Four student guides stand in the gallery with a salon style hang on the wall behind them.

List Visual Arts Center 2019-2020 Student Guides

Join the List Visual Arts Center staff to create inspiring exhibitions, deliver engaging programs, and drive the organization forward. We are a relatively small team who values curiosity, innovation, rigor, diversity, respect, and collaboration. See open positions below. Come work with us!

Open Positions

Art Installer

Position Description

The MIT List Visual Arts Center, MIT’s contemporary art museum, is looking for a freelance Art Installer to install and de-install art in the List Center's 5000 sq. foot galleries and throughout MIT’s campus. The List Center presents a dynamic program of six to nine special exhibitions a year. Under the supervision of the Gallery Manager, the Art Installer is a member of the installation crew, working 3–5 weeks to prepare the galleries, fabricate exhibition components, mount AV systems, and install art. In addition to the 3–5 week installations, the Art Installer is needed for periodic 1 week campus collection projects. Short-term hires are engaged through the MITemps Program, managed by nextSource. In addition to the Gallery Manager, the Art Installer works in close concert with the List Center’s Registrars, Curators, and Preparator.

Key Responsibilities

  • Art handling— Receiving crates
  • Packing and crating works for transit
  • The careful movement and placement of art work
  • Art installation of a wide range of media from paintings and objects to large scale installation and AV presentations
  • Preparation of galleries— wall building, sheetrocking and painting
  • Fabrication and preparation of exhibition components, including pedestals, exhibition furniture, object mounts, and AV systems

Qualifications

  • Ability to work in a collaborative, fast-paced environment with exceptional attention to detail
  • Experience in art handling, carpentry, painting, work shop safety
  • Interest in Contemporary Art
  • Knowledge of video and audio systems

Work Requirements 

  • Work may require moving objects weighing 20 to 100 lbs
  • Work may require traversing long distances or moving from site to site
  • Work may require carrying, handling and climbing ladders/heights to carry/place objects

How to Apply

To apply for this position contact: tjlloyd [at] mit.edu (Timothy Lloyd), Exhibition Designer, Gallery Manager    

Student Gallery Guides

Position Description

If you like to work with people, want to learn more about contemporary art, and would like an on-campus job consider joining MIT List Visual Art Center Student Guide Program. Student Guides will lead tours and facilitate discussions of the List Visual Art Center’s public art collection and at times the temporary exhibitions.  Student Guides are able to learn about the artists, artwork, and issues surrounding public art and contemporary exhibitions first-hand, while helping others make connections, discover, and understand the visual world around them. The program is open to all undergraduate students regardless of their major or experience in the arts.

Qualifications

  • Open to undergraduate MIT Students
  • No art history, fine arts, or museum experience is necessary, but enthusiasm about contemporary visual arts is required
  • Comfort with public speaking and interpersonal communication skills
  • Professional, welcoming, and engaging demeanor
  • Participate in training and facilitation tours of the public art collection
  • Student Guides are paid for training, tour preparation, and leading tours. At this time, Student Guide positions are open to current MIT students only.

How to Apply

Interested students can apply to become a guide by submitting a resume and completed application form to eagarner [at] mit.edu (Emily Garner). For an application or for additional information about the program, please contact Emily Garner. Currently accepting applications for the 2022–2023 academic year. 

Visitor Services Substitute

Position Description

Work in the List Center galleries as a Visitors Services Gallery Attendant and get special exposure to the List Center’s art exhibitions. You should be knowledgeable about art, enjoy interacting with the public, and be able to monitor large galleries while standing for an extended period of time. Your duties will include:

  • Learn about each art exhibition directly from the curator and artists
  • Greet and assist visitors
  • Check coats and bags
  • Record visitor data
  • Monitor the galleries and protect the art
  • Sell catalogues
  • Operate audio-visual technologies that are part of the artworks
  • Represent the List Center with warmth and professionalism

As a substitute, there is no obligation to commit up-front to a set schedule or work dates. You will work occasionally during special events like receptions, or while Permanent Visitors Services staff are on vacation or unavailable. We maintain an ongoing list of Substitute Gallery Attendants who we reach out to on a case-by-case basis to fill empty shifts. Please note that this is not a permanent position and Substitutes are not MIT employees.

How to Apply

Please email your resume and a short note to krisjohn [at] mit.edu (Kristin Johnson) with “Substitute” in the subject line.

Graduate Student Talk Program

Position Description

Contemporary artists often derive inspiration from various fields of study and explore it through artistic methodologies. To expand on artist interests; MIT graduate students and post-docs are invited to share their field research in conjunction with work on view to provide audiences a deeper understanding and prompts for thoughtful conversations.

If you like to share your research and would like the opportunity to present in a Graduate Student Talk, consider submitting a letter of interest. The program is open to all graduate students regardless of their major or experience in the arts.

Qualifications

  • Open to graduate MIT Students
  • No art history, fine arts, or museum experience is necessary, but enthusiasm about contemporary visual arts is required
  • Comfort with public speaking
  • Professional, welcoming, and engaging demeanor
  • Graduate students are provided speaker fees.

How to Submit

Interested students can submit a letter of interest to eponce1 [at] mit.edu (Elizabeth Ponce). And we will set up a time to discuss your research interests and how they could overlap with upcoming exhibitions during your tenure at MIT.