Founded in 1902 by Arts and Crafts movement idealists, Ralph and Jane Whitehead, the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild is one of the oldest continuously operating arts colony in America. Today, Byrdcliffe serves as an increasingly vibrant cultural center supporting artists and diverse forms of artistic expression, attracting and serving local, regional, national, and international artists and audiences. Byrdcliffe owns and manages a 250-acre mountainside campus and a center for the arts located in the village of Woodstock, New York. Byrdcliffe’s programming includes an artists-in-residence for 80 artists, exhibitions, workshops and classes and performances.
Reports to: Executive Director
Status: Part Time, Salaried
Schedule: Four days a week (some weekends) with opportunity to expand to Full Time
Location: Kleinert/James Center for the Arts
Annual Salary: $35,000 – $38,000
The Exhibitions Director will manage planning, marketing, and implementation of six to seven gallery exhibitions per year, including ‘5 by 7’ fundraising show. Execute artist contracts, loan agreements, insurance documentation, exhibition production (curatorial text, checklists, labels, handouts); schedule and manage contracted and volunteer exhibition installers and gallery prep personnel; receive, document, unpack and pack incoming and outgoing artwork; exhibition marketing and design orders; introduce artists/curators participating in public gallery talks; coordinate hospitality and volunteers for receptions; collaborate with Operations Manager on gallery rentals; administer exhibition funding raised by development team; cultivate exhibition sponsors.
Field queries regarding Byrdcliffe’s permanent collection of early 20th-century arts and crafts, paintings, works on paper; produce outgoing loan agreements and deeds of gift; update ArtSystems collections database and HVVACC database as needed.
Write and distribute press releases, mass emails, and website content for exhibitions and programs including performances, classes, workshops, and other events as needed; communicate website updates to webmaster; place and approve orders with graphic designer for all program-related printed materials and advertisements; produce weekly social media posts.
Attend and contribute to Programs and Exhibitions Committee meetings, assisting in Committee selection of exhibition proposals and programs; meet with curators, artists, performers; review, present, and respond to incoming exhibition proposals; edit text provided by curators, performers, and submissions for distribution.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
- Interest in the visual arts and history of Woodstock
- Experience installing and administering exhibitions
- Knowledge of best practices for handling and packing of artwork
- Excellent research and writing skills, including press releases and web content
- Strong editing skills
- Ability to manage projects independently and as part of a team
- Public speaking experience (moderating panel discussions, introducing artists, curators)
- Strong organizational skills, excellent attention to detail, and ability to follow through on multiple priorities
- Mac and Windows proficiency
- Proficiency with Microsoft Office; collections management database software; social media; email marketing software, image management tools
- Curating and art-writing experience will each be considered a plus but not required.
- Ability to lift 30 pounds and climb ladders
Qualified Candidates should submit their resume, writing samples (such as a press release, social media post, curatorial text, website content, email) and a minimum of three professional references via email to: email@example.com, Subject: Exhibitions Director
Weekend Shop Manager
Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild seeks a weekend shop manager for a busy craft store and art gallery in the Village of Woodstock. Must be friendly, detail oriented, patient, and good with people. Fully responsible. Open and close shop, work on consignments with artists, use internet and payment platforms. Able to work alone. A knowledge of contemporary craft desirable. $15-18 per hour plus bonus. 10-15 hours per week. 20% discount on purchases and classes.
Send resume and cover letter about why you want to work here to firstname.lastname@example.org
The Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, non-disqualifying physical or mental disability, national origin, veteran status or any other basis covered by appropriate law.
Thank you for your interest.