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Opportunities for Students

The Bakalar & Paine Galleries, MassArt's professional galleries, offer myriad opportunities for students to become involved and learn useful exhibition practices. Museum literacy, installation techniques, communication, and administration skills are in the essential arsenal of any professional artist. From freshman year through grad school, the galleries are a resource for short- or long-term learning and employment. Faculty are also encouraged to forge connections with the galleries and integrate exhibitions into their curricula.

Former students have gone on to work at cultural institutions around the country, including 303 Gallery, Barbara Krakow Gallery, the Institute of Contermporary Art, Boston, Guggenheim Museum, and the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA).

Opportunities

Gallery Attendants

Gallery Attendants in the Bakalar & Paine Galleries provide an invaluable service to the college and the public by creating a welcoming and informative environment for all visitors while overseeing the safety of exhibited artwork. Gallery Attendants are paid ($11/hour), receive ongoing yearlong training, and gain experience toward potential museum and gallery careers. 

Gallery Attendants work 2-3 shifts per week during the galleries' fall and spring exhibition cycles, and are supervised by the Bakalar & Paine Galleries education staff. Up to 13 applicants are hired for this competitive position. 

How to Apply

Gallery Attendant applications for the 2017-2018 school year are currently closed. Please check back in January 2018 for information about applying to this position, or contact Michael Reback with questions about getting involved with the Galleries! 

Contact

Michael Reback
Gallery Education Associate
mreback@massart.edu

Undergraduate Gallery Assistant

Undergraduate students who are Gallery Assistants at the Bakalar & Paine Galleries are vital members of the gallery team that provide an invaluable service to the College by ensuring the safety of exhibited artwork through careful installation and maintenance of exhibitions. In exchange, Gallery Assistants are paid, receive ongoing training, and gain experience toward potential museum and gallery careers.

Gallery Assistant schedules are variable and follow the installation schedule of the Bakalar & Paine Galleries. Work opportunities are offered throughout the academic year. Successful candidates for this position are responsible, reliable, team-oriented, and willing to continually learn throughout the year.

Gallery Assistants are supervised by the Chief Preparator of the Bakalar & Paine Galleries and MassArt Curatorial Programs Department. Up to 10 applicants will be hired for this competitive position. This position is paid, and is open to all undergraduate students at MassArt. 

Installation Duties

  • Assist in the installation, deinstallation, and maintenance of gallery exhibitions
  • Work occasional special events (opening receptions, Family Day, Annual Auction, etc)
  • Be on time
  • Enforce and abide by gallery rules

Other Duties

  • Become knowledgeable about the artists and exhibitions on view
  • Answer visitors’ questions regarding the galleries/exhibitions during install/deinstall
  • Provide a friendly and welcoming environment
  • Be prepared to facilitate personal connections for visitors through one-on-one or group conversation

Requirements

  • Have some experience working in a professional environment
  • Be able to work with curators, artists, and gallery staff to execute exhibition installations • Be able to repair and neatly paint walls
  • Have basic experience with carpentry and power tools (preferred)
  • Be able to lift and carry 50-100 lbs.
  • Work weekends and longer weekly hours during install/deinstall and special gallery events • Have basic administrative skills
  • Be able to take instruction from the Chief Preparator
  • Be able to work with professional and student art handlers

Apply

To be considered for this position, complete a Gallery Assistantship job application and submit it along with your resume and class schedule to Rob Gainfort, Chief Preparator of the Bakalar & Paine Galleries. Applications may be submitted in person or by email (send to rgainfort@massart.edu) or by mail (Rob Gainfort, MassArt, 621 Huntington Ave., Boston, MA 02115). To submit in person, drop off your application at the Curatorial Programs office located on the first floor of South Hall. 

Download Application

Graduate Gallery Assistant

Graduate students who are Gallery Assistants at the Bakalar & Paine Galleries are vital members of the gallery team that provide an invaluable service to the college by ensuring the safety of exhibited artwork through careful installation and maintenance of exhibitions. In exchange, Gallery Assistants are paid, receive ongoing training, and gain experience toward potential museum and gallery careers.

Gallery Assistant schedules are variable and follow the installation schedule of the Bakalar & Paine Galleries. Work opportunities are offered throughout the academic year. Successful candidates for this position are responsible, reliable, team-oriented, and willing to continually learn throughout the year.

