Thursday, 21 July 2016

WELCOME TO OUR NEW DIRECTOR



UAS is thrilled to announce the appointment of Natasha Chaykowski as our new Director.

Natasha Chaykowski is a curator, editor and writer, who holds an MA in art history from York University. She co-curated the annual Emerging Artist Exhibition at InterAccess in Toronto, was the co-recipient of the 2014 Middlebrook Prize for Young Canadian Curators. Chaykowski has curated exhibitions at the Banff Centre, and has forthcoming projects at The New Gallery in Calgary and AKA Artist-run in Saskatoon. She was the editorial resident at Canadian Art Magazine in 2014, and the Curatorial Research Practicum at Walter Phillips Gallery, the Banff Centre from 2015-2016. Her writing has been published in Carbon Paper,esse: arts + opinionsCanadian Art, momusBlackflash and the Journal of Curatorial Studies, and she has contributed to catalogues produced by Gallery 44, Walter Phillips Gallery and Art Mûr.

Chaykowski comes to UAS with much experience in exhibitions, programming and publications. We look forward to working with her as we continue to create critical spaces and contexts for emerging artists. 

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

UAS THIS THURSDAY / RELEASING: LIVE FROM UAS, DELVIS AND LOUCEY

Releasing: Live From UAS, Delvis and Loucey on Thursday, June 23rd at 7:00pm 

@UAS Main Space
343 11th Avenue, SW
Calgary, AB T2R 0C7​


Don't forget to join us this Thursday, June 23rd, 2016 at 7PM for the release of Delvis and Loucey's extremely limited edition cassette tape with accompanying text by Sophia Bartholomew! Here's a bit about Sophia to whet your appetite: 

BIO
sophia bartholomew is an artist based in New Brunswick who works with performance, language, and other time based media. She has recently published new writing for the Galérie d’art Louise-et-Reuben-Cohen, and has written art reviews for Canadian Art and cmagazine. In the coming year she is working on new projects for Struts Gallery, The Khyber, M:ST festival, RIAP at Le Lieu, and the City of Calgary.

This event is presented as part of UAS Main Space exhibition Presenting Two Left-Footed Loocee and Delvis Cache by Nicole Kelly Westman and Del Hillier.



Sunday, 19 June 2016

DOCUMENTATION/ PRESENTING TWO LEFT-FOOTED LOOCEE & DELVIS CACHE

Presenting Two Left-Footed Loocee and Delvis Cache
Nicole Kelly Westman and Del Hillier

Don't forget to join us for Releasing: Live From UAS, Delvis and Loucey on Thursday, June 23rd at 7:00pm 

@UAS Main Space
343 11th Avenue, SW
Calgary, AB T2R 0C7​









Documentation courtesy of the artist, Nicole Kelly Westman




Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Releasing: Live From UAS, Delvis and Loucey, June 23rd, 2016



Thursday, June 23rd, 2016, 7PM
@ UAS Main Space
343 11th Avenue, SW
Calgary, AB T2R 0C7​

Ever dream of strutting around town like a fancy star, while strangers gawk at your admirable style? Well, don’t miss your one and only chance to embroider, bedazzle, and accessorize your very own westernized top with Delvis and Louceee. Don’t be late, or you’ll certainly miss your chance to own Delvis and Loucey’s extremely limited edition cassette tape with accompanying text by Sophia Bartholomew and big rig illustrations by the most loveable duo in the honky tonk circuit. 

This event is presented as part of UAS Main Space exhibition Presenting Two Left-Footed Loocee and Delvis Cache by Nicole Kelly Westman and Del Hillier.

WELCOME to our new Summer Staff member: Kaylee Maciejko



Untitled Art Society would like to welcome our summer Public Program Coordinator, Kaylee Maciejko to the UAS team. Kaylee is a current student at Alberta College of Art + Design majoring in sculpture. Her interests include welding, archery, knitting, baking and her cat. She is looking forward to contributing to UAS and meeting as many new friends as possible… Come by the gallery and say hi!


Wednesday, 8 June 2016

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY: DIRECTOR


EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY: DIRECTOR
 
DEADLINE: JUNE 17 2016

​ABOUT UNTITLED ART SOCIETY:

Situated in the heart of downtown Calgary, Untitled Art Society (UAS) supports emerging art through public exhibitions, workshops and educational programming, the provision of production resources, and opportunities for discourse. UAS exhibitions showcase early emerging artists as an important aspect of critical engagement in provincial contemporary art.
 
