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Gallery Coordinator | Penland School of Crafts (Penland, NC)

Penland School of Crafts is an international center for craft education offering residential workshops, residencies, community education programs, and exhibitions. Located on 420 acres in the NC Mountains, Penland has 16 teaching studios and a total of 58 historic and contemporary buildings. Penland School of Crafts is an equal opportunity employer with a staff of 62. Penland operates with a $17 million endowment and an annual operating budget of $6 million.

The Penland Gallery exhibits the work of artists affiliated with Penland School of Crafts from across the country and beyond. These include current and former instructors, resident artists, and students working in contemporary craft media: books and paper, clay, drawing and painting, glass, iron, metals, photo, print and letterpress, textiles, and wood. The gallery exhibits work by an ever-changing pool of established and emerging artists who make sculptural and functional objects, conceptual and narrative work which represents the creative programming of Penland School.

The Gallery Coordinator reports directly to the Gallery Director, assisting with management and coordination of the Lucy Morgan Gallery, the Focus Gallery, the Robyn and John Horn Gallery, temporary installations, and other invitational or special gallery exhibitions (4500 square feet total interior gallery space). The coordinator works collaboratively with gallery staff and directly with gallery artists, Penland School instructors, visitors, collectors and other customers, attending to inventory, sales, and information.

The Gallery Coordinator serves as a Penland liaison with artists and the local community and as an education, sales, and general information resource for visitors. This position requires a service-oriented person who is outgoing and able to convey information to visitors, students, and instructors in a friendly, courteous, tactful, and accurate manner. General knowledge about Penland School’s programs is necessary. Also required are the following:
• General knowledge about contemporary craft and craft techniques
• Experience with gallery practices and management and retail sales procedures
• Experience with art handling, the packing and shipping of artwork, and exhibition design and installation
• Experience with exhibition preparation such as the handling of related paperwork and object preparation.

This is a full time, benefits eligible, year round, hourly position and reports directly to the gallery director. Work schedule is 32-40 hours/week during gallery season, 8-16 hours/week during winter (11 weeks). Weekend hours are required. Total scheduled work hours to equal 1680 hours annually. See full job description at

Physical Demands
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 and to hear. The employee is frequently required to stand, to walk, and to bend and to occasionally handle hazardous materials. Specific vision required by this job includes close vision.
The employee must regularly lift and/or move objects weighing up to 50 pounds or more. This position requires strength and stamina as it involves climbing on ladders, handling artwork and objects of varying dimensions, weight and volume, and construction-related activities such as painting, moving walls, and transporting crates.

To Apply (email only)
The position will remain open until filled, however the initial review of applications will consist of applications received by December 31, 2016. Send resume and cover letter addressing relevant experience and interest in the position and email contact information for at least 3 references to Kathryn Gremley, Gallery Director, Penland School of Crafts, PO Box 37, Penland, NC 28765 or