Boston Center for the Arts

539 Tremont Street
Boston, MA 02116
www.bcaonline.org
jobs@bcaonline.org

Date Posted:
November 19, 2018

Region:
Eastern Massachusetts

Category:
Artistic/Programming

Type:
Volunteer

Gallery Attendant, Mills Gallery

Description:

Boston Center for the Arts is seeking Gallery Attendants for the Mills Gallery! The Mills Gallery is known for presenting socially engaged, conceptually rigorous art. Past exhibitions have focused on themes including immigration in the U.S., how artists get paid, and queer fiber art.  Our upcoming show Coded. will be curated by Alexandria Smith. Coded. presents color driven work by artists based in New England. Color is the building block of our aesthetic and psychological experiences and is the most relative medium in art. It has the ability to alter one’s perception of self and the world around us. The eight artists in Coded.--Laylah Ali, Carla Edwards, Alex Jackson, Steve Locke, Simonette Quamina, Kenny Rivero, Jordan Seaberry and Lachell Workman--exhibit a range of artistic, technical and conceptual prowess in their work and use color as a character, a trickster, a device and a provocation.


Working as a Gallery Attendant is a chance to gain hands on experience working in a contemporary arts environment, while also building connections with curators, artists, and administrators in the Boston arts community. Gallery Attendants are the face of the BCA and an important link between the gallery and our public. They oversee the safety of exhibited work while creating a welcoming, informative environment for visitors.


Gallery Attendant responsibilities include:


  • Opening and closing gallery, including activating artwork
  • Initiating and encouraging dialogue with visitors
  • Conducting research about the exhibit and artists on view
  • Maintaining safety and security of artwork on view
  • Collecting visitor information
  • Assisting with events and performances in the gallery
  • Serving as a general resource for our public, providing information about BCA programs, exhibits, performances, and events


We offer Attendants:


  • Invitations to exclusive talks given by artists, performers, and curators
  • Professional gallery operations experience
  • New relationships and networks in the Boston art world and beyond
  • Opportunities to take on additional responsibilities, including Gallery Attendant talks about artwork on view and content creation for marketing
  • Valuable visitor service training including an introduction to educational theories and techniques

Shifts for Gallery Attendants are:

Wed 12-5pm
Thu 12-5pm, 5-9pm
Fri 12-5pm, 5-9pm
Sat 12-5pm, 5-9pm
Sun 12-5pm

Gallery Attendants usually sign up for 1-3 shifts a week. Our upcoming show will run Nov 17-Jan 27.
Qualifications:
An interest in and passion for art!
How To Apply:
If you are interested in becoming a Gallery Attendant, please contact Erin Dimson-Doyle at edimson@bcaonline.org or call 617-426-1492. Please include your potential availability and any qualifications/experience that prepare you to become a Gallery Attendant at the Mills.
Apply by:
December 13, 2018
Salary:
Volunteer
About this Organization:
Boston Center for the Arts is an historic nonprofit performing and visual arts complex that supports working artists to create, perform and exhibit new work; builds new audiences and connects art to community.

BCA is located in Boston's South End, the largest landmark district in the United States. BCA is a four acre complex that includes: The Cyclorama, built in 1884 to display a panorama painting, is on the National Register of Historic Places. The 23,000 square foot Cyclorama rotunda is now the site of exhibitions, performances and community events and houses the Community Music Center of Boston, the Art Connection, the Boston Ballet Costume Shop, three small theaters and a rehearsal studio. The Tremont Estates Building, originally an organ factory built in 1850, now houses over 50 artist studios, the Mills Gallery, two rehearsal spaces and Banyan Bar + Refuge. Boston Ballet's headquarters, a 1991 building designed by noted architect Graham Gund, houses rehearsal and administrative spaces, and a ballet school. For more information, please visit, www.bcaonline.org.