PhoPa is hiring!
The Gallery Manager’s primary responsibility is for the day to day operation and long term direction of MMW+C’s PhoPa Gallery at 132 Washington Ave. in Portland (PhoPa Gallery or the Gallery) and to provide oversight and/or assistance with the operation of the MMW+C Gallery located at 18 Central Street, Rockport, Maine (MMW + C Gallery") in collaboration with Maine Media program staff. The mission of PhoPa Gallery is to show high quality photography and works on paper artists in Maine, with a connection to Maine or MMW+C. The mission of the MMW+C Gallery is to showcase photographic and multimedia work of students, alumni, and faculty, as well as innovative media artists whose work would be educational to our community and to our students.
RESPONSIBILITIES AT PHOPA GALLERY (Portland):
The Gallery Manager will assist with selecting the artists and artwork to exhibit, curating exhibitions, and coordinating with acuratorial committee on planning the exhibition schedule. Is responsible for communicating with exhibiting artists to coordinate artwork delivery and return, schedule events, and acquire necessary information for exhibition installations and promotion. The Gallery Manager manages the installation of exhibitions throughout the year and ensures that planned open hours are maintained. Overseas the daily operations of the Gallery, including but not limited to installing exhibitions, preparing all necessary documents, including bios, artist’s statements, price lists, wall labels and/or text; preparing and handling all aspects of openings, artist talks, and other planned events, including coordinating gallery related events MMW+C might hold in Portland. The Gallery Manager is responsible for coordinating and implementing marketing efforts to promote the gallery’s mission, exhibitions, opportunities and events. This includes designing and distributing promotional materials, regularly creating content for social media platforms, and preparing and sending email newsletters. The Gallery Manager is responsible for coordinating with the Maine Media Marketing Director to align efforts with Maine Media’s brand and marketing strategy. The Gallery Manager is the direct supervisor for Portland-based gallery interns and volunteers, and is responsible for recordkeeping, processing sales, cash management, and other business functions.
RESPONSIBILITIES AT MMW+C GALLERY (Rockport):
The Gallery Manager will work with the MMW+C Gallery intern and/or staff, overseeingthe installation of exhibitions throughout the summer season, and is responsible for collaborating with Maine Media staff to plan exhibitions and coordinating with the Maine Media Marketing Director for gallery marketing, communications and public relations. The MMW+C intern, staff and volunteers are responsible for daily operations and exhibition-related tasks including condition reports; planning and hosting gallery events, recordkeeping, cash management and all business functions, with oversight from the Gallery Manager.
Vice President of Academic Affairs, Maine Media Workshops + College
Bachelor’s degree in Visual Arts, Art History or related field required. Ideal candidates for this position will have experience working in a gallery or museum setting, or in a related field, an interest and/or direct experience in photography, contemporary art and/or art history.
This position is based in Portland, Maine. Occasional travel to the Maine Media Workshops + College Campus in Rockport, Maine will be required for meetings, events, and/or check-ins to be coordinated with Maine Media Program staff. Mileage for Portland to Rockport trips will be reimbursed and housing provided in the case of overnight visits.
Health Insurance, Flexible Spending Account (optional), Life Insurance, Dental Insurance (optional) & Paid Time Off
HOW TO APPLY:
To apply you will need to submit a cover letter and resume and complete Maine Media's online application. See here for the the posting and application.
Please direct questions about the position to outgoing Gallery Director, Rachel McDonald, email@example.com
Volunteer at PhoPa
Volunteering is an excellent way to become involved in Maine’s creative community, meet emerging and established Maine-based artists, and immerse yourself in a space dedicated to promoting and supporting the arts. PhoPa depends on the help of its volunteers to maintain its open hours, interact with gallery visitors, and assist in the general upkeep of the space. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact the gallery manager, Rachel McDonald, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Volunteers must have availability Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday between 12-5pm. We prefer volunteers to maintain a regular schedule (i.e. Thursdays, 12-5pm) but can be flexible and would love to hear from you even if this is not a possibility.
Man the gallery during open hours
Interact with gallery visitors
Maintain working knowledge of current and upcoming exhibitions
Learn about and assist with gallery administration
Help plan and organize special events (from regular exhibition openings to community events)
Assist with promotion and marketing of events and exhibitions (through social media, postering, etc)
All volunteer positions are unpaid, but regular volunteers have the opportunity to apply hours worked toward discounts on tuition for courses at Maine Media Workshops + College (our parent organization in Rockport, Maine).
Internship at PhoPa
Want to gain broad experience and knowledge in the field of Arts Administration? You should consider an internship with PhoPa Gallery! Intern responsibilities vary, and may include: writing press releases, assisting with artist contracts, conducting sales, install and deinstall of exhibitions, social media, and gallery sitting.Internships are unpaid, and we encourage interns to arrange for academic credit through their educational institutions.Internships last for approximately four months, five hours each week, with a total of 80 hours. This time frame is flexible, however, and may vary, depending on gallery events and the needs and interest of the intern or educational institution.For consideration, please submit a cover letter, resume, and provide two references to our gallery manager, Rachel McDonald, at email@example.com.