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Artist Liaison Internship

Deadline to apply: Friday, July 28


August 1 – December 31, 2017



SPACE Gallery is a nonprofit exhibition and performance venue in Portland, featuring visual arts, live music and performance, film screenings, lectures, workshops, community-based events, an artist-in-residence program and more.



Hands-on experience, interfacing with visiting and local artists, school credit, occasional stipends available depending on grant funding.


Intern Position

SPACE Gallery is looking for Artist Liaison who will assist the Visual Arts Director in all aspects of the Artist-in-Residence program. This opportunity is very hands-on and dynamic. Scheduling is based on artist arrival and departure, and while the job does not require much on-site time at SPACE, we are seeking a candidate who can commit to the schedule as determined by artists’ travel arrangements. The majority of the work will take place on weekends with some evening event-based work. The candidate can expect to work on average 4 – 6 days a month.



The Artist Liaison will be the primary contact for all visiting and local visual artists at SPACE. In addition to having a solid understanding of the role that the artist-in-residence program plays at SPACE, the candidate will be responsible for:

  • Working with the Visual Arts Programmer to maintain logistics of Residency program including scheduling, daily communications, apartment maintenance, website maintenance, and other duties as assigned
  • Transporting artists to and from SPACE when necessary
  • Conducting orientation and giving tours of the facilities for visiting artists
  • General hospitality and connecting artists to local points of interest (grocery stores, art supply stores, dance parties etc.)
  • Maintaining the residency apartment including cleaning and setting up for each guest, tracking inventory of supplies, connecting artists to resources in the building, communicating to SPACE staff any issues related to the apartment
  • Working with the Volunteer Coordinator to schedule volunteers as needed
  • Light administrative work including but not limited to scheduling, coordinating travel, website maintenance, email correspondence etc. 
  • Occasional event planning and set up for visiting artist talks, performances etc.



Successful candidates:

  • Have general knowledge and experience with contemporary arts including music, film, visual art, and/or performance
  • Are reliable and punctual
  • Have excellent organization skills
  • Are polite and an excellent host
  • Are comfortable working independently and are resourceful
  • Can prioritize and are proactive problem-solvers
  • Will be motivated to work in a busy but exciting environment
  • Will want to be part of a team contributing to a lively downtown arts environment
  • Are attuned to their general fabulousness


We seek applicants who are eager to become immersed in an alternative arts venue and individuals who are considering a career in creative and issues-based programming. Preference will be given to those who have access to a reliable mode of transportation. This position is best suited for upperclassmen, recent grads, and those currently enrolled in MFA programs.


A commitment of 8-15 hours / month for at least 5 months is preferred. Arrangements for school credit are encouraged if applicable.


To Apply

Interested applicants should send answers the following questions, resume, and three references to: To be considered for the Artist Liaison internship, materials should be received by Friday, July 28.



  1. Tell us why you are a good fit for this position.


  1. You were unable to clean the residency room the day that Resident A moved out and Resident B is coming in early the following morning. You arranged to have a SPACE volunteer to fill in for you. You open the door to the residency room to let Resident B in the space, but the room is in shambles and clearly hasn’t been cleaned. Tell us your strategy for how you would best navigate the situation.


  1. An artist asks you for materials that are not readily on hand in the residency room, and you can’t remember if you saw them in the tool closet. No one on staff is around to help. Tell us your strategy for navigating this situation.


  1. Your car breaks down on your way to pick up an artist from the airport. Tell us your strategy for how you would best navigate the situation.


  1. You are on your way out of the building having completed your assigned tasks for the Artist in Residence program. As you walk past the window gallery, you notice that a couple of the lights have burned out. Do you: message someone about it or go back in to fix it? Tell us your reasoning behind your choice.



Volunteers are an integral part of SPACE. Volunteering can take many forms: gallery sitting, staffing the door at events, prepping exhibition spaces, or making pancakes in the park. Volunteering at SPACE is a great way to meet people and engage with your local art community.

Our aim is to make the volunteer experience a win-win-win situation. We want to match volunteers with opportunities that engage their interests. We work with volunteers based on availability and desired time commitment. Some folks volunteer once a week, others volunteer once a year.

FMI about volunteering at SPACE, please get in touch with our Outreach Coordinator, Martha Schnee: 


We have an ongoing, generic call for exhibition submissions. Guidelines can be found here.

SPACE is a nonprofit organization that supports contemporary arts projects, champions artists, and encourages an open exchange of ideas.

Gallery hours:
Wed. through Sat., 12 - 6 PM
or by chance or appointment

538 Congress St.
Portland, ME 04101



July 13, 2017
by Miles Brautigam