Smack Mellon is a nonprofit arts organization located in Dumbo, Brooklyn. Smack Mellon's mission is to nurture and support emerging, under-recognized mid-career and women artists in the creation and exhibition of new work, by providing exhibition opportunities, studio workspace, and access to equipment and technical assistance for the realization of ambitious projects. We see ourselves as a vehicle whereby under-represented artists can create, explore and exhibit their creative ideas outside the concerns of the commercial art world, offering many artists the exposure and recognition they deserve.

Programs
Smack Mellon's Exhibition Program is at the center of the organization. Designed to advance public interest in the visual arts, the program focuses on providing opportunities for artists to create site-specific works that creatively respond to our space, and work that explores innovative uses of both new technologies and traditional materials. The gallery space provides for large, ambitious shows that allow our artists ample room to explore and present their work. Exhibiting artists also have unlimited access to Smack Mellon’s in-house media equipment. On average, Smack Mellon produces five exhibitions a year showcasing the work of more than 50 artists for 20,000 visitors. We also produce on average one exhibit per year by an emerging guest curator. The gallery, which is free to the public, is open five days a week.

The Artist Studio Program was launched in 2000 in response to the crisis in availability of affordable workspace for artists living and working in New York City. This program provides free studio space, access to a workshop for metal, wood and general fabrication, a common area equipped with the latest technology, and a fellowship (dependent on funding) to six artists for an eleven-month period. Each year, Smack Mellon convenes a panel of arts professionals to select the six Studio Artists from over 600 applicants. The panel also chooses approximately 15 additional “Hot Picks” artists, whose work is featured on our website for one year, along with that of our studio artists. Smack Mellon hosts two Open Studios events annually, as well as sponsored visits from curators, critics and gallerists, which provide significant exposure and invaluable career building opportunities. 

In 2007 we developed Arts Education Programs for local youth, in order to better prepare underserved young people for the professional world and to expose them to diverse artistic disciplines. Our Art Ready after-school program partners high school students with professional artists in NYC for a series of studio visits, field trips and a 4-month mentorship in order to help them make a more informed decision about pursuing a career in the arts.  
Ends on March 20, 2019

Smack Mellon
92 Plymouth Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Smack Mellon is a nonprofit arts organization located in Dumbo, Brooklyn. Smack Mellon's mission is to nurture and support emerging, under-recognized mid-career, and women artists in the creation and exhibition of new work, by providing exhibition opportunities, studio workspace, and access to equipment and technical assistance for the realization of ambitious projects. We see ourselves as a vehicle whereby under-represented artists can create, explore and exhibit their creative ideas outside the concerns of the commercial art world, offering many artists the exposure and recognition they deserve.

Smack Mellon is located between the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges, on the East River waterfront in DUMBO Brooklyn. Our 12,000 sq ft facility includes a 5000 sq ft gallery, an office, and a storage space on the upper level and artists studios, fabrication shop, media lab, and kitchen on the lower level. 

Job Summary:

Smack Mellon seeks a full time Programs Manager who will be responsible for the Artists Studio Program, Art Ready Mentorship Program for high school students, and will assist with general management of the gallery. 

The position requires excellent organizational, time management and communication skills and the ability to articulate clearly to a variety of people, both verbally and in writing. The candidate must be extremely organized, creative, self-motivated and capable of working with minimal supervision. The position reports to the Executive Director for the Artist Studio and Mentorship Programs and the Director of Exhibitions for gallery related work.

Key Duties include but are not limited to: 

Artist Studio Program

  • Oversee and supervise the annual application process and review of applicants for the Artist Studio Program. 
  • Communicate with studio artists to maintain structure within the program. 
  • Organize Open Studio events and reception. 
  • Organize get-togethers for studio program artists and staff (4-5 a year)
  • Organize studio visits from curators, critics, dealers and collectors. 
  • Maintain an up-to-date list of current and past studio artists’ achievements.
  • Provide all Artist Studio Program support materials for Grant applications and marketing initiatives. 
  • Maintain the studio program space including the shared workspaces, kitchen and bathrooms.

Mentorship Program

Art Ready is a Mentorship Program designed to give public high school students the opportunity to experience first hand what it is like to be a professional working in a visual arts discipline. Participating students go on a series of studio visits and each complete a mentorship with a professional working artist in New York City. 

