Gibbes Museum posts accounting job
APPLICATION DEADLINE: Wednesday, February 9, 2022
Accounting coordinatorThe full-time accounting coordinator is responsible for nonprofit accounting, payroll, and general bookkeeping duties for the Gibbes Museum of Art. Reporting to the director of finance, this position manages day-to-day accounting operations, including full-cycle accounts payable/receivable processes, bank reconciliations, general ledger maintenance, budgetary and audit preparation, among other critical duties to support the function of the finance department. The deadline to apply is Wednesday, February 9, 2022. Go here to download the job description and get application instructions.
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Donnelley Foundation grants to help tell underrepresented stories
The Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation (the Foundation)—which supports land conservation, artistic vitality, and regional collections for the people of the Lowcountry region of South Carolina and Chicago—announced the 11 recipients of the its groundbreaking “Broadening Narratives” initiative, which aims to fund specific collections projects that bring forward underrepresented stories.This announcement represents the second round of organizations to receive the Broadening Narratives grant. The projects collectively illustrate BIPOC communities, LGBTQ+ perspectives, working-class narratives, small community experiences, as well as other underrepresented groups and viewpoints. The three Lowcountry-based projects or organizations are Clemson University, the Gibbes Museum of Art, and The Educational Foundation of the University of South Carolina Lancaster’s Native American Studies Center. The eight Chicago-based organizations are the Bronzeville Black Chicagoan Historical Society, Chicago History Museum, Chicago Public Art Group, Lewis University, Muslim American Leadership Alliance, Puerto Rican Arts Alliance, South Side Community Art Center, and Trickster Cultural Center. Additionally, the foundation renewed its $25,000 grant to each of the five Broadening Narratives advisory groups that assisted with the formation of that funding initiative: the College of Charleston’s Lowcountry Digital Library, Southeastern Museums Conference, Black Metropolis Research Consortium, Chicago Collections Consortium, and the Chicago Cultural Alliance. “While the purpose of collections is to ensure that stories are preserved, many narratives are often overlooked because of decisions based on race, gender, sexual identity, educational background, economic or social status, or because they are perceived to be outside the conventional thinking of the day,” said David Farren, foundation executive director. “We are thrilled to announce these grant recipients and want to thank these organizations for being part of this new way forward in collections thinking that shifts focus from the processing of material objects to the telling of broader and more inclusive narratives.” The Lowcountry-based organizations and projects to be funded by Broadening Narratives:
- Clemson University will partner with the nationally registered Seashore Farmers’ Lodge and the Sol Legare community to provide collections management training; conduct conservation assessment, treatment, and interpretation for objects in the collection; and develop manuals for ongoing care and management. The project will shed light on the site, which was once the heart and backbone of the early African-American community providing farmers aid and insurance in a time of need in the late 1800s and early 1900s.
- The Gibbes Museum of Art will create an exhibition drawing parallels between noted Charleston Renaissance artist Ned Jennings and British Aesthete and artist Aubrey Beardsley, re-contextualizing the Renaissance by examining the historically taboo topic of LGBTQIA+ contributions to the art world, still largely untold in the South. In particular, the exhibit will consider the role of queer artists in the Charleston arts community and the influence of queer aesthetics on the Charleston Renaissance via an exploration of Jennings’ works and life.
- The Educational Foundation of the University of South Carolina Lancaster’s Native American Studies Center (NASC) will continue its study of South Carolina’s Native American peoples, their histories, and their cultures by gathering oral histories, artifacts, and conducting research related to Lowcountry tribes. The Lowcountry was a significant site for Native American tribes across the region for trade and was a nexus for interaction with European settlers and enslaved Africans.
About Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation The Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation supports land conservation, artistic vitality, and regional collections for the people of the Chicago region and the Lowcountry of South Carolina. For over five years, the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation has convened five advisory groups to assist with the formation and execution of the Broadening Narratives funding initiative by providing important feedback, keeping the Foundation apprised of trends in the field, and serving as valuable connectors and conveners. The groups include Black Metropolis Research Consortium, Chicago Collections Consortium, Chicago Cultural Alliance, College of Charleston’s Lowcountry Digital Library, and the Southeastern Museums Conference. For more information on the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, visit www.gddf.org.
Gibbes Museum to exhibit Smithsonian collection of William H. Johnson works
A Black artist with South Carolina roots is the focus of the Gibbes Museum of Art's major spring exhibition.[caption id="attachment_48950" align="alignright" width="319"] Harriet Tubman | ca. 1945 | William H. Johnson, American, 1901-1972. | Oil-on-paperboard | 28 7/8 x 23 3/8 | Click to enlarge.[/caption] The Charleston museum is set to present Fighters for Freedom: William H. Johnson Picturing Justice from Jan. 21 until Aug. 7. This exhibition brings together 28 paintings by the South Carolina born artist, which have not been seen together for almost 75 years. Organized by the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the exhibition will premiere at the Gibbes before a national tour. Additionally, the Gibbes will host special programming and an accompanying exhibition, A New Deal: Artists at Work, which includes works from the museum’s permanent collection by artists like Johnson that benefitted from the Works Progress Administration’s Federal Art Program in the 1930s. “Nearly 50 years ago, the Gibbes exhibited a collection by William H. Johnson – which was the first solo exhibition by a Black artist at the Gibbes,” Angela Mack, executive director of the Gibbes Museum of Art, said. “We are proud to once again showcase the work of this great American artist, who was born in South Carolina, and reflect on our commitment to feature artists from diverse backgrounds and experiences.” Drawn entirely from the collection of more than 1,000 works by Johnson given to the Smithsonian American Art Museum by the Harmon Foundation in 1967, this exhibition is the first-ever presentation of this series in Johnson’s home state of South Carolina. William H. Johnson painted his "Fighters for Freedom" series in the mid-1940s as a tribute to African American activists, scientists, teachers, performers and international heads of state working to bring peace to the world. Fighters for Freedom: William H. Johnson Picturing Justice celebrates these fighters and their accomplishments while still acknowledging the realities of racism, violence and oppression that they faced and overcame. This series includes some familiar figures—Harriet Tubman, George Washington Carver, Marian Anderson and Mahatma Gandhi—as well as other lesser-known individuals whose equally-important determination and sacrifice have been eclipsed over time. The Gibbes will host these special programs to further analyze the themes in Fighters for Freedom: William H. Johnson Picturing Justice:
- Image Matters: Picturing Political and Cultural Leaders, Feb. 17 The Gibbes will host a virtual discussion about the influence of visual culture on how the population remembers and regards both contemporary and historical political and cultural leaders. For more information, visit https://bit.ly/3F29qTf.
- Gibbes on the Go: Florence County Museum, Feb. 22 Discover more about William H. Johnson in his hometown of Florence with the Gibbes. Curator Stephen Motte will lead guests on a special tour of Florence County Museum’s Kindred Spirit: The Personal Worlds of William H. Johnson. For more information, visit https://bit.ly/3q26p15.
- Mightier Than the Sword: Writing into History, March 10 Inspired by the exhibition, Fighters for Freedom: William H. Johnson Picturing Justice, and in partnership with local, woman-owned bookstore Itinerate Literate, the Gibbes will discuss the historical influence of written discourse on social justice movements. For more information, visit https://bit.ly/3JLhVFH.
- Now Let Me Fly: Songs of Freedom and Transformation, March 31 Musical performances from New Muse will give voice to the heroic figures portrayed by William H. Johnson in the exhibit Fighters for Freedom. Guests will listen for hidden messages in songs from the Underground Railroad, hear new songs of freedom and transformation and lift their voices in call and response. For more information, visit https://bit.ly/3eYhuKg.
