H&R Block Artspace Intern

The Kansas City Art Institute, a national leader in visual arts education, is seeking applications for the part-time position of Intern at the H&R Block Artspace. 
This position reports to the Artspace director and provides important support for all aspects of a comprehensive program of exhibitions, resource management and audience engagement to serve the mission of the H&R Block Artspace and the Kansas City Art Institute.
The Block Internship is an initiative that reflects the Artspace mission to serve the region as a teaching museum by providing important professional development opportunities for promising young artists and art historians. The Block Intern is an essential member of the Artspace team and will make critical and meaningful contributions to the Artspace program while gaining valuable skills to support a future career in the arts.
The Block Intern assists the director, assistant curator and office manager with all aspects of programming and operations. This includes providing support for the organization and presentation of exhibitions, assisting with the permanent collection and the growing Cohen Resource Collection, participating in strategic planning and evaluation, training and mentoring of work-study students and academic interns and working closely with participating artists and curators. During the second semester, interns have the opportunity to propose and realize an exhibition or special project for the Roger Cohen Resource Room.
Since 2004, the Artspace has offered a paid internship with funding support from the H&R Block Foundation, which provides a stipend for a selected individual, support for intern projects and assistance in covering administrative support for supervision of the expanded program by Artspace staff and collaborating professionals.
Functions of the position:
  • Maintaining the Artspace resource room collection. This includes accessioning new titles, managing the collection database, re-shelving titles and managing related workflows.
  • Providing support for exhibition program as assigned. This includes conducting research, assisting with exhibition preparation and registrarial activities including receiving and packing artworks, creating condition reports, installation and public program support.
  • Provide support for the stewardship of the Kansas City Art Institute fine art collection as assigned. Assisting with the Art on Campus program.
  • Under the guidance of Artspace staff, engage and interact with students and the general public regarding programs and resources. This may include social media interaction. 
  • In concert with Artspace staff, update the Artspace‚Äôs social media platforms. Coordinate photographic documentation of all Artspace events, programs and projects for social media publication.
  • Able to perform physical duties of the position including use of ladders, lifts, manual dexterity to handle objects and tools.
  • Ability to lift up to 50 lbs. and/or carrying up to 25 lbs.
  • Knowledge of art history and contemporary art.
  • Experience with museum/exhibition practices including exhibition design, installation, preparation, packing and art shipping.
  • Ability to maintain confidentialities as appropriate.
  • Ability to interact and work successfully with staff, faculty and students as related to job responsibilities.
  • High computer literacy with knowledge of Office Suite, Adobe Creative Suite and Facebook.
  • Must have strong organizational and interpersonal skills.
  • Should have the ability to communicate well, both orally and in writing, with individuals of various backgrounds.
  • Must have a pleasant, courteous and professional attitude and presence.
  • Ability to resolve conflicts in a constructive manner.
  • Ability to work successfully under the pressure of deadlines and manage multiple priorities.
  • Ability to work with minimum supervision and to bring projects to conclusion on a timely basis. 
  • B.F.A. degree or B.A. degree in art history.  Preference is given to alumni of the Kansas City Art Institute who are interested in a career in the arts.
About KCAI: 
The Kansas City Art Institute is a four-year, independent and accredited college of art and design founded in 1885 and located in the cultural heart of metropolitan Kansas City, Missouri. The college enrolls nearly 700 undergraduate students regionally, nationally and internationally. For more information, please visit www.kcai.edu
Applications deadline and procedures: 
This position is open until filled. Applications received during the finalist stage of the search are not guaranteed consideration. Apply by email to: blockintern914@kcai.edu. Attach to the email in PDF format only:
  • Letter of application
  • Resume
  • Personal statement regarding the role of museum exhibitions as it relates to a school, community, and society.
  • List of three professional references we may contact 
Complete application submissions will be acknowledged by return email. Questions may be directed to: hr@kcai.edu
Kansas City Art Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer.