Exhibitions Fellowship

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Root Division seeks an individual who is enthusiastic and passionate about exhibitions programming, curatorial practice, and gallery management to fill its Exhibitions Fellowship position from September 2020 through May 2021.

Root Division is a visual arts non-profit located in the San Francisco's Mid-Market/SoMA district. Root Division's mission is to empower artists, promote community service, inspire youth, and enrich the Bay Area through engagement in the visual arts. This fellowship has been developed in order to increase professional opportunities for emerging curators and arts professionals. 



Roles and Responsibilities:

  1. 2nd Saturday Exhibition Series: Root Division's 2nd Saturday Exhibition Series showcases high caliber work with an emphasis on Bay Area emerging artists reflecting contemporary artistic ideas and current social concerns, in a variety of artistic disciplines, aesthetic sensibilities, and forms of cultural expression. Exhibiting over 350 artists and hosting over 6,000 visitors to the gallery yearly through receptions, gallery hours, artist panels, online exhibitions, and digital programming,  this dynamic program continues to grow in its relevance and importance in the careers of Bay Area artists and curators. The Exhibitions Fellow will act as a gallery representative, working directly with the Art Programs Manager, guest curators, installation team, and exhibiting artists to produce and market Root Division's monthly exhibitions and public programs in the main gallery and online. The Exhibitions Fellow will also be instrumental in at least one of Root Division's major annual juried shows by preparing and sitting in on a group jury review process, as well as aiding in exhibition design, catalogue production, and technical support in the creation of online exhibitions.
  2. Curatorial Committee: Guest curated exhibitions in the 2nd Saturday Exhibition Series are selected by the Curatorial Committee for their conceptual and artistic merit, as well as the ability to engage diverse populations. The committee is comprised of twelve prominent Bay Area curators, artists and arts professionals. The fellow will join Root Division's Curatorial Committee for the length of the fellowship, gaining valuable experience by attending two formal committee meetings, and participating in strategic planning sessions with leadership.
  3. Frank-Ratchye Studio Artist Project Space: The Frank-Ratchye Studio Artist Project Space provides a physical and online gallery for Root Division artists to exhibit their art to the public. The physical Project Space is free and open to the public during gallery hours in conjunction with the current exhibition. The fellow will curate six presentations of Root Division Studio Artists in physical and/or digital format. This project includes studio visits, installation assistance, collecting and preparing digital documentation of artworks for web, designing and building web pages, and the preparation of curatorial statements and promotional materials.
  4. Root Division Talk (blog): In addition to curating artists in the Frank-Ratchye Studio Artist Project Space, the fellow will produce a series of artist interviews or articles to accompany the exhibitions for Root Division's blog "Root Division Talks.”  

Strong writing, curatorial, and interpersonal skills are highly valued in this position, as the fellow is directly participating in outreach and development for the organization and its exhibitions and public programming.



The Fellow actively participates in developing and presenting public exhibitions related programming at Root Division, and a strong candidate:

  • Demonstrates excellence in curatorial practice and/or art-writing
  • Has at least one year of experience curating, organizing exhibitions and/or facilitating group art projects.
  • Has experience or willingness to learn new technologies for the presentation of online exhibitions (namely Photoshop and WordPress)
  • Has a passion for working with emerging Bay Area artists.
  • Be available a minimum of 1-2 weekday afternoons per week from September 2020 through May 2021
  • Be available for 1-2 occasional weeknights per month from  September 2020 through May 2021



  • Bachelor’s degree in fine arts, curatorial studies, or art history or equivalent (Current students are eligible to apply.)
  • Experience with curation and/or exhibition coordination
  • Strong writing ability and computer skills
  • Sensitivity to and understanding of the needs and interests of artists and a diverse audience



  • Basic photo, video, graphic design and web based skills (or a willingness to learn)
  • Marketing / public relations experience

Other Considerations: 

  • Shows personal initiative and ability to work as a member of a team in an informal, creative, and fast-paced environment.
  • Overall positive attitude and ability to work with various constituencies, and from a wide variety of backgrounds, including studio artists, exhibiting artists, curators, staff, jurors, and supporters of the organization.


The Exhibitions Fellow will receive: 

  • Stipend of $2,500 ($1,000 paid in October; $1,500 paid in May)
  • Invaluable training and hands on experience in a dynamic visual arts non profit 




Please submit the following materials for review:

  1. Completed Online Application Form.
  2. Cover letter: Please introduce yourself, tell us why you are interested in the Root Division community, and how this fellowship would impact you as a curator / arts professional. Please add three references (contact name, email, phone) at the bottom of the letter.
  3. Current resume/ CV (including name and contact info.)
  4. Examples of past curatorial projects, or gallery work (5 images and/or video documentation) with a corresponding image list.
  5. Statement about your curatorial practice as presented in submitted images. (500 word maximum)
  6. Writing sample (2 page maximum). This could be academic or professional arts writing. 


Application process includes submitting completed Fellowship Application Form and required materials. Finalists should be available between August 17 - 19 for interviewing with Root Division’s Staff. 



Please submit all documents as PDFs and images as JPGs zipped into a file and email to: submissions@rootdivision....
For any additional questions, please email Renée Rhodes, Art Programs Manager at submissions@rootdivision... with any questions.