Employment

LUX Center for the Arts

Exhibition and Sales Director

Job Description

Summary


LUX Center for the Arts is a non-profit organization providing arts education to our diverse community.  The Exhibition and Sales Director works cooperatively with a small, dedicated team of arts professionals and reports directly to the Executive Director.  This is a professional, career position.  Work- week is Tuesday – Saturday and includes First Friday evenings.  A work- week may exceed 40 hours periodically.

Essential Requirements

  • Has extensive knowledge in contemporary art and fine craft.
  • Has experience handling artwork and installing exhibitions.
  • Is comfortable working one on one with collectors.
  • Has experience in retail sales and merchandising.
  • Communicates effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Is computer literate in Microsoft Office software; QuickBooks Point of Sale a plus.
  • Four-year degree in art-related field, or related experience.
  • Can recruit, train, and supervise volunteers and interns.
  • Has a valid Nebraska driver’s license, satisfactory motor vehicle record.
  • Can lift up to 50 pounds and climb tall ladders.

Job Responsibilities

Exhibitions/Gallery Shop

  • Develop and maintain exhibition schedule for 1 year in advance.
  • Select exhibitions that have both artistic value as well as commercial viability.
  • Maintain appearance of galleries: patch and paint walls, clean floors, pedestal construction and maintenance, maintenance of other display equipment.
  • Install, dismantle and rearrange artwork and rotate displays on a regular basis.
  • Manage the merchandising of items and assure fresh presentation on a regular basis.
  • Control inventory: updates, labeling, price sheets for all artwork, manage POS system.
  • Produce educational materials for showroom galleries and exhibitions describing various media, techniques, biographical information on each artist.
  • Maintain adequate levels of inventory of artwork and purchased merchandise.

Sales

  • Develop and implement annual sales plan to meet or exceed budget goals proactively.
  • Monitor sales and make adjustments as needed.
  • Collect and utilize buyer and prospect information to solicit sales.
  • Establish relationships with design professionals, art collectors/buyers, builders, and others to create outside sales leads.
  • Manage the merchandising of items and reset displays on a regular basis for seasons and holidays.

Artist Relations

  • Communicate with artists re: exhibitions, contracts, inventory, special opportunities.
  • Coordinate with the Education Director for workshops in cooperation with exhibitions.
  • Work with artists to keep fresh inventory of work.
  • Secure artist contracts and other information in a timely fashion.
  • Maintain artist files, including featured show and consignment contracts, bios, inventory, and promotional materials.

Events

  • Plan and implement special sales events.
  • Take a lead role with staff and board members to produce the annual art auction.

Storage and Inventory

  • Conduct merchandise inventory at end of fiscal year and at the end of the calendar year.
  • Keep inventory storage neat and organized.
  • Maintain up-to-date inventory records.
  • Check-in artwork, complete condition report and send to artist.

Committee Responsibilities

  • Serve on the Exhibitions Committee and Annual Art Auction & Events Committees.

Supervisory

  • Manages the work of a part time gallery associate.
  • Recruit, train, schedule and supervise volunteer receptionists.
  • Recruit and train student interns to assist with exhibitions, gallery display, etc.

Marketing

  • Provide detailed schedules and descriptions of exhibitions to the marketing staff in a timely manner for marketing of exhibitions, lectures, etc.
  • Work with Marketing Coordinator to create plan to support gallery shop sales.
  • Provide updated X-cards, artist bios, and the like for public edification.
  • Work with Marketing for plan to support gallery and shop sales.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with media representatives.

Other duties as assigned.

 

Salary and commission negotiable.

 

Please send cover letter, resume, and three references to:

Joslyn@luxcenter.org