Are you someone who: 

    • Has an interest, experience, and desire to develop a career in contemporary visual arts curation?
    • Is skilled in coordinating, prioritizing and managing numerous project elements towards a successful goal?
    • Enjoys a fast paced, active, solutions oriented working environment?
    • Is an internal team player and a collaborative, diplomatic bridge builder when working with a diverse variety of people?

If so, then the Rochester Art Center is looking for you! 

RAC is a contemporary art center in Rochester, MN with over 5000 sq. ft. of contemporary art gallery space.  We’re seeking a Curatorial Assistant to round out our team with the following responsibilities:

    • Assist our Artistic Director with the coordination and project management across every stage of an exhibition’s lifecycle – from initial inquiries, through installation, exhibition opening, and end of exhibition wrap
    • Coordinate and communicate with outside vendors, including installers, art handlers, graphic designers, printers and signmakers to bring all elements of an exhibition together
    • Assist with installation of exhibitions and gallery rotations, including handling, moving and packing/unpacking art in exhibitions and storage, working alongside contracted installation crew
    • Assist the development and production of exhibition support materials: gallery texts, publications, lectures, electronic media, and docent training
    • Provide general assistance in the day to day operation of the exhibitions, including ensuring exhibitions’ technical functionality
    • Provide support for arts related grant applications
    • Administer the regional art program ROOTED: Southeastern Minnesota Exhibition Program
    • Work with the Artistic Director to identify emerging artists, trends, issues and debates that strengthen RAC’s position as a regional leader in presenting contemporary art

The ideal candidate will:

    • Be self-motivated and comfortable working on tasks independently while in coordination with other team members
    • Have a grounded, decisive, problem solving mindset, especially during exhibition installation
    • Enjoy being part of a team of colleagues with an ability to work with others’ strengths
    • Work well with artists, arts related vendors and be interested in the structure of the visual arts world
    • Hold excellent professional skills with a strength in attention to detail, with use of systems that support and ease the quick retrieval of key information


    • Educational background in Visual Arts, with preference for a BA or higher in Art History, Art, Curatorial Studies or Museum Studies
    • Two years museum, gallery, or arts related project management experience
    • Demonstrated interest in the contemporary art world at large
    • Be skilled with Google G-Suite applications and embrace digital project management tools and systems
    • Provide scheduling flexibility (some evenings, weekends) during preparation, installation, opening and breakdown of exhibitions
    • Must be able to lift 30+ pounds
    • Technical/AV experience and knowledge a plus


    • Exempt, full time salaried position in mid-$20k, dependent on experience

  How to Apply:

    • Please respond via email with a cover letter and resume indicating your interest in the position and why you are an ideal candidate to Please title your email with the subject line “Curatorial Assistant Application” by July 23.  We’re seeking to fill this position for a start date in early August 2019.

RAC values a diverse, inclusive work culture.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to age, color, gender identity or expression, genetic information, disability status, marital status, national origin, protected veteran status, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by law.