Employment at the KIA

The Kalamazoo Institute of Arts is a leading nonprofit art museum and school. Since 1924, the institute has offered art classes, exhibitions, lectures, events, activities and a permanent collection. The KIA's mission is to cultivate the creation and appreciation of the visual arts in West Michigan. We believe the visual arts are for everyone. They inspire, fulfill, and transform. Throughout the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, numerous individuals work every day to enrich the lives of others through the visual arts. In addition, faculty members in the Kirk Newman Art School instruct students of all ages in a wide variety of media.

Position Title: PREPARATOR
Reports to: Chief Curator
Classification: Part Time or Full Time, Depending on Candidate Qualifications; Non-Exempt

SUMMARY OF POSITION: The Exhibitions Preparator prepares and installs art work and related materials for both temporary, traveling, and permanent collection exhibitions, works with the Registrar to maintain order and security in permanent collection and other art storage, and prepares and installs signage as required for general KIA needs. The Exhibitions Preparator is responsible for documenting all exhibitions, as well as artworks in the permanent collection, via photography or other digital means.
RESPONSBILITIES:
- Prepares art works for temporary and traveling permanent collection exhibitions, including lighting, framing, unframing, and mounting of works.
- In conjunction with exhibition curators assists with the design and layout of exhibitions, including the creation of exhibition mock ups using exhibition design software.
- Manages installation scheduling and remains flexible when schedules or designs change; keeps accurate and thorough records.
- Installs in-house exhibitions; assists with occasional off-site installations related to KIA activities.
- Prepares/installs signage as needed for exhibitions and KIA special events.
- Fabricates all object labels and educational wall text for exhibitions.
- Works with a wide range of artists in different media (including electronic media), internal and guest curators to resolve installation, construction, or design concerns in a timely and courteous manner.
- Familiarity with best practices for the handling of art works including packing/unpacking, crating/uncrates artwork for maximum safety; moves art within building; transports artwork/exhibitions as required.
- Designs, builds or directs construction of crates as required.
- Maintains order and security within all art storage areas and the art preparation work shop/office.
- Provides or upgrades archival matting and framing for the permanent collection; assists in maintaining sculpture and other works with 3-D elements.
- Maintains equipment and installation supplies inventory as required to accomplish duties; works with Chief Curator to develop appropriate budget for department.
- Provides high quality photographic and digital documentation of all exhibitions and permanent collection objects.
- Communicates effectively with team members.
- Performs other duties as assigned by the Chief Curator.

Position Requirements:
- Bachelor s degree preferred, with 5+ years of experience in a preparator position at this level. Or 10+ years of experience in a preparatory position at an AAM accredited organization.
- Proven preparator skills and familiarity with exhibition design software.
- Entrepreneurial, creative, self-starter with initiative.
- A collegial spirit and cooperative approach that facilitates working closely with others.
Physical Job Requirements: While performing this job, the employee will be required to sit, stand, walk, reach, lift/move up to 50 lbs occasionally, do close work with a computer monitor and perform repetitive hand movements. Employee required to be able to have written and verbal conversations.

The KIA is an equal opportunity, equal access employer that is fully committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace.

Please forward a resume with references, examples of work, and a cover letter to jobs@kiarts.org with Preparator in the subject line or by mail to Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, 314 S. Park Street, Kalamazoo, MI 49007. No phone calls, please.

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Position Title: LIBRARIAN
Reports to: Chief Curator
Classification: Part-Time, Non-exempt

Summary of Position: The KIA seeks an energetic, organized individual to support the KIA s mission and staff through library resources, services and programs. The Librarian manages all aspects of KIA Library operations including development and maintenance of all collections and is responsible for providing excellent reference, information, and circulation service to public, staff, and faculty.

Responsibilities:
- Provide reference service with priority given to KIA staff and faculty, followed by art reference needs of KIA members, students and general public in that order as time permits.
- Maintain and process all library collections including monographs, periodicals, slides, electronic resources, video/DVDs, and artists files ensuring up-to-date catalog and records according to Library of Congress/MARC standards.
- Make additions to and withdrawals from library collections guided by Library Collection Development Policy and input of patrons, with priority given to KIA staff and faculty needs.
- Maintain Archives files including institutional publications and documents, images and clippings in accordance with Archives Policy.
- Oversee or perform a variety of administrative tasks including:
- Keep library cardholder database updated
- Maintain library use statistics
- Add new titles
- Send overdue correspondence and notices
- Order library material, equipment and supplies
- Process and acknowledge book donations according to KIA and library procedures
- Sale/disposal of withdrawn and donated materials
- Coordinate and organize the monthly book club discussions by securing titles that support exhibitions and education programming or that speak to the KIA s permanent collection. Ensuring each discussion is facilitated by relevant speakers both internal and external to the KIA.
- Work collaboratively with local and regional library and literacy-based organizations.
- Train, schedule, supervise and assist with recruiting of volunteer library assistants.
- Promote library use through outreach, programs and materials.
- Prepare annual budget and monitor expenses monthly.

