Current Employment Opportunities

Opening for Gallery Manager

Reports to Director of Programs

Position Summary

The Gallery Manager directs Arrowmont’s exhibition and permanent collection programs to support the educational philosophy and goals of the organization and generate income for participating artists and to support operations. The position plans and produces the annual exhibition schedule for three gallery spaces, develops and implements policies and procedures for the Permanent Collection, oversees exhibition of artwork around campus and collaborates with development staff to manage the art acquisition, display and handling for auctions and special events. The Gallery Manager serves in an advisory capacity to the Artists In Residence and the Supply Store Manager for on-campus and off-site display of artwork. The position reports to the Director of Programs, is full-time, year-round, salaried, benefits eligible and exempt.

Specific Responsibilities

  • Designs and installs an annual program of gallery exhibitions and related programming to support educational goals and special initiatives, and to generate income for the organization and participating artists. Designs and produces installations, display materials and gallery signage. Collaborates with Communications staff to develop, produce and disseminate exhibition related promotional and documentary materials to generate on-campus and public attendance. Manages shipping, receiving and insurance of artwork ensuring object safety and security. Supervises volunteers and staff to successfully achieve goals, including supervising photography. Documents and evaluates exhibitions and related programming for archival and planning purposes.
  • Develops and maintains relationships with Sevier County artists, arts council, the Artists-In-Residence and other organizations participating in exhibitions.
  • Manages the organization’s Permanent Collection of historical and contemporary artwork to reflect Arrowmont’s influence in the development of craft and current trends in the field, and to support educational objectives of the organization. Implements policies and procedures for acquiring and de-accessioning, displaying, loaning, touring and documenting objects. Supervises photographic documentation of objects. Maintains secure storage of objects not on display. Maintains Permanent Collection database and related recordkeeping. Develops, curates and schedules traveling exhibitions of Permanent Collection objects to promote the organization and craft education. Develops and maintains a communications network of professional organizations and individuals to support the development and promotion of the Permanent Collection.
  • Manages on-campus display of Permanent Collection and other artwork ensuring object rotation and appropriate conservation of artwork.
  • Oversees the receipt, storage, documentation, display and packing of artwork donated for on- and off-campus or Internet auctions or other special events. Trains and manages volunteers to assist with art handling and other functions. Collaborates with Development staff to solicit and acknowledge gifts of artwork.
  • Develops and manages the annual Gallery budget within organizational guidelines.
  • Conducts tours of campus galleries for local, regional and national organizations to inform and educate about craft and the organization.
  • Collaborates with Development staff on fundraising activities as requested
  • Trains and supervises volunteers and support staff to assist with installation, packing and documentation of artwork for exhibitions and the Permanent Collection.
  • Works with board Exhibitions Committee on the development and implementation of special exhibits on- and off-campus.

Physical Demands

This position may require travel and the ability to drive a car, is physically demanding and requires the employee to walk unaided up and down hills and over uneven terrain, bend, stoop, reach above their head, have use of fine and gross motor skills, and work in close quarters. The employee must have normal visual acuity at near and far distance with correction and hear the spoken word with correction. The employee must be fluent in English. This position demands frequent exposure to inclement weather. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit and to work at a computer. The employee is frequently required to use hands to finger, handle, or touch objects, tools, or controls and to talk fluently. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move heavy objects or boxes.

To Apply

Please submit the following materials by e-mail to
1. Cover Letter that details your experience and knowledge in gallery and exhibition management, and/or working for an arts education center
2. Resume or Curriculum Vitae
3. Contact Information for three professional references

Additional application materials may be requested later. Review of applicants will begin on immediately and continue until position is filled.

Opening for Experienced Cook

Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts is seeking an experienced lead cook. Basic kitchen skills are required with some supervisory experience preferred. Hours are 11:00 am to 7:30 pm — lunch prep through dinner. Salary is commensurate with experience.

To Apply

Please contact kitchen manager, Jenn Blackburn at 865.804.2527 between the hours of 1:00 to 3:00 pm.
Arrowmont is an equal opportunity employer.

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