The Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County (AHCMC) seeks a Public Art Program Manager to join the prominent public art program at our leading local arts agency. This critical position advances our agency’s efforts to inclusively cultivate the arts and humanities throughout Montgomery County, Maryland’s vast array of diverse communities and residents.
Job Summary: The Public Art Program Manager is responsible for the coordination, day-to-day management, and evaluation of the agency’s public art projects, collection, and public gallery.
Primary Responsibilities to include:
- Collaboration: Coordinate meetings and activities of the Public Arts Trust Steering Committee;
collaborate with county agencies to identify and advance public art initiatives; participate, with the CEO,
as an ex-officio member of the M-NCPPC Art Review Panel; and manage partnerships between AHCMC
and other public and private entities/stakeholders interested in public art projects in the county through
administrative and communications support. High-touch open communication style required for success
in this position.
- Programming: Spearhead community engagement, artist professional development and artist
networking and growth programs that highlight the collection, increase awareness to residents, and
build stronger relationships with public art and local professional artists and practitioners.
- Planning: Develop an annual work plan with the CEO that implements the strategies and priorities
enumerated in the Public Art Roadmap and advance the agency’s equity goals.
- Budgeting and Management: Develop the Public Arts Trust budget with the CEO; monitor
implementation of the budget within the guidelines established by the CEO. Manage contracts with
contractors, including consultants and conservators; monitor contract compliance, ensuring that all
contract requirements are met.
- Collection Development: Coordinate all aspects of the commissioning of public artworks (including
those begun in earlier fiscal years and/or currently underway) to assure the interests of AHCMC are
represented. Coordinate artist selection processes. Facilitate interaction between the artist and the
client agency, project design team (architect, landscape architect, etc.) and the community.
- Collection Management: Maintain public art records and inventories, including the ArtSystems Public
Art Database. Coordinate the acquisition of new artworks in the collection through the annual call for
art for the contemporary works on paper collection and all loans of public artwork to county facilities.
Coordinate the annual conservation and maintenance program.
- Exhibition Space: Manage and provide oversight to the Curator of the Betty Mae Kramer Gallery, the
county’s designated exhibition space in downtown Silver Spring. Coordinate with Betty Mae Kramer
Gallery Curator and oversee approximately five exhibitions per year, including event planning and inperson/virtual programming related to exhibitions.
- Communication: Collaborate with Betty Mae Kramer Gallery Curator and AHCMC communications team
on developing content related to AHCMC public art programs, projects and initiatives.
- Marketing + Administration: Support the design of graphics and web portals and assets. Aid in design and content creation for the quarterly Public Art News Wire newsletter. Manage vendors and contracts for gallery and public art programs, including framing, artwork transportation and printing.
Compensation: $60K – $65K annually plus competitive benefits package. Relocation expenses not provided. Preferred
position start date: November 2021
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