Curator in Residence COCA (Center of Creative Arts)


The Curator in Residence artistic fellowship, reporting to the Director of Arts Education, will participate in installation and exhibition design for COCA’s Millstone Gallery as well as surrounding programs, workshops and engagements. This position will work closely with COCA’s professional program staff and teaching artists as they develop experience in all aspects of gallery work. This position is considered a seasonal role, and would work from September, 2022 until April, 2023.

Pay: $18.00 Hourly

Company Bio: COCA (Center of Creative Arts)

COCA (Center of Creative Arts) is a leading, multidisciplinary community arts organization committed to enriching lives and building community through the arts. As an innovative model for arts education and nationally accredited for artistic and educational excellence, COCA serves as a regional hub for learning in and through the arts for all ages from all backgrounds and skill levels. The organization was founded with the intention of being a place of artistic learning that would transcend the boundaries of geography, race, and class. COCA celebrates diversity in perspectives, backgrounds, artistic disciplines, and experiences, and believes everyone should have access to experience the arts. It has grown to become one of the most diverse cultural institutions in St. Louis, a position bolstered by a commitment to access and equity.


This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform these essential functions.

  • Work in close collaboration with the assistance of a mentor, professional gallery preparer, and administrative support from other COCA internal teams.
  • Coordinate the art drop off, artist statement, labels and signage with three exhibiting artists
  • Oversee installation and exhibition design with a professional preparer.
  • Provide content for the exhibitions, including checklists and publicity materials.
  • Coordinate gallery receptions and member events for each exhibit.
  • Coordinate related education programs for each exhibit.
  • Coordinate information related to each exhibit with the larger team, including but not limited to Patron Services for updates on logistics and the Marketing team to create communication documents.
  • Attend Program Team and All Staff meetings to represent the Gallery.
  • Mentor Youthvision (student) artists and participate in the selection of 2023-2024 YouthVision artists.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications / Requirements

Education and/ or Qualifications:

  • A BFA or BA in Studio Art or Art History, or significant fine arts experience preferred.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • A commitment to Diversity, Equity & Inclusion.


  • Ability to problem-solve, be flexible, imaginative and innovative.
  • Ability to take initiative in the development of ideas and programs.
  • Strong organizational skills, with an attention to details.
  • Extensive skills in writing and editing.
  • Possess and demonstrate an excellent work ethic, positive attitude and sense of humor.
  • Speaks clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations; listens and gets clarification.
  • Participates in meetings and demonstrates group presentation skills.

Physical Demands & Work Environment:

  • This position may need to move objects weighing up to 20 pounds for various needs.
  • Ability to stand and circulate for extended periods.
  • Ability to bend, twist, stoop, kneel and reach in all directions.
  • This position is required to work onsite.

COVID-19 Considerations:

  • COCA Employees are required to be fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus.
  • COCA highly recommends all employees, students, patrons and guests to remained masked at all times. Masks are not required.

COCA is an Equal Opportunity Employer and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any kind. All employment decisions at COCA are based on business needs, job requirements, and individual qualifications, without regard to race, color, religion or belief, family or parental status, or any other status protected by the laws or regulations in the locations where we operate. COCA is committed to achieving a diverse workforce through application of its affirmative action, equal opportunity, and nondiscrimination policy in all aspects of employment. COCA complies with federal and state disability laws and makes reasonable accommodations for applicants and employees with disabilities. If reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and/or to receive other benefits and privileges of employment, please contact

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