Purpose of Internship: Interns will assist with research, planning and writing for upcoming exhibitions, assist with program development and presentation, and help with art-related tasks in conjunction with our fall gala.
- Interns receive an in-depth introduction to non-profit gallery administration and exhibition development. Each intern is assigned to at least one exhibition in development, and will gain experience in research, writing, exhibition planning and administration, installation, and public program planning.
- Learn how curators work through an idea to select artists and art works, and then design an exhibition in both larger and smaller exhibition spaces.
- By maintaining the various databases needed for each exhibition, learn about how exhibition departments maintain information and advance the planning of multiple shows at various stages of development.
- Interns will also gain knowledge of contemporary art, especially of emerging and mid-career artists at work in New York today.
Essential Duties & Responsibilities
Summer interns will be assigned projects focusing on upcoming exhibitions and programs to be presented in the 2018-19 season at BRIC Arts | Media House. These exhibitions include:
- Alchemy, a group exhibition focusing on the way artists transform non-conventional materials to create visually layered statements about the body, the land and environment, and the material world around us. This exhibition will be on view in summer 2018 and interns will assist with tasks related to exhibition installation, docent tours, and public programs.
- Mary Mattingly: What Happens Next, opening in September 2018, will present a new, major body of work by Mattingly, a prominent mid-career artist. The centerpiece of the exhibition is a remediated U.S. military vehicle, reassembled into a social platform to prompt discussions on the connection between the military, global warming, privatization, education, the environment, and art. Intern will assist with program planning, logistical arrangements, and gathering materials for the exhibition brochure.
- Penelope Umbrico: MONUMENT, opening in November 2018, will feature a major installation and sculptural works by Umbrico a leading artist working with technology and social media. Intern will assist with exhibition development, budgeting, program planning, and sourcing materials to be used by the artist in the creation of her work.
- BRIC Biennial, Volume 3, South Brooklyn Edition, opening February 2019. The largest exhibition organized by BRIC and held every two years, each edition offers a survey of emerging and mid-career artists based in different regions of Brooklyn. Intern will be responsible for maintaining an extensive PowerPoint used to research and select artists and for attending curatorial meetings.
Other duties include assistance with public programs and receptions, errands, general office tasks, and gallery reception (generally one 2-hour shift per week). This position provides an excellent opportunity to learn about curating, exhibition planning, publication development and editing, and the administration of a not-for-profit art space.
Curatorial Interns have the opportunity to write for BRIC’s blog and for our other social media sites. Interns may also offer exhibition tours and assist with evening public programs.
Students majoring in art history or curatorial studies, as well as those who have completed their junior or senior undergraduate year, will be given strong preference for this position. Desired skills include:
- Strong general knowledge of contemporary art and culture
- Excellent writing and research skills
- Good communication and phone skills
- Highly organized and detailed; ability to keep track of information on artists, art works, and progress on various projects
- Knowledge of PC and Mac computers
- Computer programs including Microsoft Word and Outlook, PowerPoint, Excel, Photoshop, and Google Sketch-Up.
Office hours are Monday - Thursday, 10-6, Friday 10-2. Summer interns are asked to work a minimum of 20 hours per week for a period of at least 10 weeks during the summer break.
How to Apply
Email eferrer@BRICartsmedia.org with subject line: Curatorial Internship – Summer 2018. Please write a brief cover letter in the body of the email and attach resume. Only those candidates selected for phone or in-person interview will be contacted. No phone calls, please.
BRIC’s contemporary art programs aim to increase the visibility and accessibility of contemporary art while bridging the gap between the art world and global culture in Brooklyn through exhibitions, public events and an innovative arts education program led in schools around the borough.
BRIC is an equal opportunity employer.