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 value curiosity, innovation, rigor, diversity, respect, and collaboration. Come work with us!
Associate Curator, Public Art and Permanent Collection
The Associate Curator, Public Art and Permanent Collection at the MIT List Visual Arts Center, under the supervision of the List’s Curator and Director, oversees and develops the institution’s collections and public art projects, including the research, acquisition, exhibition, writing, and education surrounding MIT’s world-class Public Art Collection, as well as MIT’s Permanent Collection and vibrant Student Lending Art Program. The position includes researching, writing, and editing didactic texts and publications for collection works. The position, in working with the Public Programs Manager, also develops and implements curatorial public programs to complement the List’s collections. The position requires strong organizational, administrative, writing, and oral communication skills. The ability to manage multiple projects and coordinate their various teams in a fast-paced work environment is essential. (S)he must have experience in the implementation of public art, expertise in contemporary art and broad knowledge and engagement with the international contemporary art and art scene.
Percent for Art Program
- In concert with the Director and Curator, research and propose potential artists to Art Site Committee for Percent-for-Art commission
- Be the project manager and coordinator for the program as the primary contact with artist(s)/gallery(s)/fabricator(s); works with MIT General Counsel on artist’s contracts; oversees art project budget; manage all aspects of public art commissions from conception to installation
- Ensure installation timing and requirements are met; arranges, with Registrar, for shipping; primary contact with MIT Facilities and public art installers; communicates with building architect as needed
- Work with Registrar on managing conservation projects
- Research potential Collections acquisitions; participate, with Director and Curator and Collections Committee, in decisions concerning Collections acquisitions and deaccessions
- Under supervision of the Curator, curate exhibitions from the Permanent and Student Lending Art Collections for various off site exhibition spaces from the List
- Work with MIT Faculty, Staff, and Students on selecting objects from the List’s Permanent Collection and/or Student Lending Art Collection to be placed public space on campus
- In concert with Public Programs Manager, develop curatorial public programs related to the collection
- Provide curatorial support for temporary exhibitions; managing checklists, drafting lender request letters, drafting artists contracts, researching and writing didactics for print and web, communicating with artists and galleries
Temporary Public Artworks
- Research and select with Curator the loan or commissioning of temporary public artworks
- Works with General Counsel on artist’s contract as needed; tracks the project budget; ensures, with MIT Facilities and outside installers, installation/deinstallation timing and requirements are met
- Aid with creating institutional packets for exhibition and public tour
- Aid with donor and other public tours of the collections and special exhibitions
- Aid with institutional editing and proofreading
- Bachelor’s degree (master’s preferred) in art history, curatorial studies, museum studies, or arts administration required.
- Minimum 3 years curatorial work experience
- Expertise in contemporary art and broad knowledge of and engagement with international contemporary art and art scene;
- Ability to foster and maintain collegial, professional interactions between List Director, Staff, and larger MIT community
- Strong organizational, administrative skills
- Excellent written and oral communication skills
- Ability to work on multiple projects in a fast-paced work environment
- Proficient in Microsoft Office; experienced in Photoshop, Adobe suite, and Excel
To apply for this position submit your application here.
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’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. In addition to the Gallery Manager, the Art Installer works in close concert with the List Center’s Registrars, Curators, and Preparator.
- 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
- 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.
List Student Guide Program
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 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 students regardless of their major or experience in the arts.
- Open to undergraduate (sophomore, junior and seniors) and 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 and interpersonal communication skills
- Professional, welcoming, and engaging demeanor
- Participate in training program, both inaugural training, and on-going exhibition related training
Student Guides are paid for training, tour preparation, and leading tours. At this time, Student Guide positions are open to current MIT students only.
Visitors Services Gallery Attendant - Substitute
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.
Internships – Overview
Internships at the List Visual Arts Center are created for graduate students, undergraduates, and recent graduates who are interested in discovering more about museum work while contributing essential assistance to List Center staff in a dynamic, stimulating, and intellectually rich work environment. Internships are available for college credit, if applicable.
As a List Center Intern you might work in one or multiple of the following areas:
- Public relations
- Digital Marketing
- Collections management
- Arts education
- Community outreach
Past Intern responsibilities have included:
- Public relations: Drafting press releases and fundraising proposals
- Curatorial: Assisting in producing major exhibitions and publications
- Collections management: Researching artists for the permanent collection
- Arts education: Developing and facilitating education programs
- Design: Designing print and digital materials including major signage, brochures, and posters
Do you have a skill set (e.g. design) that you think we could use but don’t know where we might apply it? Just let us know; it need not be listed above. Your specific duties will depend on our current projects and needs, and your skills.
Internship applications are accepted on an on-going basis. Please email your resume and a cover letter that provides an overview of your skills and/or specifies which areas of museum work you are interested in.