SCHOLARSHIP WORK EXCHANGE

POSITIONS AVAILABLE

Deadline to apply: Friday, September 11 at 11:59pm 

Manhattan Graphics Center (MGC) is a nonprofit fine art printmaking studio, gallery, and educational resource located in Manhattan’s midtown. Operating since 1986, MGC provides an affordable, inclusive, professional printmaking studio and exhibition space where artists can develop and exhibit their work. We are an EEOC employer and are committed to equality and diversity. Many artists, board members, teaching artists, and staff working at MGC self-identify as African American, Latinx, LGBTQ+, and/or of foreign-born, non-naturalized status. MGC’s board of directors is 72% female and 22% minority. 

We are seeking candidates for a Scholarship Work Exchange program to monitor the MGC studio during open workshop hours. This position is intended for artists who cannot otherwise afford to pay standard Open Workshop fees. Preference will be given to applicants who can demonstrate extensive printmaking experience and artistic merit. Applicants must be familiar with a range of printmaking studio functions. These will be part-time positions; monitors will oversee the studio in six-hour shifts to supervise safe use of the studio for printmakers who have pre-registered. No more than six artists will be working at MGC during any single shift. 

MGC is committed to protecting the health and safety of its staff and workshop artists. We will provide a work environment in accordance with CDC, NYS DOH, OSHA standards as well as with best practices as established by printmaking studios, both national and international, in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Employees will be provided with all necessary personal protective equipment by MGC, and a protected and properly ventilated office area. Only one monitor will work at a time. Additional full-time staff will work in a separate office area. All those in the studio will be required to wear masks and practice social distancing. 

Primary Responsibilities

1. Maintain a welcoming and amiable attitude with workshop artists.

 

2. Provide access to the MGC studio and register attendance for no more than six artists in the studio who have previously reserved workshop hours (per shift). Artists’ working hours will not exceed five hours.

 

3. Monitor workstations and studio areas to ensure best practices for safety and to check that studio provided supplies (solvents, rollers, rulers, tear bars) are in good supply and/or in proper locations for workshop artists. Order and replenish supplies. Notify staff if large equipment needs maintenance or repair.

 

4. Assist artists in the studio with purchase of supplies, membership, rentals, and classes using a touchless billing system. 

5. While workshop artists are required to be trained in the use of presses and equipment, monitors should be prepared to assist with technical problems on occasion, wearing PPE. 6. Assist in occasional administrative tasks as requested by full-time MGC staff.

 

7. After all artists have left the studio (during the final hour of a shift), sanitize the studio using disinfectant and implement fresh air cycle protocols in accordance with CDC guidelines. Monitors will be instructed in these procedures by MGC staff and will be provided with all necessary supplies and protective gear (PPE) in keeping with CDC & OSHA standards. 

 

Compensation

$15/hour.

Successful applicants may work anywhere from 3-4 shifts per week

(18-24 hrs) 

Benefits

• 3-4 complimentary Workshop shifts per month (one monthly shift per       

   weekly shift worked) 

• One MGC course, in-person or online, per trimester 

• Complimentary storage space for supplies 

• One year’s membership fee for successful candidates who are not already

   MGC members/one year’s membership renewal for existing members. 

 

To apply

Please provide a letter describing your printmaking experience and familiarity with printmaking equipment, accompanied by your resume and two references to: scholarships@manhattangraphicscenter.org

If applicable, please include a link or links to your portfolio or individual artworks online.

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MANHATTAN GRAPHICS CENTER | 250 WEST 40 STREET, 5TH FLOOR | NEW YORK, NY 10018 | 212-219-8783

THANKS TO FRIENDS OF MGC

New York City Department of Cultural Affairs | The Scherman Foundation for its generous and continuing support | New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature | The Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation | The Charles Locke Art Fund | The Jockey Hollow Foundation |  Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation | Friends and MGC members who have made donations to the Center

 

Our programs are supported in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.