Artists in Residence and Gallery Manager


Washington, DC
Salary: $40,000.00 to $45,000.00 /year

Smith Center for Healing in the Arts / Life With Cancer

Integrative Arts and Healing Program

at the Inova Schar Cancer Institute

About Smith Center for Healing and the Arts

Founded in 1996, the mission of Smith Center for Healing and the Arts (Smith Center) is to develop and promote healing practices that explore physical, emotional, and mental resources that lead to life-affirming changes for people affected by cancer.

Smith Center has become a leader in the nationwide movement to promote the use of the arts in healing. It accomplishes this through retreats and programs for adults living with cancer, and their caregivers, including yoga and stress reduction, nutrition classes, and expressive arts activities, as well as lectures and support programs. Programs and exhibitions are open to the public at the on-site Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery in Washington, DC.

Inova Schar Cancer Institute Integrative Arts and Healing Program

Smith Center is pleased to be partnering with Inova’s Life With Cancer (LWC) program to establish an Integrative Arts and Healing Program for the new Inova Schar Cancer Institute (ISCI), which will officially open in April 2019 in Fairfax, VA. ISCI’s mission is to become an international center for advanced cancer care and research, including genomic and translational research to better understand, predict, prevent, and eliminate cancer. Its personalized health approach focuses on individualized treatments and preventive analytics to predict illness for every unique individual and family under ISCI care. The ISCI represents a collaborative approach to providing seamless, coordinated outpatient treatment and access to services and supportive care in one location. Life with Cancer’s mission is to enhance the quality of life of those affected by cancer by providing education, information, and support. Inova and Life with Cancer have a long and rich history. Life with Cancer has been the provider of programs, support groups, and all integrative wellness programs for the Schar. Today, Life with Cancer is an integral program of the Inova Schar Cancer Institute, providing wellness and educational programs to cancer patients and their families both during and after treatment.

The Integrative Arts and Healing Program at Inova Schar Cancer Institute is a collaboration between Inova Life with Cancer and Smith Center for Healing and the Arts. The program includes the following components: a world class permanent art collection, Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery, artist-in-residence program, and collaborative programs and services to include culinary arts, stress reduction, mind body therapies, and wellness activities.

Life with Cancer over the past thirty years has been providing information, education and support through integrative wellness modalities offered by licensed therapists, certified oncology fitness instructors, oncology nurse navigators, oncology dieticians and acupuncturists. Smith Center has a history of developing and managing artist-in-residence (AIR) programs for cancer institutes at hospitals in the Washington metro area, and will manage recruitment, training and supervision of artists for ISCI’s AIR program. The AIR team will include practicing artists from across visual, literary, and performing arts modalities, working on contract to provide regularly scheduled weekly services in various settings within the ISCI facility.

Artist in Residence and Gallery Manager (AIR/G) Position Description:

Duties and Responsibilities:

This position reports to the Executive Director at Smith Center for Healing and the Arts with a dotted line to the Executive Director of Life with Cancer.

The AIR/G Manager oversees management responsibilities for two key components of the Integrative Arts and Healing Program at the Inova Schar Cancer Institute, as follows:

Artist-in-Residence (AIR) Program: approximately 80% of time

  • Coordinate contractual agreements with artists and develop and monitor regularly scheduled weekly shifts of service at the ISCI (to include assigning artists to substitute shifts as needed – Program Manager should substitute or otherwise schedule time to work with patients at least once per month to maintain hands-on experience);
  • Coordinate and manage regularly scheduled AIR team meetings (minimally once per month and more frequently as needed) for purposes of supervision and learning;
  • Monitor and supervise individual artists, to include check-in and check-out for scheduled ISCI shifts, review of weekly reports, and response to questions or issues derived from reports (including contacting clinical staff for response, as appropriate);
  • Identify education and training needs of the AIR team, and coordinate identification and contracting of guest speakers in collaboration with Smith Center staff;
  • Manage an inventory of arts and related supplies for the AIR program, to include an assessment of materials and resources needed per artists’ requests, order materials and supplies within the parameters of the AIR supplies budget, receive and organize supplies in a dedicated ISCI storage area, and monitor supply levels to replace as necessary), and
  • Coordinate the ISCI’s AIR program evaluation, to include regularly scheduled reports and communications with the Smith Center Executive Director and other staff and/or consultants as assigned, regarding program accomplishments, issues, and/or needs.
  • Serve as liason between artists and Smith Center/LWC ED’s on potential opportunities and new collaborations

Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery at ISCI, Approximately 20% of time.

  • Work with Smith Center’s Gallery Curator and Gallery Coordinator to implement each exhibition’s thematic focus, invite artists, and help design exhibition layout;
  • Assist the Smith Center Gallery Coordinator with the installation and de-installation of each exhibition, including signing artists to contracts and coordinating delivery of works, contracting a professional art installer and working closely with ISCI staff to ensure proper care and safety of art works, as well as overall good appearance and cleanliness of the gallery;
  • Assist Smith Center Gallery Coordinator with financial management of the gallery, including but not limited to: budget planning, managing the sale and distribution of art work in conjunction with each exhibition;
  • Coordinate, draft, and oversee the production and dissemination of publicity materials, such as exhibition announcements for each exhibition and a marketing plan, ensuring correct branding;
  • Assume coordination of onsite gallery hours of operation; work with LWC Executive Director and Inova volunteer department to schedule gallery volunteers; assist with recruitment and supervision of volunteers;
  • Maintaining and establishing new relationships with local press contacts and arts colleagues through consistent correspondence and networking events; and
  • Collaborate with local arts groups and curators as instructed by Smith Center Gallery Curator to create and develop exhibitions custom to the space and mission;

Position Qualifications:

  • Practical experience as an artist in the visual, literary, or performing arts (e.g. public performances, exhibitions, or presentations) that demonstrate knowledge, skills and experience in the creative process necessary to inspire and guide the creative work of others
  • Solid understanding of contemporary visual art, healing arts, and related disciplines
  • Minimum 3-5 years of paid experience with a professional organization or institution that included budget and financial oversight and reporting, program management and must have staff supervisory responsibilities
  • Ability to assume full-time on-site job responsibilities for a 40-hour week
  • Ability to meet background checks and pre-placement medical documentation and screening required by Inova for all on-site staff
  • Personal and professional qualities that include openness, flexibility, resourcefulness, sensitivity to and respect for others, and passion for sharing and engaging others in the creative and healing arts experience
  • Ability to work with many Directors and clinical liaisons in a clinical space that requires sensitivity to patient/families managing a cancer diagnosis
  • Intermediate proficiency with Microsoft Office and demonstrated organization and management skills
  • Knowledge and experience with healthcare settings and culture and core concepts of art and healing.

Job Details: 40-hours per week, 1 year contract position (no benefits) with potential to turn into an employee position. Located at Inova Schar Cancer Institute in Fairfax, VA

Salary Range: $40,000-$45,000 annual contract

Projected start date: March 1, 2019

Application Process: Interested candidates are asked to submit the following to the email address below:

  • Cover letter (two pages maximum) including a brief description of the applicants’ interest in arts and healing, detailed understanding of the position and skills required, including knowledge of exhibition management and curatorial practice
  • Resume
  • List of three professional references
  • One to two writing samples (500 words maximum each)

Smith Center for Healing and the Arts is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status.” We thank all applicants for their interest in this position, though only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

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