Curator Visual Arts Gallery, Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts (AEIVA)

  • 30 Aug 2019 11:52 AM
    Message # 7856739
    John Witek (Administrator)



    AEIVA’s mission is to enrich and support accessible learning, research, and thinking for the UAB community, Birmingham, and beyond, through transformative and challenging exhibitions, engaging programing, and purposeful collecting.

    Designed by the world-renowned architect, the late Randall Stout, the Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts (AEIVA), is a center for UAB and the Birmingham community to engage with contemporary art and artists. The 26,000-square-foot building is named for lead donors Judy and Hal Abroms, and Ruth and the late Marvin Engel. AEIVA’s 6000 square feet of exhibition space features anywhere from six to ten exhibitions a year. 

    The 95-seat Hess Family Lecture Hall serves as a changeable space for a variety of artist talks, panel discussions, performances, installations and educational programming, as well as events at AEIVA. In addition, the building’s academic classrooms, laboratories, and faculty offices are home to the Department of Art and Art History, facilitating a dynamic partnership in AEIVA’s mission of enhancing social, cultural and historical understanding through the visual arts across UAB and the broader community.

    The Abroms//Engel Institute for the Visual Arts, as part of the Visual and Performing Arts at UAB, seeks an energetic curator to provide significant contributions to the management, development, and enhancement of a dynamic program of contemporary fine arts exhibitions, educational initiatives, and growing permanent collection.


    • Work closely with AEIVA Senior Director and guest curators to annually organize a variety of compelling exhibitions that draw from the AEIVA Permanent Collection, local and regional art collections, emerging and established visual artist.
    • Conduct scholarly curatorial research based on current AEIVA exhibitions, as well as research the AEIVA Permanent Collection and present findings through essays, publications, lectures, gallery talks, exhibition texts and panels, web-based media, and other forms of communication.
    • Work closely with AEIVA Senior Director and AEIVA Collections Committee to plan the strategic growth of the AEIVA Permanent Collection.
    • Work closely with AEIVA Senior Director, AEIVA Curator of Education, and ArtPlay to develop public and campus educational programs and initiatives that relate to AEIVA exhibitions and/or the AEIVA Permanent Collection.
    • Work closely with AEIVA staff to oversee but also assist in the general execution and installation of AEIVA exhibitions.
    • Assist with logistical aspects of exhibitions, including preparation of contracts and exhibition checklists, as well as occasional registrarial duties such as preparing loan forms, condition reports, and organizing shipping logistics.
    • Work closely with the Executive Director for the Visual and Performing Arts at UAB, Senior Director of Development, and AEIVA Senior Director to identify fundraising and grant writing opportunities, donor cultivation, fundraising goals, as well as the development and maintenance of AEIVA’s annual curatorial budget.
    • Work closely with the Executive Director for the Visual and Performing Arts at UAB, Senior Director of Development, and AEIVA Senior Director to provide leadership to the Visual and Performing Arts at UAB supporting member groups. This could include private tours, lectures, artist dinners, and planned visual arts trips for supporting members.
    • Develop new, and reinforce existing relationships with various community partners and UAB entities in a manner that fosters and promotes innovative and interdisciplinary collaborations.
    • Maintain active relationships with artists, community members, lenders, donors, and professional colleagues. Build partnerships that enhance community engagement. Maintain a visible role in the community including the maintenance of relationships with artists, galleries, collectors, donors, and members of the general public.

    ANNUAL SALARY RANGE: $47,486.40 - $74,484.80

    Master's degree in Art, Art History or a related field required and four (4) years of related experience. Work experience may NOT substitute for education requirement. 

    Preferred Qualifications:

    • Four years’ experience as Curator, Assistant Curator or closely related position with a proven record of substantial contributions to exceptional contemporary fine arts exhibitions
    • A proven record of research, scholarship, and public speaking, with experience organizing, producing, and executing exhibitions and publications of the highest quality
    • An enthusiastic passion for a broad range of art and culture, but with a particular emphasis on contemporary art
    • An ability to create visually striking gallery presentations that provide exceptional visitor experiences
    • An ability to develop and execute exhibitions that are thoughtful, accessible, and capable of engaging a wide variety of stakeholders that include UAB students and faculty, AEIVA Members, local, regional, and national art collectors/ supporters, as well as the economically and racially diverse communities of greater Birmingham
    • Experience in the strategic building of permanent collections through gifts and purchases
    • An ability to build positive and mutually beneficial relationships with board members, donors, local institutions, and community leaders
    • Must be articulate, with excellent public speaking and writing skills, effective communication, organizational and time management skills
    • Must be resourceful, with creative problem solving skills; an objective decision maker; and have the ability to work under pressure 
    • Must display a ‘lead by example’ attitude, a hands-on ‘roll-up-your-sleeves’ work ethic, and an ability to work in a collaborative, team-centric environment
    • Must exhibit personal integrity, empathy, transparency, and a sense of humor

    For full consideration, please attach your cover letter, resume a writing sample and 3 references.   Attachment(s) MUST be checked as relevant file to upload with this job profile.  Incomplete job applications will not be processed.