Smart Undergraduate Research Associate for Public Art Projects

Opportunity Description:


Reporting to the Adjunct Curator at the Smart Museum of Art and Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art, the Smart Undergraduate Research Associate will provide academic research and curatorial support for several public art projects at the University of Chicago, primarily one being planned with contemporary artist and Rosenberger Medal winner Jenny Holzer, tentatively involving one of her signature building projections and an augmented reality app.

Gaining in-depth experience of the commission and exhibition process from initial research of themes (including gun violence, the University's core curriculum, and freedom of expression) to realization and installation (including fundraising, research into technical possibilities, and collaboration with the artist's studio), the Smart Undergraduate Research Associate duties will include conducting research on all aspects of the project; assisting with managing the project, exhibition didactics, and programming; liaising with multiple museum departments and university units, among others. Time permitting, this position will also provide curatorial support for other public art projects and exhibitions as assigned.

Primary Responsibilities: 

Principle responsibilities include working closely with the Adjunct Curator and other project team members to conduct research and assist with all other components of the project as described above.

All Smart Undergradute Research Associates will be expected to partipate in the 2020 University of Chicago Undergraduate Research Symposium on 5.15.20 and the annual research scholars curriculum. If selected as an SUR Associate, you will receive more information about these expectations separately. 

Minimum Qualifications and/or Eligibility Requirements: 

Undergraduate student interested in Art History.


Preferred Skills: 

Excellent writing, editing and communication skills, close attention to detail, and a high degree of organization.

Knowledge or skills gained from the experience: 

The Research Associate will gain in-depth knowledge of a contemporary art commission and exhibition process and inter-workings of a university art museum.

Application Process: 

Please upload the required information in a single PDF file in the online application form: https://ccrf.uchicago.edu/content/smart-museum-undergraduate-research-associates

Candidate materials will be reviewed on a rolling basis and the opportunity open until filled. DO NOT SEND APPLICATION MATERIALS TO THE FACULTY CONTACT. If you do, your materials will not be considered.

Application Requirements: 

  • Submit CV
  • 350 Word Statement of Interest
  • Names of Two References
  • Unofficial Transcript
  • For more information on this opportunity, please contact:

    Christine Mehring and Jenny Holzer
    mehring@uchicago.edu
    Faculty Title: 
    Chair, Art History and Adjunct Curator
    Department: 
    Art History