- Literary Gibbes Book Club Discussion, April 9 Inspired by the works in Fighters for Freedom: William H. Johnson Picturing Justice, the Gibbes will lead a discussion on acclaimed Congressman John Lewis’s stunning graphic novel “March.” For more information, visit https://bit.ly/3eUU2NU.
Tuning Up: Senate confirms new NEA chair + Black music
Good morning!"Tuning Up" is a morning post series where The Hub delivers curated, quick-hit arts stories of interest to readers. Sometimes there will be one story, sometimes there will be several. Get in tune now, and have a masterpiece of a day. And now, in no particular order...
Dr. Maria Rosario Jackson to head NEA. On Saturday, the U.S. Senate confirmed President Joe Biden's nominee to chair the National Endowment for the Arts. Jackson is a 2013 appointee to the National Council on the Arts and is a tenured Institute Professor in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts (HIDA) at Arizona State University where she also holds an appointment in the Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions. A full bio is here. S.C. art museums take up Black music:
- In conjunction with its Romare Bearden: Abstraction exhibition, Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston is set to present Improvised: A Hip Hop Experience. "Many artists are influenced by the music of their time. In the case of the abstract expressionists of the mid 20th century that music was Jazz. Improvisational and expressive, it inspired Jackson Pollack and Romare Bearden alike. At the Gibbes, we see Hip Hop as an extension of that improvisational tradition and are excited to partner with on air personality Kris Kalyn to host Improvised: A Hip Hop Experience that will have local and emerging Hip Hop artists responding to works in Romare Bearden: Abstraction." Tickets are available now. $35. Student pricing available.
- Later in the month, Columbia Museum of Art will launch of More Than Rhythm: A Black Music Series, hosted by ethnomusicologist Dr. Birgitta Johnson on Saturday, Jan. 15, 2022, during the closing weekend of the 30 Americans exhibition. The series premieres (two additional dates are scheduled) with a sampling of diverse sacred choral textures that exist in the Black sacred music tradition. "Black music represents one of the oldest and broadest rivers that pours into America’s sonic ocean. Whether it be in pop or rock, classical or hip-hop, the history that the music of Black Americans affirms is key to its enduring popularity and influence across lines of race, gender, age, class, and even language," per a release.
Looming deadlines for major art calls
Get 'em in, #SCartists!
- 1858 Prize DEADLINE: Sunday, October 31, 2021
- ArtFields DEADLINE: Monday, November 1, 2021
There are big prizes up for grabs in the South Carolina arts scene. Are you going for them?ArtFields, operating out of Lake City in southern Florence County, is accepting submissions for its historic tenth year. ArtFields offers a unique combination of competition and celebration for Southeastern artists, so fittingly this call is open to artists 18 and older practicing in all media from 12 Southeastern states: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Lo,\uisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. This is an opportunity for part of $100,000 in cash prizes during the 2022 event taking place April 22-30. Accepted artwork is displayed all around our downtown—in spaces like boutiques, restaurants, barbershops, and more—to create a town-wide gallery. If you're unaware, click here to explore what ArtFields is all about and how you can be part of it. The submission deadline is Monday, Nov. 1. Not terribly far from Lake City as the crow flies is the South Carolina Lowcountry. The Charleston-based 1858 Society of the Gibbes Museum of Art has a call out for contemporary art. Artists from Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia are eligible to apply. The winning artist receives $10,000 for work that contributes to a new understanding of art in the South. In addition to the monetary award, artwork will be chosen by the Gibbes Curatorial Team, in collaboration with the artist, for display in the Mary Jackson Modern and Contemporary Galleries for the duration of 2022. Their submission deadline is one day earlier on Sunday, Oct. 31. Find out more about the 1858 Prize here.