Gallery Assistants are supervised by the Chief Preparator of the Bakalar & Paine Galleries and MassArt Curatorial Programs Department. Up to 8 applicants will be hired for this competitive position. This position is paid, and is open to 1st and 2nd year Graduate Students at MassArt. 

Installation Duties

  • Assist in the installation, deinstallation, and maintenance of gallery exhibitions
  • Work occasional special events (opening receptions, Family Day, Annual Auction, etc)
  • Be on time
  • Enforce and abide by gallery rules 

Other Duties

  • Become knowledgeable about the artists and exhibition on view
  • Answer visitors’ questions regarding the galleries/exhibitions during install/deinstall
  • Provide a friendly and welcoming environment
  • Be prepared to facilitate personal connections for visitors through one-on-one or group conversation

Applicant Requirements

  • Have some experience working in an art gallery (preferred)
  • Have some experience carefully installing artwork
  • Be able to work with curators, artists, and gallery staff to execute exhibition installations • Be able to repair and neatly paint walls
  • Have some experience with carpentry and power tools
  • Be able to lift and carry 50-100 lbs.
  • Work weekends and longer weekly hours during install/deinstall and special gallery events • Have basic administrative skills
  • Be able to take instruction from the Chief Preparator
  • Be able to work with professional and student art handlers
  • Be able to complete total hours allotted on the Graduate Student Assistantship Contract

How to Apply

To be considered for this position, complete a Gallery Assistantship job application and submit it along with your resume and class schedule to Rob Gainfort, Chief Preparator of the Bakalar & Paine Galleries. Applications may be submitted in person or by email (send to rgainfort@massart.edu), or by mail (Rob Gainfort, MassArt, 621 Huntington Ave., Boston, MA 02115). To submit in person, drop off your application at the Curatorial Programs office located on the first floor of South Hall. 

Download Application

Work Study

Work-study positions are available year round in the MassArt galleries. Full- and part-time students are eligible to work alongside our curatorial, education, and preparator staff for hourly pay. Work-study employees will come away with valuable behind the scenes knowledge of museum work and experience to bolster their resume. The Gallery Attendant position is one of our available work-study positions. More information about work-study is also available at Undergraduate Financial Aid Federal Work Study.

Internships

Undergraduate and Graduate internships are available year-round in the MassArt galleries. Overseen by curatorial and museum education professionals, interns have the opportunity to delve deep into a specialized project and gain valuable behind the scenes experience in museum work. Internships are not stipended but can be credit-bearing. Preference is given to MassArt students.

MassArt’s Bakalar & Paine Galleries seek enthusiastic, organized, self-motivated interns pursuing graduate or undergraduate (juniors and seniors) degrees in Museum Education, Art Education, Museum Studies, Art History, or Studio Art. The education intern will work closely with education staff on a variety of projects and will likely assume responsibility for a larger project of their own. Individual projects may include, but are not limited to: development of interpretive devices; exhibition research; lesson/tour planning; gallery and classroom teaching; event planning; and program development. Our office is small, so interns may be asked to provide administrative, curatorial, art handling, and installation support, and will benefit from exposure to the various branches of our department.

This is an unpaid, volunteer position with a minimum commitment of 16 hrs/week for a three-month period.

Qualifications

  • Ability to work individually with limited supervision, as well as collaboratively
  • Strong written, verbal, interpersonal, and computer skills
  • Working knowledge of museum and education theory and pedagogy
  • Must be a creative thinker and problem-solver

Preferred Qualifications

  • Skilled in a variety of art and design techniques
  • Strong proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite and Adobe Suite
  • Experienced in gallery or classroom teaching

Education and the Bakalar & Paine Galleries

A vital cultural and educational resource for the college, Boston, and beyond, the Bakalar & Paine Galleries bring contemporary artists, curators, scholars, and designers to MassArt through exhibitions, lectures, and symposia.

The goal of Education at the Bakalar & Paine Galleries is to facilitate connection to contemporary art for visitors of all ages and backgrounds. We believe that the visual arts can unite and deepen the human experience, and enliven and illuminate other subject areas.

Graduate Assitantships

Graduate Assistantship positions are available year round at the MassArt galleries. MassArt graduate students are eligible to work alongside curatorial, education, and preparator staff for stipended pay. These positions supply an invaluable service to the MassArt galleries while providing grads an opportunity to take on substantial museum level work. Assistantships are granted each semester, but grads may wish to continue their work throughout the year. Participants will come away with specific, in-depth knowledge and a concrete product for their portfolio or resume.