job posting: Executive Director @ Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery

 

Additional Information
Position Description

2017 Annual Report

2018-2021 Strategic Plan Executive Summary

Application Deadline: February 28, 2018

Start Date: August 1, 2018

 

POSITION DESCRIPTION

The Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery seeks a dynamic, inspiring Executive Director to lead this contemporary ceramic and glass gallery as it grows and develops new audiences with greater outreach into the community, and onto the national and the international stage. The Executive Director will work to fulfil the Gallery’s artistic vision, tell its story, advocate publicly for the Gallery and lead development efforts to support the expansion of its programs and to ensure the Gallery’s financial stability.

The Executive Director is responsible for leading and mentoring a dedicated team of staff professionals, and for building strong collaborative relationships with other galleries and community partners, locally and in a wider context. The Executive Director will effectively manage the operation of the Gallery, adhere to Board policy and carry out its strategic vision. The Executive Director will report to a committed and engaged Board of Directors.

ABOUT THE GALLERY

With an emphasis on Canadian artists, the Gallery brings exhibitions to the public that are grounded in craft processes, engaged in contemporary experimentation and meaningful to diverse audiences. By exhibiting and collecting contemporary works in ceramics and glass, the Gallery inspires dialogue, critical discourse and new ways of thinking. The Gallery is committed to supporting artists at all stages of their career, from emerging to established, and actively seeks to feature artists from diverse cultural backgrounds. The Gallery’s media specificity is its distinguishing characteristic and greatest strength. Through exhibitions that address issues relevant to our times and intriguing public programs that engage, educate and inspire, we are accessible to all. The Gallery Shop, a fine-craft gallery in its own right, is an integral part of the Gallery, featuring exclusively Canadian artists from across the country. Having adopted a national mandate in the early stages of its organizational development, the Gallery continues to develop its reputation as a national centre of research, scholarship and artistic excellence.

GALLERY BACKGROUND

The Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery opened in 1993 in a purpose-built, award-winning building designed to showcase contemporary Canadian ceramic and glass art. Now in its 25th year, it has recently undergone a $1.3 million renovation to bring the Gallery to a new standard of excellence. The Gallery is supported by the City of Waterloo, the Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts, along with corporate, foundation and individual funders.

LOCATED IN WATERLOO REGION

The Gallery is located in Waterloo Region, an area of entrepreneurship, collaboration, fresh ideas, innovation, world-class technology, arts activity, economic initiatives and educational excellence on a world-class scale. Waterloo is one of the fastest-growing regions in Canada.

KEY FUNCTIONS

The successful Executive Director will raise the profile of the Gallery locally, nationally and internationally; lead its artistic vision; implement its recently completed Strategic Plan; lead its next level development and fund-raising; lead connections with other galleries; lead the Gallery to more diverse audiences; communicate the Gallery mandate; advocate for the Gallery; incorporate a digital strategy into the Gallery’s offering; and manage all administrative and functional assets of the Gallery.

REQUIREMENTS

  • 5-10 years experience as a senior manager in an visual arts institution
  • advanced degree in arts/arts administration or equivalent education or experience
  • in-depth knowledge of contemporary Canadian and international art
  • in-depth knowledge of best practices for Gallery management
  • strong leadership and mentorship skills and the ability to lead a team
  • the ability to forge innovative collaborations with other galleries and community partners
  • creativity and ability to develop programming to reach a wider, more diverse audience and engage with them in a meaningful way
  • demonstrated experience in securing major gifts and stewarding donor relationships
  • an optimistic problem-solver

Interested applicants are invited to submit, in confidence, a letter of application, and a detailed résumé outlining their qualifications for this position, along with names, titles, and contact information for their three professional references.

Canadians, permanent residents, and/or foreign nationals with a valid work permit will be given priority consideration. The Gallery is committed to employment equity and diversity and encourages applications from culturally diverse persons, Indigenous persons, Deaf persons and persons with disabilities, persons of any sexual orientation, and persons of any gender identity or gender expression.

Applications should be submitted electronically in a single PDF file to the Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery Executive Director Search Committee at: cgdirectorsearch@gmail.com

We would like to thank all applicants for their interest in this position but regret that we are only able to personally contact those individuals whose backgrounds best match the requirements of the position.

www.theclayandglass.ca/about-the-gallery/jobs/

Opening tomorrow ~ Liquids Creams & Gels

 
Please join us for the much anticipated online opening of the Liquids, Creams & Gels Opening February 1, High Noon, Toronto, NYC Time!
“Liquids, Cream and Gels,” as you know, is what they ask you to present while passing through the security line at the airport. Well, we are taking that concept to a whole new level by infusing it with ceramic notions of love and other potions and making it for the basis for a show. The curated online show of Liquids, Creams and Gels shall coincide with the frigid month of February that we North Americans dedicate to the complete range of noble to ignoble notions of amour. This exhibition will be ever-so-loosely centered around the time old tradition of vessel-making and containment that we, as ceramic artists, seem to embrace with open, wet and muddy arms. Beyond that it is our hope that the combined concept of vessel + containment + relationships is taken to a whole new level by the participating artists. There is no safety net or zone here…predictable is not welcome, but subversion is a most welcome entity. It is time to explore galore and push the notion of lotions and potions to the limit and make something that addresses this thing called “amorous” and turn it into something deviously glamorous. So please feel free to liberally apply to your eyeballs and sensory spots, this curated lotion of Canadian Ceramic artists both emerging and established…we’re sure their work will heighten your art viewing experience.

PARTICIPATING ARTISTS

Christopher Reid Flock, Ontario
Sami Tsang, Ontario
Natalie Waddell, Ontario
Jeannie Pappas, Ontario
Andrew Tarrant, Alberta
Kaleb Romano, Alberta
Kaitlyn Brennan, Ontario
Callie Beller, Alberta
Chase Benjamin Plourde, New Brunswick
Amanda Kopas, Ontario
Shaun Peter Mallonga
Kaas Ghanie, Nova Scotia
Julian Covey, Nova Scotia
Carole Epp, Saskatchewan
Kate Grey, Nova Scotia
Pansy Ass Ceramics, Ontario
Ciro di Ruocco, British Columbia
Elsa Brittin, Ontario
Amelia Butcher, British Columbia
Bridget Fairbank, British Columbia, Florida
Dianne Lee, Ontario
Mariko Paterson, Nova Scotia

A most fabulous array of emerging and established Canadian Contemporary Artists await for this, the most frigid but amorous time of the year. You can also follow the show’s evolution via Instagram @liquidscreamsandgels and on our Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/Liquids-Creams-Gels-171596086930447/

Viva Canadian Ceramics!
This exhibition is to be hosted online and in conjunction with the Gynocratic Art Gallery, a fabulously nomadic, Canadian effort directed by Danielle Hogan of Fredericton, New Brunswick and Mariko Paterson of Forage Studios in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

      

movie day: Marina Bychkova’ Enchanted Dolls

This mini-documentary tells a story of the Canadian artist, Marina Bychkova’s unique enchanted dolls . When she started making her first doll at six year old, she never thought her dolls would sell for hundreds of thousands of dollars 25 years later. “More than mere playthings, Enchanted Dolls are a brand of elegantly sculpted and articulated works of art. Adorned with elaborate costumes and graced with precious gemstones, metals, and rare found objects, each ball-jointed porcelain doll intricately conveys an aspect of our humanity.” – Marina Bychkova

www.enchanteddoll.com