Curatorial Intern


Contemporary Art


Vice President, Contemporary Art






Summer 2019

Deadline to Apply

March 22, 2019
February 22, 2019

Purpose of Internship: The intern will assist with research, planning and writing for upcoming exhibitions, assist with the administration of artist opportunity programs, and help to plan and execute public programs.

Educational Benefits

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

Other Benefits:

  • BRIC provides a Metrocard and a lunch stipends.
  • Visit to a local cultural institution with BRIC curators and rest of intern cohort.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

  • Conduct research on artists; assist with preparation of artist bios and exhibition catalogue 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 programs and public events related to contemporary art exhibitions.
  • Assist with gallery docent duties and engage the public in the exhibition.
  • Assist with tasks in conjunction with the art auction that is part of BRIC’s annual fall gala.
  • Act as gallery attendant for one shift (4-5 hours) weekly.

Upcoming Exhibitions

Serious Play: Translating Form, Subverting Meaning
June 26-August 11, 2019

BRIC’s summer 2019 exhibition will be devoted to an exploration of the spaces and forms of play as process and theme in contemporary art. Traditionally seen as an activity of childhood, for enjoyment and recreation rather than for serious or practical purpose, play is also at the heart of artistic practice.  Processes and values that inform play – making, taking apart and crafting back together, transforming space, and improvising – can be equally applied to the process of artistic creation. Serious intent, however, defines artists engaging in the realm of play. Working with varied media, artists in this exhibition use play to examine such themes as gender, race and class, the accessibility of public spaces and spaces of leisure, and the significance of play itself as a form of artistic creation. Exhibiting artists include Chris Bogia, Amanda Valdez, Damien Davis, Kat Chamberlain, Derrick Adams, and Julien Gardier.

Beyond Geography: Contemporary Art and the Muslim Experience
September 12-November 10, 2019

BRIC’s contemporary art program is collaborating with the Brooklyn Historical Society on a major project, an exhibition, publication, and series of oral histories and public programs focusing on Muslims in Brooklyn. The Gallery at BRIC House will be the site of a major exhibition that will include Brooklyn-based artists whose work reflects the diversity of Muslim communities in the borough, and the way visual artists give voice to multiple dimensions of the Muslim experience.  Through works in varied media, the exhibition will express the ways artists reflect an embrace of, or resistance to, aspects of traditional culture, as well as manifest the complexities of what it means at this point in time to be Muslim in New York. Beyond Geography will be accompanied by a catalogue, public programs, and artist performances.

Desired Education/Experience/Skills

  • Students majoring in art history or curatorial studies strongly preferred.
  • Rising juniors or seniors, or those who have just received a BA.  
  • 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.


Minimum 20 hours per week for a minimum of 10 weeks, 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