Gallery Assistant (Part-time)

Washington Project for the Arts (WPA) is looking for a Gallery Assistant to help with the management, promotion, and planning of our events and exhibitions during the year. WPA staff is a small team made up of artists and curators working collaboratively; the Gallery Assistant will play an active role working with the team. This position provides opportunities for mentorship as well as expanding your knowledge of the DC art scene through supporting our program development and interacting with local artists. The right candidate for the position is responsible, enthusiastic, and organized.

We welcome applications from graduate students, recent graduates, and undergraduate students in their junior or senior year as well as folks beginning their careers in the arts.


  • Minimum 15 hours per week, including Saturday afternoons and some evenings
  • Support staff with artist outreach, research, and program production
  • Assist with events, including both programmatic and fundraising events
  • Assist staff with social media and communications
  • Assist with weekly gallery and store sitting
  • Perform basic office and gallery tasks, as needed


  • A commitment to WPA’s mission, values, and model
  • Ability to multitask, work well with others, and a strong attention to detail
  • Experience with Microsoft Office; Working knowledge of Adobe Photoshop/InDesign a plus
  • Previous experience in an arts, hospitality, events management and/or research setting is desired but not required; this experience can be wide ranging and can look many different ways
  • Art History, Fine Arts, Arts Management, or Museum Studies education preferred but not required

Internship Dates: October 2022 - June 2023
Compensation: $7,500 Stipend


Please send the following to with “Gallery Assistant” in the subject line:

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • Contact information (name, phone, and email) for two professional references

Deadline: applications will be considered on a rolling basis, with the first review of received applications on September 26th.


Executive Director

The Executive Director of WPA is a thought leader among alternative art spaces. The Executive Director shepherds the organization’s artist-organized projects, dialogue and advocacy so that artists can live, work and flourish; is committed to the vision for WPA and directs the organization’s programming in line with that vision; identifies and secures funding from traditional sources as well as creates and manages earned revenue streams; leads staff and daily operations through thoughtful action; and sustains the organization as a leader in contemporary art for the Washington region and beyond. The Executive Director partners with WPA’s Board of Directors and staff (5‐10 full and part‐time employees and consultants) as well as with leaders of various local, national, and international arts, business, and educational organizations to support and maintain a healthy visual arts community.


Master of Arts degree in Arts Administration, a Master of Business Administration degree, or commensurate experience (at least seven years) to meet the qualifications outlined below:

  • Visionary leader who fosters a professional and collaborative team and culture
  • Creates and manages complex annual budgets of at least $1M
  • Fundraises through building and sustaining relationships with individual donors and corporate donors; through identifying grant opportunities; and managing capital campaigns and fundraising events
  • Brings experience in developing and managing contemporary art exhibitions and public programs and events
  • Brings a broad network within the local, national and international art and funding communities
  • Centers a commitment to artists and to promoting an appreciation of contemporary art in the general public
  • Aspires to excellence in all aspects of their work and serves as a model for others
  • Commits to equity and inclusion
  • Carries strong oral and written communication skills, including dynamic public speaking
  • Upholds the professional standards of their field and always acts in a manner that is consistent with the best interests of the organization and will protect and enhance its reputation and standing within the arts community

Please send cover letter, CV and three references (name, affiliation, contact information) via email to with EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR in the subject line.

Application deadline of August 6, 2022. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.

The position is located in Washington, DC and offers generous holiday and vacation leave and health insurance. The salary range is $90,000-$100,000, commensurate with experience. Some assistance can be provided in relocation expenses.

WPA is committed to a diverse workplace and is an equal opportunity employer.