The Ralph Arnold Gallery at Loyola University Chicago's Lakeshore Campus is seeking a Gallery Assistant for the 2019-2020 academic year.

Student Position Description: Undergraduate Assistant- Gallery Assistant

General Description

The Gallery Assistant works with the gallery director, exhibition coordinator, and independently to facilitate the day-to-day operations of the gallery including installation and de-installation of exhibitions, maintenance of gallery and supplies, and serving as a docent during open gallery hours. Candidates must be prepared to carry out physical tasks, exhibit good organizational and technical problem solving skills, interact with the public as the face of the gallery, and maintain a high level of responsibility.


Primary Duties

During installation and de-installation of exhibits, the gallery assistant will:

  • Spackle, sand, tape, and paint walls and display structures
  • Transport pedestals and other exhibition supplies
  • Remove window vinyl
  • Clean painting equipment
  • Sweep and tidy gallery
  • Assist in packing and unpacking of work
  • Assist in hanging works
  • Organize packaging materials
  • Assist artists as needed

 Throughout the exhibition, the gallery assistant will:

  • Develop a strong understanding of the current exhibit so that it can be explained to visitors
  • Serve as a docent to the exhibition during open hours
  • Record the number of guests visiting during open hours
  • Check that the gallery is in good order—lights working, room clean, etc.
  • Organize the prep room
  • Organize the lighting
  • Inventory supplies


Departmental Student Employment Philosophy: The Department of Fine and Performing Arts considers all employees who provide essential technical services as important members of our team. Whilst it is our central goal to provide critical services to students, and a means of financial support to student employees, we believe it equally essential that our student employees gain valuable knowledge, skills and experience applicable in any situation. We anticipate our student employees will develop a good level of competence in:

  • Self-management
  • Empirical knowledge
  • Technical problem solving
  • Community

 Minimum Skills and Qualification:

  • Current student at Loyola University Chicago
  • Qualify for Federal Work Study
  • Able to work at the Lake Shore campus
  • Able to work evenings and/or weekends
  • Reliable
  • Basic math
  • Follow complex direction

No previous knowledge in gallery assisting is necessary; successful candidates are encouraged to learn on the job. Employee must show a willingness to routinely get dirty and to lift up to 50 lbs on occasion.

Work Location: Ralph Arnold Gallery, Ralph Arnold Fine Arts Annex, 1131 West Sheridan Road, Lake Shore Campus.

A successful gallery assistant will develop their skills in self-management. A large part of the position involves monitoring the gallery during weekend and evening hours.  Throughout the semester, there will be periods of lighter and heavier gallery visitation.  The gallery assistant will play a vital role in fostering the sense of community amongst students working in the department.  A successful candidate can expect to expand their empirical knowledge of basic skills, tools, and techniques.  This position is also an excellent opportunity for a student employee to develop their technical problem solving skills as they may need to employ resources to resolve situations which impact the efficiency of the department as they arise. Because of the responsibility of their position, gallery assistant should expect to be viewed by students as holding some authority.