Job Qualifications:
- MLS degree
- At least two years of experience in a library setting
- Experience with library automated systems, technology and electronic resources
- Strong organizational and interpersonal skills
- Excellent communication skills
- Proven ability to work independently and supervise others
- Knowledge of art and art history a plus
Physical Job Requirements: Physical Job Requirements: While performing this job, the employee will be required to sit, stand, walk, reach, and work, lift up to 50 lbs occasionally, do close work with a computer monitor and perform repetitive hand movements. Employee required to be able to have written and verbal conversations.

The KIA is an equal opportunity, equal access employer that is fully committed to diversity, equity, access, and inclusion in the workplace.

Please forward a resume and cover letter to jobs@kiarts.org with Librarian in the subject line or by mail to Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, 314 S. Park Street, Kalamazoo, MI 49007. No phone calls, please.

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Position Title: Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellow
Reports to: Chief Curator at KIA; Art and Art History Department Chair at Kalamazoo College

Classification: Full-Time, Exempt

Summary of Position: The Kalamazoo Institute of Arts and Kalamazoo College seeks candidates for a two-year postdoctoral fellow (April 2021 " April 2023) with possibility of renewal for a third year. This position seeks to build increased curatorial capacity for the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts and diversify and expand the art history curriculum at Kalamazoo College. Applications due 23 March 2021 for full consideration.

Program:
- Recent Ph.D. holders (degree granted within the past five years or by 1 April 2021).
- Specialization in art history, cultural studies, ethnic studies, WGS, or American Studies.
- Propose two new interdisciplinary courses that intersect with art history, the KIA collection of American Art, and inclusive of race and ethnicity.
- Develop potential research project and/or exhibition proposal utilizing the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts permanent collection. Projects and proposals that can incorporate Kalamazoo College students for research and curatorial opportunities particularly welcome.
- There are two review periods for renewing the fellowship: 1) renewal of 2-year fellowship contingent upon successful 6-month review. 2) renewal of 3rd year of fellowship contingent upon successful 18-month review. Reviews will be conducted jointly by KIA and Kalamazoo College.

Kalamazoo Institute of Arts Responsibilities:
- Conducts research and promotes learning opportunities within the various segments of the permanent collections. Researching the collection to tell the story of Kalamazoo and its ongoing legacy. Invite students to participate in research by introducing them to the KIA s collection.
- Coordinates and manages internal and external research and cataloguing of the permanent collection, including compiling information for the object files and the input of information into the digital collections database. In conjunction with KIA registrar, responsible researching best practices for the care and conservation of the American Art collection.
- Creation of original gallery didactics for the permanent collection, including label writing, collections highlight columns, and assigned catalogue entries. Responsible for coordinating with other departments to develop materials on American Art, including interpretive materials, such as gallery guides.
- Contributes in the conception, development and implementation of exhibitions. Including assisting with the design and installation of exhibitions as assigned, as well as the archiving of exhibition files.
- Provides assistance with developing accompanying exhibition publications and materials, with a special emphasis on the didactic and interpretive materials that contextualize the recent re-installation of the permanent collection.
- Presents public lectures and gallery talks about exhibitions or about specific artists in the permanent collection.
- Builds and maintains relationships with other organizations of both academic and non-academic nature in the Kalamazoo community and region.
- Work with Museum Education and other departments as needed, including the Kirk Newman Art School.
- Perform other duties as assigned by the Chief Curator.

Kalamazoo College Responsibilities:
- Teach 1-3 courses per academic year on a rotation to be determined in consultation with the Department of Art and Art History at Kalamazoo College and the KIA. May include Shared Passages courses, interdisciplinary cross-listed courses, as well as art history electives and core requirements for the art history major.
- Propose two new courses that create opportunities for students to utilize the KIA collection in terms of coursework, assignments, events, etc.
- Deliver an annual public lecture on postdoctoral research.
- Participate in Kalamazoo College department events including weekly department meetings and quarterly events such as the annual senior theses reviews and advising sessions.
- Work with Art and Art History faculty in assessing and implementing the new art history curriculum and course offerings.
- Work with department and college communities on hosting symposia, inviting speakers, visiting artists. Coordinate opportunities for collaboration on these events with the KIA.

Preferred Qualifications:
- Experience in teaching and/or curatorial work.
- Experience working in a team setting and examples of collaborating across units, institutions, or within the community.
- Effective communication skills with diverse academic and public constituencies.
- Experience in building new audiences and stakeholders in the visual arts.
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite. Basic knowledge of collections software.
- Attention to detail and basic knowledge of organizational best practices.

The KIA and Kalamazoo College are equal opportunity, equal access employers that are fully committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

Physical Job Requirements: While performing this job, the employee will be required to sit, stand, walk, reach, lift/move up to 50 lbs occasionally, do close work with a computer monitor and perform repetitive hand movements. Employee required to be able to have written and verbal conversations.

This position is a full-time, exempt position offering the following benefits: health, dental, 403(b) retirement matching, vacation time and sick time. The KIA is an equal opportunity, equal access employer that is fully committed to diversity, equity, access, and inclusion in the workplace.

Please forward: 1) CV, 2) letter of interest, 3) writing sample (10 pages max), 4) sample syllabi for 1 proposed course to be taught at Kalamazoo College, and 5) the names and contact information for 3 references to jobs@kiarts.org with Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellow in the subject line or by mail to Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, 314 S. Park Street, Kalamazoo, MI 49007. No phone calls, please. Applications received by 23 March 2021 will receive full consideration.