POSITION SUMMARY:
Under the authority and in consultation with the Board of Directors and in accordance with established policies and procedures, the Director will assume the following tasks and responsibilities:


  • Directing the overall operations, budgets and capital assets of the organization;
  • Directing the overall programming of the organization;
  • Managing UAS studios and facilities;
  • Promoting the organization and its programs in the media and to the general public;
  • Develops and maintains professional relationships with the visual arts community;
  • Managing all volunteers, temporary staff and practicum positions.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
1. OPERATIONS
Directs the overall operations, budgets and capital assets of the gallery by:
a. assessing short and long term financial and capital needs and making recommendations to address them in consultation with the Board of Directors;
b. drafting and tracking the annual operating budget and reporting regularly to the board on the gallery’s financial situation;
c. proactively identifying, prioritizing and pursuing all appropriate revenue sources including local, provincial and national government grants; and all associated grant writing, reporting and budgeting in consultation with the Board of Directors;
d. implementing board policies and directives with regard to financial management and advising the board and external committees on financial priorities and budget matters where appropriate;
e. assistance with fundraising activities and special events undertaken by the board; in liaison with external community and institutional stakeholders;
f. attend the Annual General Meeting, and present monthly reports at Board meetings.
 
2. PROGRAMMING
The Director, in collaboration with Board members, plans the overall programming direction and activities of the gallery, including exhibitions and ancillary or special events by:
a. acting as the sole liaison with all artists and external contractors for UAS programming including; contracting, communication, scheduling and management;
b. presenting a balanced program of exhibitions, interpretive programs and special ancillary programs that reflect the gallery’s mandate and community;
c. working with the Board to develop a budget for each exhibition, program, and event within the overall program budget;
d. liaising and maintaining strong ties, and building new relationships with other artist-run and arts organizations in the city and in the province;
e. working with the Board on an annual program schedule;
f. developing a good working relationship with artists and respecting their rights as partners in the visual arts and as creative producers;
g. assists and oversees the installation of exhibitions and all necessary requirements for events.
 
3. FACILITIES
Managing UAS studios and facilities by:
a. posting and filling studio vacancies through the appropriate promotional channels, and interview process; in consultation with the Board of Directors;
b. collecting and depositing studio rent and managing communications with studio renters;
c. acting as a liaison between the landlord and building management on behalf of the Board of Directors;
d. orienting new renters of the UAS studios to the organization’s policies; and ensuring renters abide by renter’s contracts with regular monitoring.  
 
4. COMMUNICATIONS
The Director promotes the gallery and its programs in the media and to the general public by:
a. developing and maintaining connections with a wide range of community cultural groups; 
b. attending openings and major events to serve as the gallery’s host and introducing guest speakers, artists and programs;
c. writing promotional copy and approving design circulated in the name of the gallery; 
d. conducting tours of the gallery;
e. giving media interviews on request.
 
5. COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT
The Director develops and maintains professional relationships with the visual arts community in support of mutual concerns and to promote the non-profit gallery sector by:
a. offering professional cooperation and support to colleague organizations within the visual arts network;
b. supporting advocacy efforts on behalf of the visual arts sector.
 
6. MANAGEMENT
The Director manages all permanent, part-time and contract staff and volunteers to ensure efficient operation of the gallery by:
a. establishing clear lines of communication and authority;
b. assigning areas of responsibility, delegating duties and allocating tasks; including training, hours and all other HR related matters;
c. setting standards for performance and ethical conduct among all members of the staff, which are monitored and reported on regularly;
d. advise on the hiring of permanent, part-time and contract staff along with members of the Board.
 
EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENTS AND ASSETS:

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts, Art History, or equivalent post-secondary arts education.
  • Two years work experience in arts administration or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Technical installation and art handling skills.
  • Knowledge of and interest in non-profit and artist-run culture.
  • Excellent research, communication and writing skills.
  • Solid understanding of contemporary visual culture. 
​DETAILS:
The Director will receive a competitive salary commensurate with their experience and based on a 35-hour work week.
 
HOW TO APPLY:
Please submit the following via email to president@uascalgary.org with attention to the HR committee by June 17th, 2016. The full application must be submitted as a single PDF document and should include:


  • A cover letter outlining interest in this position as well as applicable skills and experience, maximum of two pages.
  • CV or Resume, maximum of four pages.
  • Two writing samples, maximum one page each (can be excerpts from larger pieces of writing).
  • Three references with full contact information, previous employers and supervisors preferred.

Untitled Art Society is an equal opportunity employer. We thank all applicants for their interest, however only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.
 
If you have any questions, please contact us at info@uascalgary.org or 403.262.7911 during gallery hours.

Tuesday, 24 May 2016