Curatorial Intern


Contemporary Art


Vice President, Contemporary Art




Winter/Spring 2017

Deadline to Apply

Open until filled

Founded in 1981, BRIC’s Contemporary Art program is the oldest of its kind in Brooklyn. We presents rigorously curated exhibitions and programs focusing on emerging and mid-career artists whose work captures a rich cross-section of ideas, voices, and artistic media that reflect Brooklyn’s diversity. Exhibitions include thematic group shows and solo exhibitions in our 3,000 sf main gallery; and smaller projects presented around BRIC House. Given Brooklyn’s status as home to an extraordinary concentration of visual artists, our focus allows us to work with artists of exceptional talent and to curate exhibitions that are both local and global in scope. We also provide platforms for artists through an online artist registry (currently housing the portfolios of some 1,800+ artists) as well as open-call artist opportunities, a media fellowship, and visual artist residencies. We engage the public through artist talks, panel discussions, performances, and exhibition publications.

Purpose of Internship: The intern will assist with research, planning and writing for our four upcoming exhibitions, as well as helping to plan and execute public program and our fall gala.

Educational Benefits

  • This is an excellent opportunity to gain experience in the programmatic and administrative spects of a non-profit cultural space.
  • Learn how exhibitions are conceived, developed, and mounted.
  • Learn how BRIC uses its contemporary art exhibitions to engage and education the public.
  • Learn how contemporary art initiatives can be part of larger multi-disciplinary programming.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities     

  • Conduct research on artists; assist with preparation of artist bios, exhibition catalog text.
  • Assist with preparation of documents such as artist loan forms and exhibition binders; also contribute to BRIC’s blog.
  • Assist in planning and executing public events related to the contemporary art exhibitions.
  • Assist with gallery docent duties and engage the public in the exhibition.

Upcoming Exhibitions

  • Miguel Luciano (Feb 2017):  solo exhibition of customized bicycles and other works, examining the relationship between Puerto Rico and the United States and the current economic crisis on the island.
  • Public Access/Open Networks (March and April 2017).  Historic and contemporary works influenced by public access television.
  • Sam Messer (summer 2017), Solo exhibition of portraits of artists and writers by a leading New York painter.

Desired Education/Experience/Skills

  • Students majoring in art history or curatorial studies strongly preferred.
  • Completed at least two years of college.
  • Good general knowledge of and interest in contemporary art and culture.
  • Excellent writing and research skills.
  • Good phone and communication skills.
  • Highly organized and detailed; ability to keep track of information on multiple projects.
  • Knowledge of PC and Mac computers. Computer programs including, Microsoft Word and Outlook, PowerPoint, Excel, and Photoshop.
  • Familiarity with basic design programs including Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign.


16-20 hours per week for 3-4 months, generally during the day, but some evenings will be included for public programs.

How to Apply

Email with subject line: Curatorial Intern.  Please write a brief cover letter in the body of the email and attach resume.  Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls please.