Dia Art Foundation, Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Scholar
Curatorial Research Internship
Dia Art Foundation is seeking a part-time intern in the Development department.
Reporting to the Development and Membership Manager and working closely with the entire Development team, the intern will learn from and collaborate with all aspects of the Development office, including fundraising, event planning, membership communications and renewals, grants and exhibition proposals, council events, and administrative tasks. The intern will have the opportunity to contribute to and gain hands-on experience within a dynamic development and fundraising office.
Dia Art Foundation is committed to advancing, realizing, and preserving the vision of artists. A nonprofit founded in 1974, Dia collects the work of some of the most renowned artists of the last half-century, presents long-term, site-specific projects in the Western United States, in New York City, and on Long Island, executes new commissions, and produces scholarly publications related to its exhibitions and collection.
• Researching prospects, assisting in planning and facilitating events
• Drafting solicitation proposals for exhibitions, education, campaigns, and other special projects
• Membership and audience outreach and communication
• Fundraising database projects
• Designing and producing corporate sponsorship and proposal decks using InDesign
• Assisting at Dia programs and events in New York City, Beacon, and the Dan Flavin Art Institute in Bridgehampton, New York
• General administrative tasks
Training and knowledge opportunities provided as part of internship:
• Extensive training in Altru (a Blackbaud fundraising database) including moves management tracking, attributes, how gifts are stored in the database, soft and hard crediting, event and seating functionality
• Renewal and acknowledgment process for membership donations
• Learn about moves management strategy and decisions for major gifts prospects
• Experiential learning through interaction and dialogue with professionals in a fast-paced work environment
• Proactive individual with excellent writing, editing, and communication skills
• Attention to detail, including excellent proofreading and editing skills
• Conscientious, professional working style
• Proficiency in InDesign strongly preferred
• Basic knowledge of Altru, or other Blackbaud database, preferred but not required
• Knowledge of Microsoft Office
• Basic understanding of contemporary art
This unpaid internship is based in Dia’s administrative offices in New York City with occasional travel to Dia:Beacon as necessary. Internship requires a commitment of 1 to 3 days per week from August to December 2016.
For consideration, send a cover letter and resume to email@example.com
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Dia Art Foundation, Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Scholar
Dia Art Foundation, based in New York City, is committed to advancing, realizing, and preserving the vision of extraordinary artists. A nonprofit founded in 1974, Dia collects the work of some of the most renowned artists of the last half-century, presents long-term, site-specific projects in the western United States, in New York City, and on Long Island, executes new commissions and artist web projects, and produces scholarly publications related to its exhibitions and collection.
Dia Art Foundation invites applications for a newly created position—the Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Scholar. This full-time position with a three-year term is open to untenured scholars who have received their PhD within the past five years and have expertise in the art of the 1960s and 1970s, focusing on the artists in Dia’s collection.
In 2016, Dia will launch a major new archival initiative focused on organizing the institution’s 40-year history of institutional records, artwork and project documentation, and artists’ materials. The Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Scholar position has been newly created with the goal of introducing diverse, external, and fresh perspectives on Dia’s historically significant work with artists. The Scholar will play a key support role in this initiative, both leading and assisting in the development of interpretive strategies, publications, and other programs to foster study and public access to these materials.
The Scholar will report directly to Dia’s Deputy Director and Chief Curator and work with curatorial, education, publications, and archives/collections care staff. Particular emphasis will be placed on a collaborative working relationship with Dia’s newly created Archivist position. Fostering new perspectives on and thinking about Dia’s collection and program, this position provides an opportunity for emerging scholars to collaborate with Dia’s curatorial team and to advance self-directed new scholarship. The scholar will have full access to Dia’s rare holdings of information and source material related directly to the practice of the focused group of artists of the 1960s and 1970s represented in Dia’s collection.
The Scholar will independently develop programs as well as contribute to the overall planning of initiatives within Dia’s curatorial environment. The role encompasses a wide range of duties including conducting research associated with Dia’s collection, exhibitions, commissions, and initiatives; assisting with ongoing scholarship and publication development; participating in the planning and execution of Dia’s public programs; and developing new engagement programs and strategies in conjunction with Dia’s newly relaunched New York City exhibition program.
• Development and implementation of one exhibition-related public program annually
• Planning and implementation support for the intended relaunch of Dia’s Discussions in Contemporary Culture program, which is expected to host one public event per year
• Research for Dia-produced publications, including a new history of Dia and its artistic legacy along with several other in-development projects and contribution to these publications
• Development of other written materials and published content, both internal and external to Dia
• Research in the scholar’s field of study and participation in academic conferences and talks, both internal and external to Dia
• Untenured scholar who has received a PhD within the past five years
• Expertise in the art of the 1960s and 1970s, focusing on the artists in Dia’s collection
• Outstanding research and analytical skills
• Outstanding oral and written communication skills
• Must have a collaborative working style and ability to work well with multiple teams across the institution
• Ability to conceptualize, develop, and organize innovative scholarly programs
• Proficiency in German, Italian, or French strongly desired
• Knowledge of computer databases and MS Office software
Full-time availability and commitment to working a three-year term will be required. The position will be based in Dia’s office in New York City but frequent travel to Dia:Beacon, as well as planned trips to Dia sites and affiliates across the United States, will be required.
This is a paid position with a generous benefits package including health, life, and disability insurance plans, a 401(k) plan with company match, and paid time off.
Qualified applicants may apply for this position by e-mailing a cover letter, CV, and three letters of recommendations to firstname.lastname@example.org
with “Mellon Scholar” as the e-mail subject heading. Dia is open to considering highly qualified candidates with visa requirements.
Dia is an equal opportunity employer.
Curatorial Research Internship
Dia Art Foundation seeks a graduate student for a Curatorial Research Internship beginning January 2016 through June 2016. Founded in 1974, Dia Art Foundation is committed to initiating, supporting, presenting, and preserving extraordinary art projects.
The Curatorial Research Intern will work directly with Dia’s curatorial team and have the opportunity to become familiar with Dia’s methodology and history by conducting in-depth research for artists in the collection, exhibition program and commissioned projects. The Research Intern will also have the opportunity to conduct research on various artists involved with public programs. The intern will work under the supervision of the Associate Curator.
• Prepare scholarly research on artists in Dia’s collection and maintain records and files
• Assist with outreach to artists, scholars, and writers associated with the exhibition, programs, and publications
• Assist with curatorial functions involving the department’s digital and physical archive
• Conduct weekly visits to local libraries and assist with related inquiries from the public and scholars
• Assist with bibliographic and biographical research related to Dia’s forthcoming publications
Qualifications and Requirements:
• Dia will consider applicants enrolled in a graduate-level art history or similar program, preferably with a strong interest in contemporary art
• Must demonstrate exceptional research and writing skills as well as excellent verbal communication skills
This unpaid internship requires a minimum of two days per week, from 10 am to 5 pm. The position is based in Dia’s office in New York City. A nominal stipend will be provided to cover travel and lunch expenses.
For consideration, please send a cover letter, resume or CV, and two writing samples (5 pages or less) to email@example.com
Deadline: open until filled