day to pursue independently their own scholarship/teaching. A primary goal of the Fellow’s time at USD will be the production of an original, print-focused exhibition and publication that will advance the scholarly and museological reputations of the Fellow and University Galleries alike. The Fellow further assists the program by contributing to a wide range of strategic projects as assigned by the Director of University Galleries. Requires flexibility in a fast-paced office environment, occasional time commitments outside of the “9-5” workday, and the ability to respond to a variety of interpersonal situations with professionalism and empathy. We expect this team member to maintain a professional outlook consistent with the values and mission of the University. A demonstrated commitment to shared principles of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Access is required. This position is term-limited and is envisioned for at least three years (but with the possibility of extension of up to another 12 months), based on the individual’s excellent performance in the role.
Duties and Responsibilities:
- Collaborates with the Director, staff, faculty and students in the development, planning, and presentation of the collection, exhibitions, and publications, with primary emphasis on original prints.
- Works with Director and Operations Coordinator to develop, prepare, and track exhibition budgets.
- Serves as liaison for exhibition development with visiting curators, private collectors, etc. in the selection of works of art for exhibition, including negotiation of loans.
- With University Galleries team develops and executes plans for exhibition according to project schedules.
- Researches, writes and support editing of exhibition catalogues, gallery introductions, labels, and other texts.
- Helps identify potential sources for support—such as grants--of exhibition projects and publications.
- Develops plans in tandem with other university departments to coordinate promotion and press coverage; provides narratives for exhibition press releases and meets with press as needed.
Collection Management & Development
- Works with University Gallery team to ensure the proper documentation, display, storage, conservation, and registration of works of art within the print collection.
- Recommends acquisitions (and deaccessions) that strengthen the collection, in consultation with the Director and university administration. Also in consultation with the Director, recommends acquisitions by gift.
- Makes recommendations regarding conservation needs and provides solutions to storage limitations.
- Supports University Galleries team on matters having to do with works of art owned, loaned, or borrowed by the university for exhibition/study.
- Maintains collection records, both in database and in hard copy, and continues to support the digitization of the permanent collection.
- Develops a cooperative and productive relationship between University Galleries and the broader art community, cultivating potential donors and identifying desired gifts. To the extent necessary, is well informed about the print market, its various venues, and other available resources. Serves as an expert resource with in the Print Study Room during its public hours.
- Collaborates with faculty and students on the development of materials that will make the print collection more accessible and relevant to the campus; participates in the recruitment and training of student guides.
- Assists in bringing visiting scholars to the university for public programs. Participates in appropriate public programs related to the position.
- Encourages involvement of USD students, faculty, and staff in the broader activities of the galleries.
- Participates actively in the Curatorial Advisory Committee and other groups working closely with University Galleries.
Special Conditions of Employment:
The University of San Diego is requiring all employees to follow our Covid-19 vaccine requirement process. https://www.sandiego.edu/onward/
Background check: Successful completion of a pre-employment background check.
Degree Verification Requirement: Persons offered employment in this position will be required to provide official education transcripts for degree verification purposes.
- M.A. with clear emphasis on print culture
- Prior experience working with works on paper in a museum setting; direct experience with exhibition and collections management.
Performance Expectations: Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
- Superior oral and written communication skills.
- Thorough knowledge of fine art prints and works on paper, including research, proper handling, display and storage procedures.
- Familiarity with responsibilities associated with the operation of museums.
- Working knowledge of computers and electronic data processing.
- Possess excellent organizational and time management skills. Ability to work independently, meet tight deadlines, and adjust to changing needs of the institution.
- Must have the ability to deal effectively diverse audiences.
- Expected to perform the job in a manner that is consistent with the University’s mission and goals.
- Must be available to work gallery openings after normal business hours.
- Must live in (or be willing to relocate to) San Diego County.
Tools and Equipment Used:
- Telephone, copier, printer, scanner, digital camera; personal computer (includes: Microsoft Office, Gmail, Workday, The Museum System collection management software); passenger vehicle; storage cabinets and flat files; ladders, dollies, carts, power drill, hammer, spirit levels, and other various tools associated with the movement and installation of art