Employment Opportunities

Full-time Exhibition Manger

Brief Position Description:
The Exhibition Manager advances AVA’s mission by successfully engaging a diverse community of artists, students, art patrons, gallery visitors and volunteers in exhibitions and community events on a year-round basis. AVA is a dynamic community arts organization with a small number of employees, requiring flexibility and cooperation among all staff. Employees perform other duties as assigned and collaborate as a team in order to provide inclusive, quality community programming and services.

Responsibilities and Specific Duties:

  1. Volunteer/Intern training and support: Coordinate with Volunteer Manager to define opportunities for community members to contribute time and talents as exhibition and event volunteers and/or student interns. Actively engage, train and support volunteers/interns in their work on specific projects and programs. Write evaluations and/or letters of recommendation for interns at the end of their tenure.
  2. Artist and Public Relations: Work with the Exhibition Committee and Members Gallery Committee to identify, engage, and mentor artists who individually and collectively enrich the exhibition programs. This includes artists involved in the Named Galleries, Members Gallery, Lobby Gallery, and Offsite exhibitions as well as community events. Maintain timely, detailed and clear communications throughout the relationship with artists and community partners in order to schedule exhibitions and events, execute written agreements, gather promotional materials, produce sales reports, and issue thanks and/or acknowledgment letters. Actively engage with media outlets, donors, board members, and visitors to promote AVA artists, art sales, and events.
  3. Manage the logistics of exhibitions and events: schedule volunteers, order exhibition supplies & equipment, prepare galleries, receive artwork, install artwork using established hanging and lighting protocols, label artwork, produce gallery books for and orient Gallery Greeters, post virtual gallery tours online, transport and store artwork safely, insure artwork while on premises, schedule de-installation and removal of artwork and arrange pick-up or shipment of sold artwork. Set up events including tables, chairs, AV equipment and refreshments.
  4. Plan and implement exhibit and event-related promotional efforts: Establish yearly Exhibition and Event Calendar in collaboration with AVA Staff and Committees, update and disseminate calendar regularly as changes arise, write and publish press releases, facilitate update of website content in a timely manner, provide marketing materials and directions (edited copy, photographs, graphics needs and sizes) to graphic designer, provide finished marketing materials to staff members and media outlets according to marketing schedule, and schedule videography and photography of events.
  5. Fundraising: The Exhibitions Manager has primary responsibility for fundraising efforts involving the sale of artwork, including the Silent Auction and exhibitions of artwork donated to AVA. The Exhibition Manager is also responsible for adhering to all requirements for grant reporting for grant-related exhibitions and expenses.
  6. Reporting and evaluation: Complete timely reports on demographics and participation of artists, gallery visitors, event attendees, and volunteers; impact of exhibitions and events on the community including testimonials; and gallery sales. Coordinate with Exhibition Committee, Members Gallery Committee, staff, volunteers and artists to effectively evaluate the impact of the exhibition programs on AVA’s mission.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Expert organization habits and timely and open communication among team members and constituents are the key prerequisites for this position
  • Previous experience with curating and hanging art exhibitions
  • Command of or ability to learn customer management database, word processing, scheduling, inventory, sales, and website management software
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills with an emphasis on sensitivity to gender, race, class, health, and special needs equality and inclusivity
  • Physical Requirements: Ability to climb and balance on ladders; lift items above one’s head; lift and carry up to 30 pounds; and patch, sand and paint walls.

Salary Level and Exempt Status: The Exhibitions Manager is a full-time salaried position, exempt from overtime pay.
Benefits: Benefits are detailed in the current Employee Handbook.
Supervisor: Executive Director


Please submit a cover letter, resume, and three references to Executive Director Heidi Reynolds at heidi@avagallery.org no later than Wednesday, November 4, 2020 at 5 pm. Questions may be directed to Heidi Reynolds via email or by phone at 603-448-3117 x 108.


Join AVA’s Faculty


Interested in teaching at AVA?
AVA Gallery and Art Center offers a dynamic lineup of classes and workshops in two and three-dimensional media.  If you are a working artist and would like to offer a class or workshop in watercolor, acrylic, oil, drawing, encaustics, digital media, photography, fiber art, printmaking, woodworking, metalworking, clay, stone carving, or any other media, we want to hear from you!

Use this Workshop Proposal form to submit your ideas, or speak with Education Manager Nick Gaffney at 603-448-3117 or nick@avagallery.org:

We look forward to hearing from you!

Be the Next Mona Lisa!

The role of an artist’s model has been indispensable for centuries. Without models, there would be no “Venus de Milo,” “Mona Lisa” by Da Vinci, “Olympia” by Manet, or “Blue Nude” by Matisse. The need for artist’s models is ongoing and urgent. AVA is currently seeking models for life drawing, painting and sculpting classes. Would you like to be an integral part of someone’s art education? We would love to hear from you!If you are interested in modeling for art classes at AVA (clothed or nude), please email info@avagallery.org.