DIRECTOR, COLLECTIONS AND ARCHIVES
General Job Description
The Director Collections and Archives is primarily responsible for the management of the print collections and archives of Brandywine Workshop and Archive’s (BWA) Permanent Collection and Archives. The Director Collections and Archives (“Director”) oversees the care and documentation of all prints produced at BWA, print collections gifted to BWA and non-print artwork, written materials and other objects in BWA’s Permanent Collection and Archives. The selected candidate will be responsible for the management, organization, data collection, record keeping, accessioning, digitization, storage, and care of BWA’s Permanent Collection and Archives using accepted collections and archival professional standards and ethical practices, ensuring that all editions of prints printed at BWA and in the Collection are accounted for, and that records accurately reflect catalog information, condition reporting, and other informational details. This position is also responsible for exhibitions of artwork produced at BWA and from its collection of other prints in BWA’s on-site galleries and off-site venues,
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To apply, submit cover letter and resume in electronic format to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please indicate Director Collections & Archives in the subject line of email and in body of cover letter.
The Brandywine Workshop and Archives is an equal opportunity employer and considers all candidates for employment regardless of race, color, sex, age, national origin, creed, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or political affiliation.
About the Organization
BWA began as a group of successful artists, college and university art professors, and K–12 and museum educators who supported the production of limited-edition original fine art prints while training and mentoring young artists. It has matured into an internationally known organization dedicated to the professional development of artists and connecting communities across the world through the artistic practice and creative outcomes of printmaking.
BWA has a long history of artist residencies, exhibitions, and educational programming. A diversity-driven cultural organization that produces and shares art to connect and inspire, BWA builds bridges among global communities. Always in the forefront using groundbreaking technology, BWA’s Visiting Artists-in-Residence program has, from the start, encouraged innovation with materials and processes, an approach resulting in the production of collage, three-dimensional, mixed-media, and digitally derived prints, alongside consistently excellent work made using more traditional techniques. As a participant in the Smithsonian Institution’s and United States State Department’s traveling exhibitions services, and as an independent exhibiting organization, BWA-organized exhibitions have been presented at more than 30 sites in the US, with many traveling abroad to Africa, South America, and the Middle East. A cultural exchange with Wales, UK, brought muralists, graphic artists, and curators to Philadelphia and sent artist-printmakers to Cardiff and Swansea, Wales, with the resulting exhibition at the Swansea Museum traveling to the Uffizi in Florence, Italy, and the Carnegie-Mellon University Gallery, Pittsburgh.
BWA’s community outreach programs have employed artists assigned throughout Philadelphia to teach classes in painting, printmaking, drawing, and ceramics. In a collaboration with the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, program participants designed and painted wall murals and introduced the concept of “artparks” complete with landscaping and furniture.
Artists who have made fine art prints at BWA include El Anatsui, Benny Andrews, Belkis Ayon, Camille Billops, Barbara Chase-Riboud, John E. Dowell Jr., Melvin Edwards, Sam Gilliam, Edgar Heap of Birds, Martha Jackson-Jarvis, Jacob Lawrence, Alvin Loving, Keith Morrison, Kenneth Noland, Jules Olitski, Betye and Alison Saar, Juan Sanchez, John T. Scott, William T. Williams, and a host of other outstanding artists.
Today, BWA is located in Center City Philadelphia and is housed in two buildings—one dedicated to its printmaking operations, and the other housing a main gallery, a research facility, and additional exhibition space. BWA has expanded its efforts to include not only original fine art prints, but artist documentaries; 19 Satellite Collections at museums, colleges, universities, and heritage centers; and the creation of Artura.org, a free online database of culturally diverse art and artists accessible as a teaching and research tool.