Apply to be a Gibbes Museum visiting artist
APPLICATION DEADLINE: Wednesday, September 15, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. [caption id="attachment_47503" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Marina Savashynskaya Dunbar, Gibbes Museum Visiting Artist in 2021[/caption]
Complementing the Gibbes Museum's exhibition program, its Visiting Artist Series promotes creativity, introduces new art forms, provides perspective on larger community issues, encourages freedom of thought, and connects with the broadest possible audience.[caption id="attachment_47504" align="alignright" width="250"] Alexandria Dickerson, Gibbes Museum Visiting Artist in 2021[/caption] The program features eight contemporary artists annually, whose work contributes to a new understanding of art in the South. Invitations are extended to emerging and nationally-recognized artists whose work aligns with the museum’s collection profile; whose work is in the collection; or who have been identified as a finalist or winner of the 1858 Prize for Contemporary Southern Art. Fletcher Williams III, recent finalist for the South Arts Southern Prize as Hub readers know, was a 2019 visiting artist.
Starting Sunday, artists who currently reside in the South Carolina Lowcountry can apply for a six-week visiting artist session with a proposal introducing their current studio practice, artwork content, and the type of project they would like to pursue through a residency at the Gibbes Museum of Art.
- Visiting artists receive a weekly honorarium of $250 plus a one-time materials stipend in the amount of $150.
- Participating artists commit to 10 public studio hours per week during museum hours (usually divided across three days).
- Following the residency, selected visiting artists now have the opportunity to exhibit works in the Ruth and Bill Baker Art Sales Gallery as well as collaborate on exclusive products to be sold in the Museum Store.
- The application deadline is Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021 at 11:59 p.m.
Want to be a Gibbes Museum visiting artist?
SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Monday, May 31, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. [caption id="attachment_47088" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Past Visiting Artist Tim Hussey paints on unstretched canvas during his residency, Spring 2019.[/caption] Complementing our exhibition program, the Visiting Artist series promotes creativity, introduces new art forms, provides perspective on larger community issues, encourages freedom of thought, and connects with the broadest possible audience. The program features eight contemporary artists annually, whose work contributes to a new understanding of art in the South. Invitations are extended to emerging and nationally recognized artists whose work aligns with the museum’s Collection Profile; whose work is in the Collection; or who have been identified as a finalist or winner of the 1858 Prize for Contemporary Southern Art. Artists who currently reside in South Carolina can apply for a 4-6 week Visiting Artist session with a proposal introducing their current studio practice, artwork content, and type of project they would like to accomplish through a residency at the Gibbes Museum of Art. For general questions, please contact Director of Contemporary Initiatives and Public Engagement Erin Nathanson at email@example.com. For technical help while submitting your application please contact SlideRoom at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gibbes Museum of Art seeking accounting manager
Work for a Governor's Award-winnerAPPLICATION DEADLINE: Tuesday, April 20, 2021
The Hub is not sure what's in the water between the Ashley and the Cooper, but today is—at least unofficially—Charleston arts jobs day here. The latest comes from our friends (and yes, grantees) at the Gibbes Museum of Art. Check it out, and stay tuned for one more post today about arts jobs. – Ed.
The accounting manager is responsible for performing highly specialized non-profit accounting work required to maintain the institution’s general ledger. Working under the direction of the CFO-Director of Finance, Administration & Operations, the accounting manager manages the daily activities of the accounting functions to record the revenues, expenditures, assets, and liabilities of the Gibbes Museum quickly and accurately. Should be a highly motivated self-starter and detail oriented. The position is also responsible for assisting the CFO in the annual financials and audit through our 3rd party audit firm.
Major responsibilities and duties
- Manages the daily accounting activities required to maintain the general ledger. Work includes, but not limited to, check runs, accounts receivable, payroll, accounts payable transactions, recording of revenue and expenses, and etc.
- Payroll Processing: Bi-monthly processing utilizing ADP, maintenance of leave and time reporting.
- Maintains organized GL, set of detailed records & files of financial transactions.
- Reviews general ledger balances monthly to ensure accuracy of posting.
- Makes and implements recommendations to improve accounting processes and procedures. Performs other duties as assigned or required.
- Shopify reporting, deposits and reconciliations with store coordinator.