Chicago Studio Arts Coordinator

Chicago Studio
Job Type: Full-time

Position Title:  Chicago Studio Arts Coordinator Reports to: Art Manager
Location:  Chicago
Positions that directly report to this job:  Arts Specialist, Band Coordinator
Schedule: 8:30 am-4:30 pm M-F plus regular weekend and evening special event support. This position requires a maximum of 40 hours a week
Wage: $29,000 a year + health and dental benefits along with generous PTO and sick days.

Arts of Life supports the Arts Coordinator role with regular professional development opportunities and training including Direct Support Professional (DSP) certification along with First Aid and CPR training.

Position Purpose:
The Arts Coordinator is responsible, in collaboration with each artist, for supervising the development and implementation of each artist’s individual practice and managing their assets and archive. Working with the Art Department and collaborating with programming staff, this position oversees all studio programming and implements the Artist Enterprise Program (AEP) ensuring consistency and best practices; and supports the artistic vision of the organization including implementing projects and tracking desired outcomes. This position helps support year-round exhibition programming and gallery maintenance. The Arts Coordinator should maintain an active role in advocating for the artist’s independence and professional development. This person should have an in-depth knowledge of art materials, as well as contemporary studio and gallery practices. Additionally, this position works collaboratively with overs and supports the Development and Communications Department by ensuring consistent communications content from the studio.  


Artists’ Supports 

  •  Personal Care Needs
    • In collaboration with the team, support artists’ in their daily personal care needs, both physical and emotional.
      • Daily artist support in the studio with setup and clean up is to be expected
      • Routine artist support with restroom and meal assistance may be required as needed. 
  • Artists Plans
    • Complete an annual art assessment for each artist in your program to prioritize areas for growth.
    • Support the Community Resources team in training staff on plans.
    • Ensure facilitators are documenting on plans
  • Support the maintenance and upkeep of each artist’s assets:
    • Website page 
    • Archival system
    • CV’s
    • Bios
    • Photos
    • Videos
  • Artists’ Creative Practice
    • Develop and implement training opportunities for artists to improve their practice and personal development. 
    • Develop, implement and document, professional development opportunities for artists based on AEP tracks.
    • Support programming schedule and needs.
  • Supplies
    • Maintain the studio in all organization, storage, and supply needs.
    • Maintain the appropriate spending to meet AofL budget. 

Artist Enterprise Program (AEP)

  • Support the implementation of the AEP program at your studio.
  • Lead and support supplemental programming schedule including field trips, demos, guest speakers and art talks.


  • Lead staff on three internal exhibitions per fiscal year.
  • Support the Art Department in the organization and installation of Circle Contemporary exhibitions:
  • Maintain gallery in good repair. 
  • Attend each exhibition opening reception.
  • Support Art Department in exhibition and relationship building needed. 
  • Lead gallery sales for your gallery as well as maintain strong collector relationships.

Outreach + Communication

  • Coordinate regular outreach for artist’s professional growth.
  • Participate in AofL Marketing committee.
  • Coordinate website updates related to the program, ensuring that new, consistent information is regularly posted and updated.
  • Supervise the development and maintenance of your program’s blog posts.
  • Communicate and update artist and their immediate contacts of current exhibition schedule/opportunities.  

Perform related duties as assigned, within your role and department.  

Supervision + Leadership

  • Directly supervise and mentor studio Art Specialists
  • Directly supervise the Band Coordinator
  • Support the team in the oversight and training of new and ongoing volunteers
  • Participate in a weekly meeting with your immediate supervisor
  • Participate in a weekly meeting with your team
  • Participate in a monthly meeting with your department

Applicant Qualifications and Requirements 

  • Valid driver’s license required
  • This position requires 40 hours a week including regular evening and weekend exhibition support 
  • Bachelor’s degree in Fine Art
  • 1 – 2 years of experience in NFP arts programming or equivalent.
  • Comfortable using a DSLR camera
  • Ability to lift/carry up to 44 lbs. independently 
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Proficient in accessing and using Google Drive and related applications
  • Must be able to work independently and communicatively as part of a team

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Behaviors Preferred: 

  • Working knowledge of graphic design for print 
  • Working knowledge of photo editing software 
  • Experience with framing, photography, digital photography and or photo editing software
  • Experience curating exhibitions a plus
  • Experience working with people with disabilities
  • Knowledge of similar studio structure
  • Experience curating exhibitions a plus
  • Working knowledge of social media platforms
  • Interest in disability rights and activism 

 Fill in the bellow application carefully to apply

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