  • Visit schools to meet with art teachers, counselors, and principals, and recruit students.
  • Oversee and supervise the annual application process and review of applicants for the Mentorship Program. 
  • Coordinate and lead student visits to artist studios, museums and galleries.
  • Communicate with students, parents, artist mentors, and school leaders to maintain structure within the program.
  • Organize final exhibition and opening reception.
  • Administer evaluations to mentors and students. 

Gallery Management & General Administration

  • Maintain appearance of gallery –walls, lighting, artwork
  • Assist the Director of Exhibitions where needed during times of installation and deinstallation of exhibitions
  • Prepare support materials for grants and marketing
  • Provide administrative support to ED, bookkeeper, and grant writer, as needed
  • Maintain the office equipment, and office and gallery supplies. Order supplies as necessary
  • Field general inquiries and on Sundays answer questions about space rental.
  • Manage interns 

Events

  • Work some evenings for First Thursday, gallery openings and events 
  • Assist with all aspects of the Annual Benefit and any additional fundraising      events. 


Qualifications

The ideal candidate must be extremely organized and a self-starter. Should be able to work collaboratively within a small office environment and be comfortable with handling many tasks at once.  Should be energetic, enthusiastic and not averse to picking up a snow shovel, broom, mop or screw gun. Must be able to lift at least 40 lbs. Should be interested in learning how a nonprofit art organization runs and be willing to participate on every level.

  • Prior administrative experience in a non-profit arts organization
  • Prior experience working with high school students 
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills in oral and written form 
  • Self-motivated, organized and ability to multitask 
  • Experience with online social media platforms 
  • Strong interest in contemporary arts in NY
  • Experience using online application platforms, Submittable preferred
  • Mac proficient and competency in Microsoft Word, Excel and Powerpoint, Google Suite, Adobe Creative Suite, Google Analytic and knowledge of Filemaker, WordPress, InDesign and Photoshop a plus
  • Familiarity with contemporary art, artists, galleries and museums
  • Cultural knowledge of diverse populations of New York City.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by people assigned to this job; they do not purport to describe all functions of the position. Employees may be assigned other duties, and the essential responsibilities of this position may change or be changed from time to time.

Schedule: Tuesday-Friday 10am to 6pm and Sunday 11:45am to 6:15pm with extended hours as required. Salary: high 30K. Benefits include: Smack Mellon contribution to the cost of your individual insurance plan, paid vacation and sick days, Smack Mellon matching contribution to Simple IRA.


Smack Mellon
92 Plymouth Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Smack Mellon is a nonprofit arts organization located in Dumbo, Brooklyn. Smack Mellon's mission is to nurture and support emerging, under-recognized mid-career, and women artists in the creation and exhibition of new work, by providing exhibition opportunities, studio workspace, and access to equipment and technical assistance for the realization of ambitious projects. We see ourselves as a vehicle whereby under-represented artists can create, explore and exhibit their creative ideas outside the concerns of the commercial art world, offering many artists the exposure and recognition they deserve.

Smack Mellon is located between the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges, on the East River waterfront in DUMBO Brooklyn. Our 12,000 sq ft facility includes a 5000 sq ft gallery, an office, and a storage space on the upper level and artists studios, fabrication shop, media lab, and kitchen on the lower level. 


Internships
Smack Mellon has internships available for college students and recent college graduates looking for experience working in a nonprofit gallery.  We offer the unique opportunity to learn about running a non-profit organization with a gallery, artist studio space program, and education program serving local teens. Because we are a small organization, interns will have the chance to learn through direct contact with the Executive Director, Director of Exhibitions, Programs Manager, and artists.

The schedule can be flexible, but all interns are expected to commit 8-16 hours per week for 3 months. We review applications on a rolling basis. At the moment we are focused on applications for Spring 2019 (March-June). During this time, interns will work with Smack Mellon staff on a variety of projects in the office, as well as independently-driven projects. Applicants should have a bachelor's degree in a related field and be extremely self-motivated, organized, detail-oriented, energetic and hardworking with strong computer skills. Mac proficient in Word and Photoshop is a must and knowledge of other programs is a plus.
Interns will assist with:


-Office administration: updating website, press kits, info books...
-Assisting with membership outreach and mailings
-Maintaining archive and photographing events
-Assisting with Studio Program (residency) selection panels as needed
-General gallery maintenance--repairing gallery walls and other physical aspects involoved in maintaining the gallery
-Special events and openings 


Stipend
Stipend is $20/day.

Application Procedure
To apply, send the following as in a PDF format (Word documents will not be accepted):
1/ Cover letter
2/ Resume
3/ One writing sample (3 pages maximum)

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