Exhibition and Graphic Design Specialist

Reports To: 
Deputy Director of Public Affairs and Community Engagement
07/01/2022 - 4:45pm
Hours Per Week: 
Job Summary and Important Information: 

The Kansas City Public Library seeks applicants for the Exhibition and Graphic Design Specialist position. Housed within the Kansas City Public Library’s Public Affairs & Community Engagement Department, the Exhibit and Graphic Design Specialist oversees two formal art galleries in the Central Library, collaborates with Library and community stakeholders to develop art- and exhibition-based programming and occasional artist commissions. 

Other Things You Should Know

This is a full-time exempt position.  Starting salary range DOQ starting at $45,706. Position open until filled. Kansas City Public Library is an equal opportunity employer. This position is open until filled.

What You’d Do: 

The responsibilities of this position fall into several areas:


Exhibition Planning & Execution

  • Manages approximately eight exhibitions each year in the Library’s two primary visual art galleries, including researching topics and artists; conceptualizing exhibition themes; developing educational collateral; organizing loans; scheduling exhibition-related programming and other activities; managing exhibition budgets; and overseeing the installation, documentation, and deinstallation of exhibitions by Library staff and/or contracted art professionals.
  • Works with the manager of the Missouri Valley Room to develop original exhibitions featuring the Library’s collection of historic maps, artifacts, and documents.
  • Designs exhibitions that are bold, smart, and innovative; complements the Library’s strategic initiatives, collections, and public programs; engages the curiosity of Library patrons; establishes relationships with regional arts organizations; and advances the Library’s civic leadership role within Kansas City and the region. 
  • Designs all printed materials related to each exhibition, including gallery cards, outdoor banners, and other materials required to promote the exhibition and related programming.


Art-Based Public Programming

  • Works with colleagues to conceptualize, implement, and support exhibition- or collection-related public programs, such as exhibition-related artist talks or speaker series and occasional Library or community-focused art activities, workshops, or commissions.


Collection Management & Philanthropy Department Collaboration

  • Manages the Library’s collection of art and artifacts, ensuring that the collection database is current and accurate.
  • Assists with the placement and installation of art pieces from the Library’s collection at the Central Library or branch locations.
  • Works closely with the Philanthropy Department to identify and secure grants, sponsorships, and gifts to support exhibitions and programming. Assists in stewarding art donors, sponsors, and grant-based funders.


Public Affairs & Community Engagement Department

  • Supports and assists with the execution of a broad range of public programming, beyond those programs specifically related to the Exhibition and Graphic Design Specialist position.
  • Participates in department planning, program development, and team-building activities.
  • Assists in the production of Library marketing materials including print promotions, digital graphics, and other tools and resources.
  • Works with the senior writer/editor in managing the printed signature events calendar.


Graphic Design

  • Works closely with the art director to develop solutions to the Library’s marketing needs, offering strategic guidance for promotional efforts.
  • Demonstrates creativity, responsibility, and strong critical thinking skills when producing high-quality materials that uphold or advance the Library’s working brand standards.


You Need: 


  • Must be knowledgeable and passionate about gallery and public art practices and possess broad knowledge about the larger cultural sphere.
  • Must possess dedication to broad public engagement with art and culture.
  • 4 years of combined experience curating and/or designing visual art exhibitions.
  • Experience working with artists including performing studio visits.
  • Demonstrated curatorial experience, preferably in small venues that require broad skill sets.
  • Experience developing and implementing engaging public programming.
  • Demonstrated evidence of creative collaborations and partnerships.
  • Excellent and engaging writing skills, with direct experience writing exhibition descriptions, introduction and section panels, and didactic labels.
  • Experience with collections management and basic understanding of collection stewardship and conservation practices.
  • Strong grant- or proposal-writing skills required.
  • Proficiency in the Adobe Creative Suite.
  • A portfolio is required.

Include with application

Please attach a resume and cover letter detailing your relevant background and skills to your application, plus two exhibition samples including description of your role in developing and implementing the exhibition, as well as two writing samples.  

How to Apply: 

Please apply for this position through our web application system. We will only be accepting applications submitted through this system. If you are chosen for an interview, the hiring team will reach out to you directly. Once the position is filled, other applicants will receive an email from us. Please note that we cannot respond to requests for application status and generally do not provide interim updates to applicants.

Kansas City Public Library is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.

For All Openings: 
All persons hired for the Kansas City Public Library must pass a background check for criminal records. You must be at least 16 years old and have completed the 9th grade to work at any of our libraries. Unless otherwise specified, we require a completed application, even for positions requesting a resume and/or questionnaire. The Kansas City Public Library is an equal opportunity employer committed to cultural diversity.